Fantasy Football: Ravens outlook for week two match against Bengals
Michael Crabtree is the Baltimore Ravens top wide receiver option for Fantasy Football until further notice. While he wasn’t the top performer of the group vs. the Bills, coming in third behind John Brown and Willie Snead in all Fantasy Football formats, Crabtree’s red-zone ability stands out the most among the group.
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The drops we saw from Crabtree on Sunday were incredibly disappointing, but it wasn’t the end-all be-all of his performance. After all, Crabtree did have an amazing touchdown grab towards the very end of the first half of play. That play gives us plenty of hope for improvement.
Unfortunately, Crabtree has his work cut out for him against the Cincinnati Bengals secondary, namely William Jackson. it won’t be an easy day, but being the team’s no.1 receiver should get him plenty of volume.
Projection: Four receptions, 55 receiving yards, one touchdown
John Brown is the deep threat the Ravens were hoping for when he signed during the off-season, but Brown was also making plays throughout the field. Brown ended his Ravens debut with three receptions for 44-yards and a touchdown reception. But Brown’s day wasn’t defined by his touchdown grab, but rather by a 29-yard reception in which he found a wide-open spot in the field and made things happen after the catch. It’s exactly this kind of ability that got him inked in the off-season.
It’s hard to get attached to Ravens wide receivers in Fantasy Football, especially those who aren’t the team’s top-option, but John Brown is a man to watch carefully. Moving forward, I expect him to become an integral part of the offense and make big-plays on a weekly basis.
Against the Bengals, look for Brown to make a big play-or-two, but temper your expectations until we get a better feel for the team’s offense.
Projection: Four receptions, 70 receiving yards
A third wide receiver makes our list because of his touchdown grab in week one and his reliability displayed for the Ravens. Willie Snead seemed like an odd signing when he was brought in, but he looks like he could play a sizable role for the Ravens offense in 2018.
Snead’s value has to be minimized because of his position on the depth chart, but Joe Flacco clearly likes him enough to give him six targets and help him into the end-zone in his Ravens debut. That’s enough for us to make sure we keep tabs on him.
Until we have a true idea on how much Baltimore will rely on their passing offense in 2018, stay low on adding too many Ravens receivers in Fantasy Football. Remember that Snead is the team’s third option at the position, but keep in mind that he could move up the depth chart if he continues to perform the way he did vs. the Bills.
Projection: Five receptions, 60 receiving yards