Baltimore Ravens Fantasy Football profiles: Mark Andrews
Up next on the Baltimore Ravens Fantasy Football profiles is second-year tight end Mark Andrews, who seems primed for a breakout season in 2019.
Finding a tight end to be a difference maker for your Fantasy Football team is like trying to find an oasis in the desert. That’s why when you can find yourself a stud, you hold on to him like he’s sacred. In 2019, Baltimore Ravens tight end Mark Andrews will become just that: Fantasy Football gold.
When it comes to tight ends, you either have an elite guy or someone you’re hoping will get double-digit points week-in and week-out. It’s likely only three teams will possess Travis Kelce, Zach Ertz, and George Kittle (unless someone is evil and takes two or all of them…). For everyone else, it’s a gamble. I’m here to tell you the good news that Mark Andrews will be a top-five Fantasy Football tight end by season’s end.
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In his rookie season, Andrews showed off some remarkable skills that have the entire league on notice. The 22-year old from the University of Oklahoma reeled in 34 receptions for 552-yards and three touchdowns. Of tight ends with at least 25 receptions, Andrews finished second in the NFL with 16.2 (behind O.J. Howard’s 16.6).
It’s not a coincidence that Mark Andrews is always being talked about as a sleeper/breakout player for 2019. It’s hard not to be viewed that away after having the explosive plays he had as a rookie. Men as big as Andrews aren’t supposed to move as fast as he does.
Now entering his second season in the NFL and being the Baltimore Ravens undisputed starting tight end, things get interesting. Baltimore loves their tight ends and it’s no surprise that they’re consistently valued in Fantasy Football. We’re all certainly expecting big things from Mark Andrews in 2019, and he’ll deliver.
Gone from the 2018 Baltimore Ravens are Michael Crabtree and John Brown at wide receiver, as well as running back Javorius Allen. Fellow tight end Maxx Williams is also no longer in Baltimore. Why is this so important? Because the four of these players combined for 147 of the teams 333 completions. Where is all that production supposed to go?
Obviously, the Ravens still have players to catch the ball and added others this off-season, but there is still no one to challenge Andrews for an abundance of targets. Andrews biggest competition will come from Hayden Hurst, who admittedly could be a huge red-zone player in 2019.
The bottom line here is that Mark Andrews is established both as a receiver and in terms of chemistry with the offense and his quarterback, Lamar Jackson. Short of Willie Snead, who led the team in receptions last season at 62, there aren’t any other players who will be a threat to Andrews for targets and receptions.
We know that Mark Andrews has the ability to make magic happen with the ball in his hands, so the splash plays will be there. Touchdowns may be the only missing piece to what could be a Pro Bowl campaign for Andrews in 2019.
Final projections: 70 receptions, 800 receiving yards, five touchdowns