4. Rashod Bateman, WR, Baltimore Ravens
I know, I know, this is not an exciting option for most. But I believe rookie wide receiver Rashod Bateman will prove many critics wrong that a receiver in this Ravens’ offense can be valuable for fantasy.
While we only have his collegiate career stats to look at, Bateman showed traits in college that made his future in the NFL look promising.
He got open consistently, got good separation, and adjusted his body in the air to make plays on the football. Bateman is also able to secure the ball and make it look effortless doing so.
Bateman’s breakout season came in 2019. During that season he had 1,219 receiving yards on 60 receptions and 11 touchdowns. His stellar 2019 would not be an encore in 2020 after he chose to opt-out after five games to focus on the NFL Draft.
In the five games he played in 2020, Bateman caught 36 passes for 472 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Bateman finished his collegiate athletic career with 2,395 receiving yards on 147 receptions and nine touchdowns in three seasons.
Despite the Ravens being a run-heavy offense, they have the second-toughest strength of schedule and will be forced to throw the ball.
With Brown getting a lot of attention for his speed and Andrews being one of the most proficient tight ends in the league, Bateman could receive a ton of targets.
Projected fantasy points: 135.9