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SIT - WR Zay Flowers

You're not going to sit Zay Flowers in most leagues if you have to draft him because you probably don't have many better wideouts available in your roster. That said, consider this a warning if not an entire "sit/bench" recommendation, or a clear fade in DFS contests today.

Flowers is coming off a terrific debut in Week 1 and he has been proving his talents all throuhgout the summer in training camp and preseason games (although he barely featured in those).

The first-round draft pick of the Ravens caught nine passes out of 10 targets against the Texans in Week 1 racking up 78 yards and adding nine more yards on two rushing attempts. Flowers could have put up more than his total 87 yards from scrimmage had he not lost a few in the last two passes he caught because of some silly playcalling.

I'm sorry to tell you, but having another game like that just one week after debuting to those heights is going to be mad hard for the rookie. Per RotoViz's Screener, there have been 18 rookies since 2000 with 10+ targets in Week 1, and only one of them (Aunquan Boldin in 2003) proceeded to get 10+ targets again in Week 2.

On top of facing historically long odds, there is the fact that the Ravens loaded their offense by adding veterans Odell Beckham Jr. (who is playing in a semi-revenge game after suffering an ACL injury the last time he played Cincy in the Super Bowl and after entering a feud against Bengals receiver Tyler Boyd this summer) and Nelson Agholor, along with the returning Mark Andrews making his 2023 debut today and Rashod Bateman coming off a season-ending injury.

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Flowers will put some numbers up because this game projects to hit the high 40s in total points, but I don't expect any gaudy stat line from the rookie with so many other viable options accompanying him in the Ravens' offense.

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