Brown is set to join Buffalo on a three-year, $27 million contract that includes $10.1 million fully guaranteed at signing, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM Radio reports. Brown repaired his value with the Ravens in 2018, as he was on pace for a 1,000-yard season before the team switched from Joe Flacco to Lamar Jackson. While his stats cratered in seven games playing with a rookie quarterback, Brown still showed enough to warrant a significant commitment from his next team. He'll now join forces with strong-armed passer Josh Allen, who was promising but inconsistent during his own rookie campaign. Brown isn't likely to face serious competition for a starting job, as the Bills have minimal talent at wide receiver beyond Zay Jones and Robert Foster.
Brown has expressed a desire to stay in Baltimore, but he also wants to play in an offense that takes more shots downfield, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports. Signed to a one-year, $5 million contract last offseason, Brown was on pace for his second 1,000-yard campaign before the Ravens switched from Joe Flacco to Lamar Jackson at quarterback. The 28-year-old wideout was limited to eight catches on 30 targets over the final seven weeks, torpedoing his season-long marks for yards per target (7.4) and catch rate (43.3 percent). Brown nonetheless seems to have restored some of his value, potentially setting up a multi-year deal on the open market. Another season with Baltimore likely would represent a concession to playing in a run-heavy offense.
Brown caught 42 of 97 targets for 715 yards and five scores in 16 games for Baltimore in 2018. Brown averaged a career-high 17.0 yards per catch in his first year with the Ravens, but an atrocious 43-percent catch rate (third worst in NFL) bombed his fantasy value. The narrative may have been different if Joe Flacco remained the starting quarterback all year, though, as Brown was on pace for 1,069 yards and six touchdowns before Flacco was benched ahead of Week 11. Comparatively, Brown averaged just 12.8 yards per game with Lamar Jackson under center -- which doesn't bode well for the wideout's 2019 fantasy stock.
Brown (hamstring) is active for Sunday's Week 17 tilt against the Browns. As expected, Brown will be out there for the Ravens after practicing in full Friday. The receiver's active status isn't a surprise considering the importance of the contest for Baltimore, which needs a victory to ensure a postseason berth.
Brown (hamstring), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns, is expected to play, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Brown was a full participant at Friday's practice, so his availability for Week 17 always seemed to be a likely outcome. The wideout probably won't make for an appealing option in fantasy lineups after averaging just 18.8 yards per game over his last eight outings.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/08||@New York Jets||32||27.38|
|2||09/15||@New York Giants||10||20.75|
|4||09/29||New England Patriots||14||21.68|
|16||12/22||@New England Patriots||14||21.68|
|17||12/29||New York Jets||32||27.38|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||74||34||510||3||24||15.00||69|