Marquise Brown is best drafted in Round 8 or later as a boom-or-bust No. 3 wide receiver. The Ravens' low pass volume means Brown is more valuable in non-PPR, but even there he's been inconsistent. Brown has only topped 50 receiving yards in nine of 30 regular season games he's played. That being said, he's still just 24 years old and he's entering his third year in the league, so there's plenty of time for a breakout. In Dynasty, he's a buy because of his youth and the potential he could end up in a bigger role down the road, but the Ravens' addition of Rashod Bateman could spell real trouble for Brown in 2021.
Brown left Thursday's practice early with what appeared to be a minor leg injury, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports. Brown initially stayed on the field and stretched his leg with a trainer before eventually leaving practice. He's been catching passes from Trace McSorley and Tyler Huntley in practice, as Lamar Jackson was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday. It's been a less-than-ideal first week of training camp for the Ravens.
Brown likely will work out with QB Lamar Jackson this offseason, the Ravens' official website reports. Jackson and Brown both are from South Florida, as is new Ravens wideout Sammy Watkins. The team upgraded its receiving corps this offseason with the additions of Watkins and first-round pick Rashod Bateman, but Brown should still be the top downfield option, even if he doesn't match his 100 targets from last season. The speedy 24-year-old could benefit from improved efficiency now that opposing defenses have more than one wide receiver to worry about.
Brown snared four of his seven targets for 87 yards during Saturday's 17-3 divisional-round loss to the Bills. Brown was the only perimeter target who posed much of a threat to Buffalo, as the second-year man was the lone Ravens wideout to exceed 25 receiving yards on the night. Tyler Huntley nearly found Brown for an explosive fourth-down gain in the fourth quarter after the receiver slipped past Tre'Davious White in coverage. However, the ball sailed over Brown's outstretched hands, leaving him with a total of one catch for 29 yards following Lamar Jackson's (concussion) late third-quarter exit. Brown remained somewhat of a boom-bust fantasy asset in the 2020 regular season, with six performances of 75-plus receiving yards but five others of 25 or fewer yards. Eight receiving TDs buoyed Brown's value, bringing him to a total of 15 scores through his first two NFL seasons.
Brown caught seven of nine targets for 109 yards in Sunday's 20-13 wild-card win over the Titans. He also rushed twice for 19 yards. Per Jonas Shaffer of The Baltimore Sun, Brown had to leave Sunday's game briefly due to cramps, but the wideout still led the Ravens in all major receiving categories, bringing his usual element of speed to the team's passing game. In fact, his yardage total marked his highest of the campaign, as did his nine total touches. After finishing the regular season with six touchdowns in his last six games, Brown kept his momentum going without scoring Sunday. He figures to remain one of Baltimore's most important playmakers as the team now turns its focus to the AFC divisional round.
Brown recorded five receptions on eight targets for 41 yards and two touchdowns in Week 17 against the Bengals. While it wasn't a massive stat line, Brown managed to deliver two touchdowns. That effort concluded a strong finish to the season for Brown, as he found the end zone six times in as many games. While his campaign was tumultuous due to drops and inconsistent target volume, he still took a significant step forward from his rookie campaign, increasing his targets, receptions, yards and touchdowns. Brown will have the chance to take another step forward in his third season, but for now his focus will remain on a playoff matchup against the Titans.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/13||@Las Vegas Raiders||23||24.25|
|2||09/19||Kansas City Chiefs||2||18.47|
|6||10/17||Los Angeles Chargers||7||20.25|
|15||12/19||Green Bay Packers||6||19.56|
|17||01/02||Los Angeles Rams||1||16.67|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||86||52||676||8||30||13.00||115|