With Marquise Brown and Sammy Watkins no longer in Baltimore, Bateman will get plenty of attention, but is the second-year receiver worth a top-70 pick? Last year he was primarily used as a bigger outside target, but his numbers came up small as 36 of his 46 receptions came on passes that traveled 10 yards or fewer downfield. If he's truly a No. 1 receiver, he must quickly prove he can be effective on intermediate and deep targets. He also must fight the headwind of a Ravens offense that prefers to run the ball half the time, limiting receiver target numbers. Over the past five years, a Ravens wide receiver has had over 100 targets once -- when Brown amassed 146 last season when the Ravens' run game was mostly ineffective after getting decimated by injuries. Bateman is an interesting talent but playing in a conservative offense where he'll likely be behind Mark Andrews in targets and potentially have a low ceiling makes him less appealing than the hype around him suggests. If you get him as a No. 3 receiver in Round 7 or 8, you're doing fine.
Following the trade of Marquise Brown to the Cardinals, Bateman currently heads a Baltimore wideout corps that also includes Devin Duvernay, James Proche and Tylan Wallace, ESPN's Josh Weinfuss reports. The report notes that Brown had requested a trade, and by dealing him to Arizona, the Ravens now have a need at wideout that they figure to address in Day 2 or 3 of the NFL Draft, via free agency, or both. As things stand, however, Bateman -- who Baltimore took 27th overall last year -- seems poised for an uptick in opportunity in 2022, following a rookie campaign in which he put together a 46/515/1 stat line over the course of 12 contests.
Bateman finished the season with 46 catches for 515 yards and a touchdown on 68 targets in 12 games. The rookie first-round selection started the season on injured reserve due to a core-muscle injury that required surgery and didn't debut until Week 6 against the Chargers. From there, Bateman ranked third on the team in target share (15.7 percent), behind only Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews. He had one 100-yard performance on the season (Week 14 versus Cleveland) and caught his lone touchdown of the season two weeks later against Cincinnati. It's difficult to put a definitive grade on Bateman's rookie season due to the missed time coupled with Lamar Jackson's absence over the final month of the campaign. Bateman had some promising peripheral metrics, most notably a 67.6 percent catch rate and a yards per route run that ranked in the 71st percentile among receivers. With a healthy offseason and a full-strength Jackson behind center, Bateman is primed for a breakout in Year 2.
Bateman caught seven passes for 58 yards on 10 targets against the Rams on Sunday. Bateman's 10 targets led the Ravens, ahead of Marquise Brown's eight targets. Neither wideout was able to get much going, though Bateman's box score outdid Brown's (three receptions for 28 yards). Quarterback Tyler Huntley can't strike downfield or the sidelines as well as Lamar Jackson (ankle), so in that sense, Bateman and Brown were at a disadvantage to tight end Mark Andrews. It's not clear whether Jackson might be able to play against the Steelers in Week 18.
Bateman caught four passes for 26 yards and one touchdown on five targets against Cincinnati on Sunday. The rookie didn't have the easiest playing conditions with third-string quarterback Josh Johnson at the helm of the offense, but he managed to put together a respectable box score for his fantasy investors all the same. Now with his first pro touchdown logged, Bateman will look to build on his momentum against the Rams in Week 17.
Bateman caught one of two targets for five yards in Sunday's 31-30 loss to the Packers. This was a big dropoff for Bateman after he went for a career-high 103 yards Week 14 against the Browns. Mark Andrews and Marquise Brown accounted for 27 of the team's 39 targets, which left very few opportunities for the Ravens' other pass catchers. The silver lining is that Bateman logged a career high in snap percentage at 93 percent, so even though the rookie didn't draw many targets, he still was a fixture in the offense overall. The Ravens play at Cincinnati in Week 16, and if Lamar Jackson (ankle) is back behind center, Bateman should have a clearer path to production.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||@New York Jets||13||20.65|
|3||09/25||@New England Patriots||5||18.56|
|6||10/16||@New York Giants||11||20.35|
|8||10/27||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||12||20.53|
|9||11/07||@New Orleans Saints||15||20.94|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||68||46||515||1||29||11.20||57|