Marquise Brown really burst onto the scene in his rookie season but was his up and down 2019 a product of the team, or the player? Some didn’t see Brown as the best wide receiver in the 2019 draft class, but Baltimore saw something in him that pushed them to take him in the late first round, and they were rewarded with a player who put up 147 yards and 2 touchdowns in a week one smashing of the Dolphins.
Marquise Brown – A look back at 2019
Coming in to 2019, the Ravens needed wide receiver help, and they dipped into the first round and took a deep threat from Oklahoma in “Hollywood” Brown. As soon as he was drafted, fantasy owners saw a first round fantasy pick that produced mixed results, but appeared to have a bright future. Looking at the NextGen stats, Baltimore mostly lined Brown up on the right side of the line and he ran routes at varying depths with success. He wound up catching 46 of his 71 targets (64% of his targets), for 584 yards and 7 touchdowns. Come playoff time, he added another 7 catches for 126 yards in their playoff loss (per Pro-Football-Reference).
Marquise Brown – A look ahead at 2020
Coming into 2020, Brown is clearly the top wideout on the roster and should be teamed up with fellow 2nd-year pro Miles Boykin as the starters for the Ravens as the season approaches. Lamar Jackson continues to develop, and we have to believe he should keep the attempts up around the 450 mark, and that would lead me to believe Brown should get up to around 100 targets. If he keeps his catch rate around 64%, we should see him get 60-65 catches, around 850 yards, and 7-9 touchdowns. Unfortunately, that adds up to probably back-end WR2 numbers, focusing on a running game and spreading the passes around to all the different receivers.
As a fantasy owner, I’m not paying a 1st rounder for him, but most likely an early 2nd might be the highest I’d be willing to give. He is a fun receiver to watch, and will have some really nice weeks of production but consistency will be the problem. He will probably wind up with 6-8 solid weeks of production, and will probably have games where he has less than 8 fantasy points, so it’s a true buyer beware. If your expectation is he’s your WR2, then you need to be careful.