Shark Bites

Ravens WR Miles Boykin has had a strong 1st week of training camp, prompting The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec to write that the rookie "is playing himself into a prominent role on offense." Although he didn't post huge numbers at Notre Dame, Boykin goes 6'4, 220 pounds with 4.4 speed and a 43.5-inch vertical. There's plenty of upside here -- and plenty of opportunity in a wide-open Ravens WR corps. We just bumped Boykin up the rankings and will be keeping a close eye on his usage this preseason.

Ravens TE Mark Andrews has been drawing rave reviews from multiple beat writers early in training camp. The latest comes from The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec, who called Andrews the team's "most dangerous and productive offensive player" through the 1st week of camp. It's certainly worth noting that Baltimore has 1 of the weakest WR corps in the league, especially with 1st-round rookie Marquise Brown still sidelined with his foot injury. But that's also an argument in favor of Andrews: He could lead the Ravens in targets this season. Andrews is a nice upside TE2 pick for fantasy squads. Folks aren't sleeping on him, though. His ADP in DRAFT best balls over the past week is sitting in the 10th round as the 11th TE off the board.

Ravens WR Marquise Brown has been placed on the Non Football Injury list to open training camp with the Lisfranc injury he suffered late last season. It's a bit of a surprise after the 1st-round rookie reportedly took part in drills in June minicamp. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that Brown "is progressing well and should be back on the field in a few weeks." So it sounds like he still has a shot to be ready by Week 1. But Brown will be playing catch-up and is a poor bet for an early-season fantasy impact.

Ravens rookie WR Marquise Brown took part in a drill for the 1st time Wednesday, according to ESPN’s Jamison Hensley. The 1st-rounder hasn’t been cleared for a full return yet coming off foot surgery. HC John Harbaugh said this week he hopes to have Brown ready for the start of training camp

The Ravens added Oklahoma State RB Justice Hill in the 4th round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Hill was 3-year producer for the Cowboys, totaling 3,539 yards and 30 TDs on 5.6 yards per carry, plus a 49-304-1 receiving line. He crushed the Combine, clocking a 4.40-second 40 time and earning an 89th percentile SPARQ score at 5’10, 198 pounds. Hill projects as a change-of-pace back as a pro but lands in a nice spot with the run-focused Ravens.

The Ravens selected Notre Dame WR Miles Boykin in the 3rd round of the 2019 NFL Draft. Boykin crushed the Combine, posting a 4.42-second 40 time and 43.5-inch vertical at 6’4 and 220 pounds. It earned him a 99.9th percentile SPARQ score. Boykin’s production at Notre Dame never matched that raw ability, though. He totaled just 18 grabs across his first 3 seasons before posting a 59-872-8 line this past year. All 3 of those marks led the Irish. But Boykin’s market shares — 22.0% of the catches, 26.1% of the yards and 34.8% of the TDs — rank 33rd, 29th and 16th among the 48 WRs at the Combine. He also finished just 68th in this WR class in yards per route run, according to Pro Football Focus. Boykin’s physical profile is super intriguing and gives him big fantasy upside. But he’s a high-risk prospect who might never reach his potential. That boom/bust profile is only amplified with this landing spot alongside QB Lamar Jackson.

The Jaguars added San Jose State TE Josh Oliver in the 3rd round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He led the Spartans with 56 catches this past season, racking up 709 yards and 4 TDs. But he ranked just 18th in this year’s TE class in yards per route run, according to Pro Football Focus. The 6’5, 249-pounder registered a 45th percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. A catch-first TE, Oliver boasts intriguing fantasy upside and could make an immediate impact amid a weak Jags TE group.

The Jaguars added San Jose State TE Josh Oliver in the 3rd round of the 2019 NFL Draft. He led the Spartans with 56 catches this past season, racking up 709 yards and 4 TDs. But he ranked just 18th in this year’s TE class in yards per route run, according to Pro Football Focus. The 6’5, 249-pounder registered a 45th percentile SPARQ score at the Combine. A catch-first TE, Oliver boasts intriguing fantasy upside and could make an immediate impact amid a weak Jags TE group.

The Ravens selected Oklahoma WR Marquise Brown with the 25th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. Antonio Brown’s cousin turned in 2 big seasons at Oklahoma. He went for a 57-1,095-7 line catching passes from Baker Mayfield in 2017 and then a 75-1,318-10 with Kyler Murray at the helm this past year. Only 7 guys in the country tallied more receiving yards in 2018. Brown’s 17.6 yards per catch ranked 6th among WRs with 50+ grabs. A Lisfranc injury prevented him from working out in the pre-draft process, but flip on his tape and it’s obvious that Brown possesses elite speed and quickness. He’s also a better route runner than many give him credit for. The concerns are his diminutive 5’9, 166-pound frame and that Lisfranc issue — an injury that tends to cause lingering problems. Brown’s foot reportedly looked “excellent” at his medical re-check earlier this month, but it’ll be a situation to monitor into the summer. Brown is joining a run-heavy Baltimore offense but has a clear path to #1 WR duties on a depth chart topped by Willie Snead, Seth Roberts and Chris Moore.

Check out Marquise Brown's scouting report.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) is officially active for today's game against the Colts. He's been out since Week 11 and was limited in practice all week. It's entirely unclear how big a role Watkins will play today, making him a risk/reward fantasy play.

The Chiefs expect to have WR Sammy Watkins in the lineup for today's game against the Colts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Watkins is officially questionable after putting in limited practices all week because of the foot injury that has kept him out since Week 11. He'll obviously be a risky fantasy prospect even if active, but there's upside in the game with this week's highest over/under by far.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Colts after a limited week of practice. "We'll see," HC Andy Reid said when asked about Watkins' availability. We'll get his official status around 3 pm ET on Saturday. If active, Watkins will be a risk/reward fantasy play in his 1st action since Week 11.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) put in a limited practice on Tuesday -- his 1st practice of any kind since Week 11. It gives him a shot to return for Saturday's game against the Colts. We'll continue to monitor his progress.

Ravens S Tony Jefferson (ankle) is active for today's upside matchup with the Buccaneers. He's OK for normal IDP usage. Jefferson put in limited practices Thursday and Friday after missing the past 2 games.

Ravens S Tony Jefferson (ankle) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Buccaneers. He put in limited practices Thursday and Friday, his 1st workouts since suffering the injury in Week 12. We'll check Jefferson's status Sunday morning, ahead of the upside matchup.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) is out for Thursday night's game against the Chargers. He's expected to miss at least the rest of the regular season. Watkins' absence makes Chris Conley a boom-or-bust WR4 play.

Ravens HC John Harbaugh announced Wednesday that QB Lamar Jackson will start this weekend's game against the Bucs. QB Joe Flacco (hip) has been cleared and will be the backup. Flacco's presence still adds risk to Jackson's Week 15 fantasy profile, though. Baltimore might install a package of plays for Flacco (like they did for Jackson earlier this season). And it makes it easier for the Ravens to pull Jackson if he struggles. Consider the rookie more of a high-upside QB2 than a QB1 for Week 15.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins reportedly re-injured his foot in Thursday's practice. The Kansas City Star's Sam Mellinger reports that Watkins is expected to miss another 4-6 weeks. That timeline would knock him out for the rest of the regular season and potentially cost him playoff games. Kansas City will move forward with WRs Chris Conley, Demarcus Robinson and newly signed Kelvin Benjamin behind Tyreek Hill. Conley is the only viable fantasy option and looks like a boom-or-bust WR3 the rest of the way.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday. It's progress after he was sidelined all last week, but Watkins' status for Sunday's game against the Ravens remains uncertain. Check back tomorrow for another update.

Ravens QB Lamar Jackson headed back to the locker room to get checked for a concussion in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game in Atlanta. We'll update his status when we learn more. QB Robert Griffin is in for Baltimore.

Update: Jackson has been cleared to return.

 
 
 

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