Show Navigation
Show Menu

Shark Bites

The Ravens selected Minnesota WR Rashod Bateman with the 27th overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft. Bateman has as strong a production profile as any WR in this year’s class. He turned in a rare true freshman breakout season in 2018, ranking 2nd to only then-junior Tyler Johnson in all major receiving categories (51-704-6). Then he exploded for 1,219 yards and 11 scores on 60 catches as a sophomore alongside Johnson. Bateman was named First-Team All-Big 10 and Big Ten receiver of the year. He contracted COVID last summer and originally decided to opt out of the 2020 season. He eventually changed his mind and played in 5 games before electing to sit out the remainder of the season. Bateman was as dominant as ever, though, averaging 7.2 catches and 94.4 yards per game. He surprised with a 4.43-second 40 time at his Pro Day -- although he came in much smaller than expected at 6’0 and 190 pounds. Bateman looks and plays bigger on tape. And he has an impressive combination of releases and route running. We see shades of Keenan Allen and Davante Adams in his game. A final note: Bateman brings positional versatility after playing 87% of his snaps on the outside in 2019 and then 61% in the slot this past season. This isn’t an ideal landing spot with the Ravens, who have ranked dead last in passing attempts in each of the last 2 seasons.

Recent Shark Bites

Ravens WR Rashod Bateman (groin) is active for today’s game against the Vikings. WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) is inactive. That makes Bateman easier to trust in fantasy lineups, although his groin issue still presents some risk.

Ravens WR Rashod Bateman (groin) is expected to play vs. the Vikings today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. WR Sammy Watkins, meanwhile, is a game-time decision with his hamstring injury. Rapoport adds that Watkins has a "good shot to go." Watkins isn't a viable Week 9 fantasy play, but his return would add downside to Bateman

Ravens WR Rashod Bateman (groin) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game against the Vikings. He was added to the injury report on Friday and did not practice. It's unclear if this is related to the core-muscle surgery that Bateman had in August that cost him the first 5 games of the season. "Nothing serious," HC John Harbaugh said Friday. "He's got a real good chance for Sunday. We'll just see how he feels." We'll get Baltimore's inactives around 11:30 am ET on Sunday, but Bateman will be a risky fantasy play if he suits up.

Buffalo
11:33am EDT 10/17/21

Ravens WR Rashod Bateman is active for today’s game against the Chargers. OC Greg Roman suggested earlier in the week that Bateman would be on a snap count in his NFL debut, so we'd try not to use him in Week 6 fantasy lineups.

Ravens OC Greg Roman said Thursday that there's a "chance" WR Rashod Bateman (core) makes his debut against the Chargers this weekend. “He’s looking good," Roman added. "I don’t think we’re going to throw him into the fire every play. I think we’re going to build him into the plan every week.” It sounds like Bateman will be on some type of snap count if he does play on Sunday. The rookie isn't a Week 6 fantasy option but is still a nice bench stash for the 2nd half of the season.

Related Fantasy Football

Premium Content Premium ContentDFS Showdown Tips: Seahawks-Washington

DFS Showdown Tips: Seahawks-Washington

1:30pm EST 11/29/21

Can Russell Wilson take advantage of this prime matchup, or is he just the 2nd-best QB in the Monday Night Football game right now?

Read More »
Premium Content Premium ContentWeek 13 IDP Free Agent Focus

Week 13 IDP Free Agent Focus

1:00am EST 11/29/21

Dolphins rookie Jaelan Phillips enjoyed a big Week 12. Was it a fluke?

Read More »
Premium Content Premium ContentWeek 13 Free Agent Focus

Week 13 Free Agent Focus

9:10pm EST 11/28/21

Dalvin Cook's injury means Alexander Mattison should be rostered everywhere. Who else can help your lineup from the Week 13 waiver wire?

Read More »
Premium Content Premium ContentDFS Showdown Tips: Browns-Ravens

DFS Showdown Tips: Browns-Ravens

6:40pm EST 11/28/21

Lamar Jackson is back, but what else does tonight's game hold for our lineups?

Read More »
Week 12 IDP Hits: Mending the Minnesota Pass Rush

Week 12 IDP Hits: Mending the Minnesota Pass Rush

10:25am EST 11/27/21

The loss of Everson Griffen presents yet another challenge to the Vikings defense. Does the replacement plan extend beyond the D-line? Let's dig into that, as well as team-by-team notes from around the league.

Read More »
Premium Content Premium ContentWeek 12 FanDuel Tournament Picks

Week 12 FanDuel Tournament Picks

8:54am EST 11/27/21

Miles Sanders and 13 more high-upside targets for Week 12 FanDuel tournaments.

Read More »
Premium Content Premium ContentWeek 12 FanDuel Cash-Game Picks

Week 12 FanDuel Cash-Game Picks

8:35am EST 11/27/21

The top values at every position for Week 12 FanDuel cash games.

Read More »

Dominate your Fantasy League with

the Ultimate Tool Stack

In the heat of a draft, you want as much intel as possible. The key is integrating that into one simple, powerful tool.

Dominate your Fantasy League with

the Ultimate Tool Stack

In the heat of a draft, you want as much intel as possible. The key is integrating that into one simple, powerful tool.
3D Projections

3D Projections

3D Projections: True Dimension of Every Player’s Potential

Based on our award-winning projections, an axis of data points give insights far deeper than a ranking

View Our Accuracy Awards View Our Accuracy Awards »

Advice Draft Strategy

Advice That’s Actionable on Draft Day

Round-by-Round Draft Strategy Guides, Sleepers, Undervalued Players, Busts and Handcuffs

3D Projections

Draft War Room

Draft War Room: Intel Turned Into Killer Picks

Command your entire draft with a dynamic tool synced to your league. Updating and adapting in real time.

3D Projections

Keep Dominating Throughout The Season

Quickly find the free-agent gems, pull the trigger on the perfect trade & make the right start/sit decisions.

Keep Dominating
Draft Sharks

$6/month thereafter, billed semi-annually, one-click cancel anytime.

Turn your phone into a draft weapon with our FREE APP

Download on the App Store Get It on Google Play