Baltimore Ravens WR Depth Chart: Should you trust Rashod Bateman, Sammy Watkins, or Devin Duvernay?

With Marquise Brown ruled out due to injury for Week 11, should fantasy managers trust Rashod Bateman, Sammy Watkins, or Devin Duvernay?

With kickoff in Week 11 hours away, fantasy football managers and the Baltimore Ravens are left scrambling to replace WR Marquise Brown, who was ruled out ahead of their matchup with the Chicago Bears due to an injury. If you are still setting lineups, should you trust Rashod Bateman, Sammy Watkins, or Devin Duvernay in Week 11 for fantasy? How could things change should Lamar Jackson also be ruled out?

Marquise Brown ruled out for Week 11

Brown is in the middle of a career year. In nine games this season, Brown has caught 52 passes for 719 yards and 6 touchdowns. He needs just 7 receptions, 50 yards, and 2 TDs over the remainder of the year to set career-highs across the board. Unfortunately, the No. 6 receiver in fantasy will not add to his totals in Week 11.

According to the Ravens’ official site, they have ruled Brown out for Week 11 against the Bears. Brown was initially listed as questionable with a thigh injury. He missed the first two practices on Wednesday and Thursday but was a limited participant on Friday, suggesting he was progressing and had a shot at playing.

However, the team felt the risk of further injury was not worth the unquestioned upside Brown brings to their offense. His absence in Week 11 will be the third missed game of his career.

With Brown out, Rashod Bateman is on the precipice of fantasy greatness

Yeah, I know that might be a bit of hyperbole, but … I just really like Bateman. Before the draft, I thought he was the most “pro-ready” WR in the class. And he’s done nothing to change my opinion that he was ready from Day 1.

Since joining the team in Week 6, Bateman has seen 6 or more targets in every game, including 8 in each of the last two. Last week, he led the team in yards (80) and has seen 19.7% of the target share since making his debut.

Chicago comes into Week 11 allowing the fifth-most fantasy points (39.76) and receiving yards per game (185.9). Bateman likely has an excellent CB matchup, too, against Kindle Vildor. Vildor is allowing a near 70% reception percentage and almost 17 yards per catch when targeted.

I was already claiming Bateman would get his first NFL TD this week. But now I think he will do that en route to a WR2 finish for fantasy.

Sammy Watkins should not be overlooked as a last-minute fantasy option

This feels weird. You usually never recommend or trust Watkins outside of Week 1. But with Brown ruled out, he might very well be viable in Week 11.

After missing the previous three games (hamstring), Watkins returned last week and was limited in his involvement. He played on just 32% of the offensive snaps and had only 1 reception for 7 yards on 3 targets.

It’s not ideal, but assuming this was the Ravens slowly ramping him up, we can expect more from Watkins against the Bears. In his first four games, Watkins saw 7+ targets and averaged 64.3 yards per game. I’d place that as his floor in Week 11 with Brown out. Watkins comes in as a high-end fantasy WR4.

Devin Duvernay is a high-risk fantasy option for deeper leagues

While Duvernay will see an increased role, it’s unlikely it will amount to much in terms of fantasy production. The second-year WR out of Texas is getting more involved, but for now, he’s a better NFL player than a fantasy asset.

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Duvernay has recorded over 40 yards just two times in his career and has never finished as a WR3 (top 36) or better in any week, with a career average of 4.1 PPR points (25 active games). He’s recorded at least 2 receptions in six of nine contests this season, but averaging just 18.44 yards per game simply isn’t enough to trust.

Fantasy managers must pay attention to Lamar Jackson’s Week 11 status

Here’s the funny thing — I just spent 700 words describing to you what I would do, and there’s a 50/50 chance none of it even matters. On Saturday [November 20], the Ravens announced that they were re-adding Lamar Jackson to the injury list as he deals with an illness. He is now listed as questionable for Week 11.

Jackson missed two practices this week due to a non-COVID-19 related illness. Tyler Huntley was the only other active quarterback on the team until Baltimore promoted Trace McSorley to the 53-man roster.

The move to place Jackson on the injury report has been described as precautionary by a source via ESPN. But until the inactives list is published 90 minutes before kickoff, we will not know for sure.

If Jackson does indeed miss Week 11, then I would avoid the Ravens’ pass catchers entirely. The drop-off from Jackson to McSorley/Huntley is too massive to trust. But if Jackson plays, I would not be concerned for the Ravens’ fantasy-relevant players, such as Bateman, Watkins, and even Duvernay.

Tommy Garrett is a Fantasy Analyst for Pro Football Network and is a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA). You can read all of Tommy’s work here, listen to him on PFN’s Fantasy Football podcast, and check out his contributions in PFN’s free fantasy newsletter. Give him a follow on Twitter: @TommyGarrettPFN.


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