Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Marquise Brown is currently the fantasy WR6 in standard scoring and points per reception (PPR) scoring. Often considered a boom-or-bust option, Brown has been a reliable source of fantasy points, with only one game this season with fewer than 50 receiving yards. Has he ascended to being a player you should start every week in fantasy football?
Marquise Brown has been a legitimate WR1 for the Ravens this season
Brown has been the Ravens’ top option in the passing game this season. He showcased that again in Week 9 when he caught 9 of 12 targets for 116 yards.
At 5’9″ and 180 pounds, Brown isn’t a traditional volume receiver, but he’s excelling in the role. He’s finding ways to get open and showing that he can handle the hits that come with a significant workload.
Brown by the numbers
The man they call Hollywood has caught 46 of 69 targets for 682 yards and 6 touchdowns. Brown’s catch rate is up at 66.7%, the highest mark of his career. While he was targeted 100 times last season, he only brought in 58% of them.
After a steady increase from 41.7 receiving yards per game in his rookie season to 48.1 in Year 2, Brown has exploded in Year 3. His chemistry with quarterback Lamar Jackson looks as good as it ever has. He’s currently averaging 85.3 receiving yards per game through eight games and looks like one of the most dangerous receivers in the league.
Is the Ravens’ WR1 playing in Week 10?
Brown was limited in practice on Monday with a back injury. Whatever caused the injury, it didn’t appear to affect him in Week 9. Brown played 80 of 98 offensive snaps for the Ravens in their overtime win over the Vikings.
At this stage, he appears to be trending towards playing. He practiced in full on Tuesday, and head coach John Harbaugh hasn’t shown any concern over his game status for Thursday Night Football. Keep an eye on the Ravens’ injury report, but plan for Brown to start.
Brown faces the Miami Dolphins in a mouthwatering matchup
As a fantasy manager, few things will get your attention more than seeing that one of your players faces the Dolphins. Miami has invested heavily in the cornerback position, with Xavien Howard and Byron Jones often considered among the league’s top duos. Despite this, the Dolphins are currently allowing the fifth-most fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers in standard scoring and the third-most in PPR.
The Ravens have often relied on the ground game, with Jackson leading the way followed by an ever-changing stable of running backs. Brown has become one of Jackson’s favorite receiving options in the red zone, though. Both he and Mark Andrews, often considered one of the league’s top weapons in that area of the field, have 7 RZ targets. Both players also have 4 catches, although Brown has only scored touchdowns on two RZ trips (compared to 3 TDs for Andrews).
Nothing has been going right for the Dolphins this year. A Week 9 victory eased the pressure on head coach Brian Flores a little, but the team is still 2-7, and the Ravens are heavily favored. Brown is currently the WR17 in our Week 10 fantasy wide receiver rankings. He is enjoying a breakout season and should start in all formats.
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