The Baltimore Ravens finally made it a point to bolster their wide receiver room this offseason. After dealing with a medley of injuries last season, they beefed it up by signing Odell Beckham Jr. and Nelson Agholor, plus spending a first-round pick on Zay Flowers. Unfortunately, Beckham and Rashod Bateman are out this week. What do the team’s WR depth chart and fantasy football prognosis look like ahead of Week 4?
What Is The Ravens WR Depth Chart for Week 4?
Entering the 2023 NFL season, the Ravens’ WR depth chart wasn’t entirely clear. Flowers was the most talented of the bunch, but he is also a rookie. Rashod Bateman was the WR1 last year before he got hurt, but OBJ was running ahead of him in training camp.
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In Week 1, we sort of got answers. Beckham led the team in snaps, with Flowers trailing not far behind. Bateman’s snap share was down at 39%. Agholor was always going to be the WR4, but his playing just one fewer snap than Bateman was a bit of a surprise.
By Week 3, the hierarchy was clear. Flowers quickly emerged as Lamar Jackson’s favorite wide receiver. With 25 targets through three weeks, Flowers is unquestionably the Ravens’ WR1.
The issue ahead of Week 4 is the Ravens will be without Beckham and Bateman. That leaves them once again a bit thin at wide receiver.
Look for Agholor to step into the WR2 role. He should be on the field in most two-receiver sets. The 2015 first-rounder played a season-high 72% of the snaps last week.
We will also definitely see more of Devin Duvernay, who served as the team’s WR1 last season after Bateman went down (at least, until Duvernay went down himself).
Duvernay barely played in Week 1 but did see his snap share tick up in Weeks 2 and 3, with Beckham suffering an ankle injury. However, even with Beckham out entirely for Week 3, Duvernay only played 25% of the snaps.
Duvernay is undoubtedly the WR3 heading into Week 4, but fantasy managers should expect the Ravens to run more 12 personnel, or, at the very least, much less 11 personnel, with two of their top four receivers inactive.
Fantasy Outlook for Zay Flowers, Mark Andrews, and Nelson Agholor
The fantasy outlook for Flowers isn’t going to change. He was already dominating targets and remains a high WR3 in our PFN Consensus Rankings.
Flowers’ 29.8% target share through three weeks is super elite. The fact that it’s somehow only 14th in the league has more to do with the usage of other players than Flowers himself.
The same goes for Mark Andrews. The Ravens’ top tight end has been Jackson’s favorite target ever since Jackson took over as the team’s starter in 2018. Through three weeks, it appears Flowers is now that guy. But without Bateman and Beckham in the lineup, it wouldn’t be a surprise at all if Andrews and Flowers combined for over 50% of Jackson’s targets.
The biggest jump in value this week will be for Agholor. He goes from a bit player to a starter, operating as the team’s WR2. In deeper leagues, Agholor is viable this week as a desperation Flex option.
As for Duvernay, even as the WR3, this does not push him into fantasy relevance. The only ancillary option of any consideration might be Isaiah Likely. We could see an increase in two-TE sets. However, Likely has played just 33% and 26% of the snaps in the past two weeks. Even with the injuries to the WRs, Likely’s role does not appear to be changing. As a result, he is not an option this week.
To sum it up, fantasy managers should continue to start Flowers and Andrews with confidence. Agholor is a sneaky option in deeper leagues. No one else should be in fantasy lineups.
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