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News: 5 days agoBateman caught all four of his targets for 31 yards against the Browns in Week 12.
Spin: Baltimore's offense was not in sync in Lamar Jackson's return, and Bateman's production suffered as a result. He caught everything thrown his way and was effective on a per-target basis, but Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews accounted for nearly two-thirds of the targets, which left very little to go around for the other Ravens pass-catchers. If Jackson bounces back Sunday against Pittsburgh, Bateman should also be in line for a bounceback. It's worth noting, however, that Bateman's 45 percent snap share was his lowest mark since he debuted in Week 6.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Bateman was selected by Baltimore with the 27th overall pick of April's draft. He has decent size at 6-foot-1, 210 pounds and projects as a perimeter/X receiver in the pros. The Minnesota product is a physical receiver with good route running, speed (reportedly ran a 4.39 40) and post-catch ability. A high-volume target and vertical threat, Bateman handled a prospect-high 43% of his team's air yards in 2020 (albeit in only five games) and a 32% target share over the past three seasons. Volume figures to elude him in Baltimore, however, as the Lamar Jackson-led offense leans heavily on the run and he'll also need to fend off Marquise Brown, Mark Andrews and perhaps Sammy Watkins for targets. Bateman will also open his career on IR, but could return as soon as Week 4. This is not an ideal short-term landing spot, so, along with the injury, Bateman is best left on waivers in season-long leagues.