Because the Ravens’ offense will lean heavily on the ground attack, and because Nick Boyle is the unit’s best blocker, he’ll likely be the starter most games and could once again lead the group in snaps. The Ravens made it a high priority to re-sign him to a lucrative three-year contract this offseason for a reason, because he’s a valuable chess piece in Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman’s highly-schemed rushing attack. Boyle has also proven capable enough as a receiver (23 catches for 213 yards) to surprise defenses from time to time and keep them more honest.
With that said, Mark Andrews and Hayden Hurst could be in store for “breakout” seasons that put them on the field more often. Andrews put up great stats as a rookie, catching 34 passes for 552 yards and three touchdowns. If offseason practices are any indication, he could be a featured receiving target as a big body over the middle or even split out wide. Andrews has also focused on becoming a better blocker this summer, which would get him on the field in more situations.
Andrews has also focused on becoming a better blocker which could keep him on the field more, while Hurst is considered the most complete TE on the team and is a former first round pick. We have Andrews ranked 20th on our TE list while Hurst is 54th.
BAL TE Hayden Hurst - Week 9 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 9 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers
Hayden Hurst scored the first touchdown of his career last week against the Panthers, finishing the game with two catches and 29 yards. While it was a nice step in the right direction for the rookie out of South Carolina, the Ravens have been using up to four tight ends in a full committee approach thus far this season, making it hard to trust any individual over another. Hurst remains the most valuable as a long-term stash option in most leagues, and should definitely be owned in dynasty formats, but he should remain on the bench until we see a more clearly defined role and consistent production from him.