Posted by Brandon Niles
Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 7:25pm
Hurst looks more pro-ready than most rookie tight ends, as he’s already 24 years old and has the size and athleticism to compete on the line and down the seam. Hurst plays with a nasty streak that should allow him to win the job early on, a job the Ravens have been trying to fill since Todd Heap left after the 2010 season. Hurst will get every opportunity to show he can be a similarly impactful player at the position.
Rookie tight ends don’t typically put up consistent fantasy numbers and the Baltimore offense in general has been marred by inconsistency throughout the franchise’s entire existence. This has been especially the case under quarterback Joe Flacco, who is coming off a season where he averaged only 5.72 yards per completion, a career-low. Hurst will also need to beat out holdovers Maxx Williams and Nick Boyle for playing time, and his potential as a willing blocker might make him a better football player than a fantasy producer.
2018 Bottom Line
Hurst is an excellent dynasty option for fantasy owners looking at his long-term potential as a starter. In redraft leagues, he has speculative value as a priority waiver wire pickup due to his potential for a high number of targets. However, until he shows he has the job locked down and the Ravens show some offensive consistency, he’ll be a risky option in most leagues.
Hurst may miss the start of the season with a fractured foot. This isn't a good start for the rookie, but it does little to change his fantasy value. He was a long play regardless and remains a good dynasty option, with a little upside in deep redraft leagues.