Rashod Bateman
  • Rashod Bateman

  • WR
  • , Baltimore Ravens
  • 25
  • 193 lbs
  • 6' 1"
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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

BAL WR Rashod Bateman - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 vs. Indianapolis Colts

Rashod Bateman has some upside this week if Odell Beckham Jr. misses the game with an ankle injury, but he’s been disappointing thus far. Bateman has just six catches in two games and has watched rookie Zay Flowers get 15 targets. With Flowers and tight end Mark Andrews getting the bulk of the passing production, there may not be much left for Bateman. Even if OBJ is out, Bateman is too risky for most fantasy lineups.

Update: With Odell Beckham Jr. out, Bateman gets a bump and might be worth a gamble in deep leagues as a WR3 option.

by Brandon Niles

BAL WR Rashod Bateman - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 at Cincinnati Bengals

Rashod Bateman suited up last week against the Texans, which is a great sign for his health, but he was limited to just 35 yards on three receptions. He caught every one of his targets, but saw significantly fewer snaps than Odell Beckham and Zay Flowers. It looks like Bateman is the third receiver in this offense. The talent is there, but we’re going to need to see the production before we recommend starting him. He’s borderline droppable in most leagues.

by Brandon Niles

BAL WR Rashod Bateman - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 vs. Houston Texans

Rashod Bateman was limited to six games last season before a Lisfranc injury robbed him of the rest of his season. He showed flashes while he was healthy, including catching four balls for 108 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 against the Dolphins. Bateman has flashed ability when healthy, but staying on the field has been his problem through two years in the league. With Todd Monken at offensive coordinator, the Ravens are poised to throw the ball more than they did under Greg Roman, so there’s upside for all the Baltimore pass-catchers. Bateman is worth rostering, but he’s too risky to put in fantasy lineups for Week 1. Wait a few games and see what his target share is going to look like, now that he’s vying for looks with veteran Odell Beckham Jr. and rookie first-rounder Zay Flowers.

by Brandon Niles

BAL WR Rashod Bateman - 2023 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
Rashod Bateman scored a touchdown in each of his first two games last season and had four catches for 108 yards in a thrilling loss to the Miami Dolphins in Week 2. While he missed significant time with injuries last year, he received starter snaps when he was healthy and he showed flashes of the speed and receiving ability that made him a first round pick in the 2021 draft. Bateman should be back and healthy this year and has the most familiarity with Lamar Jackson among the other Baltimore receivers atop the depth chart. Additionally, new offensive coordinator Todd Monken brings with him a downfield passing attack that fits Bateman’s skill set.

Fantasy Downside
The Ravens used a first round pick on Zay Flowers and signed Odell Beckham Jr. in free agency. Gone are the days when Devin Duvernay was the primary competition for snaps in the receiving corps. Also, much like the situation in Kansas City, the tight end is the number one receiver in Baltimore, as Mark Andrews has led the team in every major receiving category for the past two seasons. Bateman can probably overcome the competition, but he absolutely needs to stay healthy. He’s been limited to just 18 games over his first two seasons combined, and it’s time for him to show he can be on the field for the bulk of an NFL season.

2023 Bottom Line
Bateman may be risky and it’s hard to trust the Baltimore receiving corps after years of disappointing fantasy results, but he hardly costs you anything. He’s going in the 14th round and we have him ranked barely inside our top 50 wide receivers. His upside in a new offense as arguably the only X-style receiver on the roster makes him well worth his low ADP. Draft him at cost as an excellent late-round upside WR5.

by Brandon Niles

BAL WR Rashod Bateman - Week 8 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 8 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Rashod Bateman returned to action last week against the Browns, catching four of his five targets for 42 yards. Bateman missed a couple games prior with a foot injury, and was limited to 56% of the team’s offensive snaps in his return. Still, he led the team in targets and picked up a key first down in the second quarter that helped the team secure a pull ahead before the half.

This week, Bateman faces a Tampa Bay defense that ranks 18th in aFPA to opposing wide receivers and just re-invigorated D.J. Moore by allowing him to gain 69 yards and his second touchdown of the season on seven receptions. Watch Bateman’s status and be ready with a replacement if he’s a late inactive, but if he starts, he has some upside against a reeling Buccaneers team. We have him ranked as a low-end WR3 option.

by Brandon Niles

BAL WR Rashod Bateman - Week 7 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 7 vs. Cleveland Browns

Rashod Bateman missed the last two weeks with a foot injury and is a question mark heading into Week 7. If he’s active, he’s a WR2/WR3 option based on his big play potential. He’s averaging 60.75 yards per game, despite only having 11 receptions in four outings. That’s thanks in large part to a pair of long touchdown receptions. The Browns have really struggled defensively this season, and they rank 27th in aFPA to opposing wide receivers. It’s a good matchup. Now we just need the health to check out. Be ready to make a last-minute lineup switch – perhaps to Devin Duvernay – but Bateman is worth considering if he’s able to suit up.

by Brandon Niles

BAL WR Rashod Bateman - Week 5 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 5 vs. Cincinnati Bengals

Rashod Bateman struggled last week along with the rest of the Baltimore passing game, finishing with just 17 yards on three catches. Bateman still led the team with six targets, but it’s concerning he had to leave the game early.

This week, Bateman faces a Bengals defense that ranks fourth in aFPA to opposing wide receivers so far this season. Monitor his health status heading into the matchup, but if he’s active, he should be considered a risky bet in a tough matchup. We have him ranked as a low-end WR3 option.

Update: With Bateman out, be sure to get him out of your lineup. Devin Duvernay should benefit.

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