Marquise Brown had himself a day in his NFL debut causing many fans to wonder about the Ravens wide receiver’s fantasy value. Should you pickup Brown from your waiver wire?
The short answer is yes as Brown is likely going to be one of the top fantasy waiver wire adds after Week 1. The Ravens used a first-round pick on Brown showing just how much they believed in the former Oklahoma wide receiver. Brown flew under the radar during the preseason as he battled injuries, but he looks to be in top shape judging from his Week 1 performance.
Brown was a standout wide receiver at Oklahoma and had 1,318 receiving yards and 10 touchdowns in his junior season with the Sooners.
Marquise Brown Will Be One of the Top Waiver Wire Adds for Week 1
Brown started with four receptions for 147 yards and two touchdowns in the first half against the Dolphins. It is important to note that fans should not expect this sort of performance every week given the Ravens were facing a Dolphins team that appear to be one of the worst squads in the NFL. That said, Brown has a chance to be the Ravens top wide receiver given the young group of wideouts the team has on the roster.
As long as Brown can stay healthy, he has a chance to continue eating up targets from Lamar Jackson. So far, Brown is the top-ranked waiver wire add for Week 1. Ravens head coach John Harbaugh spoke about what the franchise liked about Brown after selecting him in the 2019 NFL draft.
“He’s the kind of player we like. He’s a Raven. He’s always been a guy that’s had to overcome. He has a certain toughness to him and he’s a playmaker. He’s a perfect fit for the offense we’re trying to build,” The Athletic’s Jeff Zrebiec tweeted.
The Ravens Could Have an Explosive Offense in 2019
The Ravens could go from an anemic offense last season to having an explosive unit in 2019. Lamar Jackson’s dual-threat capabilities combined with the number of young wide receivers make the Ravens an intriguing offense for fantasy purposes this season. When asked who is faster, Jackson even deferred to the rookie wide receiver.
“He got it,” Jackson said of Brown, per ESPN. “He got it. I just have to throw it to him! I don’t want to race…No, actually, we don’t. I would say he’s faster. I don’t race. I just have game speed, that’s all.”
Brown will also be battling fellow rookie wide receiver Miles Boykin for targets. So far, it looks like Brown is going to be the receiver Jackson looks to first, but Boykin should also be in play this season as well.