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Mark Andrews’ 2020 Fantasy Stock Continues to Rise as Unquestioned Ravens Target Hog

Not the hardest hitting news here, but Ravens TE Mark Andrews gets a bump in his value after Hayden Hurst was dealt to the Falcons. In 2019, Andrews led the Ravens with 98 targets and a 64-852-10 stat line, which led the team in all categories (as predicted).

More impressively, he did this in a three-headed TE committee, alongside Hurst (39 tgts) and Nick Boyle (43 tgts), who were both largely fantasy irrelevant. Still, the removal of the greater pass-catching threat does nothing but help Andrews’ rising fantasy stock moving forward.

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As we saw last year, the Ravens offense underwent a huge makeover with Lamar Jackson under center and Greg Roman calling the shots as the offensive coordinator. The offense was shifted so drastically to the point where the Ravens were the NFL’s leaders in TE target percentage (43.6 percent of targets), with the Eagles at a distant second at 38.7 percent.

Still, even if this seems like an outrageous number, why would Baltimore fix what isn’t broken? They averaged an absurd 31.9 points per game, and could be even more deadly in Lamar’s second season of Roman’s offense.

Andrews will again be the main passing vein. He thrived stretching the seam off play-action, leading the NFL with 20 deep targets and an 11.8 average depth of his looks.

Perhaps a more experienced Jackson won’t lock onto Andrews as heavily. Maybe Marquise Brown will explode in Year 2. Perhaps they’ll land one of this draft’s many stud WRs.

Still, expect Hurst’s removal to offset this, and Andrews to remain the top-target in one of the league’s deadliest offenses. This will again lead to plenty of seam-stretching looks, and plenty of Red Zone action.

Thus, after the obvious Travis Kelce and George Kittle tier, Andrews slides in right alongside Zach Ertz, and is my clear-cut TE4.

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