Marquise Brown Fantasy Football Analysis with Ravens

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  • See Matthew Freedman's fantasy football analysis for wide receiver Marquise Brown, who was drafted No. 25 overall by the Baltimore Ravens.

Marquise Brown Fantasy Football Analysis

  • Height: 5’9” | Weight: 166 pounds
  • School: Oklahoma | Class: Junior
  • 2019 age: 22 | Draft position: No. 25 overall

Brown has been unable to work out for scouts in advance of the draft because of a Lisfranc injury he suffered in the Big 12 Championship Game, but he’s assumed to have elite speed — which he’ll need to have at his size.

As dynamic as Brown was last season, I think it’s dangerous to assume that a small receiver — a guy who can win pretty much only through speed — is actually fast enough to produce against NFL defenders.

But in a vacuum, I still like Brown a lot. “Hollywood” enters the NFL with three consecutive seasons of good production. As a true freshman, Brown dominated the community college ranks, leading College of the Canyons in receiving with 50 receptions, 754 yards and 10 touchdowns in 10 games and chipping in two return touchdowns.

As a four-star junior college recruit, Brown transferred to Oklahoma, and as a sophomore he served as quarterback Baker Mayfield’s top playmaker, leading the Sooners with 1,095 yards and finishing second with 57 receptions and seven touchdowns.

Then last year he put up even better receiving numbers with Kyler Murray at quarterback, finishing first on the team with 75 receptions and 1,318 yards and second with 10 touchdowns.

I’m not a big fan of situation: Quarterback Lamar Jackson struggled last year with his accuracy, and the Ravens employ a very run-heavy offense. Even so, Brown is likely to be the No. 1 receiver for the Ravens right away, so his target volume should be respectable, and he could have some big performances thanks to the attention that opposing defenses will have to pay to the run.

Credit: Ben Queen-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Marquise Brown

Assuming he has the speed to translate his game to the NFL, Brown could be a strong field-stretching producer as early as this season. He’s someone I’d like to draft as a volatile best-ball depth receiver with league-winning upside.

In dynasty leagues, I’m likely to have him ranked behind a number of other rookie wide receivers — guys who are bigger and have verified athleticism. I don’t mind Brown in redraft formats, but I can’t get on board with the idea of making a premium long-term investment in a small receiver without the certainty that comes with a combine 40-yard dash.

NFL Comp: DeSean Jackson without the rushing production and verified 40 time

Matthew Freedman is the Editor-in-Chief of FantasyLabs. He has a dog and sometimes a British accent. In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he’s known only as The Labyrinthian.