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Lamar Jackson is bringing a ​new level of excitement to the Baltimore Ravens and their offense. The electrifying dual-threat QB has given this unit a boost, but with all the running he's been doing, there are now questions about the fantasy value of his wide receivers. Michael Crabtree, Willie Snead and John Brown were thriving in the more traditional ​Joe Flacco-led offense, but have struggled to find fantasy relevancy with their new QB.

With a now extremely run-heavy offense, Ravens receivers are tough to trust in fantasy right now.


Crabtree seems like the best option out of this group due to his ability in the red zone. A touchdown against his former team saved his fantasy day in Week 12, going for just 21 yards on 3 catches, but Crabtree has also received the most targets out of these three since Jackson took over at QB. And with targets comes opportunity, especially for a QB-WR combo just starting to play together.


Brown still leads the receiving corps in touchdowns, but don't let that fool you as he's only had one score since Week 4. With just two catches in the past two weeks, it's clear that Brown's still set was made for Flacco, not Jackson.

Things are even more complicated when it comes to Snead. He only has one less target than Crabtree with eight since Jackson took over, but all of them came against the Bengals. He went from looking like the top dog in this group to a total bust, with a goose egg across the board against Oakland in Week 12 -- zero targets, zero catches. He did play his usually allotment of snaps, so it's very possible last week was just an anomaly.


So this Sunday against a very susceptible Atlanta Falcons defense, which way do you go in fantasy? Brown seems like an afterthought, Snead leads the group in catches over the past two weeks, and Crabtree owns the red zone -- but buyer beware on all three as potential WR3s or FLEX options this weekend. If you have to pick one, I'd rather start Crabtree, but overall this is a WR situation to avoid.   


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