Mark Andrews Fantasy Outlook May Not Include As Much Upside as You Think

Larry Rupp
Mark Andrews' fantasy outlook makes him a safe pick in 2020, but he may not have a ton of upside.
Mark Andrews' fantasy outlook makes him a safe pick in 2020, but he may not have a ton of upside. / Kirk Irwin/Getty Images

One of the top fantasy football stories of last season was the breakout of Baltimore Ravens' tight end Mark Andrews. Posting 852 yards and 10 touchdowns on 64 receptions, Andrews finished the season as the No. 5 TE in fantasy.

Andrews' emergence was unexpected, as he wasn't expected to be one of the Raven's top receiving options, and he was going undrafted in most fantasy football redraft formats.

The question on fantasy owners minds heading into this season is whether or not Andrews will be able to put up the same kind of numbers he did last season. He lead the Ravens in receptions, receiving yards, and touchdowns, which is not usually something that occurs for tight ends.

Andrews is a very safe pick in 2020 drafts, as the only real potential change in his role is that he will be a bigger part of the offense, as fellow tight end Hayden Hurst was traded to the Atlanta Falcons. However, it will be hard for Andrews to exceed the production he had last year without a serious increase in volume, and fantasy managers need to be weary of that.

The third year player out of Oklahoma was able to capitalize on his playing time last year despite only rankings No. 40 in the NFL for snaps played at the tight end position. Andrews made a living off of big plays and touchdowns, which is very hard to repeat, especially in an offense as spread out and talented as the Ravens.

As the top option for quarterback Lamar Jackson, Andrews should still be a rock-solid option to start most weeks. However, his lack of snaps and low target numbers relative to tight ends ranked around him (Zach Ertz and Darren Waller) leaves very little room for improvement on his numbers from last season.

Coming in as the No. 4 TE in our 2020 fantasy football rankings, Andrews has an average draft position (ADP) of No. 3 among tight ends, per FantasyPros ADP data. There is no reason that Mark Andrews should not finish among the top five tight ends in 2020, but his potential for limited upside is a definite concern, hurting his value in drafts.

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