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Mark Andrews Fantasy Value Climbing Heading into Sophomore Season

Jason Schandl
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The Baltimore Ravens offense is something of a puzzle heading into the 2019 season. They played two entirely different systems last year, opening with Joe Flacco at the helm and pivoting to Lamar Jackson and an entirely different play-calling scheme starting in Week 11.

Now they've had a full offseason to plan around Jackson starting, and it remains to be seen how different their 2019 offense will look to that late-season offense.

It's going to be hard for the Ravens to be any more run-heavy than they were down the stretch in 2018, which could create some value among their pass-catchers. This leaves Mark Andrews as a potential tight end sleeper.

Andrews was second among Ravens tight ends in snaps when Jackson started, playing 176 of a possible 517. Ahead of him was Nick Boyle with 291, but Boyle has served predominantly as a blocker in the past.

The Baltimore offense is also likely to have more than enough tight end work to go around, having used more 2-TE sets than any other team in 2018.

Mark Andrews is still a speculative pick, having seen only 50 targets in 2018.

That was the most for any of the team's tight ends though, topping Boyle's 37 and fellow rookie Hayden Hurst's 23. At a tight end position that is notoriously unfriendly to rookies, Andrews is one of only 19 players to eclipse 50 targets as a rookie since 2010.

Crushing Boyle in targets despite playing only 61 percent as many snaps over the whole season shows a clear preference for using Andrews in the passing game, especially if we see him consistently join Boyle in the two-TE sets.

Andrews is also available at a serious discount in 2019 fantasy football drafts, with an average draft position (ADP) of only TE16, going as the 151st player off the board overall. His floor is low in a potentially run-heavy offense, but his upside is huge in a Ravens offense that has lost their two most-targeted players from last season.

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