Marquise Brown Fantasy Outlook Continues to Rise With Increased Workload in Week 2

Dan Israeli
Arizona Cardinals v Baltimore Ravens
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For fantasy owners of Marquise Brown, many of whom scooped him off waivers after Week 1, there was one big takeaway from the Ravens Week 2 win over the Cardinals that had little to do with how many balls he caught or yards he gained.

After playing just 14 snaps in Week 2, which he parlayed into four catches for 147 yards and two touchdowns, Brown led Baltimore receivers with a 65 percent snap share in Week 2. He also went from five targets in Week 1 to 13 targets in Week 2, and finished with a solid eight for 86 yards receiving line.

Brown's boxscore was obviously not as flashy as it was in Week 1, but he operated as a true number one wide receiver against the Cardinals. It is music to the ears of people who invested their top waiver priority or several FAAB dollars for Brown's services, as there was always the scary chance that his production was a fluke, based on the low playing time and unsustainable efficiency he displayed in Week 1.

In the end, Brown's reduced Week 1 role was likely due to two factors. For starters, the Ravens jumped out to a dominating 42-10 halftime lead over the Dolphins. Secondly, and as a direct result of that big lead, coach Jon Harbaugh likely wanted to take things easy on his rookie, who has been dealing with a hip injury from the preseason.

Brown still may not be the number one option in the Ravens passing game, as tight end Mark Andrews posted his second straight dominant outing (eight catches, 112 yards, one touchdown) and appears to have strong chemistry with Lamar Jackson dating back from last season.

Having said that, Brown is a strong hold in fantasy, thanks to being the number one wide receiver tied to a dynamic quarterback with big play ability. Expect more boom weeks from Brown going forward, as the Ravens have favorable matchups in the weeks ahead, starting with the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 3.

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