Marquise Brown Fantasy Outlook Positions Him as High-Upside Breakout Candidate in 2021

Jason Schandl
Marquise Brown's fantasy outlook includes boom-or-bust value as a breakout candidate in 2021.
Marquise Brown's fantasy outlook includes boom-or-bust value as a breakout candidate in 2021. / Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Since being selected in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft, people have been calling for a Marquise Brown fantasy breakout in back to back seasons. That really hasn't happened yet.

He's shown big-play ability and scored 15 touchdowns, but he also still finished as just the WR47 in PPR fantasy scoring leagues on a per-game basis.

Don't let that sour you on his outlook in 2021 though. This is shaping up to finally be the season that Hollywood breaks out.

Marquise Brown Fantasy Value

Including the playoffs, Brown played 18 games in his sophomore season. Even looking at all 18 games, he didn't crack 1,000 receiving yards.

But it was really a story of two seasons.

Across his first nine games, Brown turned an average of 6.2 targets into 3.6 receptions and 47.9 yards per game, scoring just twice.

Across his final nine, he saw 6.7 targets per game, converting that workload into 4.1 receptions and 59.3 yards per game, scoring 6 touchdowns.

That increased production came with an expanded role as well, with three of his four highest single-game snap rates coming in that latter sample.

It's not all roses, though. The Ravens' offense has been light on WR targets over the last couple of seasons, and Brown will now also be competing for looks with Sammy Watkins and first-round pick Rashod Bateman. That makes him a high-risk, high-reward kind of player.

Brown checks in at just WR47 in The Duel's 2021 fantasy football rankings, with a floor much lower and a ceiling much higher than that.

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