Mark Andrews: Player Profile

Justin Bruni
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Mark Andrews: Player Profile

The stage is set for Mark Andrews to take a big leap forward in production this year. The Baltimore Ravens received a considerable boost to their receiving core, Andrews will be playing in a contract year, and Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman has committed to a more balanced pass/run attack. FantasyPros has Andrews ranked as TE5 in PPR Redraft leagues; and while that seems like a fair evaluation, I’d still have him a spot higher with upside to conquer one of the Elite 3 NFL TE’s in Travis Kelce, George Kittle, and Darren Waller. While he’s still ranked inside the top 5 for his position, you can easily draft him in many formats in rounds 6 or later!

The Cavalry has Arrived

The Ravens we’re wise to add depth to their receiving core this offseason. They landed Sammy Watkins in Free Agency and drafted Rashod Bateman with the 27th overall pick in the draft. The extra pieces should equal less double coverage and pressure on Andrews this year. He and Marquise Brown led the team in catches last season with 58: however, they both faced struggles from opposing defenses as their team’s primary pass catchers. Watkins offers more experience, and Bateman brings another level of speed to an already super-fast offense.

Even with these upgrades, I still see Andrews as the best pass-catcher on the team. He has a HUGE catch radius and vacuums up everything in his vicinity. He’s also improved as a blocker over the past two seasons, so there’s little to no upside keeping him on the sidelines. He will get a ton of usage this season, and I expect him to maintain himself as a top 5 player at the TE position all year long.

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Contract Year + More Passing Volume?

Mark Andrews will be playing his last season under his rookie contract. It’s known that Andrews wants to stay in Baltimore, but with a successful season looming, will the Ravens be willing to pay him what he’s looking for? I expect him to land somewhere between 10 and 13 Million per year. For reference, George Kittle is around 15 Million per year. John Harbaugh loves his guys, and I expect him to get Andrews a few extra touchdowns this season in an attempt to help break the bank!

There’s no hiding that OC Greg Roman is on the hot seat this season. Many have questioned his run-heavy approach, not because it’s not successful, but because there is little to no passing game. The Raven’s passing offense has finished 32 of 32 the past two seasons in passing attempts. While I would argue they didn’t have the appropriate weapons for a pass-heavy attack, that doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate more passing into the overall scheme; you can’t go 90/10 in the NFL and expect to have success.

Roman’s reading the room and recognizes he’ll be gone fast if things don’t change. He’s gone on the record multiple times to declare the team will pass more this season. Any increase will do WONDERS for Andrews’ overall fantasy value. He recorded roughly 700 receiving yards last year and 850 the year prior. Andrews is a big play TE; he’s averaged 13.5 yards per reception through his first three seasons. The extra volume this year should push him to 900+ receiving yards; there’s a lot to be excited about here!

Final Thoughts

Andrews is going pretty late given a top 5 ranking at his position. You can load up on elite talent at QB, RB, and WR before targeting him in your draft. A booming season from Andrews will produce many championship rosters given his mid-tier draft stock. I’m comfortable selecting him as early as the 5th round, but you can play TE “Chicken” in some leagues and even land him a few rounds later. The last mock draft I saw had him going in round 8 in a super-flex format, that’s amazing value! I expect him to finish this season with 76+ catches, 900+ receiving yards, and flirt with 10+ touchdowns.

 

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