Isaiah Likely

Baltimore Ravens
Tight End
Baltimore Ravens
Tight End
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Isaiah Likely Working To Become "Chess Piece" On Offense

Baltimore Ravens tight end Isaiah Likely said he's focused on learning all of the receiving positions in Year 2 of offensive coordinator Todd Monken's scheme. "It's being a chess piece, being anywhere 'Monk' needs me to be in this offense -; whether it's in the slot, in-line, in the backfield, split out wide by myself," Likely said. "The more you know, the more you can stay on the field." The Ravens already have All-Pro tight end Mark Andrews, but the team wants to get both Andrews and Likely on the field more at the same time in 2024. In eight games after Likely stepped in for the injured Andrews last year, he caught 25 passes for 372 yards and six touchdowns. With an expanded role in 2024, Likely could be a TE2 in fantasy, but his ceiling will remain limited as long as Andrews stays healthy.

Jun 24, 2024 2:53 PM EST

Isaiah Likely Earning Enhanced Role

Baltimore Ravens tight end Isaiah Likely has been behind All-Pro veteran Mark Andrews to begin his NFL career, but his flashes of upside could lead the team to implement even more 12 personnel in 2024. According to Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic, Likely has continued to impress this offseason. "Likely's work in OTAs and minicamp gave Monken even more reason to polish those multiple tight end sets," Zrebiec wrote. "From making highlight-reel one-handed catches in the middle of the field, to finding openings underneath, to pulling away from defenders after receptions, Likely looked like a player who will be hard to keep off the field." The Coastal Carolina product averaged 13.9 PPR fantasy points per game in six contests with Andrews sidelined last season. He has top-five upside if Andrews has to miss any time this year, and he might even have rare value from a backup tight end in fantasy football.

Jun 19, 2024 4:11 PM EST

Isaiah Likely Catches Touchdown In Playoff Win

Baltimore Ravens tight end Isaiah Likely secured his first-ever postseason touchdown in the Divisional Round, finishing with two catches for 34 yards and a touchdown in the team's 34-10 victory over the Texans. With Mark Andrews (ankle) still sidelined, Likely took on the role of the team's primary tight end and continued to make significant plays in his absence. Andrews returned to practice this week, increasing the likelihood of his return for the AFC Championship game next week. The Ravens will host either the Bills or Chiefs, both ranking in the top 10 in DVOA against the pass. These teams have effectively defended tight ends throughout the season, and Likely's value would diminish in any format if Andrews makes his return.

Jan 20, 2024 9:13 PM EST

Isaiah Likely Could Be A High-Quality Start

Baltimore Ravens tight end Isaiah Likely proved that he could be a big-time playmaker in the team's offense ever since Mark Andrews (ankle) went down with an ankle injury in Week 11. In that short span, Likely caught 21 of his 30 targets for 322 yards and five touchdowns. In comparison, he had just nine receptions for 89 yards on 10 targets in the 10 games prior. Add in the fact that the Texans rank as one of the worst teams against opposing tight ends and you would have a recipe for success. However, Andrews is listed as questionable for this contest, so if he plays, then Likely loses a lot of fantasy value. Fantasy managers will want to keep an eye on Andrews' status before deciding to play Likely or not.

Jan 19, 2024 12:18 AM EST

Isaiah Likely Catches Fifth Touchdown Of The Season

Baltimore Ravens tight end Isaiah Likely found the end zone once more during the first half of the 17-10 loss in Week 18. The young tight end continues to fill in admirably for the All-Pro Mark Andrews. He finished the season finale with two catches for 31 yards and a touchdown on two targets. Since taking over as the starter in Week 12, he's hauled in 21 of his 28 targets for 322 yards and five touchdowns. Not only has he proven to be a high-quality pass-catcher, but Likely has flashed some tremendous athletic ability, especially for the position. He and the Ravens will get some well-deserved rest with the bye in the first round of the playoffs.

Jan 7, 2024 12:07 AM EST

Isaiah Likely Flashes Brilliance On Two Scores

Baltimore Ravens tight end Isaiah Likely erupted in Sunday's 56-19 decimation of the Miami Dolphins, catching two of his three passes for 42 yards and two touchdowns. Likely's first score was an awesome one-handed catch on the run for 35 yards to close out a 28-point first half for the Ravens, and his second TD was of the shorter variety from seven yards out in the third quarter. The highly talented 23-year-old has been incredibly hit or miss in his career without Mark Andrews (ankle) in the lineup, but he's averaging 3.8 catches on 5.2 targets for 58.2 yards with four total scores over his prior five contests, with at least 40 yards in each game. Likely has looked like a diamond in the rough for the past two years, but he could be starting to polish into a more consistent contributor. If Andrews is unable to make a return during Baltimore's postseason, Likely should have a very important role to fill during their run.

Jan 1, 2024 2:23 AM EST

Isaiah Likely Carries TE1 Value In Week 17

Baltimore Ravens tight end Isaiah Likely has played a huge role in the offense ever since Mark Andrews (ankle) went down in Week 11. During that time, Likely ranks fifth among tight ends in routes run per team dropback with 80.5% and he's in the top ten for receiving yards with 249. On top of that, there are only four other tight ends with more touchdowns than him in the same span. The Miami Dolphins are right in the middle of the pack against opposing tight ends and allow 11.5 fantasy points per game in PPR formats. With Zay Flowers (calf) currently listed as questionable, Likely may even have a bigger role in the passing game. Fantasy managers can consider him a TE1 again this week.

Dec 29, 2023 6:54 PM EST

Isaiah Likely Collects 56 Yards Against 49ers

Baltimore Ravens tight end Isaiah Likely wasn't able to continue his hot streak as he ended up producing TE2 value in Week 16, but he proved to be an important piece to this offense. Likely ended the game with three receptions for 56 yards on four targets. He was tied with Rashod Bateman and Nelson Agholor for the second-most targets behind Zay Flowers. His value shines through even more in PPR formats, but given how thin the tight end position is in fantasy football, Likely can always finish near the top of the position in any given week. He'll take on the Miami Dolphins in Week 17.

Dec 26, 2023 10:25 AM EST

Isaiah Likely Remains A TE1 In Week 16

Baltimore Ravens tight end Isaiah Likely has now seen at least six targets in each of the team's last three games. In that time, since Week 12, he has the sixth-highest percentage of routes run per dropback with 80%. In that same span, Likely has an 18.2% target share and he's been able to post a catch rate of 77.8%. The matchup against the San Francisco 49ers presents a tougher situation as they're slightly above average against opposing tight ends and the pass-rush will cause some issues. If there's one thing Lamar Jackson is known for though is that he's going to target the tight end as a safety valve. Likely carries TE1 value again despite the tough matchup.

Dec 24, 2023 9:24 AM EST

Isaiah Likely Hauls In Another Touchdown

Baltimore Ravens tight end Isaiah Likely has now delivered back-to-back TE1 performances while taking over for Mark Andrews (ankle). He's gotten a lot more comfortable in the offense and Lamar Jackson has rewarded him with some pinpoint accurate throws. Likely finished the 23-7 win over the Jaguars with five catches for 70 yards and a touchdown on six targets. His score was the first touchdown of the game for the Ravens when he was able to get open in between multiple defenders for a 16-yard strike. Likely also delivered a highlight reel catch after a desperate scramble from Jackson, he was able to catch a pass over top of two defenders. At this point, his TE1 value should carry over to Week 16 against the 49ers.

Dec 18, 2023 8:18 AM EST

Isaiah Likely A Borderline TE1 In Week 15

Baltimore Ravens tight end Isaiah Likely finally posted a solid week against the Rams in Week 14. He's been expected to take over Mark Andrews' (ankle) role while he's out, but he hasn't turned that void into his own production until last week. In Week 15, he'll go up against the 25th-ranked team against opposing tight ends in the Jacksonville Jaguars. Reaching seven targets again is not out of the question against this defense. The bigger issue is that Zay Flowers and Odell Beckham Jr. are a bigger part of the offense right now and they could command the bulk of the receiving work again. Fantasy managers can consider him a strong TE2 with TE1 potential.

Dec 16, 2023 5:20 PM EST

Isaiah Likely Grabs His First Touchdown Of The Season

Baltimore Ravens tight end Isaiah Likely put together a big performance in the overtime win against the Rams. He caught five of his seven targets for 83 yards and a touchdown with most of his work coming from the first half of this game. Likely broke out for a 54-yard touchdown in the first quarter where he outran a couple of defenders down the sideline. The young tight end has the athleticism and talent to put up some big numbers and this matchup showed some of his potential. He'll go up against the Jaguars in Week 15 to see if he can post a game similar to this one.

Dec 10, 2023 5:41 PM EST

Isaiah Likely Holds TE1 Value In Week 14

Baltimore Ravens tight end Isaiah Likely registered TE1 type of metrics in Week 12 as the starter in target share and yards per route run. He has the talent to put up big performances as the starting tight end, but he has delivered a mixed bag of results so far. The good thing is that the Rams have been one of the worst teams against opposing tight ends. They rank 27th against the position and just gave up 21.2 fantasy points to Cleveland tight ends in Week 13. Likely can be considered low-end TE1 in this Week 14 matchup.

Dec 9, 2023 11:52 AM EST

Ravens Not Changing Game Plan For Isaiah Likely

The Baltimore Ravens are likely going to be without tight end Mark Andrews (ankle) for the rest of the season, but NFL Network's Mike Garafolo reports that the team isn't expected to change their game plan or playbook and expect Isaiah Likely to be able to run the same plays as Andrews did as their primary pass-catching tight end. The second-year tight end has a big opportunity for the rest of the season in a high-scoring Ravens offense, although quarterback Lamar Jackson could focus more on targeting receivers Zay Flowers, Odell Beckham Jr. and Rashod Bateman more in the passing attack. Fantasy managers in deeper leagues should consider Likely a TE1/2 streaming option, but he's certainly not going to put up numbers anywhere close to Andrews', so temper expectations.

Nov 26, 2023 1:25 PM EST

Isaiah Likely A Risky Option With Low TE1 Potential

Baltimore Ravens tight end Isaiah Likely will step into one of the most used tight end roles in the league, but he hasn't exactly stepped up consistently when Mark Andrews (ankle) was out before. In Week 1, while Andrews was on the sidelines, Likely caught his only target for four yards. Now that the offense had some time to get the new playbook down, maybe Likely sees some more action this time around, but he's been used as run blocker more often than not. The Chargers rank 30th against opposing tight ends though, so if Likely gets to run some routes, he'll find open spots. He can be considered a risky option with borderline TE1/TE2 potential.

Nov 25, 2023 1:46 PM EST

Isaiah Likely A Non-Factor In Week 1

Baltimore Ravens tight end Isaiah Likely was one of the trending pickups when Mark Andrews (quad) was ruled out, but didn't reward any managers that decided to start him. Against the Texans, Likely finished with just one catch for four yards. Lamar Jackson showed that he wasn't relying on just any tight end, as both Likely and Charlie Kolar only saw two targets total. Heading into Week 2 against Cincinnati, Likely doesn't seem to have the streaming value that he once had if Andrews had to miss another game.

Sep 10, 2023 8:27 PM EST

Isaiah Likely A Sneaky DFS Play And Streamer

Baltimore Ravens tight end Isaiah Likely looks like he will operate as Lamar Jackson's No. 1 tight end in the Week 1 game against the Houston Texans. Mark Andrews (quad) is not expected to play, meaning Likely will enter the fantasy radar as the 2023 NFL season kicks off. The 23-year-old caught two touchdowns in two games where Andrews was inactive and Lamar Jackson was active last season, so he's set up to be an interesting DFS play at his reduced cost and could be worth streaming in deep season-long fantasy leagues. There's a chance the Ravens get out to an early big lead and keep things on the ground, and its wide receiver group is as deep as it has been in the Lamar Jackson era. All that said, Likely isn't bust-proof, but has plenty of upside.

Sep 10, 2023 8:28 AM EST

Huge volume in Week 18

Likely recorded eight receptions on 13 targets for 103 yards in Sunday's 27-16 loss to the Bengals.

Jan 8, 2023 7:55 PM EST

Cashes in short score

Likely caught three of five targets for 12 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 16-13 loss to Pittsburgh.

Jan 1, 2023 10:24 PM EST

Another quiet showing

Likely had two receptions on three targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 13-3 loss to the Browns.

Dec 20, 2022 1:31 PM EST