Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said that wide receiver Rashod Bateman is going to get the ball "a lot more" next season and said that he expects the wideout to take a big step forward in 2024. Odell Beckham Jr. may not return in free agency, which would help, but most fantasy managers will likely want to see it before believing Harbaugh's words. The 24-year-old disappeared more often than not in his third NFL season in 2023, finishing with just 32 receptions for 367 yards and one touchdown on 56 targets in 16 regular-season games. A lot more would have been expected of the former first-rounder had we known he was going to stay healthy all year. Unless Zay Flowers or tight end Mark Andrews miss time with injury in 2024, Bateman will have an uphill battle to climb again for consistent fantasy value.
Feb 27, 2024 3:21 PM EST
Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh said that wide receiver Rashod Bateman will be a starter in 2024 and will be playing a lot of snaps. Harbaugh said Bateman has become a "great, great route-runner. Rashod Bateman has a great future." The former first-rounder's numbers weren't very great in his third year in the NFL in 2023, as he caught just 32 passes for 367 yards and one touchdown on 56 targets in 16 regular-season games. Rookie first-rounder Zay Flowers became quarterback Lamar Jackson's top target once tight end Mark Andrews (ankle) went down with an injury in Week 11. But even before then, the 24-year-old Bateman had taken a back seat to Flowers and was even overshadowed by Odell Beckham Jr. and Nelson Agholor at times. Despite Harbaugh's words, Bateman has an uphill battle to climb for an expanded role as long as Flowers and Andrews stay healthy in 2024.
Feb 2, 2024 1:15 PM EST
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman found the end zone just one time all season, and that was in Week 11 which happened to be his only reception in that game. His best game in terms of targets and receptions was in Week 17 when the offense demolished the Miami Dolphins. He hauled in four of his six targets for 54 yards in that matchup. In Week 18, Zay Flowers (calf) is doubtful and Odell Beckham Jr. is taking the week off. That means Bateman and Nelson Agholor come into the matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers as the top two receivers. They'll have Tyler Huntley throwing the ball instead of Lamar Jackson, but Bateman could receive enough targets to constitute a flex play.
Jan 5, 2024 5:21 PM EST
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman shed any injury designation after popping up on the injury report this week due to an illness. That doesn't automatically make him a starting option in any fantasy format, however. Bateman hasn't scored double-digit fantasy points in any game this season in any format. He has scored one touchdown this season and that was his only catch in that game. His game-high reception mark sits at three and his highest yardage total is just 36. Fantasy managers can find better value elsewhere this week as Bateman goes up against a solid Rams secondary.
Dec 9, 2023 12:04 PM EST
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman (illness) returned to a full practice on Thursday after he sat out with an illness on Wednesday. Coming off a bye, Bateman should now be good to go for the Week 14 contest versus the Los Angeles Rams. Even with tight end Mark Andrews (ankle) expected to miss the rest of the year, Bateman just hasn't done anything to show that he warrants much fantasy attention. The 24-year-old is clearly behind rookie first-rounder Zay Flowers in the pecking order in 2023, and he might be behind veteran Odell Beckham Jr. as well. Bateman has only one touchdown on the year, 22 receptions and 236 yards in 11 game. He doesn't have more than three receptions or 36 receiving yards in a single contest this season.
Dec 7, 2023 10:26 PM EST
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman missed Wednesday's practice with an illness. The wideout is likely to return to practice as soon as Thursday, according to head coach John Harbaugh. Assuming that statement from Harbaugh comes to pass, Bateman should be in no danger of missing a Week 14 clash against the Los Angeles Rams. If for some reason Bateman ends up not playing this weekend, it would provide more chances for Zay Flowers, Odell Beckham Jr., and even Nelson Agholor.
Dec 6, 2023 9:14 PM EST
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman has yet to secure a double-digit fantasy outing this season but over the last couple of weeks, he seems to be trending in the right direction. Bateman popped up on the injury report earlier this week with a foot issue but has since been removed from the report and looks to be a full go for the game against the Chargers. While there should be more targets to go around with Mark Andrews (ankle) out, Bateman isn't necessarily a lock to receive more work. He's a desperation flex play at best right now.
Nov 25, 2023 11:38 AM EST
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman (foot) left practice early on Wednesday after falling down while running a route. The 23-year-old wideout was looking at his surgically repaired foot after he fell down so there was some concern. The team will see how Bateman feels on Thursday but he should be fine overall, according to head coach John Harbaugh. Bateman scored his first touchdown of the season last week but has put together a disappointing season overall. He has just 20 receptions (31 targets) for 215 yards and the lone score. With that said, the Ravens would love to have him out there for Week 12 against the Chargers to help mitigate the loss of dynamic tight end Mark Andrews (leg), who is now out for the year.
Nov 22, 2023 6:32 PM EST
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman finally found the end zone during the 34-20 win over the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 11. The Minnesota product finished with one catch for 10 yards and a touchdown on two targets which isn't exactly fantasy-friendly despite finding the end zone. Now that Mark Andrews (ankle) may be out for the season, there will be some more targets to spread around the offense, but Bateman is third fiddle at the very best. He may see some extra work against the Chargers in Week 12, but that still doesn't make him a starter except for very deep leagues.
Nov 17, 2023 8:45 AM EST
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman (back) was a limited participant during Thursday's practice session. The young wideout was a late addition to the injury report as he appears to be dealing with a back issue. Possibly, the Ravens limited him in order to manage his reps. Fantasy managers shouldn't be too worried about Bateman sitting out in Week 10. He hasn't been much of a factor in the offense lately. At this point, fantasy managers shouldn't consider Bateman anything more than a WR4, assuming he suits up for this game against the Cleveland Browns.
Nov 10, 2023 9:37 AM EST
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman cleared the injury report on Friday after being a full participant at practice all week. He was unable to play last week due to the hamstring issue so the Ravens offense will welcome him back and could even have a fully healthy wide receiver corps if Odell Beckham Jr. does play like he says he will. Bateman, despite being healthy, is better left on the bench until he proves to be more than just a few targets per game. The Steelers' defense does give up 46.8 points per game to opposing wide receivers, but this divisional rivalry usually proves to be much tougher.
Oct 6, 2023 3:19 PM EST
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman (hamstring) practiced in full for the second straight day this week on Thursday. Bateman missed the Week 4 victory over the Cleveland Browns but appears well on his way to returning to face the division-rival Pittsburgh Steelers this Sunday in Week 5. Odell Beckham Jr. (ankle), who has missed the last two games, is also back at practice this week, so Baltimore could be getting two of their receivers back this weekend. Bateman, who played in only six games in 2022 due to a foot injury that ended his season early, has been basically non-existent in Baltimore's passing attack through his three games played this year. The 23-year-old has just seven catches on nine targets for 59 yards.
Oct 5, 2023 7:14 PM EST
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman (hamstring) missed his second consecutive practice on Thursday. The second-year wideout has been involved in the offense in a limited capacity, garnering just three targets in each of the first three games of the season that have added up to seven receptions and 59 yards. With rookie Zay Flowers the new focus of Baltimore's receiving corps and Mark Andrews' presence at tight end, Bateman's time in the sun seems to have already passed. The Ravens take on the division-rival Cleveland Browns in Week 4, but there is no reason to believe Bateman will be any more involved. He is safe to drop in most leagues.
Sep 28, 2023 3:10 PM EST
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman (hamstring) had just one catch (three targets) for six yards during the narrow loss to Indianapolis on Sunday. The 23-year-old has struggled in 2023-24, amassing six grabs for 53 yards. But he tweaked his hamstring versus the Colts, which may explain his lack of production. At this point, there's a chance Bateman won't be available for the AFC showdown against the Browns in Week 4. If that's the case, Nelson Agholor and Isaiah Likely could see more looks from Lamar Jackson. However, neither man should produce enough to be relevant in any fantasy format.
Sep 24, 2023 5:34 PM EST
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman tied for the second-most targets on the team with Odell Beckham Jr. and J.K. Dobbins in the Week 1 win over the Houston Texans. The speedy wideout out of Minnesota finished with 35 yards on three catches and no scores. One of the biggest unknowns heading into this season for the Ravens was which receiver would emerge as the number-one option. Bateman wasn't the alpha this time around, but that could change if he continues to be a reliable pass-catcher. He'll look for some more opportunities against division rival Cincinnati in Week 2.
Sep 10, 2023 8:36 PM EST
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman has flashed some great skills and speed since he was drafted in 2021. His biggest issue has been health as he's only played a total of 18 games in his two seasons so far. If he can stay on the field, he has shown that he has the necessary tools to become the number one option on this squad. He's posted a line of 61 catches for 800 yards and three touchdowns so far in his career, and he could find some extra breathing room playing alongside Odell Beckham Jr. and Zay Flowers. For Week 1, Bateman is a risky flex play as this offense is mostly unknown at the moment and we aren't sure who will emerge as Lamar Jackson's favorite target outside of Mark Andrews.
Sep 8, 2023 11:05 PM EST
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman (foot) is "full speed and ready to go," head coach John Harbaugh told Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic. Bateman hasn't played since Week 8 last season when he suffered a Lisfranc injury that required surgery. The Ravens' receiver room is a little more crowded now than it was then, with newcomers Zay Flowers and Odell Beckham Jr. looking to help elevate the offense. Facing significant competition, Bateman isn't worth starting in fantasy football.
Sep 8, 2023 3:17 PM EST
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman (foot) was asked by reporters how his foot was feeling on Wednesday. He responded by stating that he was "99%" and went on to say, "I feel good, I feel strong". Bateman missed time last season after having to undergo Lisfranc surgery. The veteran wideout is expected to play a major role in the Ravens' passing attack, although he will have plenty of competition for targets with Odell Beckham Jr. and Zay Flowers in town. Bateman is looking like a boom/bust WR4 heading into fantasy drafts.
Aug 23, 2023 9:15 PM EST
Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Rashod Bateman (foot) has returned to practice at training camp on Friday after sitting out the last two days. Bateman didn't suffer a setback with his surgically repaired foot, and he remains on track to be ready for the start of the 2023 regular season. The 23-year-old should remain a big part of Baltimore's passing attack, but he'll have real competition for targets this year after the additions of veterans Odell Beckham Jr. and Nelson Agholor and rookie first-rounder Zay Flowers. Bateman only managed to play in six games in 2022 due to his foot injury, so if he stays healthy this year, he should bounce back. However, fantasy managers should be hesitant to consider him as anything more than a WR4/flex.
Aug 18, 2023 2:13 PM EST
Coach John Harbaugh noted Friday that Bateman (foot) has "chance to be out there pretty soon," Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.
Aug 4, 2023 1:36 PM EST