11 Personnel: Rashod Bateman
Welcome to 11 Personnel, a series highlighting my favorite 2022 offseason trade targets! There’s something for everybody here. Many of these players are names you know but are undervalued. Whether you’re looking to add one more guy, trying to fix some depth woes or trying to rebuild with some low-risk, lottery tickets. This series will give you the jumpstart you need.
Today we’re discussing… WR Rashod Bateman, Baltimore Ravens
Hollywood Brown got traded to Arizona, opening the door for Bateman to step in as the team’s undisputed #1 receiver and #2 target behind Mark Andrews. For all the concern over the “low passing volume offense” thing, Brown’s departure vacates 146 targets, which we can fully expect to go to Bateman. But to be conservative, I have Bateman projected for around 130 targets in 2022. It would not be a surprise to see him exceed that. The Ravens will feature two weapons that generate the majority of all receiving production. This will be similar to what the Chiefs did with Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. The rest of the receivers were merely contributors and held little fantasy value. Side note: If a solid 3rd option emerges, my money is on veteran receiver Devin Duvernay this year. Looking toward 2023, keep an eye on Charlie Kolar, a rookie TE from Iowa State. He’s good enough as a receiver that they won’t be able to keep him off the field, though his blocking needs some work. Andrews isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, thus, the Ravens will run a lot of two-TE sets. But I digress. Bateman is a plainly better receiver than Brown. As we look ahead for the next 3 seasons we can expect an upside for 1200-1300 as Bateman establishes himself as a true #1. Brown finished as the #17 receiver in PPR last year (weeks 1-17) with a 14.7 FPPG average. Bateman should surpass both of those marks sooner than later.
The only 2022 rookie I have ranked ahead of Bateman is Breece Hall, thus, the only rookie pick I would not trade for Bateman straight up is the 1.01. Start with a 2022 mid-1st and see what happens. Maybe you’ll catch a manager sleeping. Add on smaller assets (players or later picks) as needed. If you don’t have picks or prefer not to move them, try offering a player like Austin Ekeler, Aaron Jones, or TJ Hockenson and see what happens. Trading down from an older but perceived as a more valuable asset like Tyreek Hill or Davante Adams for Bateman and a 23 2nd would be a great move. Lately, I’ve made two moves for Bateman, which I will share to provide context and give an idea of what a deal could look like for you.
In My Leagues:
In one league, I moved David Montgomery and a 2023 2nd for Bateman and pick 3.06 in this year’s rookie draft. I loved this deal for Bateman. While I like Monty, he’s in his mid-20s as a running back with an unclear future as an unrestricted free agent after this season. The pick was just the extra I had from a deal last year, sending Michael Carter away at peak hype for a 2023 1st and 2nd. Needing an upgrade at wide receiver and knowing that I had Travis Etienne to step into Monty’s old spot, this deal was a no-brainer. In the other, I’m the defending champ and wanted to cement my team for another title run. I sent DJ Moore, Dalton Schultz, and late 1sts in 2023 and 2024. In return, of course, I received Bateman, but also Mark Andrews and a 2024 2nd. For additional context, I already had Kyle Pitts, so I now control the top two dynasty TEs in this .75-point TE premium league. In my TEP lineup I can now start Andrews at TE with Pitts, Bateman, as flex plays. Bateman is the flex as I already feature Jaylen Waddle and Justin Jefferson. Bateman has been fairly easy to pry, and I now hold him in over half of my leagues with more deals in the works. The hype train hasn’t fully gone off the rails yet, get in before it does. You can find me on Twitter @thedevydirtbag and also on YouTube @thedevydirtbag _ Thanks for reading, catch you in the next one!