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Rashod Bateman = Sleeping Giant?

Bateman will likely start the year a little slow due to his off-season Lisfranc surgery, but he could be his full self in the October time frame. When that happens, don't be surprised if he takes the league by storm.

I've been a Bateman truther, and while I don't have him ranked too high right now, it's mainly because of the potential slow start and to guard myself against any potential setbacks before he's back at 100%. If I miss out on Ravens receivers and Bateman is off to a relatively slow start, I might buy him low after a few weeks into the season.

Take a look at his Reception Perception profile - the dude is an alpha WR just waiting for an opportunity. On a way more balanced offense, if he's the alpha I think he is, Bateman can be a league winner. All eyes are on Zay Flowers at the moment, and rightfully so – he’s who I’m drafting first because I'm a fan of his too, and he’s healthy. But I would not be surprised if he takes a backseat to Bateman once he's at 100%.

Last year, Bateman ranked 12th in yards/route run among 120 WRs before he got hurt. He was banged up during his first several weeks of the season too, but in the first three weeks when he was completely healthy, he ranked third in YPRR (3.55) behind only Tyreek Hill and Stefon Diggs.

It’s a ridiculously small sample size, but I’m just trying to paint a picture of how good he can be. Whoever the #1 WR on this offense is - whether it's him or Zay – can be a league winner.


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