Fantasy football: Is Marquise Brown this year’s sophomore sleeper?

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Is Marquise Brown the sleeper pick you are looking for in fantasy?

2019 was a big season for the Baltimore Ravens, but not so much for first-round wide receiver Marquise “Hollywood” Brown. While Baltimore went 14-2 last year, much of that had to do with quarterback Lamar Jackson winning NFL MVP running Greg Roman’s plus-one offense. That’s not to say Brown was bad, but he wasn’t talked about like other rookie wide receivers in 2019.

The Fantasy Footballers address the question of which young players could be sleepers in your upcoming fantasy football draft. Though Andy Holloway and Mike Wright had their picks, Jason Moore was very high on Brown having a breakout fantasy season from a value standpoint this year. He believes you can get great value for him behind his other draft classmates.

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The idea is your fantasy football friends are more likely to draft A.J. Brown of the Tennessee Titans, D.K. Metcalf of the Seattle Seahawks or Terry McLaurin of the Washington Redskins ahead of Brown in snake drafts this fall. Are those players better than Brown? At this point of their NFL careers, yes, but for the value, you might be able to benefit from Brown on the come-up in 2020.

Can you get great value on Marquise Brown in fantasy football this year?

The reason to be optimistic on Brown having a good year is we saw him put up gaudy stats at Oklahoma with Kyler Murray throwing him the football. 2020 will be the second year Brown will be in the NFL, as well as his second year in Roman’s one-of-a-kind Ravens offense. He may have a greater rapport with Jackson as a second-year player, so he could get more targets this fall.

The other big thing to keep in mind here is Brown’s older cousin is former All-Pro wide receiver Antonio Brown. Though they are different players and people, pedigree is usually something to not overlook in NFL circles. The Ravens are one of the better-run organizations in the NFL and they drafted Brown in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft for a reason, to be Jackson’s No. 1 receiver.

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So should you draft Brown as your WR1? Absolutely not. What about your WR2? Only if you have an elite TE1 and you doubled-down on elite running back talent early in your snake draft. But for a flex player, yes, you should be safe going with a guy with a ton of upside like Brown entering your 2020 fantasy football season. He’s worth the risk as a fringe starter for you for sure.

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