The Ravens pass attack has suddenly gained a huge weapon, that I think fits great in that offense. I was hoping that Jeremy Maclin wouldn’t go to the Bills, where his strengths might not get taken full advantage of. Phew. Joe Flacco has been known to throw one of the best deep balls in the game. Brashad Perriman is already there and can stretch the field if he’s healthy, but don’t forget what Maclin did in his last year with the Eagles. He had 85 catches for 1300 yards and 10 touchdowns. That is a 15.5 yards per reception, which his elite speed helped him achieve.
With Perriman and Maclin on opposite sides, opposing safeties are going to have to make tough decisions, and I think that bodes well for both players. Both will stretch the field, and both can have tremendous opportunity in this offense. I like Perriman even more with the addition of Maclin, as he will have to fight less coverage now that Maclin is there. Perriman is already being drafted very low, and I think this addition might even drop him lower. Sign me up. And remember, Ravens’ offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg loves to dial up deep plays; bodes well for these guys.
Let’s get back to Maclin. Him being in the Chiefs dink and dunk offense the last two years, combined with some injury issues and not putting up big numbers, is going to limit his ADP climb. I have a feeling that his ADP isn’t going to climb to where I think his actual value will be, so keep an eye out. Remember, Dennis Pitta had 121 targets last year, and those need to get distributed elsewhere as well. Mike Wallace will obviously be in the fold here, but I don’t think his target share will be anywhere close to Perriman or Maclin. This news obviously hurts Wallace, as he could’ve been a late round steal in this year’s draft. He’s a bit of a speedster as well, but he’s 31 years old this year and he’s turning into more of a possession receiver than a burner.
Remember, Baltimore’s defense isn’t that great. Flacco might be in a few shootouts, and this bodes well for fantasy receivers on the Ravens. I believe Maclin can put up numbers similar to 2014 with Philadelphia, and is easily a solid WR2 with low-end WR1 potential. We’ll see how his ADP rises, but I doubt he will go higher than the 3rd round, where I think he is a good value.