Rashod Bateman 2021 Fantasy Soccer Profile: Redraft Affect, Dynasty Outlook, NFL Scouting Report, and Extra

Rashod Bateman is the newest member of the Baltimore Ravens. In 27th place overall, the Ravens picked the former Minnesota wide receiver, which means Baltimore has now used a first-round wide receiver draft pick in two of their last three draft classes.

It’s not often that Georgia four-star recruits travel to Minnesota to play for the Gophers in the Big Ten, but that’s exactly what Rashod Bateman decided to do. Bateman, a two-sport athlete, foregoed scholarship offers from Virginia Tech and Penn State to play basketball. The basketball background is easy to spot by watching Bateman play much taller than his size suggests and showing nuanced footwork when it comes to his releases outside of scrimmage. After Bateman received 20 soccer scholarship offers, he finally decided to move to PJ Fleck in Minnesota.

Bateman set high school records in one season at receptions, got yards and got touchdowns before leading the NCAA in his sophomore year in yards per run (outside, per Pro Football Focus). He even added slot receiver experience to his arsenal in 2020. While Bateman isn’t the most noticeable prospect, he’s effortlessly parting ways with coverage and has consistently proven to be a deep threat. This makes it one of the most exciting prospects for fantasy, in both redraft and dynasty formats.

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We break down everything you need to know about Bateman from a fantasy manager’s perspective, including best fit, dynasty outlook, metrics, scouting report, key stats, and an NFL comparison.

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2021 effects on the imagination

It was rumored that the Ravens were interested in Allen Robinson before the Bears tagged him and Kenny Golladay before the Giants signed him. So it was clear that they might try to improve Lamar Jackson’s receiving corps in the draft. Although Baltimore made its first choice at Marquise Brown in 2019, a combination of injuries and a slowly developing relationship with Jackson has capped its production by two years. Step into Bateman – a polished distance runner who goes in and out of the most smoothly of anyone in this class other than Devonta Smith during his breaks.

Bateman was immediately able to take over the number 1 Grenz-X receivers on this offensive, but also found success while working at the slot in Minnesota. That’s not off the table either. It’s important to note, however, that unless Baltimore makes dramatic changes to her offense and the script dictates more passable plans, the cap for Bateman is likely to be capped in the first year. None of these things seem to be happening, and the Ravens are likely to be the most (or one of) the most stressed teams in 2021. Still, there is a clear path for Bateman to see almost 100% of the year 1 and year 1 snaps that will not be the case with all of these talented Class 2021 receivers.

Dynasty outlook

Bateman is no secret in Dynasty leagues and was consistently selected in the first round of one-QB rookie drafts ahead of the 2021 NFL draft. After landing in Baltimore, the upward trend in instant volume means he’s likely a first-round freshman despite being on a heavy offensive. In our preliminary rookie-only PPR mock draft, I grabbed Bateman with the 10th choice in the first round. In the Superflex mock draft, which was only intended for beginners, Heath Cummings Bateman grabbed the first choice in the second round (13th overall round).

Scouting report

Strengthen

  • Seamless ability to use his footwork to create a separation that immediately deviates from the boundary – this is his business card property and should translate immediately to the next level.
  • Evasion ability after the catch, which consistently forces missed duels in the open field (more on this below in the extended statistics).
  • Nuanced routing.
  • Mobility of the lower body, which enables it to switch in and out of cuts.
  • Better than expected straight line speed (4.39 40 yard dash) and consistently wins on vertical stretches.
  • Shows the ability to return to football and does not allow passports to enter his body.
  • Versatility: Won both as an external X receiver in 2019 and 2020 consistently against coverage by people and zones.
  • Plus body control shown when Bateman is in the air and prompted to adjust to football.
  • Dominated itself against the top 25 competition in 2019.

To care

  • Smaller than advertised on the team’s official website and than expected at just 6 feet and 190 pounds.
  • Not the most physical or toughest recipient when asked to play games that can often result in big hits in the middle and most contested catches in most situations.
  • Fight with concentration-based drops (more on this below in advanced statistics). It’s important not to be confused with hand-based drop problems – he’s not a body catcher.
  • Doesn’t have a large catch radius, which could make it a subpar option for any team within the red zone.
  • Didn’t show much as a runer in run games.

Breakdown of statistics

2019 5 36 472 2 13.8 0
2020 in the top 25 1 8th 111 1 13.9 0
2019 in the top 25 3 19th 448 2 23.6 0
Career 31 147 2395 19th 16.3 0

Knowing advanced statistics

  • With a College Dominator rating of 43.7%, he’s in the 88th percentile of all WRs per player profiler.
  • At 18.8 Breakout Age, he is in the 94th percentile of all WRs per player profiler.
  • There were 36 forced tackles per PFF with only 147 career catches.
  • 19 passes fell on 166 catchable targets per PFF.
  • In 2019, 46 passes were thrown on passes thrown more than 10 meters down – most of them across CFB.

NFL comparison

Bateman’s ability to win this off the shelf like this makes him sneaky as a prospect. Much like players like Keenan Allen and Michael Gallup before him, Bateman doesn’t have the flashy traits and so it’s possible he could slip into day 2 of the draft like them. I don’t quite see Allen or Gallup when I see Bateman, but he reminds me most of a smaller but faster version of Cooper Kupp. Ultimately, if he translates into the NFL, I think his best fit could come in the slot.

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