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The Baltimore Ravens selected a pair of tight ends in the 2018 draft. The latter of the two already established himself as a top target within the offense and should be an even bigger part of the passing game this fall.
While first-round pick Hayden Hurst suffered a stress fracture in his foot last August and missed the first four games of his career, Mark Andrews put together a solid rookie campaign.
First-year tight ends are notoriously slow in their development. Andrews didn't post big numbers, but he ranked first among fellow rookies at his position with 552 receiving yards. A deeper dive into his stats shows a target ready to explode in year two.
Andrews ranked second among rookie tight ends since 2007 with an average of 11 yards per target, per ESPN's Mike Clay. He eclipsed the numbers previously posted by Rob Gronkowski, Zach Ertz, Jimmy Graham and George Kittle. Andrews is one of seven tight ends to average at least two yards per route run with at least 100 routes over the past two seasons, per Fantasy Labs' Ian Hartitz.
Finally, a unique dynamic emerged between Andrews and quarterback Lamar Jackson. According to Pro Football Focus' Scott Barrett, Andrews finished fourth during Jackson's stretch with a 12 percent target share yet easily finished first with a 26 percent yardage share.
"Mark is a dog," Jackson said this summer, per the Baltimore Sun's Jonas Shaffer. "He gets open, he runs his routes, he can block. Man, he's an all-around tight end. ... I don't even have words for him."
Jackson's usage is key to Andrews' ADP. An expected run-heavy offensive approach should place an emphasis on heavy sets with multiple tight ends. When the Ravens do pass, the quarterback will likely lean on those big targets, especially Andrews. As such, Baltimore's TE1 saw his ADP rise from a mid-14th-round pick last month into a solid 13th-round selection.
Source : https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2849239-2019-fantasy-football-players-flying-up-boards-this-preseason426