WR John Brown - Baltimore Ravens
|5-10, 179||Born: 4-3-1990||College: Pittsburg State||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2014|
Week 11: vs Cincinnati Bengals
FBG says: Good matchup. Joe Flacco's status for Sunday remains unclear, but he seems fairly doubtful, which would likely thrust rookie Lamar Jackson under center. And while that would add a new element to the Ravens' ground game, it would almost certainly ding the fantasy outlooks of the passing group. Jackson is electric to watch, but completed barely half his preseason throws against second and third teams. He's exceptionally raw in his fundamentals and throws, strong-armed but scattershot and new to diagnosing defenses. He's compared often to Michael Vick and Vince Young, but both arguably came into the NFL with much better mechanics. One could make a case that deep threat John Brown and possession man Michael Crabtree could keep safe outlooks, but they'd miss Flacco's relative accuracy. If Jackson starts, the Ravens will almost certainly go with a run-heavy offense, hiding his rawness with the running game and a few tricky play-action throws. There is still a chance that based on what the coaches know that the team could trot Robert Griffin III out there this week as time is running out quickly this season for the Ravens. If Griffin were to start, it would mean he's the better quarterback at this time as John Harbaugh doesn't have time to put a quarterback who is not ready on the field as reports indicate he's fighting for his job. This Cincinnati pass defense has sunk near the NFL's bottom - they can see the Buccaneers and Falcons from here - and have fired defensive coordinator Teryl Austin. (Head coach Marvin Lewis will take his place for at least the time being.) It makes sense, as no team has given up more raw passing yardage, and 5 opposing passers have topped 319 against them. Last week Drew Brees, who racked up "only" 265 yards in a 30-point Saints win, completed 22 of his 25 throws and 3 relatively easy touchdowns. It's hard to imagine what he could've produced had the Bengals put up any kind of fight. Michael Thomas, who caught all eight of his targets and two scores, became the 15th player to top 67 yards against them. The week before, Tampa Bay's wideouts combined for 360 of their own. Simply put, the Bengals can't cover anyone right now, especially down the field. Lead cornerbacks William Jackson and Dre Kirkpatrick are more liability than benefit, and their jobs are made harder by a talented front line that's not creating any pressure right now. If Joe Flacco can suit up, fantasy players are free to ride this wave with any and all relevant Ravens receivers.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
John Brown's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 9 vs PIT (6 / 3 / 15 / 0 rec)
John Brown was a non factor with the Ravens passing game becoming completely inept the last couple weeks. Brown made a 5 yard catch on 3rd and 10. Brown drew a 33 yard pass interference penalty on an underthrown deep ball from Flacco.
2018 Week 8 vs CAR (7 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
John Brown was unable to get anything going downfield against the Panthers. Brown saw a couple of opportunities downfield but could not capitalize. Brown made his first catch running a slant for 9 yards. Brown caught a screen pass and picked up 5 yards. Brown made a toe tapping catch running an out route for 14 yards. Brown had two downfield targets that would have been tough catches hit him in the hands but was unable to bring them in.
2018 Week 7 vs NO (7 / 7 / 134 / 1 rec)
John Brown made plays all over the field and showed off his blazing speed on a long catch and run. Brown made his first catch running a deep comeback route from the slot for 16 yards. Brown made another catch up the seam with Ken Crawley in coverage for 13 yards. Brown made another 13 yard catch running a comeback route on 4th and 8. Brown picked up 5 yards on a shallow crossing route. Brown secured a catch running an in route and got a block from Mark Andrews to spring him loose downfield for a 56 yard gain. Brown was brought down at the two yard line. Brown made his first catch of the second half with less than 5 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter. Brown came wide open on what appeared to be a blown coverage for 14 yard touchdown.
2018 Week 6 vs TEN (3 / 2 / 28 / 0 rec)
John Brown made his first catch on a deep back shoulder throw downfield for 23 yards. Brown made a 5 yard catch running a comeback route. Brown was almost a non factor in the game as the Titans' rolled coverage in his direction preventing deep targets. This week the Ravens offense made an adjustment to Brown being double covered instead of force feeding him targets. Michael Crabtree and Willie Snead were the primary beneficiaries. Brown is still the Ravens' most dangerous play maker and expect him to be heavily involved in the offense going forward.
2018 Week 5 vs CLE (14 / 4 / 58 / 0 rec)
John Brown saw a lot of defensive attention from the Browns. Brown was shadowed by Denzel Ward for the entire second half who often had safety help over the top. A number of Brown's targets were throwaways down field because the play was well defended by the Browns. Brown saw his first three targets fall incomplete. Brown was well covered by a different member of the Browns' secondary on each play. Brown made his first catch running an in breaking route in front of the deep safeties for a 28 yard catch and run. Brown was targeted as he came wide open over the middle of the field but the pass was batted down at the line of scrimmage. Brown picked up 11 yards running a slant route. Brown made a 15 yard catch running a comeback route with Denzel Ward in coverage. Ward got his hand in between Brown's to disrupt what would have been a 20 yard completion and 3rd down conversion. Brown made an amazing one handed catch on a back shoulder throw along the sideline but was only able to get one foot inbounds.
2018 Week 4 vs PIT (7 / 3 / 116 / 1 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
John Brown smoked two defenders running a go route from the slot for a 33 yard touchdown. Brown showed good concentration getting both feet in bounds. Brown separated from Terrell Edmunds running a deep post and Flacco hit him in stride for a 71 yard gain off of play action. Brown picked up 12 yards running a slant. Flacco slightly overthrew Brown on a potential 36 yard touchdown. Brown asked for a flag on the play. Brown was targeted the following play but slipped making his break. Flacco taking frequent deep shots to Brown seems to be a staple of the Ravens offense that will continue going forward.
2018 Week 3 vs DEN (9 / 5 / 86 / 0 rec)
John Brown's first target was deep shot he caught out of bounds. Brown ran an out route from the slot and picked up 15 yards. Brown had a deep target fall just incomplete in part due to good physical coverage by Chris Harris. Brown picked up 9 yards on a check down in the flat. Brown got a step on his defender and Flacco dropped a perfect deep ball right into Brown's hands for 44 yards. Brown ran a crossing route from the slot and picked up 11 yards. Flacco peppered Brown with deep shots throughout the game and a few were just off.
2018 Week 2 vs CIN (10 / 4 / 92 / 1 rec)
John Brown only caught 4 of 10 targets in large part because of Joe Flacco's accuracy downfield. Flacco was well off on a number of throws in Brown's direction. Brown made his first catch running a comeback route for a 9 yard gain. John Brown gained 45 yards running a go route from the slot. Brown did a great job securing an underthrown contested catch. John Brown drew a 30 yard pass interference penalty in the end zone. Brown made a 17 yard catch running an out route. On the same drive Brown made an outstanding contested catch with Dre Kirkpatrick all over him for a 21 yard touchdown. Brown appears to be Flacco's favorite target.
2018 Week 1 vs BUF (4 / 3 / 44 / 1 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
John Brown picked up 29 yards on his first target exploiting a large cushion that was given because of his game changing speed. Brown worked back to Flacco to make the catch as he extended the play. John Brown got the ball on an end around but found no room to run. Brown ran an excellent route and found a whole in the Bills defense for a 7 yard touchdown. John Brown was the target of a two point conversion attempt but the play was well defended.
Latest NewsRavens | John Brown held in check (Sun Nov 4, 05:22 PM) - Baltimore Ravens WR John Brown caught three passes for 17 yards against the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 9. Our View: Brown wasn't able to get free with the Ravens missing both starting tackles and the Steelers playing aggressive defense. He's a boom/bust WR3/Flex heading into his bye.
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