The Baltimore Ravens offense performed in ways that no one thought was possible in the 2013 NFL season. One year removed from winning a Super Bowl, Ray Rice looked like a shell of his former self, the offensive line looked more like a group of turnstiles than lineman, and they didn’t have a legitimate No. 2 wide receiver to compliment Torrey Smith.
Marlon Brown was a rookie who went undrafted and ended up signing with the Ravens. He had a few moments throughout the season where he would go through productive spurts and be considered by fantasy football GMs as decent waiver wire material. Other times, he wouldn’t even see the field and be buried on the depth chart behind other receivers.
Even though he finished the year with seven touchdowns, Brown’s fantasy value in the future remains up in the air. A player who produces seven touchdowns in a season should normally be considered as a WR4/WR5 in fantasy terms, but the direction the Ravens choose to go in the offseason will determine his value.
According to reports, the Ravens are interested in adding a wide receiver in the first round of the draft this year, and this year’s receiver draft class is one of the strongest and the fastest in recent memory. If younger and more skilled options are brought into Baltimore, then it is clear that Brown will struggle for playing time unless someone gets injured in front of him on the depth chart.
Due to the uncertainty of who exactly will be in front of Brown on the Ravens’ depth chart, he can barely be considered a WR5 at this point and no fantasy owner should even think about drafting him this year. Quality depth at the wide receiver position is difficult to find in fantasy football, but barring injuries to players that will be ahead of him, Brown will be nothing more than a waste of a roster spot on fantasy benches in 2014.