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Lamar Jackson, Mark Andrews, and Rashod Bateman Headline Player Props for Ravens

Baltimore's offense is expected to bounce back after an injury-plagued 2021 campaign.

The Baltimore Ravens struggled last season due to a rash of injuries to some of their most important players, but this year the sportsbooks expect them to bounce back with a win total of 9.5.

Are you a believer? Whether you think they can bounce back or not, there are ways to bet Baltimore.

Looking at player props, here are three that caught my attention.

Lamar Jackson under 3550.5 passing yards (-125)

OK, I get it. We do expect a bounce-back from a fully healthy Jackson, especially in a contract year, but 3,551 yards? That’s a stretch. Jackson single-season career high is 3,127 yards, which came in his MVP season in 2019. In his other three NFL seasons, he has not exceeded 2,882. The Ravens may want Jackson to throw more, but running is in his blood and this is a run-first team. Baltimore traded Marquise "Hollywood" Brown in the offseason, leaving the Ravens with a wide receiver room that includes Rashad Bateman, James Proche and Devin Duvernay. While I expect a big season from Bateman, the other wideouts have yet to make a mark and tight end Mark Andrews can’t do much more than he did last season (107 receptions, 1,361 yards, 9 touchdowns). Jackson is a stud, but I can’t bet the over on this aggressive passing prop.

Mark Andrews over 84.5 receptions (+110)

Speaking of Andrews, if oddsmaker expect Jackson to pass for 3,550 yards, I have to expect Andrews to exceed this reception prop. Andrews was the favorite target for Jackson in 2021, leading the team with 107 catches on 153 targets. Even with regression and even if he were to miss a few games with an injury, Andrews should clear this mark. With the over at plus-money, this feels like a smash pick.

Bateman over 850.5 receiving yards (-115)

With Marquise "Hollywood" Brown in Arizona, there are 100 vacated targets up for grabs. That’s a 23 percent share of the team’s targets. Brown logged over 1,000 yards last season in 16 games played and Bateman is expected to take up that Brown role. Bateman struggled with injury through the beginning of last season, but looked good when he finally was healthy, logging 515 total yards with an average of only 5.5 targets per game. Again, if Lamar Jackson is passing for more than 3,000 yards, Bateman sees more than 850. Bateman is currently listed in Tier 5 of Athlon's fantasy cheat sheet.