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Instant Fantasy Analysis - WR Devin Duvernay, Ravens

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Height/Weight: 5' 10"/200
College: Texas

Duvernay moved into the slot on a more regular basis in 2019 and went berserk. The former track star showed off some great hands while doing so, catching 105 of his 129 targets, and followed that up with a 4.39 run at the NFL Combine. As his reception totals would indicate, his hands are one of his best features; he was charged with only five drops on 180 career catchable targets. Duvernay is an oddity for a slot; he's more like a running back in the sense he'd rather run through tacklers (23 forced missed tackles last season, per Pro Football Focus) than he is likely to shake them.

On the downside, he has tighter hips and is less sudden than the traditional inside receiver. The former shows up most in his route-running, as he struggles to create separation. Duvernay has a realistic shot of nudging out Willie Snead at some point during his rookie season, but he's going to have a hard time being relevant in a run heavy offense fighting for targets behind Mark Andrews, Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin.

What does it mean in redraft? As noted above, he's got to overcome Snead first. Then, he needs to find a way to impress Lamar Jackson enough to get a healthy share of the limited target pie in Baltimore. Fantasy owners should monitor his progress this summer, but he will likely remain on the wire for the bulk of his rookie season. 

What does it mean for dynasty? Duvernay should eventually overtake Snead at some point in 2020. There's not going to be a huge amount of upside for multiple receivers in this offense, but the rookie has a shot down the road if Marquise Brown continues to struggle with injuries. Duvernay is well worth considering late in the second round of rookie drafts.

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