2017 fantasy storylines: Coming breakout for Breshad Perriman?
(This week, some of the PFF Fantasy team will be offering up their forecasts for some of the biggest storylines of the 2017 season. It’s Time Machine Week.)
Joe Flacco finished one pass attempt behind Drew Brees for the league lead in 2016, and 64 of them went in Breshad Perriman’s direction. The results were often not pretty. Yet while the redshirt sophomore was inconsistent with his production, he improved during the season’s second half and undeniably flashed the potential that made him a first-round pick.
Perriman didn’t light the league on fire, but he exceeded depressing preseason expectations. Coming off of a lost rookie campaign in which he played zero snaps, the 6-foot-2, 213-pound speed merchant had a predictably rocky start, grading below average in six of Baltimore’s opening seven games. After their Week 8 bye, however, Perriman’s passing-game grade ranked second only to Steve Smith’s among Ravens wideouts and he received above-average marks in five of his final nine games.
Perriman’s catch rate jumped from a comical 42 percent through seven weeks, to a more respectable 61 percent after that. His 14.7-yard average depth of target ranked 21st out of 130 wideouts and only 59.4 percent of his targets were deemed catchable (13th-lowest of 96 qualifiers). We can live with a 61-percent catch rate if Perriman approximates his post-bye-week 16.6 yards-per-reception average, as it ranked 13th-highest of 126 wideouts during that time.