Fantasy Football: Lamar Jackson could be an elite option

Quarterback Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
Quarterback Lamar Jackson #8 of the Baltimore Ravens (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images) /

It’s about that time that Fantasy Football talk really begins to heat up, and you should have Lamar Jackson on your radar even if you aren’t a Ravens fan.

Team building in Fantasy Football is one of the funnest parts of it, because everyone has their own special strategy. Some people aim to get two or three high-end running backs while others stock their roster with wide receivers. Having good quarterback is always a need, and I’m here to tell you that in 2019 Lamar Jackson will be an elite Fantasy Football option.

What makes Jackson such an intriguing Fantasy Football option is his versatility. While having a player like Aaron Rodgers or Tom Brady is always enticing because you know you’re getting great quarterback play, players like Jackson give you a plethora of ways to score points. The NFL may be timid of dual-threat quarterbacks, but they’re worth their weight in gold in Fantasy Football.

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The secret to Jackson’s Fantasy Football success lies in his running ability. The Baltimore Ravens no doubt would like to see Jackson cut down on his carries, but Fantasy owners are happy with the volume of touches he’s receiving. With Jackson’s explosive, big-play ability, you can’t go wrong with starting him.

In seven starts, Jackson accumulated 133 points in standard league formats, good for a flat 19.0 PPG. Per Fantasy Pros, this would’ve placed Lamar Jackson just outside the top-ten at 11th best, ahead of guys like Russell Wilson, Philip Rivers, and Tom Brady. His 304 projected points also would’ve placed Jackson as the eighth best quarterback, now placing him over Drew Brees.

This off-season, the Ravens front office added more weapons around him in guys like Mark Ingram and Marquise Brown. Jackson now has more fire-power to help him as a true quarterback, while still maintaining his running abilities. Packing all this together gives you a Fantasy Football option that’s hard to beat.

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Yes, Lamar Jackson has a ways to go in terms of becoming a true franchise quarterback, but he’s already a solid starter in Fantasy Football leagues. It’s difficult to imagine a situation where Jackson is less productive than he was as a rookie considering everything that’s been added around him, and you can safely bet on him to lead your Fantasy Football team to a championship behind his incredible upside.