Baltimore Ravens Fantasy Football profiles: Lamar Jackson
After all the Fantasy Football profiles we’ve done, it all comes down to the starting quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens: Lamar Jackson.
Ladies and gentlemen! Boys and girls! It’s finally time to discuss the most exciting, most polarizing, and most intriguing Fantasy Football player the Baltimore Ravens have to offer: Lamar Jackson!
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Lamar Jackson’s 2019 season will be important to watch for the future of the Baltimore Ravens organization, as well as his Fantasy Football value moving forward. After all, mobile quarterbacks are Fantasy Football gold. on the flip-side, they can be a death-sentence for a franchise quarterback.
The latter is a conversation for a different post. Here, we’re only focused on Jackson’s value in Fantasy Football. With that in mind, he has a high-ceiling with a pretty low-floor…
The biggest issue with Lamar Jackson’s Fantasy Football value doesn’t even have anything to do with his health and long-term stability. The concern, rather, is his proneness to turn the ball over, particularly via fumbles.
As a rookie, Jackson had a terrible handle for the ball. He put the ball on the turf 12 times as a rookie, losing four. He didn’t help his case when he fumbled an additional three times in a playoff loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Jackson’s three interceptions all came in his seven starts, which is problematic for projecting a full-season’s stat-line.
However, there’s plenty of positives. For starters, Jackson rumbled to 695 rushing yards as a rookie with five touchdowns. Jackson also looked like a solid passer at times and has drastically improved this summer in that department. His receiving corps underwent a bit of a makeover, but the unit appears to be better suited to play to his strengths.
With all the improvements made to better support Lamar Jackson, there’s plenty of reason to believe that 2019 could be a remarkable, if not historic, season for running-quarterbacks. This could mean we have ourselves a Fantasy football “must-have” for your team.
Should Lamar Jackson improve his passing number in any way, and believe me he will, then he could be a Fantasy Football goldmine. Maybe Jackson doesn’t have a ton of passing yards, but I expect there to be more than enough touchdowns to go around. The biggest boon here to his value is in the mobility. Jackson’s 695 rushing yards came with just seven starts and the Ravens are going to lean heavily on this rushing attack. We have every reason to believe that he will repeat those numbers, but more than likely he will improve on them.
The bottom line here is this: Based off of all the upside that Lamar Jackson possesses, he’s more than worth the risk. Lamar Jackson screams “Fantasy Football Powerhouse.” I highly suggest you get him on your team, because while his downside is pretty bad the upside should have you thinking about a Fantasy Football championship. This kid is a legitimate elite-level player for you Fantasy Football squad.
Take it from the guy who’s naming his Fantasy Football team “Lamar Jackson: The Experience.” I have complete faith that Jackson will excel in his first full season as a starter not just in Fantasy Football, but also the NFL.
Final projections: 3,300 passing yards, 22 passing touchdown, 12 interceptions, 700 rushing yards, 7 rushing touchdowns, 7 lost fumbles