Baltimore Ravens: Week 5 Fantasy stock report
By Mike Reid
QB – Lamar Jackson (current ranking: QB1)
Pre-season ranking: QB15
What else can be said about Lamar Jackson first quarter of the season performance? He has been by far the Ravens’ MVP this season and has been the fantasy football MVP as well. The number 1 QB through 4 weeks for Jackson was not possible without the growth he has made as a passer. Jackson has been night and day with his accuracy this year compared to his rookie season. His decision-making and ball security are two other huge improvements he as made to his game also.
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In 7 games as a starter last season Jackson only managed 7 passing touchdowns, Jackson has already surpassed that in 4 games this year with passing 10 TD’s. And oh yeah, everyone knows Jackson can run too right? Jackson has been electric with his legs this year but also very smart. He is only averaging 9 carries a game but his 238 rushing yards are 15th best in the entire league, not bad for a quarterback.
If Jackson is your fantasy quarterback right now you are probably sitting at 3-1 or 4-0. Since he went so late in drafts he is clearly the steal of the fantasy off-season. Jackson is averaging 27.5 fantasy points per game. His rushing skills combined with his much improved passing game make him a fantasy cheat code. Jackson is the MVP of fantasy through 4 weeks and should continue on that pace as he leads teams to fantasy glory.
RB – Mark Ingram (current ranking: RB5)
Pre-season ranking: RB20
The off-season acquisition of Mark Ingram to the Ravens was slept on by a lot of people. While everyone was talking about Le’Veon Bell going to the Jets, Antonio Brown going to the Raiders and Odell Beckham Jr. going to the Browns, it looks like Mark Ingram has made the biggest impact on his new team. In Greg Roman’s fantasy friendly run scheme Ingram has been a beast. He is 6th in the NFL in rushing yards with 328, while averaging 6.0 yards a clip. Where Ingram is making his money in fantasy is touchdowns, he is tied for the league lead with 5 TD’s on the ground.
Ingram has had two monster games against the Dolphins and Chiefs but he has also had two underwhelming performances versus the Cardinals and Browns. Even with the two dud outings he is still averaging 18.1 fantasy points per game. Ingram is more safe as an RB2 going forward this season but a very high one at that. He will be a top-12 play most weeks and will be a top-tier performer on the weeks when he finds the end zone.