In 2020, the Baltimore Ravens had to fight for a playoff spot. In a season that was ravaged by injuries and players testing positive for COVID-19, the team ended the regular season on a good note.
In fantasy football, however, it does not matter how well the team does, but how well a player performs. While they can sometimes correlate, it’s not uncommon for a team to play poorly and have a player from the same club score positive fantasy points.
The Ravens had a few players in 2020 perform well in fantasy. In 2021, I project more players from the depth chart to make an impact in fantasy football.
Here are four players who will have the best fantasy season for Baltimore.
1. Lamar Jackson, QB, Baltimore Ravens
As if it wasn’t already obvious, quarterback Lamar Jackson is the best player on the team. Jackson is no stranger to shattering records and is considered one of the best rushing quarterbacks to ever play football.
His incredible play on the gridiron shows up on fantasy platforms.
In 2020, despite regressing from his 2019 NFL MVP form, Jackson was able to put up numbers, mostly due to his ability to create sensational runs anywhere on the field.
Jackson finished at No. 10 for fantasy quarterbacks in 2020. He finished the season with 341.78 points averaging 22.79 points per game. Jackson may have finished higher on the list if he had not missed Week 12 against the Pittsburgh Steelers due to COVID-19.
The Ravens are not going to stop running the ball anytime soon and that’s where Jackson excels in this offense. The passing attack has also improved over the offseason.
The latest addition of wide receiver Sammy Watkins in free agency and Rashod Bateman in the 2021 NFL Draft are much-needed weapons to line up with fellow receiver Marquise Brown and Jackson’s favorite tight end target, Mark Andrews.
Despite the loss of Pro Bowl tackle Orlando Brown Jr. in a trade with the Kansas City Chiefs, the Ravens upgraded by adding former Steelers tackle Alejandro Villanueva to the offensive line.
Baltimore should also have left tackle Ronnie Stanley returning from a season-ending left ankle injury by the start of training camp.
The added talent to the offensive line and wide receiver group will allow Jackson to improve in the passing game while continuing to find success running the ball.
Projected fantasy points: 383.62