• Lamar Jackson

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  • , Baltimore Ravens
  • 23
  • 216 lbs
  • 6' 2"
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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

BAL QB Lamar Jackson - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 at Houston Texans

Lamar Jackson started the season with a bang, completing 20 of 25 passes for an efficient 275 yards and three touchdowns in a blowout victory over the Browns. He also added 45 yards on the ground. His ability to pad his fantasy point totals with consistent rushing numbers makes him one of the safest fantasy options in the league, and his lack of turnovers is impressive considering his aggressive style of play.

This week, Jackson will go up against a Texans defense that gave up three touchdown to Patrick Mahomes last week. Hard to know exactly what that means given the matchup, but the Texans defense has looked older and less productive in each of the last few seasons, so there’s cause for concern. Jackson is a must-start regardless of the matchup anyway though, and fantasy owners should have him as an automatic starter every week.

by Brandon Niles

BAL QB Lamar Jackson - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 vs. Cleveland Browns

Lamar Jackson is coming off an MVP season where he threw for 3,127 yards and 36 touchdowns with only six interceptions, then added an additional 1,206 yards and seven touchdowns rushing. Jackson’s ability to put up elite rushing totals gives him a high floor and tremendous upside each and every week, so it’s no surprise he was the consensus QB1 or QB2 in all league formats going into drafts this year.

The Browns ranked 23rd in aFPA to opposing quarterbacks last season, so the matchup looks great on paper. Cleveland should benefit from Myles Garrett returning from suspension, but they have question marks at linebacker and at safety. Jackson should have no trouble continuing his incredible production to start off the season. If you’ve got him, you drafted him to start him, so make sure he’s active this weekend against the Browns.

by Brandon Niles

BAL QB Lamar Jackson - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

Lamar Jackson is coming off an incredible fantasy season. He led the league with 36 touchdown passes, while adding another seven on the ground. He only threw for 3,127 yards, but also set the record for rushing yards in a season by a quarterback with 1,206. Only five RUNNING BACKS ran for more yards than Jackson did in 2019. Jackson’s upside is tied to things staying largely the same as last year. He returns in the same offense, has a very good offensive line and has even more weapons to work with after the Ravens drafted running back J.K. Dobbins and wide receiver Devin Duvernay in the second and third round, respectively.

Fantasy Downside

There are only two potential downsides to Jackson. The first is durability. While he’s been healthy thus far, he’s had 323 rushing attempts in his first two years in the league. That’s a lot of hits for a quarterback to sustain, although Jackson seems to make smart decisions on which hits to take and which ones to avoid. The other downside is any kind of reasonable regression. That kind of rushing production, as well as the 36/6 TD/Interception rate from last season, will be hard to replicate.

2020 Bottom Line

Jackson is one of the most dynamic players in football and was a straight-up fantasy monster in 2019. There are smatterings of NFL analysts who have called Jackson’s rushing production unsustainable for the past two years, but at some point, we have to believe offensive coordinator Greg Roman is just going to let him run. The team has been constructed around what he does best and until they do something different or his body shows concrete signs of wearing down, fantasy owners shouldn’t hesitate to make him at least one of the top two quarterbacks on draft boards.

by Brandon Niles

BAL QB Lamar Jackson - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 at Cleveland Browns

If aliens came to the planet and challenged the Looney Toons to a game of football – or any sport really – they wouldn’t need to steal the powers from multiple athletes. All they would need is Lamar Jackson’s talent spread out over 11 two-way players. The Lamar-Stars would be diabolical, and the Toons wouldn’t stand a chance. Jackson not only broke Michael Vick’s single-season rushing record for a quarterback with 86 yards on the ground last week against the Jets, but he also threw five touchdown passes! He’s been a monster all season.

This week, he faces a Browns defense that ranks 25th in the league in aFPA to opposing quarterbacks, but it doesn’t really matter. Jackson would be an elite fantasy option even against a great defense, so facing the Browns is just another reason not to sit him. It is worth noting Cleveland forced Jackson into a pair of interceptions and a loss the last time they met, but he still managed three touchdowns and 66 yards rushing in that game, giving him an exceptionally high floor. Start him. Start him. Start him.

by Brandon Niles

BAL QB Lamar Jackson - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 vs. New York Jets

Lamar Jackson only had 145 yards passing last week against the Bills, but he threw three touchdown passes and added 40 yards on the ground. The Bills did a pretty good job containing the electric Jackson and he still produced multiple touchdowns and a Ravens victory. He’s been straight dynamite this season. Jackson needs only 23 more rushing yards to break Michael Vick’s single-season record for a quarterback.

This week, Jackson is questionable with a quad injury so fantasy owners need to make sure they watch the injury report before Thursday night’s game, especially considering it’s a short week for the Ravens. Still, as long as he’s active, he’s should be in all fantasy lineups. The Jets rank 22nd in aFPA to opposing quarterbacks this year and Jackson is a must-start every week because of what he can do on the ground.

by Brandon Niles

BAL QB Lamar Jackson - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 at Buffalo Bills

In a tough matchup against the 49ers last week, Lamar Jackson still shined. While he only threw for 105 yards and a touchdown, he added 101 yards and another score on the ground. Jackson’s ability to put up big rushing totals gives him a high floor every week and he’s now just 23 yards shy of 1,000 yards rushing this season. He’ll be only the second quarterback in NFL history to do so, and he needs only 63 rushing yards to pass Michael Vick for the most rushing yards in a season by a quarterback.

This week, keep Jackson active in all league formats, despite a difficult matchup against the Bills. Buffalo frustrated Dak Prescott into two fumbles and a pick last week and they rank 11th in aFPA to opposing quarterbacks. However, Jackson has been dynamite regardless of opponent this year, and he shouldn’t be on the bench for any reason while he’s healthy. Start him and be glad you drafted him.

by Brandon Niles

BAL QB Lamar Jackson - Week 13 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 13 vs. San Francisco 49ers

Lamar Jackson only needed 20 pass attempts to completely dismantle the Rams last week. Jackson threw for only 169 yards, but he tossed five touchdowns and added 95 yards on the ground in another excellent performance. Jackson now has 24 touchdown passes, another six on the ground and has only thrown five interceptions – including none in his past six games. Jackson has led the Ravens to outscore their last three opponents by a combined 135-26.

This week, Jackson faces an elite 49ers defense. Only the Patriots rank higher in aFPA to opposing quarterbacks. However, Jackson’s ability to thrive both running and throwing the ball gives him the highest floor of any fantasy quarterback regardless of matchup, and we have him ranked as an elite option despite going up against a tough defense. Don’t even think about sitting him.

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