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QB BAL

College: Louisville | Rookie
Height: 6'2" | Weight: 212 lbs
Birth Date: 1/7/1997
2019 Bye Week: 8

Total Pts: 164.54
Avg Pts: 10.28
Rank: 12 QB

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2019 RTSports Outlook

Jackson played every game his rookie year but was the starter late in the year, taking over for an injured Joe Flacco. He kept the starting job even when Flacco was healthy enough to play because of the spark he provided for the Ravens offense. Jackson was a dual threat at the position but did much of his damage as a rusher. He ran for nearly 700 yards and scored five rushing touchdowns. He had at least 18 fantasy points seven straight games to end his season, playing like a top-10 fantasy quarterback. He topped 200-passing yards just once, though. The Ravens became a run-first offense with Jackson at the helm, which likely will be a similar for this season. Jackson will be the starter from day one. He still remains raw as a passer but should improve in that area with more seasoning. He is a dynamic playmaker as a runner or thrower. He can make plays all over the field because of his athleticism. You have to worry about his durability because of all his carries, but he seemed to hold up fine last season.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Jackson can be a fantasy stud because of his rushing ability. He is a Michael Vick type player, so the potential is there for big fantasy things from Jackson. He can push the 1,000-yard mark rushing, making him an intriguing fantasy player. Consider him a top-15 option. He can throw for around 2,500 yards with 1,000-rushing yards and 25 total scores.

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If he finds a team for the 2019 season, Michael Crabtree can still play a role for fantasy football owners. It may not be the WR2 role he was in only a couple of seasons ago in Oakland, but a WR4 season is still in the cards. In a lost year for Baltimore with Lamar Jackson behind center, Crabtree was still able to put up 54 receptions for 607 yards and three touchdowns. This may not seem like a lot, and it isnt, but what more can you expect with a run-first, run-second, run-third offense? Crabtree is just one season removed from 89 receptions for 1,003 yards and eight touchdowns on 145 targets. The talent is still there but the situation is in flux.At age 31, these numbers are more than likely behind him. But given an opportunity in the right offense, 70 catches for 800 yards is not out of the question. If he somehow finds his way to an anemic offense like Tennessee, he will remain an afterthought. If he goes to a team like the Patriots or Kansas City, he is very viable and should be drafted late in drafts as a flier. For the time being, he is not to be drafted as we dont know where or if he will sign. In dynasty leagues, hold on to him for a while to see how things play out.

This article first appeared on RotoBaller.com.

Fantasy Week
Pts
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Week 119.16Lamar Jackson 2 passing TDs (8.00 pts)
. . . Lamar Jackson 31 yd TD pass to Michael Crabtree
. . . Lamar Jackson 7 yd TD pass to Michael Crabtree
Lamar Jackson 194 passing yds (7.76 pts)
Lamar Jackson 54 rush and rec yds (5.40 pts)
Lamar Jackson 1 fumble lost (-1.00 pts)
Lamar Jackson 1 interception thrown (-1.00 pts)
Player Notes
Jun 13 5:43pm ET

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson indicated he may work with noted 'quarterback guru' Tom House over the summer and confirmed he will throw to his teammates in either Baltimore or somewhere in Florida in July.

Jun 13 12:23pm ET

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson said Thursday, June 13, he might work with throwing coach Tom House before the start of training camp.

Fantasy Spin: Jackson derived the bulk of his fantasy value from his legs last season while completing 58.2 percent of his passes for 1,201 yards, six TDs and three interceptions. Draft Jackson as a QB2 for now, any strides he makes with his passing will only push him toward QB1 range.

Jun 10 11:50pm ET

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson continues to make improvements with his accuracy during offseason workouts, according to quarterbacks coach James Urban. "They certainly haven't been eliminated, but there are much fewer, 'Where-did-that-come-froms' this year when we watch him practice. It looks better in many ways. The ball comes out cleaner, the timing looks better," Urban said. The Ravens will continue to lean on Jackson's skills as a runner, but they are working on his decision-making in that aspect of his game after he fumbled the ball 12 times in the regular season and three times in the playoffs. Jackson was the seventh leading rusher in the NFL from Weeks 11 through 17 among all players, so the upside with him is obvious on the ground. If he can make strides with his arm with a more potent group of pass-catchers around him, Jackson will have more QB1 games than not.

From RotoBaller

Jun 6 5:50pm ET

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson has been making strides throwing the football with his mechanics at organized team activities. He has avoided making too many bad mistakes. He's a work in progress but has shown improvement with the installation of the offense. Jackson also continues to show his running and scrambling ability when things aren't open through the air. Even if the second-year signal-caller continues to struggle passing the football in Year 2, his scrambling ability in a run-first offense can still give him QB1 appeal in the right matchups. There's a lot of upside here.

From RotoBaller

May 30 9:53pm ET

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson 'is not going to be running 20 times a game' in 2019, according to owner Steve Bisciotti.

Fantasy Spin: While it is understandable that the Ravens want to keep Jackson from taking a beating, he isn't going to become a pure pocket passer any time soon. Jackson's dynamic running ability should keep him in the QB1 mix, even if he remains inconsistent throwing the ball.

May 30 12:40pm ET

Baltimore Ravens owner Steve Bisciotti said that quarterback Lamar Jackson will decrease his number of rushes in his second full season. In his rookie year, Jackson set the NFL record for quarterbacks by rushing 147 times, moving past Bobby Douglass, who had 141 attempts in 1972. "I think you'll be pleasantly surprised that Lamar is not going to be running 20 times a game," Bisciotti said. "That's not what this offense is about." The No. 32 overall pick last year averaged 17 rushing attempts a game, but the Baltimore offense spent the offseason tailoring the offense to Jackson's unique skill set. Jackson is working on his passing accuracy and the Ravens added two speedy rookie receivers to help him out in 2019. Still, the ground game will be Baltimore's bread and butter. Jackson will have QB1 upside in the right matchups, but until he shows us he can throw the ball successfully and regularly, fantasy owners should only consider him a QB2 with upside.

From RotoBaller

May 24 1:00pm ET

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson wasn't happy with how he performed in organized team activities this week. He has been trying to develop as a passer this offseason after completing only 58.2 percent of his passes as a rookie, including 159.1 yards passing per game as a starter. Jackson showed more velocity on his passes on Thursday, but he was still inconsistent. "It's been crazy. It's been everywhere," Jackson said of his throws. "I feel like my hand is a little too high on the football and that makes the ball go out of whack a lot." Baltimore is also installing a new offense under coordinator Greg Roman, so it's going to take Jackson a bit longer to learn the new system. While he should be able to improve his arm in Year 2, Jackson is primarily a running QB in a run-first offense. He'll have QB1 upside but should be taken as a backup with upside in fantasy drafts.

From RotoBaller

May 24 10:13am ET

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson struggled with his accuracy in organized team activities, and he especially had trouble in the red zone. Jackson showed increased velocity, but several of his passes wobbled through the air. Jackson has impressed with his work in the team's conditioning program this offseason.

Fantasy Spin: Jackson has tremendous upside due to his legs, but he's a work in progress through the air. The silver lining is he appears to be a hard worker, which provides hope for future development. Jackson is a midrange QB1 in fantasy.

Apr 24 1:00pm ET

The Baltimore Ravens exercised the fifth-year option on left tackle Ronnie Stanley on Tuesday. The fifth-year option will pay him around $13 million in 2020, according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley. Stanley was the sixth overall pick in 2016 and has been a starter ever since, becoming one of the most reliable left tackles in the league. He was a Pro Bowl alternate last season and graded 16th among all NFL offensive tackles in 2018, per Pro Football Focus. The 25-year-old will be a big help as quarterback Lamar Jackson looks to improve in Year 2.

From RotoBaller

Apr 16 1:30pm ET

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson said he made it a point to keep a wide base while trying to improve his accuracy this offseason. The 22-year-old is the team's franchise quarterback now after they got rid of Joe Flacco this offseason. In his first year in the NFL, Jackson completed 58.2 percent of his passes for 1,201 yards passing, six touchdowns and three interceptions in 16 games played. He was much more effective on the ground (695 yards, five touchdowns), and the Ravens will continue to be a run-first team. But if Jackson can make strides with his arm heading into his second season, he'll be that much more of a weapon as a dual-threat QB.

From RotoBaller

Apr 16 12:53pm ET

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson said Tuesday, April 16, that his 2018 accuracy issues were the result of his mechanics breaking down while trying to the ball out. As a result, Jackson said he's been working on his mechanics and consistency this offseason.

Fantasy Spin: Jackson can use work in all aspects of the passing game after completing only 58.2 percent of his attempts and throwing for 1,114 yards in seven regular-season starts as a rookie. He's a high-end QB2 consideration, though, due to his monster rushing upside.

Apr 15 1:30pm ET

The Baltimore Ravens are hosting Oklahoma wide receiver Marquise Brown for a visit on Monday, according to a source. Baltimore has the No. 22 pick in the first round of the draft and are without a second-round pick after they gave it to the Eagles in 2018 in the Lamar Jackson trade. The Ravens are desperate for wideout help and also are visiting with Ole Miss receiver D.K. Metcalf on Monday. There's a good chance that they go with a receiver in the first round of this year's draft or trade up for one within the first round.

From RotoBaller

Apr 11 1:20pm ET

The Baltimore Ravens agreed to an undisclosed one-year contract extension with seven-time Pro Bowl guard Marshal Yanda on Thursday, according to league sources. Yanda was entering the final season of his current deal, so he'll be locked in through the 2020 season now. Yanda remains one of the best offensive guards in football, and his signing is great news for quarterback Lamar Jackson and running backs Gus Edwards and Mark Ingram in this run-first approach.

From RotoBaller

Apr 5 8:50pm ET

The Baltimore Ravens are set to visit with Alabama running back Josh Jacobs. The Ravens already have Gus Edwards, Mark Ingram and Kenneth Dixon, but they may not be done adding to their backfield and are fully committed to a run-first approach with Lamar Jackson under center as the franchise signal-caller. Jacobs would obviously have an uphill battle for playing time in his rookie season if he was drafted by the Ravens.

From RotoBaller

Apr 2 10:50pm ET

The Baltimore Ravens expect Pro Bowl right guard Marshal Yanda to play in 2019. There had been speculation that Yanda was considering retirement, but the Ravens fully believe he'll be their starting right guard this year. It would be a big blow to the Ravens, an extremely run-first team under new franchise quarterback Lamar Jackson, if Yanda hung up his cleats this offseason.

From RotoBaller

Mar 6 4:13pm ET

Baltimore Ravens impending free-agent QB Robert Griffin III desires to stay in Baltimore as the backup and help QB Lamar Jackson develop.

Feb 19 10:03pm ET

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson is expected to be the focal point of an offense that is undergoing a 'reimagining,' according to offensive coordinator Greg Roman. 'We're really looking at this as a completely new beginning as if we were a new staff. I think we have run an offense here that has been kind of morphed over the years, and we really want to start fresh, start new, and (with) everything from our language, our formations, how we do everything, rebuild the thing from the ground up. That's one angle. The other angle is really, how do we want to move forward with Lamar Jackson? He's a unique player with a unique skill set, so let's build an offense that really accommodates that, as opposed to try to fit him into something that other people had once done,' Roman told The Athletic.

Fantasy Spin: All six of Roman's offenses with San Francisco and Buffalo finished inside the top 10 in rushing attempts and yardage, so it would be a shock if an offense built around Jackson - a more dynamic athlete than Colin Kaepernick and Tyrod Taylor - doesn't do the same. The trick will be to develop Jackson enough as a passer so defenses cannot load the box. So long as he can stay healthy, expect Jackson to be a high-upside fantasy QB1 in 2019.

Feb 8 12:23pm ET

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson will draw free agents to the team, general manager Eric DeCosta said Wednesday, Feb. 6, and not just because his salary-cap hit, which will be $24 million less than what's due to departing QB Joe Flacco. 'I think players respect talent,' DeCosta said. 'I think players respect athletes and competitors. Anyone can watch Lamar Jackson and see how talented he is and what kind of a competitor he is. Players also want to win, and I think that's something that drives every professional athlete -- winning games. I think they'll recognize that about us. When they watch us play, they'll want to play here.'

Fantasy Spin: Fantasy-wise, of course, the position to keep an eye on is running back. Alex Collins (early last season) and Gus Edwards (late) both had their moments in 2018, but the Ravens may seek a more dynamic back to pair with Jackson, and with opposing defenses having to account for the QB's running prowess, that RB has the potential to be an immediate fantasy gold mine.

Jan 25 12:53pm ET

Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson will 'throw a lot' this offseason, according to head coach John Harbaugh, who expects Jackson to 'come back a better quarterback skill-wise than when he left.' Harbaugh told The Athletic's Jeff Zrebiec that Jackson will ultimately decide who he will work with but suggested he'll be working with a throwing coach.

Fantasy Spin: It's not a shock the Ravens want Jackson to work on his game after completing 58.2% of his passes as a rookie. Any improvement as a passer will likely vault the No. 32 overall pick in last year's draft into the top 10 of fantasy quarterbacks, so owners need to hope for positive reports on his progress this spring and summer.

Jan 24 5:30pm ET

The Baltimore Ravens signed head coach John Harbaugh to a four-year contract extension on Thursday that will take him through the 2022 season. Harbaugh is the winningest coach in franchise history (104-72) and has been one of the most successful coaches in the league during his 11-year tenure. The Ravens have been to the playoffs seven times under Harbaugh, including a Super Bowl championship. His 10 playoff wins are tied for third most by any head coach in NFL history since the 1970s merger. Baltimore has typically been led by strong defenses under Harbaugh, but his job now is to continue the improvement of young quarterback Lamar Jackson, who will enter 2019 as the team's QB of the future.

From RotoBaller

Player Transactions
  • 05-Jun-2018: BAL - Signed, Draft Choice - Four-year contract (fifth-year option)
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