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Ravens' Jackson shrugs off leg injury, keeps focus on wins

Tue Dec 10 6:55pm ET
By DAVID GINSBURG
AP Sports Writer

Players: Willie Snead, Lamar Jackson, Hayden Hurst

Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) carries the ball during the second half of an NFL football game against the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)


Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) heads to the locker room after stopping to sign autographs for fans following a 24-17 win over the Buffalo Bills in an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/John Munson)


Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson meets with reporters following an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. The Ravens won 24-17. (AP Photo/John Munson)


Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson (8) throws a pass under pressure by Buffalo Bills defensive end Trent Murphy (93) during the second half of an NFL football game in Orchard Park, N.Y., Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019. The Ravens won 24-17. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)


OWINGS MILLS, Md. (AP) Setting NFL records and garnering MVP votes doesn't mean that much to Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson, who's far more interested in stacking wins and getting Baltimore to the Super Bowl.

Jackson stands 23 yards shy of breaking Michael Vick's single-season record for yards rushing by a quarterback (1,039 in 2006). Although Jackson is practicing this week with a sore quadriceps, his motivation to play Thursday night against the New York Jets has nothing to do with personal glory.

''I'm planning to win the game,'' Jackson said Tuesday. ''If I've got to be out there all four quarters, that's what it's going to be.''

Jackson was struck in the leg on Sunday while throwing a 61-yard touchdown pass to tight end Hayden Hurst, a key play in a 24-17 victory over Buffalo that extended Baltimore's winning streak to nine games and put the Ravens (11-2) on track to finish with the No. 1 seed in the AFC playoffs.

That hit in the pocket did nothing to slow Jackson's sprint to the end zone to share the occasion with Hurst.

''I was celebrating. It was 100 percent worth it,'' said Jackson, who made it clear that the injury is nothing to worry about.

''I feel great. I'm 100,'' he declared. Jackson did, however, note that his legs took a pounding the past two weeks in wins over San Francisco and the Bills.

''When I'm on the edge I kind of avoid it all the time,'' he said. ''But when I'm in the pocket trying to complete a throw, that's when nine times out of 10 they're going for my legs. It is what it is.''

He's not complaining.

''We're playing football. It's an aggressive game,'' Jackson said. ''They're trying to make a tackle and I'm trying to make them miss.''

The 22-year-old Jackson is enjoying an MVP-caliber season in his second year in the league. His 28 touchdown passes are tops in the NFL, he ranks ninth in yards rushing and he is smoothly directing an offense that averages 408 yards per game.

The accolades and awards and records might be worth celebrating in late February. For now, Jackson just wants to keep the Ravens on a hot streak.

''He just wants to win games. He's been telling me that since last year,'' Baltimore receiver Willie Snead said. ''Whatever comes with it, that's what comes with it. But at the end of the day, his goal, our goal is to win the Super Bowl. That's what we're working for.''

Jackson won a Heisman Trophy at Louisville in 2016 because of his running ability. When he was drafted No. 32 overall by Baltimore in 2018, he was determined to master passing, too. Jackson has improved immensely from his rookie year but he's not perfect yet - even though he earned a perfect quarterback rating this season in wins over Miami and Cincinnati.

''He gets (ticked) off when he runs for touchdowns because he wants to throw touchdowns,'' Snead said. ''He wants to be a quarterback. He wants to prove to everyone that he can be an elite passer as well as an elite runner when he has to be.

''He will probably tell you, I can get so much better. That's the mindset that makes him so great right now at a young age. He wants to get better every week, and we're going to help him get there.''

Player Notes
Dak Prescott Dec 11 12:40pm ET

Dallas Cowboys quarterback Dak Prescott is expected to play in Week 15 and has a decent matchup against the Los Angeles Rams. Prescott suffered a sprained left hand and an injured index finger on his throwing hand in Week 14's Thursday night loss to the Chicago Bears. With 10 days to rest, Prescott should be good to go against the Rams. Still, he's been struggling along with the whole Dallas offense of late and a possible flare up of the injuries won't help. Prescott hasn't been great on the field lately, but he's still been producing solid fantasy numbers. He's a low-end QB1 for Week 15.

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Ezekiel Elliott Dec 11 12:40pm ET

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Tony Pollard Dec 11 12:40pm ET

Dallas Cowboys rookie running back Tony Pollard should return from an ankle injury that kept him out of Week 14, but shouldn't be in any fantasy lineups. Pollard will be strictly a backup to Ezekiel Elliott in what is expected to be a close game. Elliott should be on the field for almost every snap, leaving Pollard to only reach relevance if the starter were to get injured. Most leagues will have someone with a clearer path to touches on the waiver wire. Pollard remains no more than a handcuff for Elliott owners.

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Jake Elliott Dec 11 12:30pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott is a decent kicking option in a Week 15 game against Washington. The Eagles shouldn't have too much difficulty scoring on a weak Washington defense, but Elliott does seem to be in a bit of a slump lately. After starting the season off with 12 perfect weeks without a missed field goal, Elliott has missed two of his last six tries. He's still a K1, and should be fine in a fantasy lineup this week.

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Philadelphia Eagles Dec 11 12:30pm ET

The Philadelphia Eagles Defense have an excellent matchup in Week 15 against Washington. While the Eagles looked rough against the Miami Dolphins in Week 13 and came out slumping in the first half of Week 14 against the New York Giants, they were able to put it together and play well for the second half of Monday's win. The Eagles defense is a little risky because they have shown the capacity to fall apart against lesser competition, but the Washington offense is last in the NFL in scoring and allows the fifth most points to opposing fantasy defenses. The risk should be worth the reward this week.

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Dallas Goedert Dec 11 12:10pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Dallas Goedert is a strong option for Week 15 fantasy lineups. Going up against an easy Washington defense, Goedert has the added benefit of working as one of the top receiving options for Carson Wentz. Dealing with a decimated wide receiver corps, the Eagles will almost certainly rely on their running backs and tight ends to move the ball in this matchup. Goedert could end up behind only Zach Ertz in passing game pecking order. He's a mid-range TE1 with touchdown upside.

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Greg Ward Dec 11 11:50am ET

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Greg Ward will play a significant role in Week 15's game against Washington. At the end of Monday night's overtime win against the New York Giants, Ward was literally the only healthy wide receiver left wearing an Eagles uniform. Rookie J.J. Arcega-Whiteside (hamstring) is expected to be ready to go on Sunday, but he and Ward make up the entire Eagles wide receiving corps for now. Ward saw nine targets in Week 14 after seeing 10 total in the 13 weeks before. The Eagles will likely focus their passing game on their running backs and tight ends, but Ward could be a sneaky-good play this week, especially in DFS leagues.

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JJ Arcega-Whiteside Dec 11 11:50am ET

Philadelphia Eagles rookie wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside should play a significant role in Week 15's game against Washington. With the Eagles wide receiver corps decimated, Arcega-Whiteside is one of only two healthy receivers left on the roster. He showed flashes of dominance in the preseason but has turned that into just eight catches for 130 yards and one touchdown this season. He came up limping with a hamstring injury at the end of Monday night's game, but he is reportedly "fine" and will be ready to go on Sunday. Arcega-Whiteside comes with some nice upside this week, but he has a very low floor, as the Eagles could just focus on running backs and tight ends in their passing game.

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Zach Ertz Dec 11 11:50am ET

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz will likely be the focus of the Eagles offense in Week 15 against Washington. With a wide receiver crew made up of unproven rookies and guys no one has ever heard of, the Eagles will likely rely on their running backs and tight ends in the passing game. Ertz got off to somewhat of a slow start this season, but he's turned back into his elite TE1-self lately, including his two touchdowns in Week 14. He's one of the top three options at the position for Week 15.

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Nelson Agholor Dec 11 11:40am ET

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Nelson Agholor's Week 15 status is still "up in the air" according to Eagles coach Doug Pederson. Agholor wouldn't be a recommended option even if he were to suit up for this one. Despite a good matchup against a struggling Washington defense, Agholor would be at high risk of reinjury and an early exit. Besides that, his upside is not nearly high enough to be worth the risk of him being used as a decoy or having to leave the game early. Fantasy owners in redraft leagues still holding onto Agholor may want to consider using his roster spot for someone with more upside and a better chance to contribute in the next two weeks.

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Carson Wentz Dec 11 11:30am ET

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Miles Sanders Dec 11 11:30am ET

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Boston Scott Dec 11 11:30am ET

Philadelphia Eagles running back Boston Scott could be a suddenly fantasy-relevant option in Week 15. Taking on a struggling Washington defense, Scott could reprise his role from Week 14, where he ran the ball 10 times for 59 yards and a touchdown and caught six passes for 69 more yards. Scott will still be playing behind Miles Sanders in Week 15, but if he shows the burst he did against the New York Giants, he'll certainly be in line for more touches. He's a risky play because of his position on the depth chart, but he's basically free in most leagues and could make a significant impact if things go his way.

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Derrius Guice Dec 11 11:20am ET

Washington Redskins running back Derrius Guice will not play again this season after being placed on IR with an MCL sprain. Both Guice's real-life team and fantasy owners have to be starting to wonder just how many serious knee injuries one player can withstand. After missing the entire 2018 season with a torn ACL and now this move to IR, Guice will wrap up the first two years of his career having appeared in just five games. Adrian Peterson will lead Washington's running game for the rest of the season, while Chris Thompson figures to step back into a somewhat prominent pass-catching role for the Redskins.

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Alshon Jeffery Dec 11 9:20am ET

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Marquise Goodwin Dec 11 12:50am ET

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Marquise Goodwin Dec 10 5:33pm ET

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Demaryius Thomas Dec 10 5:23pm ET

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Mark Ingram Dec 10 5:13pm ET

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Calvin Ridley Dec 10 4:53pm ET

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