Can Lamar Jackson Be a Dominant Fantasy Football QB with His Rushing Ability?
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We’re in the thick of the NFL offseason and it’s officially time to start fantasy football prep. I’ll be answering the biggest questions heading into the 2019 season; this is part of that series.
The Ravens managed to snag the 2016 Heisman Trophy winner with the final first-round pick of the 2018 draft.
Lamar Jackson didn’t get a chance to start until Week 11, but he helped Baltimore win six of its final seven games en route to capturing the AFC North. Jackson’s limitations as a passer were then exposed in the Ravens’ Wild Card loss to the Chargers.
The future is now for Jackson and the Ravens after Joe Flacco was shipped to Denver this offseason. Let’s take a look at how 2019 is shaping up for the second-year quarterback as both a real-life and fantasy football asset.
Lamar Jackson Is Mike Vick-esque As A Runner
The Ravens’ dual-threat quarterback has been making defenders look silly his entire career.
Jackson totaled 4,132 rushing yards and 50 touchdowns on the ground in 38 career games at Louisville and proved to be just as lethal of a threat as a rookie at the next level.
- Rush attempts: 147 (first among all quarterbacks)
- Rush yards: 695 (first)
- Rush TDs: 5 (tied for third)
Jackson’s 43.4 rush yards per game trailed only Josh Allen (52.6) for the highest mark in the league, but that figure is misleading. The Ravens utilized Jackson in sub-packages for a few snaps every week while Flacco was starting, so Jackson’s real average rushing yards per game as a starter actually placed him along elite company at the running back position in 2018.