QB Lamar Jackson - Baltimore Ravens
|6-3, 200||Born: 1-7-1997||College: Louisville||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2018|
Week 7: at Seattle Seahawks
FBG says: Neutral matchup. Unsurprisingly, Lamar Jackson's passing value has scaled back majorly from his prolific first two weeks. He's throwing much better than he did as a rookie, but isn't winning fantasy matchups with his arm. Over the past 4 weeks, he's posted just 6.8 yards per attempt (30th among qualifiers over that span), with 4 touchdowns to 5 interceptions. Jackson is still very much learning the pro game, and his approach isn't very dynamic on its own, built around short, conservative throws. When explosive playmakers Mark Andrews and Marquise Brown are healthy, at least, there's a ton of after-catch potential on every target. Both have cooled off from their torrid starts to the season, but each has drawn a stout 23% of team targets while on the field together. Andrews excelled last week with Brown sidelined by an ankle injury, turning 8 targets into 99 yards - the third time he's reached that mark over 6 games. When healthy, Brown is fed the ball with manufactured touches from all over the field. But of late, he's had trouble turning them into production, averaging just 10.5 yards per catch since Week 1. Beyond those two, it's essentially a grab bag of role players far more important to the Ravens than to fantasy teams. This attack still goes squarely through Andrews and Brown, both of whom should be on the field in Week 7 - and find themselves in great one-on-one matchups. Jackson is still a volatile passer, but is in prime get-right position here. For the most part, the Seahawks have struggled throughout the young season in pass defense. They've only given up 8 touchdowns, but also 267 yards per attempt, the 10th-most in football. Perhaps a schematic shakeup would help matters. The current scheme puts a ton of pressure on starting cornerbacks Shaquill Griffin, who's been mostly solid, and Tre Flowers, who hasn't. Flowers has been one of football's least successful cover men thus far, and he was badly victimized last week in Odell Beckham's 6-catch, 101-yard bounce-back. Griffin and Flowers are usually the only cornerbacks on the field, forcing the linebackers and safeties into heavy coverage, and that hasn't helped. On the back end, Bradley McDougald and Tedric Thompson have made for one of football's weakest safety pairings. Tight ends are finding plenty of room against them, with Vance McDonald (7 catches and 2 touchdowns), Gerald Everett (7 for 136 yards), and even Ricky Seals-Jones (one touchdown and very nearly a second) all putting up season-best games. They've been especially slow in downfield coverage, too, leaving openings for too many successful deep balls. All told, this relatively slow-footed secondary needs work, and makes for a tasty matchup for the Ravens' weapons.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Lamar Jackson's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 6 vs CIN (21 / 33 / 236 / 0 / 0 pass, 19 / 152 / 1 rush)
Lamar Jackson played well and was extremely effective running the football both on designed runs and scrambles. Jackson had some struggles throwing the ball including a miss downfield to a wide open Chris Moore. Jackson did not turn the ball over as he had in previous weeks and did a better job of not standing in the pocket too long and absorbing unnecessary sacks. Jackson did take a few unnecessary hits but for the most part he gave himself up or got out of bounds before he could get hit. Jackson kept the ball on a read option play on the Ravens opening possession and raced into the open field for a 36 yard gain. Jackson went untouched until he was brought down. A few plays later Jackson again gained the edge running off left tackle and burst down the sideline for a 21 yard touchdown. Jackson outraced a number of defenders who had an angle on him on the play. Jackson moved the Ravens down the field for another touchdown on their second possession. Jackson hit Mark Andrews and Miles Boykin for nice gains setting up a 1 yard touchdown by Mark Ingram. Jackson scrambled for 28 yards on 3rd and 10 just before halftime but Jackson stepped out of bounds just a second after time had expired in the half not allowing a field goal attempt. The Ravens two scoring possessions in the second half were long methodical drives relying or Jackson's legs and the underneath passing game. Both long drives ended in field goals with Jackson and the Ravens struggling to sustain methodical drives and turn them into touchdowns. Without big plays Jackson struggles to move the ball down the field consistently. Jackson and the Ravens looked out of sync when forced to rely on the passing game.
2019 Week 5 vs PIT (19 / 28 / 161 / 1 / 3 pass, 14 / 70 / 0 rush)
The Ravens opening drive consisted almost entirely of running plays. The drive stalled in the red zone with Jackson throwing the ball slightly behind Marquise Brown resulting in an incompletion forcing a field goal attempt. Following an interception the Ravens took over in excellent field position. Jackson moved the Ravens inside the 5 with his legs and Ingram scored a 2 yard rushing touchdown to cap the drive. Jackson and the Ravens moved down the field relying on the passing game on their next possession. Jackson found Mark Andrews for 24 yards to move into the red zone. Jackson capped the drive with his best throw of the game; an 11 yard touchdown over the middle to Marquise Brown through a tight window. Jackson was intercepted on the Ravens ensuing possession targeting Mark Andrews over the middle. Andrews appeared to absorb illegal contact before the pass arrived but there was no flag on the play. Jackson was sacked twice during a three and out. Jackson simply stood in the pocket and made no effort to move or get rid of the ball on either play. Jackson was sacked again in a similar fashion and then was intercepted targeting Seth Roberts along the sideline. Jackson failed to see an underneath defender and threw the ball right to him giving the Steelers great field position. Jackson moved the Ravens into Pittsburg territory and made a great throw up the seam to Nick Boyle but Devin Bush made an even better play to take the ball away from Boyle and secure an interception. Jackson moved the Ravens down the field with completions to Hayden Hurst and Willie Snead but the drive stalled in the red zone because of a holding penalty. Trailing by 3 with less than 3 minutes remaining Jackson moved the Ravens down the field for a game tying field goal forcing overtime. The Ravens netted 2 yards on 6 plays in overtime but managed to win thanks to a forced fumble and recovery by Marlon Humphrey putting the Ravens in field goal range.
2019 Week 4 vs CLE (24 / 34 / 247 / 3 / 2 pass, 9 / 66 / 0 rush)
Lamar Jackson struggled against the Browns. Jackson was more consistent throwing the ball than last week especially in the short to intermediate ranges but struggled throwing the ball downfield. Jackson was sacked on the Ravens opening possession forcing a 3 and out. The Ravens second possession stalled with a drop by Mark Andrews followed by a 3rd down sack. The Ravens third possession ended with Lamar Jackson failing to complete a pass to a wide open Chris Moore down the sideline. Jackson's poor throw didn't allow Moore to get both feet inbounds. Jackson's first big play was a 29 yard run on a read option play. Jackson followed Nick Boyle around the edge and wasn't touched until he slipped running downfield. A few more running plays moved the Ravens inside the Browns' 10 yard line and Jackson found Miles Boykin for a 9 yard touchdown. The Ravens first drive of the second half stalled in a field goal attempt after Jackson absorbed another sack and short-armed a throw to Marquise Brown. Jackson moved the Ravens down the field with completions in the short to intermediate range and thanks to the Ravens running game. Jackson capped the drive finding Mark Andrews wide open in the back of the end zone for a 9 yard touchdown. Trailing by 12 with less than 9 minutes remaining in the 4th quarter the Ravens went for it on 4th and 3 deep in their own territory. Jackson's pass fell incomplete with a miscommunication between him and Andrews. On the Ravens ensuing possession Jackson made an ill advised throw to Andrews downfield into double coverage and the pass was intercepted. A few plays later Jackson's arm was hit as he threw and Jackson was again intercepted. Justice Hill appeared to miss a blitz pick up on the play. On the Ravens final possession with the game well out of hand Jackson hit Willie Snead on an underneath throw and Snead took the short pass 50 yards for a touchdown.
2019 Week 3 vs KC (22 / 43 / 267 / 0 / 0 pass, 8 / 46 / 1 rush)
Lamar Jackson played his worst game of the season and seemed to regress as a passer. Jackson moved the Ravens down the field for a touchdown on their opening possession. Jackson found Nick Boyle down the seam for 23 yards off of play action on one of Jackson's best throws of the game. Jackson also converted a 4th and 3 with a 7 yard scramble setting up a 2 yard touchdown run for Mark Ingram. Jackson missed Marquise Brown twice on the Ravens' first two possessions for two potential big plays. The Ravens second possession ended with a failed 4th down pass with heavy pressure in Jackson's face and no one open. The Ravens final possession of the first half ended with Jackson overthrowing an open Hayden Hurst down the seam for a potential big play. It was the type of throw Jackson had completed the first two weeks of the season but Jackson overthrew every big play opportunity he had in the first half. The Ravens marched down the field for a touchdown on a drive that consisted entirely of running plays to open the second half. Jackson finally found some success throwing the ball with completion to Boyle and Marquise Brown but was met with another 4th down. The Ravens went for it and Jackson heaved a prayer downfield as he was being wrapped up and Seth Roberts hauled it in for 25 yards. It was a great play by Roberts and lucky by Jackson. The play set up a Mark Ingram touchdown. Jackson made a great throw to Marquise Brown down the sideline for 31 yards but missed him the following play for a potential 32 yard touchdown. On 3rd and 17 facing heavy pressure Jackson heaved a jump ball across the field and across his body that was brought in by Willie Snead for 23 yards. The pass should have been intercepted. The big play resulted in another field goal attempt. Jackson moved the Ravens down the field with underneath passes and capped the drive with an impressive 9 yard touchdown run brining the Ravens to within 5. The Chiefs ran out the clock after picking up a first down. Jackson's inconsistency passing the ball was the offensive story of the game for the Ravens.
2019 Week 2 vs ARI (24 / 37 / 272 / 2 / 0 pass, 16 / 120 / 0 rush)
Lamar Jackson showed some inconsistency after being perfect against Miami. Jackson missed a number of throws and the Ravens were forced to settle for 3 field goals which kept the game closer than it should have been. Jackson played well as a passer but showed he's not a finished product yet. Jackson racked up rushing yards because the Cardinals' defensive ends were consistently crashing in to giving Jackson a free avenue to the edge. Jackson kept the ball on a read option play and glided along the sideline for 19 yards. The defensive ends crashed hard keying on Mark Ingram and leaving Jackson unaccounted for. Jackson connected with Marquise Brown 3 times following the run and then found Mark Andrews wide open down the sideline for a 27 yard touchdown on the Ravens opening possession. Jackson. Jackson converted a 3rd and 17 with a strike up the seam to Andrews for 28 yards. Jackson then kept the ball on another option play and escaped out of bounds after gaining 16 more. The drive stalled with a stuffed run play and an incompletion forcing a field goal. Jackson moved the Ravens down the field for a touchdown on their ensuing possession. Jackson connected with Andrew and Ingram each for a big play in the passing game and added 30 yards on the ground on 4 carries to move the Ravens into the red zone. Jackson found Hayden Hurst off play action for a 1 yard touchdown. The Ravens went 3 and out before halftime because of a sack and a botched snap on consecutive plays. Jackson again moved the Ravens into the red zone but they were forced to settle for a field goal after a delay of game penalty on 4th and 1. Jackson picked up 19 yards running on 3rd and 20 with a spectacular run to set up the 4th and short but the penalty forced a field goal. Jackson again moved the Ravens into field goal range with his legs and completions to Miles Boykin and Andrews giving the Ravens a 6 point lead with 9 minutes remaining, After a failed possession, Jackson sealed the game with a 41 yard dagger to Marquise Brown down the sideline on 3rd and 11. Jackson's throw was perfect to beat excellent coverage.
2019 Week 1 vs MIA (17 / 20 / 324 / 5 / 0 pass, 3 / 6 / 0 rush)
Lamar Jackson looked like a different player than the one who led the Ravens to the playoffs last season. Jackson was an order of magnitude more confident, composed, and accurate. Jackson led the Ravens down the field on their opening possession for a touchdown but the drive consisted almost entirely of running plays. Following an interception Jackson connected with Marquise Brown over the middle on a slant and Brown took the pass to the end zone for a 47 yard touchdown. Jackson's next throw was a 40 yard bomb that hit Marquise Brown perfectly in stride for an 83 yard touchdown. Jackson completed passes to Mark Andrews and Brown to move the Ravens into scoring position. Jackson capped the drive with another very nice deep ball this time to Willie Snead down the slot for a 33 yard touchdown. Following a muffed punt the Ravens took over in excellent field position. Jackson capped the drive with a 5 yard touchdown to Miles Boykin. Jackson faced immediate pressure on the play and was forced to retreat more than 15 yards behind the line of scrimmage and make the throw to Boykin off his back foot. The play demonstrated his chemistry with Boykin. Jackson showed off his chemistry with Mark Andrews in the second half. Jackson connected with Andrews for 39 yards down the seam to set up a 1 yard touchdown toss to Patrick Ricard. Jackson took a seat on the bench for the 4th quarter with the Ravens holding a 42 point lead.
Latest NewsChiefs | LeSean McCoy gashing defenses on first down (Tue Oct 15, 02:57 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs RB LeSean McCoy leads all rushers - minimum 20 rush attempts - with 6.79 yards per carry on first down. Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson ranks second at 6.32, while Minnesota Vikings RB Alexander Mattison (5.87), Jacksonville Jaguars RB Leonard Fournette (5.83) and San Francisco 49ers RB Matt Breida (5.71) round out the top five. Our View: McCoy can still play at a high level...provided he hangs onto the rock and does a good job in pass protection. The Chiefs travel to Denver to play the Broncos on Thursday night. McCoy has flex appeal in that matchup.
link to story Ravens | Lamar Jackson rumbles for 152 yards, TD (Sun Oct 13, 06:34 PM) - Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson completed 21-of-33 passes for 236 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 6 against the Cincinnati Bengals, but he had 19 runs for 152 yards and a score. He became the first player in the Super Bowl era to throw for 200 yards and run for 150 yards in the same game. Our View: Jackson was unstoppable as a runner and looks more aggressive than ever in that aspect of his game. His floor and ceiling are as high as any fantasy quarterback because of it. He might be the most valuable fantasy quarterback heading into a matchup at Seattle.
link to story Ravens | Three turnovers for Lamar Jackson (Sun Oct 6, 09:06 PM) - Baltimore Ravens QB Lamar Jackson completed 19 of his 28 passes for 161 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions and rushed 14 times for 70 yards in a 26-23 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers in Week 5. link to story
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