Ravens rookie quarterback Lamar Jackson is set to make his first career start on Sunday against the Bengals. Jackson, the 32nd pick in this past year's draft, is starting in place of Joe Flacco and over backup quarterback Robert Griffin III.
Flacco is out with a hip injury, which the Ravens announced will not require surgery.
The #Ravens are, in fact, starting rookie first-round QB Lamar Jackson today vs. the #Bengals based on my understanding. Not a surprise at this point, but this is something his teammates are pretty excited about. A big spot for his starting debut.— Ian Rapoport (@RapSheet) November 18, 2018
This game could be big for Jackson on multiple levels. If he plays well, he could take over the starting job permanently from Flacco, who has had an up and down season himself. This is a huge divisional game in a tight race against the Bengals, so it has potential playoff implications too.
Bengals have allowed the second most rushing TD's by QB's this season. They have allowed 500 yards in three straight games. It may not always be pretty but Lamar Jackson is in a position to have a very nice fantasy day.— Matthew Berry (@MatthewBerryTMR) November 18, 2018
From a fantasy standpoint, Jackson should have the opportunity for a big day as well. The Bengals have allowed 500 yards in three straight games and currently rank 31st in the NFL in fantasy points allowed to the quarterback position.
With Jackson's big-play and dual-threat capabilities, he could put together a very solid fantasy day, while also getting the Ravens back on track in the playoff hunt.
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