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Lamar Jackson took the NFL by storm when he took over as starting quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens midway through the 2018 season. Thanks to his rushing ability, he also grabbed the attention of fantasy owners everywhere. 


Of all the rookie quarterbacks who started in 2018, Jackson was the only one who made the playoffs. While his first ever playoff start was rocky to start, he finished the game strong and overall is still a promising young player. 


So now that Jackson will be the full-time starter in 2019, what kind of fantasy outlook does he have?

Well based on his performances from this season his outlook is pretty good!


Jackson's worst performance this season was in his first game when he only scored 15.7 points and that was still good enough to be QB12 for the week. On the season he averaged 18.6 points per game and that's with only one game of 200-plus yards passing. 


A repeat of this stretch seems likely in 2019, but probably with fewer rushes and more passes. Around 16 points a game seems like a safe floor for Jackson given that he'll still get rushes in the red zone no matter what. Somewhere around 20 points per game is a solid optimistic projection. 

He is such a unique player to project because he has so much upside throwing the ball, but that will cut into his rushing attempts and yardage. So we have to assume that more passing yards is a good thing even if he's not getting 20 carries a game. 


Right now he positively projects as a Cam Newton-lite for next season with still a decent amount of rushing attempts. If you're the Ravens that's fantastic news and if you're a fantasy owner you might just want to take a flyer on Jackson in the later rounds of your draft. It might be a big year for the young quarterback in Baltimore. 


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