Lamar Jackson Could Be Late Round 2019 Fantasy Football Sleeper Following Quote From John Harbaugh

Dan Israeli
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Last season, Lamar Jackson took over as the starting quarterback for the Baltimore Ravens in Week 11 and proceeded to lead the team to the playoffs on the strength of a 6-1 finish.

Jackson accomplished the feat almost entirely with his legs. Over that seven-week span, the rookie averaged a staggering 17.0 carries per game, a mark only topped by three running backs in the 2018 season (Ezekiel Elliott, Todd Gurley and Chris Carson).

In fact, Jackson broke the NFL single-season record for QB rush attempts despite only starting seven games. And according to Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, Jackson could see a similar workload in 2019.

Based on his rookie year performance, Jackson has a legitimate shot at surpassing Cam Newton's career high of 139 carries in a single season. Rushing quarterbacks are extremely valuable in fantasy football, so this news could be a boon for Jackson's value.

However, letting Jackson run wild could often put him in harm's way. If we average out the pace Jackson was on as a starter over a full season, the total would amount to 272 carries. Again, only three running backs surpassed that mark in 2018, so Jackson could be in for a regression.

Even if Jackson doesn't maintain his prolific pace from 2018, Harbaugh's quote indicates that the Louisville product will still see a ton of carries in the upcoming season.

If Jackson improves as a passer (he completed just 58.2 percent of his passes in 2018), and can still average around 15.0 carries per game, we could be talking about a top-10 fantasy QB.

As the QB19 according to average draft position (ADP) and pick 129 overall, Jackson is currently a tremendous value in fantasy drafts.

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