Lamar Jackson Injury Update Clouds Fantasy Outlook in Week 15

Larry Rupp
Lamar Jackson's latest injury update clouds his Week 15 fantasy outlook.
Lamar Jackson's latest injury update clouds his Week 15 fantasy outlook. / Jason Miller/GettyImages

Lamar Jackson's efforts this season have likely carried some fantasy teams to the first round of the playoffs. That's what makes waiting for his injury updates that much harder. Head coach John Harbaugh remained on the fence on Friday when asked about Jackson suiting up in Week 15.

Jackson is still dealing with an ankle injury that caused him to miss the majority of the Baltimore Ravens' Week 14 loss to the Cleveland Browns. He has not practiced this past week and his status may not be determined until right before kickoff. That certainly leaves fantasy managers in a tough spot.

Lamar Jackson Fantasy Outlook

While Jackson has definitely had his ups and downs this year, it's hard to overlook that he ranks as the No. 9 QB in fantasy scoring despite missing 1.5 games due to injury. A lot of that has to do with his improvements as a passer given he is averaging a career-high 240.2 passing yards per game.

It'd be smart for anyone rostering Jackson to have a backup QB ready to go on the bench. There are a number of high-quality streaming options this week and that includes Baltimore's Tyler Huntley. The second-year pro has accounted for at least 259 yards of offense in each of his last two games played.

If Jackson is able to suit up, he draws a difficult matchup against a Green Bay Packers defense that is allowing the eighth-fewest fantasy points to opposing QBs. His rushing capabilities alone give him enough upside to be started, though.

The 24-year-old checks in at QB5 in The Duel's Week 15 fantasy football rankings.

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