Lamar Jackson's Projected Passing Totals Are Disrespectful

By michael obermuller
Lamar Jackson could easily outperform the passing projections he is currently getting by the odds.
Lamar Jackson could easily outperform the passing projections he is currently getting by the odds. / Will Newton/Getty Images

Lamar Jackson is the reigning MVP of the National Football League, but the young superstar did not reach this status easily. Jackson was underrated from the moment he entered the draft.

You'd think Jackson's doubters would have learned their lesson by now, but it appears they haven't. His 2020 projected passing totals on FanDuel Sportsbook are straight up disrespectful to the third-year pro.

Oddsmakers have the over/under for his passing yardage set at 3,199.5, the lowest for all 15 quarterbacks listed on the site, including players like Daniel Jones, Josh Allen and Sam Darnold. Last season, Jackson threw for 3,127 yards in just 15 games. Had he played a full season he would've cleared that threshold with ease.

The larger sleight comes with the over/under for Lamar's projected passing touchdowns. Listed at 26.5, Jackson is ranked side-by-side with Daniel Jones and below players like Philip Rivers, Carson Wentz and Dak Prescott. This time history doesn't align with the projection, as the Ravens' QB tossed 36 touchdown passes in 2019.

Some will always view Jackson as a run-first quarterback or an inaccurate passer, but that view just doesn't align with the numbers. In fact, he threw an accurate pass on 76.0 percent of his attempts – the 11th-best total among QBs with at least 400 attempts.

Not bad for a running back? Sure, but it's time people realize Lamar is pretty impressive for a quarterback, too.

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Michael Obermuller is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Michael Obermuller also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username king_mizzard. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.