If you're a savvy fantasy owner you're probably holding off on a quarterback until later in your draft, say until rounds 5-11. Which may also mean you've missed out on some stud signal callers such as Patrick Mahomes, Aaron Rodgers, and Deshaun Watson. Well fear not, you're still in great shape. With the extra draft capitol you probably were able to stock up on those juicy running back and wide receiver options! Now whats to do about your quarterback? That's where my biggest sleeper of 2019 comes into play, Lamar Jackson. I know you're probably wondering, where did i pull that idea from? With the Ravens run heavy offensive scheme and Jackson's tendency to run over pass last year, he'd probably be a good bench filler or at best a last resort starter. Well you'd be wrong, It is true Jackson ran a lot last season with 695 rushing yards averaging 79.4 yards on the ground per game in only seven starts under center. He also threw for a whopping 1201 yards, 11 touchdowns, and only 3 interceptions in that exact time. Showing a lot of promise for the 2019 season if he can can stay healthy for all sixteen games.
Lamar Jackson is a steal in most if not all fantasy drafts, averaging as the sixteenth quarterback taken off the board via CBS Fantasy Stats he could easily finish the year in the Top 5 if not higher. If you can hold off on the quarterback position until about Round Eight, he's your guy. Jackson flashed onto the scene last season in Baltimore eventually being named the true starter and then the Ravens doubled down on the decision and shipped former Super Bowl champion Joe Flacco to Denver. Now Jackson going into 2019 will be the go to guy all the way, which may be a challenge at times but will prove to be a huge stepping stone for a future elite signal caller. The Ravens are loaded with weapons on offense with both Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin ready for week 1 as well as Willie Snead in the slot, and two stellar tight ends in Hayden Hurst and Mark Andrews. Lamar Jackson will have no short of options to go to when dropping back. Mark Ingram adds some serious boom to the backfield and will cause Jackson to not have to run so much saving him more opportunities to flourish extending the pocket and throwing the ball down field, which has been the biggest knock on his game thus far. With all the weapons and depth in the backfield, even Jackson plans on showing off his arm more. Saying in an interview when asked about his desired run-to-pass ratio this season, "Probably throwing, probably 30 passes a game," Jackson goes on to say "Running, I probably won't have as many attempts as last year. We have a great backfield and we're just going to take what the defense gives us and take advantage of it and just go from there."
Whether you're holding out to draft more "skill players" or like I have in the past, just space the quarterback position for the first few rounds. Lamar Jackson is not a bad option, in fact he could win you your league. With the insanely high ceiling Jackson has between passing and his already proven running abilities he could be easily Top 5, if not in the Top 3 of Fantasy Quarterbacks when were all said and done. He now has the weapons both through the air and behind him and a clear cut starting role, the sky's the limit. It may sound pretty lofty but I could see Jackson finishing 2019 with, 900+ rushing yards, 14 rushing touchdowns, 3400+ passing yards, 38 touchdowns through the air, and thus making a lot of smart fantasy owners very very happy. Yes huge numbers indeed and if you were wondering, the Ravens make the playoffs but that's for another article. Go draft Jackson.
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