After averaging 31.5 Fantasy points per game in 2019, there really isn't much else to say about Jackson being the most wanted quarterback in drafts. But will he really throw a touchdown every 11.1 pass attempts again, or average 6.9 yards per run again? No doubt, Jackson is too athletic and the Ravens offense too savvy for Jackson to completely fall off, but it feels a little short-sighted to expect a repeat performance. Defenses will be better prepared for him, just as defenses have adjusted to breakout quarterbacks in the past. Additionally, you should know that no one has repeated as the No. 1 Fantasy quarterback in consecutive seasons since the mid-2000s. Savvier Fantasy managers would wait until mid-Round 2 at the absolute earliest to take Jackson, which basically means they won't get him since he'll likely carry a consensus first-round draft average. Our analysts prefer Patrick Mahomes over Jackson anyway. Let other people take him too soon and miss out on elite-caliber players at other positions. Obviously the conversation changes if you can start multiple quarterbacks in your league - Jackson is worthy of a pick as soon as fifth overall in that case.
Jackson is aiming to run less and rely more on his arm moving forward, he said during a video conference with the Ravens on Tuesday. "We're going to have even more receivers...We're going to be pretty good. I don't think I'll be running a lot," Jackson said. Jackson's video call covered plenty of ground, including his focus on the mental aspects of the game during the offseason considering the physical limitations in place due to COVID-19. The reigning MVP also alluded to a style change in the future in which he leans more on his weapons in the passing game and lets his running backs take the brunt of the rushing workload. Jackson's athleticism makes him a nightmare to defend, but his career longevity will be extended if running is less of a staple in his game. He had 176 rushing attempts in 2019, which was nearly 70 more than the next highest number of rushes by a quarterback.
Jackson was named the 2019 NFL Most Valuable Player on Saturday. Jackson was the runaway choice for league MVP, as he put together a fabulous sophomore season to lead the Ravens to a league-best 14-2 record. While things didn't go his way in the postseason, the electrifying athlete proved to be elite as both a passer and a runner, posting a 36:6 TD:INT through the air while setting a new record for rushing yards by a quarterback with 1,206 and adding seven touchdowns on the ground.
Jackson completed 31 of 59 passes for 365 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions in the Ravens' 28-12 divisional-round loss to the Titans on Saturday. He also rushed 20 times for 143 yards and lost a fumble. From a fantasy perspective, Jackson could hardly have done more, as he complemented his typically stellar rushing numbers with equally impressive passing yardage. Jackson's tally through the air was actually a career best, but he ended up throwing a career-high 59 passes because the Ravens were unexpectedly behind for the entirety of the contest, often by more than one possession. The second-year quarterback's one fumble also led to a Tennessee points, as he coughed up the ball at his own 19-yard line while being sacked by Jurrell Casey and then saw Derrick Henry throw a touchdown pass to Corey Davis on a trick play five plays later. The profoundly disappointing and abrupt ending aside, Jackson enjoyed a stellar season that is likely to culminate in the league MVP award, as he finished with 4,333 total yards (3,127 passing, NFL-record 1,206 rushing) and a 36:6 TD:INT across 15 games. Jackson will naturally be the focal point of the team's offense for many years to come, beginning with a 2020 campaign in which Baltimore will be honed in on avenging its early postseason exit.
Jackson (illness) returned to practice Thursday, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports. Jackson sat out practice Tuesday, but the QB has moved past a bout with the flu and will resume his preparations for the Ravens' Jan. 11 playoff opener versus an opponent to be determined by the results of this weekend's Wild Card round.
Jackson (illness) did not practice Tuesday, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports. The Ravens were hoping Jackson would be able to get on the practice field Tuesday, but he ultimately was not able to. The team won't play again until Jan. 11 thanks to a first-round bye in the playoffs, so Jackson will have plenty of time to rest and recover before then.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/29||Kansas City Chiefs||14||17.89|
|4||10/04||@Washington Football Team||25||22.75|
|10||11/16||@New England Patriots||1||11.06|
|16||12/27||New York Giants||29||23.88|
|3 Year Avg||63.6||2164||21||4||950||6||329|