The quarterback position is once again a deep one when it comes to Fantasy Football in 2021. There are plenty of guys you can find later on in the draft that can help your team win games. However, very few offer the upside that Baltimore Ravens quarterback Lamar Jackson does.
Jackson is in the conversation to be the first quarterback off the board in Fantasy Football drafts this year and with good reason. His floor is extremely high because of the rushing statistics he offers managers.
While Jackson took a step back from his MVP campaign in 2019, he was still productive in 2020. He completed 64.4 percent of his passes for 2,757 yards and 26 touchdowns, throwing nine interceptions.
The Louisville product was once again a force on the ground, rushing for 1,005 yards on 159 attempts, adding seven more touchdowns.
Getting that kind of rushing production from a running back would make Fantasy Football managers happy. Receiving it from the quarterback position? Now that is elating.
Will we see more of the same in 2021 from Jackson? Let’s take a look.
What to Expect From Lamar Jackson In 2021
The Baltimore Ravens spent a lot of capital this offseason upgrading the weapons around Lamar Jackson. They used a first-round pick on Minnesota wide receiver Rashod Bateman and a fourth-round pick on Tylan Wallace out of Oklahoma State. Sammy Watkins was signed in free agency away from the Kansas City Chiefs as well.
With Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin already on the depth chart at wide receiver and Mark Andrews at tight end, the Ravens have a strong group of pass catchers for Jackson to work with.
Baltimore has patiently waited for Jackson to make strides as a passer and that will occur this season. He has a dynamic, diverse group of players catching the ball and it will result in a career year through the air for Jackson.
Jackson will complete 65 percent of his passes, throwing for 3,500 yards and 32 touchdowns. The ability to carve teams up throwing the ball will open up even more running lanes for the Ravens to run through.
In addition to the passing yards, Jackson will again break the 1,000-yard mark on the ground but will do it on fewer carries. Jackson will carry the ball only 140 times but make the most of those attempts as defenses will be forced to defend his improved passing game.
The only thing that will derail Jackson for the 2021 season is the Coronavirus. He missed one game for a positive test in 2020 and has already tested positive once this offseason. That risk is something that needs to be accounted for when considering Jackson for your Fantasy Football drafts this year. While he is on the field he will produce, but there is a chance he does miss time once again.