Lamar Jackson Injury Update for Fantasy Football
Lamar Jackson is out of the Baltimore Ravens game due to an ankle injury. With Tyler Huntley slated to take his place, how will this affect fantasy football? What does this mean for the Ravens’ season? We’ll have to wait and see how Jackson’s injury plays out.
Lamar Jackson ankle injury
Lamar Jackson’s status for Sunday’s game against the Browns is still in question, but his availability might come down to the wire. The receiver suffered an ankle injury during Sunday’s loss to the Browns and has been out since Week 14. The Ravens are hoping that Jackson will be back soon, but the injury has been on the backburner this season.
The injury isn’t life-threatening, but it’s definitely not ideal for Jackson. The bruising on the bone was in a location with very little blood flow. He’s still in a walking boot, and the sprain isn’t serious enough to prevent him from playing Sunday. The ankle is in a short, low walking boot.
Tyler Huntley to fill in
The Ravens are likely to turn to backup quarterback Tyler Huntley to fill in for Lamar Jackson’s injury. Huntley is a capable backup quarterback with a playstyle that resembles Jackson’s. While the backup quarterback was not invited to the NFL Combine, he was a productive three-year starter for Utah. He also earned first-team All-Pac-12 honors in his senior season.
It’s unknown whether Jackson is going to be able to play this Sunday against the Bengals. After the Packers’ loss, Harbaugh was non-committal when asked about the status of Jackson. He only said he is “hoping” that the quarterback can practice on Wednesday. The Ravens have not practiced without Jackson since Jackson’s injury. The team was expecting Jackson to play against the Packers.
Impact on fantasy football
The impact of Lamar Jackson’s injury on fantasy football is not known yet, but the Ravens are unsure if the wide receiver will play in Sunday’s game against the Bears. Jackson is doubtful to play due to a bone bruise in his ankle. The Ravens did not expect him to play on Sunday, but he has been moving around better in practice this week.
While the injury is a setback for fantasy football, Jackson has a solid track record as a player. While he missed only one game as a freshman, he did suffer a concussion in the playoffs against Buffalo. Despite the concussion, Jackson played in Week 4 against the Broncos. But he has been limited in practice this offseason due to a back injury. He has averaged a QB8 ranking over the past two seasons and a QB11 ranking in fantasy points per game. However, despite the injury, he has seen his passing-TD rate drop from 9.0% in 2019 to 6.9% in 2020. In addition, he has averaged only a 4.7 YPC per pass attempt in 2018.
Impact on Ravens’ season
Lamar Jackson has been a key player for the Ravens during his first two seasons. While his touchdown total has slipped from previous seasons, he’s still shown flashes of his MVP potential. Moreover, the team’s rushing game ranked among the league’s best. As a result, the Ravens are likely to lean back to Jackson’s running game this season.
The Ravens’ season might be in jeopardy if Jackson isn’t able to play Sunday against the Steelers. The game is extremely important for Baltimore to keep its slim AFC North title hopes alive. After all, a loss to the Steelers last week left Baltimore down 10 points. Without Jackson, the Ravens’ playoff hopes could be on life support.