Baltimore Ravens fans and fantasy football managers got a surprise on Wednesday of Week 12 with Lamar Jackson listed on the Ravens’ injury report as a non-participant. Jackson’s injury issue is reportedly a hip issue that he is dealing with in the aftermath of the Ravens’ game against the Carolina Panthers last week.
Let’s take a look at the latest update regarding Jackson’s injury situation and whether there should be any concern about him missing Week 12.
Lamar Jackson Injury Update Entering Week 12
While a non-participation listing for Jackson is a little concerning, there appears to be a reasonable explanation for it. After practice, Ravens head coach John Harbaugh spoke to the media and dismissed any real concerns over Jackson’s status for the weekend.
Harbaugh told the media, “we had an issue from the game (Week 11); he’s going to play in the game (Week 12), but just wanted to hold him back and let him rest today.”
Based on that update from Harbaugh, we should likely see Jackson back at practice over the next couple of days. If the issue lingers, the Ravens may continue to keep him limited. Nonetheless, barring a setback, there appear to be no major concerns over Jackson’s availability for Week 12.
It is worth noting that Jackson has had a few injury or illness issues this year. There were concerns over his elbow earlier in the season, and he missed practice last week with an illness. However, he has yet to miss a game this season, leading the Ravens to a 7-3 record. Jackson is averaging 197.7 passing yards and 1.6 passing touchdowns per game while adding 66.6 rushing yards and 0.3 rushing touchdowns per game.
Should Fantasy Managers Be Concerned for Week 12?
For a player like Jackson, who relies on his legs to make plays, any lower-body injury could present a concern to his mobility. He struggled a little running the ball last week, averaging a season-low 2.82 rushing yards on 11 carries. For a player averaging over 60 rushing yards per game this season, his 31 rushing yards on double-digit attempts are notable.
If Jackson cannot contribute with his legs in a major way, it will have a major impact on his fantasy ceiling. He averages 8.46 fantasy points per game with his legs, which is just under 40% of his average weekly fantasy output.
Interestingly, Jackson has just one game with more than 20 fantasy points since Week 3. Since an early explosion of fantasy scoring, he has struggled to provide the same ceiling for fantasy managers. However, he has yet to score under 10 fantasy points this season and has under 15 fantasy points just three times in 10 games.
That drop in his ceiling means Jackson is ranked as the QB5 in Tommy Garrett’s Week 12 QB fantasy rankings. He is still a solid starting option because of his floor, but the struggle to hit 20 fantasy points is not what managers were hoping for when they acquired him this season.
As we saw last week, even when he is not quite himself, Jackson is always a threat to find the end zone. He scored a touchdown last week, but it was not enough to finish as a top-12 QB with just 15.46 fantasy points. Jackson’s dynamic playmaking style does make him an intriguing Underdog Fantasy Best Ball option because he can make multiple high-fantasy-point scoring plays any given Sunday.