It's one thing to predict Jeff Driskel does worse than the expert consensus expects, it's another to predict the same for Aaron Rodgers. But that's exactly what I did with my fantasy QB rankings last week. But rather than gloat about my Rodgers fade, I'd like to focus my Week 13 QB rankings on Lamar Jackson.
I would love to tell you about how excited I am about the Jackson era in Baltimore. And I think my Raven fan friends want to see me get excited about it. Because they are right, Jackson is absolutely electric. And my impression is that Jackson is a less reckless version of Michael Vick. He brings the swagger and ability of Vick with the lunch-pail attitude of a city like Baltimore. But I'm scared to get excited.
The reason is I've seen this before. Remember when RGIII was a sensation? He seemed to be the NFL's next greatest thing. That was until the physical peril better known as the inexcusable field conditions of FedEx Field teamed up with a legal but crushing hit from the 340-pound Haloti Ngata. Of course, Ngata was a Raven at the time. Perhaps karma will reward RGIII with a Super Bowl ring as Jackson's backup in Baltimore. Or perhaps karma will see Jackson get injured at the worst possible time in the next two months. Let's hope the former rather than latter. I am after all an optimistic cynic.
But I also like to count my blessings. And in this season of giving thanks, I am very grateful for Mr. Jackson. I have him on more fantasy teams than I don't. Of my three keeper leagues, I will be able to keep him in two. He isn't the only reason I'm having a strong fantasy season; but he's certainly one of the main ones. I love having Jackson and watching him play, which I also have had the great fortune to do in person this year. And I know, he's not my No. 1 QB this week, but that's because Patrick Mahomes is no slouch, and the 49ers are a tougher matchup than the Raiders. But if my mother asks me what I'm thankful for this holiday season, it is one simple answer: Lamar Jackson.
NFL QB Rankings: Week 13
— Rankings by Mark Strausberg, a member of the Athlon Network Contributor, who despite his youthful exuberance and good looks has been playing fantasy sports before Wildcats or Hoosiers even made it to VHS. Got a fantasy sports question or thought? Hit him up on Twitter @MarkStrausberg.