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Matt Ryan or Lamar Jackson

Who Should I Start? - Week 15

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Lamar JacksonL. Jackson
QB - BAL
Lamar Jackson
vs. NYJ, Thu 8pm EST
Questionable
Matt RyanM. Ryan
QB - ATL
Matt Ryan
at SF, Sun 4pm EST
 
 
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Rankings 
    
ECR# 1# 21-
Best Rank# 1# 11-
Worst Rank# 2# 27-
    
Matchup 
    
Opponent vs. NYJ at SF-
Matchup RatingThis is a 3 star matchup. QBs perform close to their average vs NYJThis is a 2 star matchup. QBs perform worse than their average vs SF-
    
    
Stats Allowed   
Pass Comp18.915.1
Pass Yds196.6122.5
Pass TD1.21.1
    
Fantasy Points 
    
Season Total355.5229.8-
Avg Game27.319.2-
Avg Projection23.215.6-
Week 1420.821.3-
    
Misc 
    
Injury AlertQuadricep-
Weather33 F, Partly Cloudy57 F, Partly cloudy throughout the day.-
    
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  Lamar JacksonL. Jackson
QB - BAL
Lamar Jackson
Matt RyanM. Ryan
QB - ATL
Matt Ryan
2019 Schedule 
Week 1 at MIA
17/20, 324 pass yds, 5 td, 0 int
3 rush, 6 yds, 0 td
at MIN
33/46, 304 pass yds, 2 td, 2 int
2 rush, 24 yds, 0 td
Week 2 vs. ARI
24/37, 272 pass yds, 2 td, 0 int
16 rush, 120 yds, 0 td
vs. PHI
27/43, 320 pass yds, 3 td, 3 int
2 rush, 3 yds, 0 td
Week 3 at KC
22/43, 267 pass yds, 0 td, 0 int
8 rush, 46 yds, 1 td
at IND
29/34, 304 pass yds, 3 td, 1 int
2 rush, 3 yds, 0 td
Week 4 vs. CLE
24/34, 247 pass yds, 3 td, 2 int
9 rush, 66 yds, 0 td
vs. TEN
35/53, 397 pass yds, 0 td, 0 int
2 rush, 18 yds, 0 td
Week 5 at PIT
19/28, 161 pass yds, 1 td, 3 int
14 rush, 70 yds, 0 td
at HOU
32/46, 330 pass yds, 3 td, 1 int
3 rush, 7 yds, 1 td
Week 6 vs. CIN
21/33, 236 pass yds, 0 td, 0 int
19 rush, 152 yds, 1 td
at ARI
30/36, 356 pass yds, 4 td, 0 int
2 rush, 7 yds, 0 td
Week 7 at SEA
9/20, 143 pass yds, 0 td, 0 int
14 rush, 116 yds, 1 td
vs. LAR
16/27, 159 pass yds, 0 td, 1 int
1 rush, 2 yds, 0 td
Week 8BYE WEEK vs. SEA
Week 9 vs. NE
17/23, 163 pass yds, 1 td, 0 int
16 rush, 61 yds, 2 td
BYE WEEK
Week 10 at CIN
15/17, 223 pass yds, 3 td, 0 int
7 rush, 65 yds, 1 td
at NO
20/35, 182 pass yds, 2 td, 1 int
2 rush, 13 yds, 0 td
Week 11 vs. HOU
17/24, 222 pass yds, 4 td, 0 int
9 rush, 86 yds, 0 td
at CAR
21/31, 311 pass yds, 1 td, 0 int
2 rush, 0 yds, 0 td
Week 12 at LAR
15/20, 169 pass yds, 5 td, 0 int
8 rush, 95 yds, 0 td
vs. TB
23/46, 271 pass yds, 0 td, 1 int
1 rush, 8 yds, 0 td
Week 13 vs. SF
14/23, 105 pass yds, 1 td, 0 int
16 rush, 101 yds, 1 td
vs. NO
35/50, 312 pass yds, 2 td, 2 int
3 rush, 21 yds, 0 td
Week 14 at BUF
16/25, 145 pass yds, 3 td, 1 int
11 rush, 40 yds, 0 td
vs. CAR
20/34, 313 pass yds, 2 td, 0 int
1 rush, 8 yds, 0 td
Week 15 vs. NYJ at SF
Week 16 at CLE vs. JAC
Week 17 vs. PIT at TB
  Lamar JacksonL. Jackson
QB - BAL
Lamar Jackson
vs. NYJ, Thu 8pm EST
Questionable
Matt RyanM. Ryan
QB - ATL
Matt Ryan
at SF, Sun 4pm EST
Passing
   
Pass Att26.836.1
Pass Cmp17.424.1
Pass Yards202.7266.8
Pass TDs1.81.6
Ints0.50.9
   
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts11.31.8
Rush Yards68.46.9
Rush TDs0.40.0
   
Misc
   
Fumbles0.20.3
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points23.215.6
   
  Lamar JacksonL. Jackson
QB - BAL
Lamar Jackson
Matt RyanM. Ryan
QB - ATL
Matt Ryan
2019 Points 
Week 133.620.6
Week 230.922.1
Week 321.323.5
Week 426.515.7
Week 514.432.9
Week 630.630.9
Week 723.33.6
Week 8
Week 928.6
Week 1033.415.6
Week 1133.516.4
Week 1236.38.6
Week 1322.318.6
Week 1420.821.3
Week 15
Week 16
Week 17
  Lamar JacksonL. Jackson
QB - BAL
Lamar Jackson
vs. NYJ, Thu 8pm EST
Questionable
Matt RyanM. Ryan
QB - ATL
Matt Ryan
at SF, Sun 4pm EST
Expert 
Donald Gibson
FantasyPros
If you're really here looking for justification to sit Lamar Jackson, please look elsewhere. Despite a non-fantasy-week-winning performance in Week 14, Jackson is still the best player in fantasy football. Even if he's slightly banged up and without his weapons, you really can't consider benching him after what we've seen this season. 
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
So, does his Week 14 performance constitute as a "bad game" for him? The 19.8 fantasy points he scored was his lowest mark since Week 5 and just the second time all season he's been held to less than 21.2 fantasy points. That's essentially his floor in fantasy, which is quite ridiculous. The Jets have been one of the best run defenses in the league when it comes to running backs, allowing them just 2.9 yards per carry, but what about quarterbacks? Well, it hasn't been great there, either. They've allowed just 3.09 yards per carry to quarterbacks, which is one of the lowest marks in the league, though it does help that they're likely to be without stud safety Jamal Adams, who was forced to miss Week 14 with an ankle injury. He didn't practice all last week, so it seems somewhat unlikely he'll be ready by Thursday night. With him out of the lineup, Ryan Fitzpatrick ran for 65 yards. But don't forget about what Jackson has done with his arm, either. He's now leading the league with 28 passing touchdowns. The Jets haven't been as bad as some have made them out to be against the pass, as they've allowed just 6.90 yards per attempt and a 3.93 percent touchdown-rate, but their opponents are averaging nearly 66.0 plays per game, which is one of the higher marks in the league. They've also had a variety of injuries in their secondary as of late, which should allow for some passing numbers. Start Jackson as you normally would, as an elite QB1.We've seen Ryan's life without Calvin Ridley before, and he did well, but that was back when Kyle Shanahan was the offensive coordinator. It also doesn't help to know Ryan has topped 16.6 fantasy points just once since Week 6. He may have caught the 49ers at the right time though, as they just lost defensive end Dee Ford and cornerback Richard Sherman for multiple weeks. Does this make the 49ers defense one that can be attacked through the air? Potentially, as losing three top-tier Pro-Bowl-quality starters will do that (don't forget about linebacker Kwon Alexander on injured reserve). Not many realize it, but here are the last six quarterbacks who've played against the 49ers with their fantasy totals: Kyler Murray (21.0), Russell Wilson (16.6), Kyler Murray (26.7), Aaron Rodgers (9.5), Lamar Jackson (24.3), and Drew Brees (40.1). To be fair, a lot of those quarterbacks were mobile, something Ryan obviously isn't. He's also been sacked 39 times despite missing a game. Brees was just the first quarterback to throw for more than two touchdowns against them, while there's been just one other quarterback who's topped 241 passing yards. Going into San Francisco isn't an easy place to play, either. Even before they were considered the elite defense they are now, they allowed just one quarterback to top 19 fantasy points while at home last year. The injuries to Ford and Sherman help, but Ryan is still just a mid-to-high-end QB2.
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
Jackson is dealing with a quad injury, but the likely MVP should be ready to roll against the Jets 19th ranked fantasy quarterback defense on TNF.The 49ers are 6th against fantasy quarterbacks, even with the shootout they had in New Orleans last week, I would not trust Ryan to be more than a low-end QB2.
Zach Brunner
FantasyPros
 Ryan topped 20 fantasy points for the first time since Week 6 last game, but he lost Calvin Ridley in the processes. Facing the 49ers this week, Ryan's upside is just not there, especially with him arguably having the least amount of talent around him in his career.
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