This article is part of our Job Battles series.
This wouldn't be a competition exactly, because the Ravens intended all along to rig Flacco into a starting role until 2019 at the earliest, but a cryptic hip injury for Flacco has thrown his status into question over the bye week. If Flacco can play, assume he starts. If he can't play, assume Jackson is a must-add in any league of 12 or more teams.
Marty Mornhinweg and the Ravens coaching staff in general are dubious, but throughout their struggles Mornhinweg remains committed to an uptempo approach, one that would afford Jackson substantial rushing usage. There's no need to be cautious about this particular fact: Jackson is the best runner to ever play the quarterback position. Better than Vick, better than Bobby Douglass or whoever else you might have in mind. Even if Jackson is a bad passer, the fantasy upside could be exceptional.
To analyze Jackson's prospect profile at length, I'm going to be lazy and quote myself from February.
From the people who brought you hits like 'Deshaun Watson is a One-Read Quarterback' and 'Dak Prescott is an H-Back,' the hot new club single for the 2018 draft is 'Lamar Jackson is Pat White'!
Any attempt to make such a case is dubious if not plausibly dishonest. And let it be known, no more than probably 10-to-20 percent of these people supported Watson last year. They're not off the hook for that.