Choosing between Lamar and Kyler is liking choosing between luxury sports cars. You might prefer one over the other, but can you really go wrong either way?
Lamar Jackson or Kyler Murray – two former Heisman winners, two ultra-athletic quarterbacks whose legs provide a lot of fantasy points. In 2019 Lamar Jackson was special, winning the MVP and finishing as the QB1. Kyler Murray was also impressive in his rookie season last year, winning the ROY award finishing QB7 in fantasy.
In 2020 Kyler is surprisingly currently outperforming Jackson. Will this continue? Read below for some further analysis and stats to form a greater opinion on these two exciting young stars.
The case for Kyler Murray
Kyler was superior to Jackson in their respective rookie seasons, averaging 18.82 PPG to Jackson’s 8.77. Murray had more passing yards (3,722 to 1,201), passing touchdowns (20 to 6) and a higher completion rate (64.8% to 58.2%).
Another thing Kyler has over Jackson is draft capital. The Cardinals selected Kyler Murray with the 1st overall selection in the 2019 NFL draft.
Jackson’s name is not on that list. Murray is not only outscoring Jackson, but also outrushing him 370 yards to 346. Additionally, he has 6 rushing touchdowns to Jackson’s 2.
Kyler Murray 👀🔥 pic.twitter.com/CZHsRrqLos
— Athlete Tweets 🔥➐ (@AthleteTweetts) September 22, 2020
The Highlights from Kyler Murray's Big Night in Big D.
— Sooner Gridiron (@soonergridiron) October 20, 2020
This Kyler Murray-Christian Kirk TD is even better from this angle 😱
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 20, 2020
The case for Lamar Jackson
In 2019 Lamar Jackson was in another stratosphere, finishing as the QB1 averaging 28.11 PPG. To put this in perspective Deshaun Watson was the QB2 averaging 22.13 PPG, 5.98 points less than Jackson. Jackson scored 9.29 more points per game than Kyler the QB7 on average.
Jackson led the league with 36 passing touchdowns, had only 6 interceptions, an all-time QB record breaking 1,206 rushing yards and an incredible 7 rushing touchdowns.
To the surprise of no one he was named the MVP. His ceiling is remarkable, he lead many fantasy players to championships in 2020.
We have seen Lamar Jacksons ‘best’ and it is currently superior to Kyler Murrays ‘best’.
Since the start of 2019 season, Lamar Jackson has the second-best QBR (83.8) on the road.
Over that time, he’s 9-1 with 23 TD passes and five interceptions.
— Jamison Hensley (@jamisonhensley) October 18, 2020
Lamar Jackson is SPECIAL 🔥
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) October 18, 2020
The case against Kyler Murray
Despite being the QB 1 for 2020 he is still only completing 65.9% of passes, 16th amongst all QBs. Week 3 was a horrid affair for Kyler, throwing 3 interceptions against the Lions. Despite scoring 28.92 fantasy points week 6 against the Cowboys, he still only completed a mere 37.5% of his passes, 9/24.
At least 5 bad passes for Kyler Murray, maybe one more depending on what happened with Isabella one play. Terrible throwing. But he can run.
— Tim Cowlishaw (@TimCowlishaw) October 20, 2020
https://t.co/Zkh9daUOOV How the Detroit Lions Intercepted Kyler Murray Three Times.
— PD Sports (@detroit9071) September 30, 2020
The case against Lamar Jackson
Lamar Jackson was passed on 31 times, before being selected by the Baltimore Ravens with the 32nd pick in the 2018 NFL draft. Lots of teams had question marks on Lamar Jackson- why was he overlooked? Jackson is 0-2 in playoffs, including a horrific outing in 2018 against the LA Chargers where he completed just 48.3% of his passes, fumbled twice and threw one pick. His own fan base was booing him and calling for Joe Flacco to replace him.
In 2020 Jackson is 29th in passing yards per game with 189.2. This is concerning as he has been less effective on the ground. Team defences appear to be nullifying Jackson better than previous seasons. He is being relied upon to throw more and he is far from a complete and polished pocket passer.
He has 14 fumbles in 8 starts this season. He had 2 fumbles in this game and an INT.pic.twitter.com/PBvwDUeaOk
— Dov Kleiman (@NFL_DovKleiman) January 6, 2019
Lamar Jackson is still likely going to command more trade value in dynasty leagues. Kyler is however fast closing the gap. I feel Kyler has less question marks long term but also a smaller ceiling. For now, I would still rather have the upside of Lamar Jackson on my dynasty roster given his ceiling we witnessed last season.
— Davey (@daveyhort85) November 10, 2019