• Josh Jacobs

  • RB
  • , Las Vegas Raiders
  • 22
  • 220 lbs
  • 5' 10"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Jacobs finished the season as the No. 18 fantasy running back (half-PPR), but he missed three games, so he actually had the No. 13 per game average. He’s currently the 10th back off the board, so the fantasy community is expecting some progress in year two. The Raiders added several weapons in the passing game, which doesn’t project to help Jacobs’ limited role in the passing game. According to PFF, he was 49th among running backs in routes run. Of the backs that finished in the top 20, only Mark Ingram ran fewer routes per game. GM Mike Mayock did say that Jacobs would be “more heavily involved” in the passing game, per ESPN. If Jacobs were able to double his catch total (20) from last year, it would certainly help to raise his weekly floor.

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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

LV RB Josh Jacobs - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

Josh Jacobs had a very solid rookie season, rushing for 1,150 yards and catching 20 passes for 166 receiving yards. He scored seven touchdowns and was clearly the lead back Jon Gruden envisioned when the Raiders took him in the first round. Jacobs should benefit from an offensive line ranked seventh in the league by our own Justin Edwards, and if he can stay healthy after missing three games last season, he should be a shoo-in for 300-plus touches.

Fantasy Downside

Jacobs will likely lose targets in the passing game to Jalen Richard and possibly rookie Lynn Bowden, who is a slash-type of player out of Kentucky. The Raiders also should have better luck throwing the ball with the addition of Henry Ruggs in the first round, although his speed could also potentially help Jacobs by pulling a safety into deep coverage. The only real downside with him is health. Jacobs missed three games last year, but he was often nicked up throughout the year with a questionable status. The workload he’s expected to get won’t help.

2020 Bottom Line

Gruden likes to run the ball and has provided solid fantasy seasons from guys like Cadillac Williams, Earnest Graham and Michael Pittman in the past, so Jacobs might have the highest floor of the second and third-tier backs. The injury issues are concerning, especially since he never carried a full workload in college, but his talent and usage should equate to easy top-10 numbers this season. He’s going in the mid-second round and is well-worth the investment.

2020 Strength of Schedule - LV

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
32
@CAR
3
NO
4
@NE
17
BUF
25
@KC
BYE1
TB
29
@CLE
19
@LAC
7
DEN
25
KC
9
@ATL
11
@NYJ
8
IND
19
LAC
26
MIA
7
@DEN

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2019 Game Stats

WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRSTDPPRSnaps%
1DEN2385203.701280128.0023.324.343/5874.1%
2KC1299008.2500000.009.99.930/6546.2%
3@MIN1044004.4000020.004.44.425/5942.4%
4@IND1779004.652290214.5010.812.836/6753.7%
5CHI26123204.73320046.6726.329.350/7368.5%
6BYE--------------
7@GB21124005.90310033.3313.416.437/6656.1%
8@HOU1566004.40215027.508.110.131/5655.4%
9DET28120204.2900020.0024.024.042/7258.3%
10LAC1671104.443300510.0016.119.130/5851.7%
11CIN23112014.87312034.0010.413.445/7064.3%
12@NYJ1034003.4012012.003.64.623/5939.0%
13@KC17104006.1200000.0010.410.434/6056.7%
14TEN--------------
15JAX2489003.712200310.0010.912.943/7557.3%
16@LAC--------------
17@DEN--------------
Per game18.6288.460.540.084.751.5412.7702.158.3013.2014.7436.08/64.4655.66%
Totals2421150714.75201660288.30171.6191.6469/83855.66%
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