The simplest answer? The Raiders offensive line has to block better. According to Next Gen Stats, Josh Jacobs’ average yards per carry before contact is -0.1, which is the second-worst mark in the league among players with at least 40 carries. That means, on average, Jacobs is getting hit before he even gets to the line of scrimmage. Jacobs is adept at breaking tackles and making defenders miss — he’s averaging 2.5 yards per carry after contact (15th) — but there’s only so much he can do.
Despite leading the league in rushing last season, Jacobs is also to blame for the lack of success so far. As the story said, his holdout in camp cost him valuable time getting on the same page with his offensive line. Jacobs feels good physically, according to the story, but he acknowledged that time away has hampered his ability to read blocks early in the season. Jacobs and the offensive line have been in constant communication in an effort to get past the hiccups.
LV RB Josh Jacobs - Week 4 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 4 at Los Angeles Chargers
Josh Jacobs had had a pretty rough start to the season. He’s averaging just 2.4 yards per carry and has yet to find the end zone. Still, he’s averaging 18.3 touches per game, and with that kind of workload, you have to think things will get better. He had a season-high 80 yards on 17 carries and three receptions last week against the Steelers, so things are at least trending in the right direction.
Jacobs faces the Chargers this week, who rank fourth in aFPA to opposing running backs. Part of that has been the shootouts Los Angeles has been a part of, forcing opposing teams to throw the ball. Alexander Mattison had his best game of the season last week against this defense, so game script is likely more important than stout defense as a factor. If Jacobs can get the touches, it’s a good week for him to rebound. We have him ranked just inside our 10 best fantasy running backs this week.