• Josh Jacobs

  • RB
  • , Las Vegas Raiders
  • 22
  • 220 lbs
  • 5' 10"
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by Brandon Niles

LV RB Josh Jacobs - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 vs. New Orleans Saints

Josh Jacobs had 93 yards on 25 carries in a victory over the Panthers to start the season, and he also scored three touchdowns. It was a great beginning for Jacobs, who also caught four of six targets for 46 yards. He was second on the team in targets to Darren Waller, and if that kind of production in the passing game continues, he’s going to enter elite status sooner rather than later.

The Saints held Ronald Jones to just 66 yards on 17 carries last week – with a 21-yard carry inflating his average – but Jacobs is infinitely better than Jones, so he should still be considered a must-start. Jacobs has a high floor because he’s such a big part of the offense and the Raiders’ offensive line was highly effective paving the way for him, though the injury to Trent Brown could be concerning. Jacobs may not score another three touchdowns, but he should continue to get a ton of carries and be used as an RB1 in all leagues.

by Brandon Niles

LV RB Josh Jacobs - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 at Carolina Panthers

Josh Jacobs had a nice rookie year, rushing for 1,150 yards and seven touchdowns in 13 games. He should continue to be the primary cog in the Raiders’ offense, easily matching his 20.2 touches per game from last season. The Raiders also put some draft capital in the wide receiver position over the offseason, including adding speedster Henry Ruggs in the first round. That should theoretically take the top off the defense and allow a little more space for Jacobs to operate.

Jacobs has a nice matchup on paper to start the season against the Panthers, who ranked dead last in aFPA to opposing running backs last year. However, the Panthers were without Kawann Short last season and added first-round defensive tackle Derrick Brown to the roster. They lost Luke Kuechly, but could still be an improved defense with an injection of youth and playmaking up front and in the secondary. Still, Jacobs’ workload alone makes him a viable RB1 in any given week, and owners should start him with confidence.

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.

by Pete Behnke

OAK RB Josh Jacobs - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 vs. Jacksonville Jaguars
Jacobs missed Week 14 with a shoulder injury but is tentatively on track to play this week. Monitor his status closely this weekend because he was surprisingly ruled out last Sunday afternoon.

If Jacobs is given the green light, he will be in a fantastic matchup at home against one of the worst run defenses in the league. The Jaguars are second to last against running backs, per our signature schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed metric. 4for4 rankings expert, John Paulsen, has Jacobs ranked as a low-end half PPR RB2. Monitor his health status and projection because it may change depending on his health status.

by Pete Behnke

OAK RB Josh Jacobs - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 vs. Tennessee Titans
On Wednesday, Josh Jacobs said he has been playing with a shoulder fracture since Week 7. He did not practice on Wednesday or Thursday and his status should be monitored closely as Sunday approaches.

The Titans are the nineteenth best defense against running backs, per our signature schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed metric. 4for4 rankings expert, John Paulsen, has Jacobs ranked as a high-end half PPR RB2. However, managers should check his status throughout the weekend and early on Sunday morning to make sure he has not been ruled out.

by Pete Behnke

OAK RB Josh Jacobs - Week 13 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 13 at Kansas City Chiefs
In Week 12, Jacobs finished as the half PPR RB41, only played 39% of snaps, and finished with 10 rushing attempts for 34 yards and one reception on one target for two yards.

The Raiders are on the road and only implied for 20.5 points but Jacobs draws a plus matchup. The Chiefs are the worst defense against running backs, per our signature schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed metric. 4for4 rankings expert, John Paulsen, has Jacobs ranked as a low-end half PPR RB1.

by Pete Behnke

OAK RB Josh Jacobs - Week 12 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 12 at New York Jets
In Week 11, Jacobs finished as the half PPR RB19 with 23 rushing attempts for 112 yards and had three receptions on three targets for 12 yards. Jacobs was projected as a high-end RB1 but he was not able to find the end zone. He still had over 100 yards rushing for the fourth time this season but disappointed for season-long and daily fantasy managers.

Jacobs is in a tough spot on the road against the Jets but he has earned matchup-proof status in his rookie season. The Jets are 16th against running backs, per our signature schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed metric. The blueprint to beat the Jets is through the air but Jacobs is always a threat to rush for over 100 yards and/or score a touchdown. 4for4 rankings expert, John Paulsen, has Jacobs ranked as a mid-range half PPR RB1.

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