Josh Jacobs said he would like to have 60 receptions this season. He should easily double last year’s 20, but some fantasy experts and national writers got a little stressed out when the Raiders signed veteran Theo Riddick over the weekend.
As the story points out, Riddick is a nice pass-catching back who once caught 80 balls for the Lions, but was on the couch before the Raiders signed him. The story feels Riddick is there for depth only. Jacobs' reception potential is a big question for potential owners in PPR leagues this season.
DET RB Theo Riddick - 2019 Fantasy Football Outlook
Playing in 14 games last year with the Lions, Theo Riddick turned 101 touches into 555 total yards. It was the fourth straight season he accumulated at least 50 receptions. Even with his new team, whether he lines up in the backfield or as a WR, Riddick’s quickness creates a matchup nightmare for defensive coordinators.
For the first time in his six NFL seasons, Riddick failed to find the end zone in ‘18. Last year he had double-digit touches in a game just three times and his 6.3 yards per reception were a career low. With Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman doing most of the work for the Broncos in the ground game, Riddick’s productivity will again come in the passing game.
After injuring a shoulder in his first preseason game with Denver, Riddick won't be on the field until late September at the earliest. He remains mostly a PPR fantasy option, as he was a nice option for Matthew Stafford on third down, and should be a favorite of Joe Flacco's on passing downs as well. It will be interesting to see if his role remains the same with the Broncos, but Riddick had just 40 rushing attempts last season - so don’t expect much from him on the ground. He should only be drafted in PPR leagues or as a late-round flier in deep leagues.