Jacobs has been seeing strong usage all season. That usage got stronger in Week 13 with RB Jalen Richard on the COVID list and RB Kenyan Drake exiting in the 2nd quarter with a broken ankle. Jacobs ended up playing 85% of Vegas’ offensive snaps, running a route on 73% of pass plays, hogging 13 of 14 RB carries and racking up 9 targets (a 23.7% share). Jacobs turned that volume into 52 yards and a score on the ground, plus 9 catches for 38 yards.
Drake is out for the season with his injury. We’ll see when Richard is cleared. He might steal some passing-down snaps when he returns, but Jacobs is set up to dominate work in the Raiders’ backfield the rest of the way.
Season highs of 22 carries for 87 yards, with 1 TD and a long gain of 21 yards on Thanksgiving. Jacobs also caught 2 of 4 targets for 25 yards. He played a bigger role because the Raiders were following the recent discovery that the Cowboys’ run defense is vulnerable.
Jacobs has been a TD machine during his 3 NFL seasons. Even with a diminished workload this year, he has scored 6 times. He is not a receiving threat; during that time he has not caught a TD pass. On Sunday, he’ll be going against a Washington defense that has yielded the 4th-lowest total of rushing yards this season.
With the Raiders playing this game from behind and with the Bengals significantly shortening the contest with their rushing attack, Jacobs had just 9 carries. And aside from an 18-yard run, he found very little room to operate. Despite the negative game script, the fact that the Raiders were trailing and the Bengals were getting a strong pass rush, Jacobs was heavily involved as a receiver. He was 2nd on the team with 7 targets, and even though he was unable to gain 5 yards per catch, the 5 receptions boosted his fantasy total.
Despite averaging a miserable 3.7 yards per carry and 6.5 yards per reception entering this game, he’s been getting goal-line work and targets, which have kept his fantasy value afloat. He’s found the end zone in half of his games, and the Raiders should continue to feature him in the red zone. In addition, he was targeted at least 4 times in each of his last 6 games. Although his remaining schedule doesn’t have a run defense outside the top 20 before Week 18, look for his volume to keep him in the mix as a RB2.
It was a rough night for Jacobs and the Raiders rushing attack. The Raiders trailed from start to finish and were unable to establish anything on the ground throughout the game. On a positive note, Jacobs out touched Kenyan Drake 12 to 6 in the game and was active in the passing game. However, Jacobs was ineffective both on the ground and through the air. Jacobs finished the game with 7 carries for 16 yards and 5 catches (on 5 targets) for 20 yards.
This was Jacobs’ lowest yardage output on the season and his worst yards per carry on the year. He will have the opportunity to bounce back against a weak Bengals rush defense this week. Jacobs is ranked as our RB17 this week against Cincinnati. The Bengals have surrendered 7 rushing TDs to opposing RBs over their last 6 games. The next three games on the schedule for the Raiders are CIN, @DAL and WSH. He is our RB22 for the rest of the season.
Jacobs rushed for 76 yards on 13 carries and added 19 more through the air on 4 receptions. His 95 scrimmage yards were a season high, although his 3-game scoring streak came to an end. Jacobs also had a 22-yard run negated by a suspect holding call. Jacobs did just about all he could on the day except for scoring, but was later relegated to backup duties to RB Kenyan Drake as the Raiders attempted to mount a 2nd half comeback. Drake also gained 100 yards from scrimmage in what has turned into a full-fledged RBBC. We’ll see how it unfolds further with a huge divisional game against the Chiefs on Sunday night.
Jacobs’ 9-touch 1st half in Sunday’s win over the Eagles included encouraging receiving usage for the 3rd time in 4 games. He caught all 3 of his targets for 39 yards in that span, adding to 6-29-1 on the ground. Unfortunately, an ankle sprain kept Jacobs from compiling any more in the 2nd half. But a well-timed Week 8 bye might keep him from missing any further game action. (We’ll check in on that next week.)
This marked Jacobs’ 3rd game among the past 4 with at least 3 targets. He drew 5 apiece in Weeks 4 and 5. Even Week 6 found him on the field for 50% of the passing plays -- his 2nd highest rate of the year.
The team doesn’t expect this ankle injury to be serious, so consider Jacobs a potential starter on the other side of the Week 8 bye for neutral-to-positive matchups from Week 9 through at least Week 14. His fantasy-playoff schedule looks tougher, according to our Strength-of-Schedule page.
Jacobs rushed 16 times for 53 yards and 1 TD in Las Vegas' Week 6 win over the Raiders. He also hauled in his lone target for 29 yards.
Jacobs handled 17 of the 25 Raiders backfield touches but was outshined by teammate Kenyan Drake, who parlayed his 6 touches into 73 yards and 2 TDs. Jacobs should continue to be leaned on as the Raiders primary back and will certainly benefit from positive game script.
Jacobs should be used as an RB2 in Week 7’s matchup at home against the Eagles as 3-point favorites.
Jacobs saw 15 carries and produced just 48 yards. He also caught 4 of his 5 targets for 19 yards. This was the 2nd straight game where he saw 5 targets, which is great to see considering Kenyan Drake was seemingly brought in to cut into the passing down work. In fact Jacobs saw 20 opportunities this week with other options seeing just a handful.
Going forward, Jacobs is going be a fine option, likely a low-end RB2.
Jacobs rushed 13 times for 40 yards and added 5 receptions on 5 targets for an additional 17 yards.
Jacobs battled through ankle problems to lead the Raiders backfield with 18 touches but struggled to get anything going with just 3.1 yards per carry and a long run of 10 yards.
Jacobs is best viewed as a low-end RB2 going forward but should be leaned on heavily as 4.5-point favorites against the Bears in Week 5.
Josh Jacobs was on the fence about playing in this due to a non-COVID illness. He ended up looking like someone who was not feeling his best. Jacobs gained 34 yards on his 10 carries. Luckily for anyone that started him in Week 1, he found the end zone twice to produce a fantastic fantasy day. Going forward, there is plenty of reason to have optimism around Jacobs. He saw a 52% snap rate and ran an impressive 35% of routes. If he can be this involved when not feeling 100%, a healthy Jacobs could show improvement. Week 2 brings about a tough road matchup at Pittsburgh.