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Josh Jacobs
LVR

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#18 Running Back

190 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 8
Experience: 2 Yr(s)
Age: 23
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 220
40 Time: 4.64

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Rest Of Way Outlook

Rush Yds Rush TDs Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
59 0.5 2.5 18 0 10.7
Week 6
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.
Week 5
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.
Week 4
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.
Week 1
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.

Basic Stats Preseason Player Analysis

What You Need to Know:

  • Jacobs finished 8th among RBs in PPR points and 7th in non-PPR last year.
  • He ranked 3rd in carries (273), 8th in rushing yards (1,065) and 4th in rushing TDs (12).
  • Jacobs tied for the league lead with 35 carries inside the 10-yard line last year and ranked 5th with 18 carries inside the 5.
  • He averaged just 3.9 yards per carry -- 39th among 47 RBs with 100+ attempts.
  • Jacobs didn’t get much help from his offensive line, which finished 26th in Pro Football Focus’ run-blocking grades and 18th in Football Outsiders’ adjusted line yards.
  • But Jacobs also ranked a middling 22nd among those 47 RBs in PFF’s Elusive Rating.
  • His pass-catching production was mediocre. Jacobs ranked 24th among RBs in targets (45), 24th in catches (33) and 25th in receiving yards (238).
  • Among 37 RBs with 30+ targets last year, Jacobs ranked 26th in yards per route run and 27th in Pro Football Focus receiving grades.
  • Jacobs missed 1 game last year with an ankle injury but also dealt with hip and knee injuries.
  • As a rookie back in 2019, Jacobs missed 3 games with a lingering shoulder injury.
  • He was productive when on the field in 2019, though, ranking 16th in PPR points per game and 12th in non-PPR.
  • Over the past 2 seasons, Jacobs ranks 13th among RBs in PPR points per game and 11th in non-PPR.
  • The Raiders signed RB Kenyan Drake to a 2-year, $11 million deal in free agency. It makes him the league’s 13th-highest-paid RB in terms of average annual salary.
    • Here’s what Drake said about his decision to sign with Vegas: "What Coach [Jon] Gruden said [in] how he was going to use me was just being on the field in a multitude of ways -- playing receiver, playing running back. Just having the ability to kind of use my versatility as a weapon in the open field is something that really spoke to me.”
    • Drake has caught 160 balls over the past 4 years. He’s ranked 44th, 25th, 24th and 33rd in Pro Football Focus’ receiving grade among RBs with 30+ targets in those seasons.
    • He averaged 4.5+ yards per carry in each of his first 4 seasons but mustered just 4.0 last year. Drake ranked 44th in Elusive Rating and 39th in PFF rushing grade among 47 RBs with 100+ carries last year -- both well behind Jacobs.
  • HC Jon Gruden on his backfield in a May interview: “We think Jacobs is not only a Pro Bowl back, we think he’s an MVP-caliber back. So we’d like to see him get more and more real estate. Kenyan Drake comes in here from Arizona … well, Doug Martin had 190 touches 3 years ago when [Marshawn] Lynch went down. DeAndre Washington had 144 touches when Jacobs went down 2 years ago. And this past year, Josh went down and Devontae Booker got 110 touches. So we’re gonna try to circulate the touches Kenyan Drake’s way.”
  • Vegas will have 3 new starters on the offensive line this year.
    • C Rodney Hudson and G Gabe Jackson departed and are expected to be replaced by C Andre James and G Richie Incognito. The move from Hudson to James projects as a big downgrade.
    • 1st-round rookie Alex Leatherwood is penciled in as the starting RT. He’s a plus athlete and started for 3 seasons at Alabama -- although he mostly played LT and RG for the Tide.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Jacobs was a top-8 RB across fantasy scoring formats last year after ranking inside the top 16 in points per game as a rookie in 2019.

He faces fresh competition from RB Kenyan Drake this season -- although it sounds like the Raiders view Drake as more of a change-of-pace, pass-catching back than a real contender for the lead job.

Jacobs’ receiving role figures to remain frustrating this season. But expect him to see enough volume on the ground to produce as a RB2.

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"Early indications are that [Raiders RB Josh Jacobs] avoided a major injury" in Sunday's win over the Eagles, according to NFL Network's Tom Pelissero. We should learn more tomorrow, but Jacobs gets a Week 8 bye to heal up.

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Raiders RB Josh Jacobs suffered a chest injury in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game vs. the Eagles and is questionable to return. Stay tuned for an update.

Update: Jacobs has been ruled out.

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Raiders RB Josh Jacobs (ankle) is active for tonight's game against the Chargers. It'll be his first action since Week 1. Jacobs remained limited in practice all week, and HC Jon Gruden hinted that RB Peyton Barber might still be heavily involved even with Jacobs back. We'll see how carries are distributed tonight, but it's a risky fantasy situation.

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Raiders RB Josh Jacobs (ankle) is listed as questionable for Monday night's game vs. the Chargers. He was limited in practice all week. HC Jon Gruden suggested that Jacobs will be a game-time decision. That obviously puts fantasy owners in a tough spot with the late kickoff. Unless we get another update on Sunday morning, you can't have Jacobs or RB Peyton Barber in your starting lineup unless you own both guys.

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Raiders RB Josh Jacobs (ankle) remained limited in Friday's practice. His status for Monday night's game vs. the Chargers is uncertain. We'll get another update on his status tomorrow.

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