Josh Jacobs is certainly a startable Fantasy running back, but the past 12 months haven't been kind to him. He finished 14th among rushers in PPR points per game at 14.3, but actually scored at least that many points just five times in 15 games. He was more consistent in non-PPR formats, which shouldn't be that surprising considering he averaged 2.2 catches a game in 2020. Jacobs was also a mess in short-yardage goal-line situations, scoring on just 5 of 16 tries from three yards or closer. Then this offseason, the Raiders let three capable offensive linemen go and spent decent salary-cap space on Kenyan Drake. He figures to keep Jacobs off the field in most passing situations and might even replace him in goal-to-go opportunities (Drake scored on 8 of 19 tries from three yards or closer last year). Point is, Jacobs shouldn't be overvalued in Fantasy drafts, especially PPR formats. Late Round 3 is the spot to draft him in reception-based formats; early Round 3 is acceptable if catches do not count.
The Raiders' offseason addition of Kenyan Drake could impact Jacobs' playing time, Vic Tafur of The Athletic reports. Jacobs will still be the starter and lead ballcarrier, but Drake's two-year, $11 million contract hints at a larger role than what Devontae Booker handled last season as the No. 2 option out of the backfield. Booker, now with the Giants, averaged 5.1 carries and 1.3 targets in the 15 games both he and Jacobs played. Drake could get more work without negatively impacting Jacobs, but only if the Raiders improve their overall efficiency on offense, particularly in the running game. Jacobs averaged 3.9 yards per carry last season, ranking third in the league in carries (273) but only eighth in rushing yards (1,065). He was one of four players -- along with Derrick Henry, Dalvin Cook and Joe Mixon -- to average more than 18 carries per game.
Jacobs won't be charged with a DUI following a Jan. 4 arrest related to a single vehicle collision in Las Vegas, Nev., Glenn Puit of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Jacobs' legal woes aren't over, though, as he faces a misdemeanor count of failure to decrease speed or use due care under certain circumstances. Once the legal process works itself out -- he has a March court date on the docket -- the NFL could levy a punishment if he was deemed to violate the personal conduct policy. On the field this past season, Jacobs accounted for 1,303 yards from scrimmage and 12 touchdowns on 273 carries and 33 catches (45 targets) in 15 games.
Jacobs was arrested Monday on a DUI charge relating to a single vehicle collision, Kevin Bolinger of FOX 5 Vegas reports. Jacobs was taken to a local hospital to be evaluated after the vehicular collision, per Bolinger. The second-year pro has since been released from both custody and the hospital, and he's been assigned with a March court appearance date. Based on the NFL's precedent of assigning punishments for DUI arrests, it's possible that Jacobs could face a short suspension during the 2021 season. He had 273 carries for 1,065 yards and 12 touchdowns through 15 games in 2020, while also securing 33 of 45 targets for 238 yards.
Jacobs carried the ball 15 times for 89 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 32-31 win over the Broncos. He failed to catch his only target. After gashing Denver for two TDs in their first meeting in Week 10, Jacobs repeated the feat in the season finale. The second-year back finished the campaign with 1,065 rushing yards and a career-high 12 touchdowns, but he dealt with nagging injuries once again and has yet to play a full 16-game schedule. Jacobs will head into 2021 at the top of the Raiders backfield depth chart.
Jacobs totaled 69 yards on 13 carries during Saturday's 26-25 loss to the Dolphins. Jacobs took an IV on Saturday, as he was not feeling well going into the game, according to Paul Gutierrez of ESPN.com. Jacobs had an opportunity to punch in a game-winning touchdown with two overtime carries inside the five-yard line during a Week 15 loss to the Chargers. Again against Miami, the 22-year-old came up short in a pair of short-yardage situations. A Jacobs first-quarter goal-line carry landed Las Vegas a yard short of a touchdown before Derek Carr scored on a QB sneak the following play. Meanwhile, a 4th-and-1 plunge from Las Vegas' own 47 with 8:36 to go in the third quarter lost one yard. Making matters worse, Jacobs appeared to purposely go down short of the goal line twice as the Raiders were playing for time and a field goal late in the fourth quarter vs. going for a touchdown. Even so, Jacobs' opportunities remain ample as the powerful back has garnered 13-plus carries in seven of his past eight outings heading into a Week 17 road trip to Denver.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|4||10/04||@Los Angeles Chargers||14||16.75|
|9||11/07||@New York Giants||16||17.50|
|10||11/14||Kansas City Chiefs||25||19.32|
|13||12/05||Washington Football Team||3||14.24|
|14||12/12||@Kansas City Chiefs||25||19.32|
|18||01/09||Los Angeles Chargers||14||16.75|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||258||1108||10||26||202||0||186|