Player Outlook
Jacobs comes into the season as a solid No. 2 Fantasy running back in all leagues, and he's worth drafting in Round 4 in all formats. For three seasons, Jacobs has averaged at least 14.7 PPR points per game, which gives him a safe floor. He's scored at least seven touchdowns in each season of his career, along with at least 1,100 total yards. In 2021, he set a new career high in receptions with 54 on 64 targets, and we hope Derek Carr continues to feature him in the passing game. Now, that's hard to expect given the addition of Davante Adams, as well as Kenyan Drake (ankle) and Darren Waller (knee) returning from injury. But the Raiders offense should be improved, and Jacobs could have more scoring chances than ever before. Maybe this is the season Jacobs eclipses 16.0 PPR points per game, and he should once again be a quality Fantasy option in all formats.

Fantasy Stats

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Year yds
Rushing Yards
Average Yards per Rush
Rushing Touchdowns
Fumbles Lost
Receiving Yards
Receiving Touchdowns
Fantasy Points
Fantasy Points per Game
2021 872 4.02 9 2 54 348 17111.4
2020 1065 3.90 12 2 33 238 19713.1
3y Avg. 1029 4.22 9 2 36 251 17712.6
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Fantasy News

  • Raiders' Josh Jacobs: No trade plans

    Coach Josh McDaniels has refuted speculation that the Raiders are looking to trade Jacobs, Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports. Jacobs, whose fifth-year contract option was turned down by the franchise this spring, logged seven touches in this past Thursday's preseason opener, an outcome that McDaniels downplayed, noting that the Raiders are using the preseason to get their running backs acclimated to game action, while building chemistry behind the team's offensive line. Also in the mix for touches in Las Vegas' backfield behind Jacobs -- who is listed atop the team's posted depth chart -- are Zamir White, Kenyan Drake, Ameer Abdullah and Brandon Bolden.
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  • Raiders' Josh Jacobs: Surprising appearance downplayed

    Raiders coach Josh McDaniel suggested Jacobs played in Thursday's preseason opener because it's difficult for running backs to simulate game action in practice, reports. "I always think it's good for backs to carry the ball in the preseason," McDaniels said. "There's a lot of things that happen when you're getting tackled and hit that you can't simulate in practice." It reeks of coach-speak, but that doesn't mean Jacobs' appearance in the Hall of Fame Game is cause for total panic. For one thing, the Raiders didn't rest all their starters the way the Jaguars did, instead selectively sitting players based on age and/or status. And while Jacobs may be one of the Raiders' most prominent players from a fantasy standpoint, he doesn't compare all that favorably to other starting RBs around the league. He does compare favorably to the other guys on the Vegas depth chart, however, and he showed it Thursday night with seven touches for 44 yards. Rookie fourth-round pick Zamir White also made his case for a role with 11 carries for 52 yards, getting all his work after Jacobs was done for the night. Austin Walter and Ameer Abdullah also had their moments, but they're probably more in the mix for passing-down work, as is Brandon Bolden (who was rested). Last and perhaps least, Kenyan Drake had a rough Thursday night, managing only nine yards on five carries and working behind both Jacobs and White. McDaniels may not intend to use Jacobs as a workhorse, but the fourth-year pro remains a favorite to take most of the carries and a portion of the RB targets.
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  • Raiders' Josh Jacobs: Explosive in preseason opener

    Jacobs rushed five times for 30 yards and brought in both targets for 14 yards during the Raiders' 27-11 preseason win over the Jaguars in Thursday's Hall of Fame Game. Jacobs was the biggest name on the Raiders offense to see action Thursday, and he made good use of his time on the field as his final line indicates. Playing on Las Vegas' first two drives, the 24-year-old rattled off gains of 12 and nine yards and also put together a strong showing through the air. Jacobs figures to see similar usage in at least two of the Raiders' remaining three preseason games as a tune-up for another season as the team's lead back.
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  • Raiders' Josh Jacobs: Back at practice

    Jacobs (undisclosed) participated in Thursday's training camp practice, Tashan Reed of The Athletic reports. The Raiders won't practice in pads until next week, but Jacobs' participation in Thursday's drills demonstrate that he's past the undisclosed issue that caused him to miss time during the team's OTAs. As the coming season approaches, the 2019 first-rounder heads a running back corps that also includes Kenyan Drake, Brandon Bolden and rookie fourth-rounder Zamir White. With the Raiders having declined Jacobs' fifth-year contract option, the 24-year-old approaches the coming campaign in a contract year with much to prove. If he can stay healthy, look for Jacobs to continue to handle a key early-down role for Las Vegas, with Drake mixing in and both Bolden and White also candidates to earn touches. Though Reed and Vic Tafur both suggest that White has the potential to start down the road, it remains to be seen how heavily he'll be used as a rookie. Regardless of how the Raiders' carries end up being distributed, however, the team's backfield will be working within the framework of an offense that's been fortified by the addition of elite wideout Davante Adams.
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  • Raiders' Josh Jacobs: Fifth-year option declined

    The Raiders have elected to not pick up Jacobs' fifth-year contract option, Paul Gutierrez of reports. The same applies to fellow 2019 first-rounders Clelin Ferrell and Johnathan Abram, though GM Dave Ziegler relayed that the team looks "forward to working with all three players and (will) evaluate each situation individually moving forward." With that, Jacobs remains under contract with Las Vegas this coming season, and it's still possible the Raiders will look to keep the 24-year-old around beyond 2022, especially if produces well in the final year of his rookie deal. In 15 games last year, Jacobs carried 217 times for 872 yards and nine TDs, while adding 54 catches (on 64 targets) for 348 yards. He's slated to reprise his lead role in the team's backfield this coming season, with Kenyan Drake set to work in a complementary role and Brandon Bolden and Ameer Abdullah on hand in reserve.
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  • Raiders' Josh Jacobs: Solid road showing

    Jacobs ran for 83 yards on 13 carries and caught four passes for 44 yards on five targets against Cincinnati on Saturday. Jacobs could have had a bigger day if the Raiders had been more competitive, but they only scored one touchdown in the 26-19 loss and didn't have the luxury of leaning on their run game. Jacobs' pass-catching showing was reassuring and his production as a receiver generally in 2021 could give the Raiders reason to give him more pass-catching work in future years, though to this point in his career Jacobs has been dependent on run-viable game flows for standout fantasy production.
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  • Raiders' Josh Jacobs: Good to go for Saturday's game

    Jacobs (ribs) doesn't carry an injury designation for Saturday's playoff game against the Bengals after being listed as a limited practice participant this week, Rachel Gossen of the Raiders' official site reports. The same applies to tight end Darren Waller (knee), which sets the stage for the Las Vegas offense to have its key playmakers available for the team's wild-card contest. In the Raiders' 35-32 overtime win over the Chargers in Week 18, Jacobs parlayed his 57 snaps into 26 carries for a season-high 132 yards and a touchdown to go along with two catches for 12 yards. He'll continue to handle the bulk of the team's carries this weekend, with Jalen Richard available to serve in a change-of-pace role and Peyton Barber on hand in reserve.
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  • Raiders' Josh Jacobs: Limited participant

    Jacobs (ribs) was listed as a limited participant for Wednesday's walk-through practice. Jacobs played through the rib injury Week 18 and took 28 touches for 144 yards and a touchdown to help the Raiders earn a playoff spot with a 35-32 overtime iwn over the Chargers. In the Raiders' playoff opener this Saturday, he'll be taking on a Bengals team that held him to 61 total yards and no touchdowns back in Week 11 when the Raiders lost by 19 points. At the very least, Jacobs' workload shouldn't be a concern after he closed out the regular season by playing at least 61 percent of the Bengals' offensive snaps and handling18 touches in four straight games.
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  • Raiders' Josh Jacobs: Remains limited by rib injury

    Jacobs (ribs) was listed as limited on Tuesday's estimated injury report, Rachel Gossen of the Raiders' official site reports. Jacobs emerged from Week 17 action with a rib injury, which spurred the Raiders to place a cap on his reps last Wednesday through Friday. He eventually was deemed active for Sunday's game against the Chargers, and he went off to the tune of 28 touches for 144 yards from scrimmage and one rushing TD in a 35-32 overtime victory. The fact Jacobs is kicking off this week in a similar fashion implies Las Vegas is merely managing his workload, but his status nonetheless bears watching ahead of Saturday's playoff opener at Cincinnati.
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  • Raiders' Josh Jacobs: New high in regular-season finale

    Jacobs (ribs) rushed 26 times for 132 yards and a touchdown while catching both of his targets for 12 more yards in Sunday's 35-32 overtime win over the Chargers. Jacobs suited up for this game despite carrying a questionable tag into the weekend, but the rib injury did not appear to hamper Las Vegas' top rushing option. The 28 touches tied the 23-year-old's previous season high, while the 132 rushing yards set a new highwater mark heading into the postseason. As for the regular season, Jacobs had a down year (872 rushing yards, 348 receiving yards and nine touchdowns over 15 games) and finished below 1,000 rushing yards for the first time in his three seasons with the Raiders. Las Vegas has seen its offense experience major coaching and scheme changes throughout the year, but Jacobs figures to be heavily involved if the Raiders stand a chance to upset the Cincinnati Bengals in the first round of the playoffs.
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  • Raiders' Josh Jacobs: Playing in Week 18

    Jacobs (ribs) is listed as active for Sunday night's game against the Chargers. Jacobs carried a 'questionable' designation into the weekend, but he'll give it a go in Sunday's regular-season finale, which has major playoff implications for both teams. With that in mind, look for Jacobs to handle as much work as his rib issue permits versus Los Angeles, with Peyton Barber and Jalen Richard available to spell him and work in complementary roles out of the Raiders' Week 18 backfield. Jacobs has ripped off 21 touches for 95 yards from scrimmage per game while scoring three rushing TDs over the last six contests.
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  • Raiders' Josh Jacobs: Expected to play Sunday night

    Jacobs (ribs) is expected to play Sunday night against the Chargers, Taylor Bisciotti of NFL Network reports. Jacobs is officially listed as questionable for the contest, so his status is nonetheless worth confirming ahead of Sunday's 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff. If he is indeed in uniform versus Los Angeles, Jacobs would be in line to head the Raiders' Week 18 backfield, with Peyton Barber and Jalen Richard available to spell him and work in complementary roles. For those looking to secure a contingency plan just to be safe, Barber is worth considering.
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  • Raiders' Josh Jacobs: Questionable for Sunday night

    Jacobs (ribs) is listed as questionable for Sunday night's game against the Chargers, Rachel Gossen of the Raiders' official site reports. The Raiders listed the running back as a limited practice participant all week, a slate that included walkthroughs Wednesday and Thursday. However, given his official 'questionable' designation, Jacobs' status is worth tracking ahead of Sunday night's 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff. Ideally, some added context on that front will arrive late Saturday or early Sunday when national reporters like ESPN's Adam Schefter and NFL Network's Ian Rapoport put out their weekly injury updates. Those looking for some insurance for Jacobs considering Las Vegas' late kickoff may want to consider adding Peyton Barber.
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  • Raiders' Josh Jacobs: Logs another limited listing

    Jacobs (ribs) was listed as limited in Thursday's walkthrough, Rachel Gossen of the Raiders' official site reports. With back-to-back limited listings through Wednesday and Thursday walkthroughs, Friday's final injury report will reveal whether the Raiders' top back approaches Sunday's regular-season finale against the Chargers with a Week 18 injury designation or fully cleared to play.
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  • Raiders' Josh Jacobs: Limited at walk-through session

    Jacobs was listed as a limited participant at Wednesday's walk-through practice due to a rib injury, Rachel Gossen of the Raiders' official site reports. Jacobs has two more opportunities to increased his participation ahead of Sunday's game against the Chargers. However, at this stage, there's nothing to suggest that the running back's Week 18 status is in peril. If Jacobs is able to put in a full practice by Friday, he'll have a good chance to head into the weekend minus an injury designation.
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  • Raiders' Josh Jacobs: Totals 80 yards, finds end zone

    Jacobs rushed the ball 16 times for 63 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-20 win over the Colts. He added four receptions for 17 yards. Jacobs enjoyed a productive day primarily on the basis of volume, as he topped 20 touches for the fourth time in his last six games. He wasn't all that efficient, as he managed only one gain that went for double-digit yards. However, he did salvage his effort with a two-yard plunge into the end zone midway through the first quarter. Jacobs hasn't been the most efficient performer this season, though he did surpass 1,000 total yards for the third consecutive campaign.
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  • Raiders' Josh Jacobs: Big day against Denver

    Jacobs carried the ball 27 times for 129 yards and caught one of three targets for minus-five yards in Sunday's 17-13 win over the Broncos. It's the first time all season Jacobs has hit for triple-digit rushing yards, and his day would have been even more productive had Peyton Barber not vultured a five-yard TD run in the third quarter. Jacobs is on a roll to close out the season, compiling 490 scrimmage yards over the last five games, and he'll look to keep his momentum going in Week 17 against the Colts.
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  • Raiders' Josh Jacobs: Logs full practice listing

    Jacobs (illness) was listed as a full participant in Thursday's walkthrough, Rachel Gossen of the Raiders' official site reports. Jacobs sat out Wednesday's session, but the running back's full participation listing Thursday sets the stage for him to continue to head the Raiders backfield Sunday against the Broncos. In the team's 16-14 win over the Browns this past Monday, Jacobs logged 45 of a possible 69 snaps on offense en route to carrying 15 times for 52 yards and catching three of his four targets for 42 yards. As his team's clear-cut top RB option, Jacobs maintains reliable enough volume to profile as a solid fantasy option Week 16.
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  • Raiders' Josh Jacobs: Listed as DNP on Wednesday

    Jacobs (illness) was listed as a non-participant in Wednesday's walkthrough, Rachel Gossen of the Raiders' official site reports. It remains to be seen if Jacobs' illness might impact his availability for Thursday's practice, but all things considered league-wide his status is now worth monitoring as Sunday's game against the Broncos approaches. Next up for the Raiders' RB reps if Jacobs misses the session or is limited are Peyton Barber and Jalen Richard.
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  • Raiders' Josh Jacobs: Raiders-Browns moved to Monday

    Jacobs and the Raiders will no longer play the Browns on Saturday, after the NFL officially rescheduled the matchup between the two teams for Monday at 5 p.m. ET. Due to ongoing COVID-19-related issues within the Cleveland organization, the NFL is hopeful that by delaying the game two days, the Browns will restore enough players from the reserve/COVID-19 list to alleviate depth concerns on the roster. Assuming the Week 15 game is played Monday as planned, Jacobs and Las Vegas will face a quick turnaround for the Week 16 contest versus the Broncos, which is still expected to be played Sunday, Dec. 26 as scheduled.
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