Fantasy football draft: Where to target Las Vegas Raiders RB Josh Jacobs
Las Vegas Raiders RB Josh Jacobs heads into his third NFL season looking to remain on his upward trajectory. Below, we look at Josh Jacobs' 2021 fantasy football average draft position (ADP) and where you should draft him.
Jacobs recorded back-to-back 1,000-yard rushing campaigns in his first two seasons. He ran for 1,150 yards as a rookie in 2019 despite playing 13 games. Last season, he registered 1,065 rushing yards with a career-high 12 touchdowns in 15 games. He also showed some growth catching the ball out of the backfield.
Jacobs' ADP: 43.77
(ADP data courtesy of MyFantasyLeague.com)
In redraft leagues, Jacobs has been going off the board as the 20th running back, which puts him squarely in the conversation of low-end RB2 or must-have flex fantasy option.
He picked up the pace a little bit catching the ball out of the backfield in 2020, going for 33 grabs and 238 yards. No one is going to confuse him with a PPR stud, but every little bit helps. If he can take another step forward in that department, and maybe add a touchdown or two, that would only enhance his value.
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Jacobs' 2020 stats
Rushing: 273 carries for 1,065 yards
Receiving: 33 receptions for 238 yards
Touchdowns: 12 rushing, 0 receiving
Fumbles: 2 (2 lost)
Where should you take Jacobs in your fantasy football draft?
Jacobs is a beast in the backfield. He has been going off draft boards as early as Round 4. That's all well and good, but I am a little concerned about the team's acquisition of RB Kenyan Drake .
Drake has proven in the past that he can carry the mail in the NFL, and head coach Jon Gruden could elect to give Jacobs more breathers, which, of course, fantasy managers never want to see.
Add in the fact the Raiders have RB Jalen Richard and RB Theo Riddick on the roster, two players who can catch the ball out of the backfield, and there are certainly plenty of reasons to give fantasy managers pause on Jacobs.
Jacobs also went from 4.8 yards per carry in 2019 to just 3.9 yards per tote last season, and he has missed four NFL games in 32 career outings. As such, you're still going to want to grab Jacobs as a RB2. However, make sure you make plans to draft Drake as the handcuff as Jacobs has a propensity for injury.
I like Jacobs. He is a bowling ball, capable of just bulling his way into the end zone, especially as a goal-line back. But I can definitely see a decrease in overall touches with the depth Vegas has in the backfield. Buyer, beware.
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