Who Is the Top Rookie RB for 2019?

The Footballguys staff gives their opinions on which rookie running back has the most value this season

In a normal, non-PPR league, which rookie running back has the most value for the 2019 season? Does your answer change for PPR leagues?

Jason Wood

Josh Jacobs is the easy answer, and likely the consensus pick for good reason. The Raiders want a workhorse feature back and have given no indication since drafting Jacobs he's not their guy for the role. New general manager Mike Mayock called Jacobs a "three-down back" recently, and the only credible competition for carries -- free agent Isaiah Crowell -- suffered a season-ending injury already. Jacobs should see his fair share of dump-offs from Derek Carr, too, so no change whether we're talking PPR or traditional redraft leagues.

Daniel Simpkins

Jason is correct in picking Josh Jacobs for both PPR and non-PPR formats. He’s also right to highlight the fact that the Raiders are going to feature him both in the passing game and in the running game, something to which few backs can lay claim. Doug Martin, who was recently re-signed after the Crowell injury, poses no threat to Jacobs in the short or long-term.

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