RB Josh Jacobs - Oakland Raiders

5-10, 216Born: 2-11-1998College: AlabamaDrafted: Round 1, pick 24 (2019)

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The Raiders selected Josh Jacobs with the 24th overall selection in the 2019 draft. Given the premium pick spent and the glowing review of his talents given by Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock, Jacobs should immediately step in as a workhorse back for the Raiders. When asked by a reporter if Jacobs could handle a heavy workload, Gruden responded, "if you're listening Josh...rest up, because we're going to run you a lot."Jacobs has and ideal blend of size, physicality, and receiving ability to be a true three-down back in today's NFL. Jacobs doesn't fit the profile of the typical first-round running back in terms of college production. He carried the ball just 251 times in his entire college career. He made a strong impression as a true freshman, producing 723 total yards as part of a committee with Bo Scarbrough and Damien Harris but then struggled through an injury-plagued sophomore season in which he was slowed by a torn hamstring and fractured ankle. He ended his career on a high note with an impressive 2018 campaign filled with highlight runs despite seeing limited touches as part of a committee with Damien Harris and top 2020 NFL Draft prospect Najee Harris. Jacobs was named offensive MVP of the SEC Championship game against Georgia and posted 148 total yards in Alabama's College Football Playoff win over Oklahoma. Despite major offensive struggles in 2018, Raiders running backs still put up 2,289 total yards, caught 102 passes, and scored 8 touchdowns. Jacobs should get the majority of opportunities in this offense, which makes his fantasy upside immense. (May 2)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 24, 20, 20, 21, 21, 24, 24, 24, 25, 25, 28, 29
Overall Redraft - 51, 43, 43, 43, 45, 45, 52, 53, 54, 59, 60
RB Redraft PPR - 20, 16, 19, 19, 20, 20, 20, 21, 22, 22, 24, 24, 24, 28, 28, 30
Overall Redraft PPR - 46, 34, 36, 39, 43, 43, 45, 45, 45, 49, 53, 54, 60
RB Dynasty - 13, 12, 14, 16, 16, 17
Overall Dynasty - 31, 20, 33, 38, 40
Overall Rookie - 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1

Stats and Projections

2019 PROJ-Dodds 15.0 220.0 * * 34.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Henry 15.0 210.0 * * 35.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Wood 16.0 210.0 * * 31.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 172.0 * * 33.1 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 39
RB: 20
Overall-PPR: 38
RB-PPR: 19

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Latest News

Raiders | Jalen Richard to lose snaps? (Thu Jul 18, 09:35 PM) - Oakland Raiders RB Jalen Richard could lose a 'good chunk' of his snaps on receiving downs to RB Josh Jacobs, according to Vic Tafur of The Athletic.

Our View: Reports seem to vary coming out of Oakland. Some reporters think Jacobs is going to get a majority of the touches, while others think Richard will cut into Jacobs touches. We feel that Jacobs will be the top rusher for the Raiders in 2019, but they should use Richard as a change-of-pace back when the talented rookie needs a breather.
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Raiders | Josh Jacobs may not be three-down back (Wed Jul 10, 06:40 PM) - Oakland Raiders RB Josh Jacobs is expected to lead the team in carries this season but may not be on the field for all three downs even though the team believes he can handle the role.

Our View: Gehlken is one of the best beat writers out there, so let's keep track of Jacobs' usage as a receiver during the preseason. He's a low-end RB2 with upside for Fantasy GMs this year, even if he's not used as much as a receiver. Jacobs has the talent, hands and concentration...plus, he could even line up out of the backfield if asked. Maybe the Raiders want to get Jalen Richard some touches here and there.
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Raiders | Josh Jacobs deal guaranteed (Wed Jul 10, 08:13 AM) - Updating previous reports, Oakland Raiders RB Josh Jacobs' four-year deal was fully guaranteed, which means the top 24 draft picks in the NFL draft signed fully guaranteed deals.

Our View: The two sides were working on something to get Jacobs on the books before the start of training camp. They get it done and now Jacobs likely begins the season as the top back on a revamped Raiders offense. He's a RB2 with upside for Fantasy GMs in 2019.
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Raiders | Josh Jacobs financials (Tue Jul 9, 11:46 PM) - Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders first-round RB Josh Jacobs (Alabama) signed a four-year contract worth a reported $11.9 million Tuesday, July 9. The deal includes a fifth-year team option.

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Raiders | Josh Jacobs puts pen to paper (Tue Jul 9, 11:32 PM) - Oakland Raiders first-round RB Josh Jacobs (Alabama) signed his four-year rookie contract with the team Tuesday, July 9. The deal includes a fifth-year team option. Financial terms of the contract were not immediately disclosed.

Our View: Jacobs should be the lead back for the Raiders this year. During his college career at Alabama, Jacobs did split time/touches with Damien Harris although he was a larger presence in their offense in 2018. Jacobs is a patient runner who has the proper footwork to avoid trash near the line of scrimmage. He's known for a strong work ethic and big heart. Jacobs has a current ADP of RB20 (3.12) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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