Josh Jacobs Screams RB1

Justin Bruni
Josh Jacobs
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Josh Jacobs had a spectacular rookie season; it would have arguably won him the Rookie of the Year award if Kyler Murray wasn’t in the conversation. Jacobs recorded seven rushing touchdowns, 166 reception yards, 1150 rushing yards on 242 carries, and nearly five yards per rush attempt. Although he missed three games; he was on pace for 322 total touches, 1414 rushing yards, 203 reception yards, and 9 touchdowns.

Jacobs is going to get the same volume this year but with a better offense around him. The Raiders added receivers Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards in the draft, Hunter Renfrow has a solid year under his belt, Darren Waller has a career season to build on, and you still have Tyrell Williams there to stretch the field.

The Raiders had the 11th most rush attempts last year (437). Jacobs recorded 242 carries to Deandre Washington’s 108 and Jalen Richard’s 39. With Washington departing, there is a fair amount of touches to allocate. I guarantee Jacobs will touch the ball at least 300 times if he plays 16 games. Ninety-two percent of Jacobs touches came from rushing the ball, so expect a similar theme in 2020.

The extra touches will be dispersed between Richard and rookie RB Lynn Bowden Jr. It’s tough to say what Bowden’s role will be. He was a third-round pick and is more of a versatile hybrid back. Bowden won’t threaten Jacobs’ touches but it is another reason you shouldn’t expect to see a significant climb in Jacobs’ total catches. Jacobs only recorded 20 receptions last year.

Josh Jacobs holds a little more value in standard and .5 PPR scoring formats. I have him ranked as my RB9, but he should go a few spots ahead of that in all non-PPR leagues. He’s an RB you can get at the end of the first round or beginning of the second.

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