The Duel

Josh Jacobs Fantasy Outlook Gets Boost After Injury to Fellow Raiders Running Back Isaiah Crowell

By Kevin Nardone
NFL Draft
NFL Draft / Andy Lyons
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As continues to be the case in the NFL, it's often about the next-man-up mentality. Obviously you never want to see a guy get injured, but it seems to be an unavoidable aspect of playing in the NFL.

Injuries happen and there are fantasy football implications that come along with them. While there were already experts talking about Oakland Raiders' rookie running back Josh Jacobs making an immediate impact in fantasy football, with Isaiah Crowell having suffered a torn Achilles and now being out for the season, the back out of Alabama should shoot up fantasy draft boards.

Jacobs, who the Raiders selected as the first running back in the 2019 NFL Draft at pick No. 24, should get a lot more opportunities to carry the ball with Crowell likely headed to IR.

While Jacobs was expected to compete for early-down touches with Crowell, it's now just the rookie, Jalen Richard and third-stringer DeAndre Washington. But after investing a first-round pick in Jacobs, it's hard to imagine Oakland not giving him plenty of touches.

Crowell has had at least 200 touches in three of the last four seasons and was expected to be a big part of Oakland's offense in the 2019-20 season. Without Crowell in the team's backfield, Jacobs' fantasy outlook is much improved solely due to the amount of touches he's likely to get. In the last season the Raiders had a true lead back – Marshawn Lynch in 2017 – the back racked up 207 rushes for 891 rushing yards and seven rushing TDs.

That should be a baseline for Jacobs in fantasy this coming season, lining him up as a touchdown-dependent RB2 in 2019.


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