Josh Jacobs Fantasy Outlook Improves Following Massive Game in Week 9 Against Lions

OAKLAND, CALIFORNIA - NOVEMBER 03:   Josh Jacobs #28 of the Oakland Raiders runs with the ball against the Detroit Lions at RingCentral Coliseum on November 03, 2019 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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In a year where there have been few rookie running backs that have been legitimate fantasy football starters, Oakland Raiders RB Josh Jacobs has separated himself from the pack.

Jacobs only widened that gap in Week 9, as he had a massive performance against the Detroit Lions.

Jacobs was given a heavy workload on Sunday, running for 120 yards and two touchdowns on 28 carries. He was also targeted twice in the passing game, but failed to come down with a catch.

This 120-yard output on the ground was his third 100-yard game of the season, to go along with his third multi-touchdown performance.

Through Week 9, Jacobs is averaging 16.4 points per game in PPR leagues, good for the 12th-highest mark at the position.

Jacobs' fantasy value also seems to be on the rise for the rest of the season, as he's totaled at least 120 rushing yards in three of his last four games, scoring four TDs during that span.

His snap share tells a similar story, as he's played at least 55 percent of the snaps in each of his last four games, something he did just once over his first four contests of the season.

Despite failing to catch a pass in Week 9, his receiving production has also been improving, seeing 10 targets over the past four games, after recording five over his first four.

Jacobs also draws easy matchups against the Cincinnati Bengals and New York Jets over his next three games, and he's best viewed as a legitimate RB1 going forward.

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