Josh Jacobs burst onto the scene with a strong rookie season in 2019, rushing for 1,150 yards and 7 touchdowns while finishing as the RB21 in fantasy football (PPR scoring) despite missing three games.
Heading into his second NFL season, it sounds like Jacobs is expecting to offer more versatility in the Las Vegas Raiders offense, and that could send his fantasy football value through the roof.
Josh Jacobs Fantasy Football Value 2020
On a per-game basis, Jacobs ranked as the RB15 (min. two games played) in 2020, but his value came almost entirely as a rusher. He caught just 20-of-27 targets for 166 receiving yards.
In fact, looking at the 31 backs that scored at least 150.0 PPR fantasy points, only three (Carlos Hyde, Sony Michel and Marlon Mack) contributed fewer points as a receiver than Jacobs. In the modern NFL, receiving volume is all but a requirement to be a top fantasy running back.
There was some room for concern about Jacobs' 2020 receiving volume when the team extended pass-catching back Jalen Richard, but these comments from Jacobs are a great sign. We can't read too much into preseason comments, but even the fact that he mentions a lofty receiving goal instead of something like wanting 20 carries per game is a great sign.
To give some context for Jacobs' upside if he does take over the top receiving RB role, Richard contributed 68.3 fantasy points (over 4 per game) through the air on 43 targets. An improvement of even just 2.0 fantasy points per game would have boosted Jacobs into the top 10 at the position in 2019.
It's too early to assume Jacobs' comments are going to be accompanied by a real on-field change, but this has become a situation to monitor very closely in training camp — especially since there won't be any preseason games.
Jacobs checks in at RB12 in our 2020 fantasy football rankings, but increased work as a receiver would easily boost him into the top 10.
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