Josh Jacobs Fantasy Value in Week 3 Clouded by Groin Injury

OAKLAND, CA - SEPTEMBER 09:  Josh Jacobs #28 of the Oakland Raiders takes the handoff from quarterback Derek Carr #4 against the Denver Broncos during the second quarter of an NFL football game at RingCentral Coliseum on September 9, 2019 in Oakland, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Oakland Raiders' rookie running back Josh Jacobs took the fantasy world by storm with an electric debut in Week 1. He racked up 113 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns on 24 touches, finishing as Week 1's RB6 against a stout Denver Broncos' defense.

He followed that up with an encouraging performance in Week 2, generating 99 rushing yards on just 12 carries, including an explosive 51-yard run against the Kansas City Chiefs. It looked like Jacobs was on his way to being a valuable, every-week contributor, but a groin injury has clouded his Week 3 availability.

Josh Jacobs Fantasy Outlook in Week 3

Frankly, this is a really tough spot for Jacobs. He's dealing with a groin injury, so we're not sure if he's going to be available, but if he is, he's got a tough matchup on the road against the Minnesota Vikings. Yes, the Vikings were shredded by Aaron Jones to the tune of 116 yards on 23 carries in Week 2, but that seems like more of an anomaly than anything else.

In Week 1, Minnesota held Devonta Freeman to 19 yards on eight carries. And in 2018, the Vikings allowed only two players to rush for more than 100 yards (Jordan Howard, and Kalen Ballage), and those games didn't come until Week 15 and 17, respectively.

If Jacobs manages to suit up, he could have a hard time being much more than a low-end RB2 in Week 3. The Duel staff currently has Jacobs ranked as our RB19 in our Week 3 PPR rankings.

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