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Josh Jacobs Injury Update Boosts Fantasy Outlook Against Patriots in Week 3

By michael obermuller
Josh Jacobs' injury update labels him as a Week 3 starter.
Josh Jacobs' injury update labels him as a Week 3 starter. / Ethan Miller/Getty Images
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Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs has had 52 carries and nine targets in his first two games, which makes him one of the biggest bell cow backs in all of football.

With his status initially in question heading toward Week 3 against the New England Patriots, this obviously created a bit of a stir for fantasy owners. Both Jacobs and tight end Darren Waller should be available for this crucial matchup, however, according to Ian Rapoport.

Josh Jacobs Fantasy Outlook Week 3

Jacobs has become a must-start running back, similar to an Ezekiel Elliott or Derrick Henry because of his team's willingness to run the football and the offensive line he does it behind. With 90.5 rushing yards per game in 2020 (and 122.0 yards from scrimmage per game), Jacobs stats back up that narrative.

As for the matchup, New England has allowed the 16th most rushing yards per game this season. The Patriots are also middle of the pack against running backs in fantasy, surrendering the 17th-most fantasy points per game to the position.

This injury update also takes away any value that backup Devontae Booker might have had, and limits Jalen Richard's potential as the usual third down back.

We have Jacobs as the RB11 in our Week 3 PPR rankings.


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Michael Obermuller is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Michael Obermuller also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username king_mizzard. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel. 

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