Josh Jacobs Injury Update Could Boost Fantasy Outlook for Week 17

Jason Schandl
Josh Jacobs in Week 15 against the Jaguars.
Josh Jacobs in Week 15 against the Jaguars. / Daniel Shirey/Getty Images

Tracking Josh Jacobs' health has been a bit of a roller coaster ride for fantasy football players in recent weeks. He rushed for 100 yards in Week 13, sat out Week 14, tallied 109 yards from scrimmage in Week 15 then sat again in Week 16.

It looks like he could be back in action this week while the Oakland Raiders are still technically playing for a potential playoff spot in their matchup against the Denver Broncos.

DeAndre Washington Fantasy Outlook

DeAndre Washington has been a solid fantasy play when Jacobs has sat out. He racked up 21.6 PPR points on 20 touches in Week 14 and 18.6 on 25 touches in Week 16. Between those games he scored just 4.2 when Jacobs played, though, and a return from Jacobs would crush Washington's Week 17 fantasy outlook.

Jacobs' ability to put together a solid game in between his two missed games, handling 26 touches and playing 57 percent of the Raiders' offensive snaps, is a good sign that he'll continue to offer big value if he does suit up.

The Broncos have held opposing RBs to bottom-10 fantasy production this season, so that does put a bit of a damper on the value either Jacobs or Washington would offer. Still, getting 20-plus touches out of a lead back is a good way to find production in any matchup.

Accounting for Jacobs sitting out again, our Week 17 PPR fantasy football rankings have Washington at RB19 against Denver. If Jacobs plays, Washington will fall out of the rankings entirely, while Jacobs can be expected to slot in right around that RB19 spot.

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