Josh Jacobs Injury Update Creates Messy Week 8 Fantasy Outlook in Raiders' Backfield

Jason Schandl

Just as Josh Jacobs' fantasy football value really started to pick up, making him an intriguing trade target earlier this week, injury news could be holding him back.

The rookie has not practiced this week, and without a clear handcuff, Jacobs, Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington all have cloudy fantasy outlooks for Week 8's matchup with the Houston Texans.

Jacobs had just started to blossom into a true workhorse back after struggling to get on the field in passing downs early in the year. He played at least 50 percent of the Raiders' offensive snaps in each of his last three games, compared to only one of the first three. He also has eight receptions in the last three games, compared to one across his first three. Jacobs' rushing volume has never been in doubt though, averaging 18.2 carries per game.

The Raiders won't likely have a true lead back if Jacobs can't play. In that situation we can likely expect Richard to step in on passing downs, with Washington handling more carries.

Richard has seen limited work in 2019, but caught 68 of 81 targets for 607 yards in 2018, giving him more receptions than carries (55). Washington didn't play much in 2018, but he's notched six carries in each of Oakland's last four games, playing at least 20 percent of the offensive snaps in two of the last three.

If you're desperate at RB this week there's some value in adding Richard (in PPR) or Washington (in standard scoring) to your bench in case Jacobs sits. But both of their value will be pretty limited, and this backfield would mostly be one to avoid in Week 8.

If Jacobs does play, he still makes for a solid starting option though, and we have him at RB18 in our Week 8 PPR fantasy football rankings.

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