Just one day after getting in a limited practice, Josh Jacobs' injury updates got a lot cloudier. He was downgraded to "out" on Wednesday, and posted on his Instagram page that he underwent surgery on Wednesday night.
That makes this situation a bit of a mess as the Raiders enter a Week 17 matchup against the Denver Broncos with Wild Card hopes still intact. For fantasy football purposes, however, things are likely to be relatively clear by the time Sunday rolls around.
If Jacobs sits out, DeAndre Washington will be a strong fantasy play. In two contests without Jacobs (Week 14 and Week 16), Washington tallied a combined 47 opportunities (37 carries plus 10 targets). He scored 21.6 and 18.6 PPR fantasy points in those games.
If Jacobs suits up, Washington loses all fantasy value and Jacobs becomes a solid play. Jacobs played in Week 15, between those two absences, and Washington only scored 4.2 fantasy points. Jacobs didn't look too bothered by his injury, either, rushing for 104 yards on 17 carries even though he was facing a terrible game flow in a 40-9 blowout loss.
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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