Josh Jacobs Injury Update Boosts Devontae Booker Fantasy Outlook in Week 14

Max Staley
Josh Jacobs' injury update boosts Devontae Booker fantasy outlook in Week 14.
Josh Jacobs' injury update boosts Devontae Booker fantasy outlook in Week 14. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The Las Vegas Raiders could be without star running back Josh Jacobs for their second consecutive game in Week 14. The second-year back missed Week 13 due to an ankle issue, and head coach Jon Gruden did not sound optimistic about his availability on Sunday.

If Jacobs is out, Booker should be a decent FLEX option against a stout Indianapolis Colts' defense.

Devontae Booker Fantasy Outlook

Booker was decent in relief of Jacobs on Sunday, turning 18 opportunities into 51 yards from scrimmage against a hapless New York Jets' defense. He should be in line for similar volume in Week 14, but his efficiency is likely to fall thanks to a matchup with the Indianapolis Colts.

The Colts are a top-10 run defense according to Football Outsiders' DVOA metrics, and Indianapolis also surrenders the sixth-fewest rushing yards per game (100.7). It was hard to view Jacobs as more than an RB2 in this one when he was healthy, and the talent gap between him and Booker suggests Booker is more of a RB3/FLEX option in this one.

Still, it'll be crucial to monitor Jacobs' status throughout the week, as Booker would become irrelevant for fantasy purposes if Jacobs is active.

SIGN UP AND GET AN INSTANT DEPOSIT BONUS UP TO 500! We'll match 20% of your first deposit on FanDuel Fantasy Sports. Max bonus $500

Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. 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.