The Las Vegas Raiders are opening their season in their new home. With promising new talent, who should you be targeting in fantasy football?
Raiders rookie running back Josh Jacobs surprised a lot of people in his first season in 2019. The rookie ended up ranking in the top-5 running backs despite missing the last few games to injuries. Jacobs finished with a 4.8 yards per carrying average with 1,150 total yards.
The offensive line for the Raiders opened holes left and right for the young back to do his damage, and he was able to be so productive despite the fact he played a chunk of the season with a fractured shoulder. Even more impressive was the 842 yards after first contact and 53 first down runs for the team.
Jacobs is a player that I love for many reasons, but taking him at a certain position requires you to make sure running backs get points more than receivers in your league. Despite all the success on the ground, Jacobs wasn’t a big factor in the passing game, often using his talents as a one-cut back to knife through the defenses.
If you’re in a PPR league you’ll want to make sure Christian McCaffrey is at the top of your list, followed by backs that get the ball in the passing game more. In a standard league, though, Jacobs is the creme of the crop. I look at him as an overall top-3 back who you can’t go wrong with.