The Raiders used one of their 2019 first-round picks (24th overall) on running back Josh Jacobs, and he delivered solidly. He finished eighth in the league in rushing (1,150 yards) on 242 carries with seven touchdowns.
In fantasy football terms, he finished as RB14 in standard scoring and RB21 in full PPR. Per game in standard scoring, Jacobs was RB10. Oh, and he also missed three games with a shoulder injury he had been playing through.
Early last season, the Raiders professed desire to get Jacobs more involved in the passing game. Counting Week 3, when his snaps were limited due to an illness in the week preceding, he was targeted at least twice in eight straight games with 16 of his 20 catches (22 of his 27 targets) for the season over that span.
He was targeted once in the next two games combined, then missed three of the last four games (Week 14, Week 16, Week 17) with the shoulder injury. The lingering injury may have been a factor in the fading passing game usage, which wasn’t all that robust at its peak anyway.
Does Jacobs have another level in him this year? Here’s a look at his fantasy prospects for 2020.