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Josh Jacobs downgraded to out for Week 17

Raiders running back Josh Jacobs is officially out for Week 17. We break down the fantasy football implications for DeAndre Washington.

Running back Josh Jacobs of the Oakland Raiders rushes up field against the Jacksonville Jaguars during the second quarter at RingCentral Coliseum on December 15, 2019 in Oakland, California. Photo by Jason O. Watson/Getty Images

The Oakland Raiders will be without running back Josh Jacobs in their season finale against the Denver Broncos. Jacobs was listed as doubtful with his shoulder injury and recent illness, but the team officially downgraded him to out.

Jacobs has been dealing with a shoulder injury much of the season, but this week also brought an unexpected infection that required Christmas surgery on his lower leg. He sat out all three days of practice.

Fantasy football implications: Raiders RB DeAndre Washington

Jacobs absence means DeAndre Washington will get the start and Jalen Richard will serve as the third down back. Washington faces a tough Broncos defense but still offers considerable DraftKings value at just $5,200. He’ll get a sizable workload, having carried the ball 23 of the 28 running back carries last week.

Richard will hold some modest value at $3,800, but Washington gets some passing looks as well to justify sticking with him over Richard where possible.