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Josh Jacobs INACTIVE in Week 14

Raiders won’t have stud rookie for their matchup vs. the Titans. We break down what his absence means for your fantasy football playoff hopes.

Oakland Raiders running back Josh Jacobs runs against Kansas City Chiefs inside linebacker Reggie Ragland during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

UPDATE: The Raiders have made it official. Running back Josh Jacobs is inactive in Week 14.

This is bad news for your fantasy football playoff hopes. Oakland Raiders RB Josh Jacobs is expected to be inactive for the team’s Week 14 matchup vs. the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Jacobs was considered a game-time decision, but won’t be able to give it a go, according to NFL Network reporter Ian Rapoport.

The rookie had just eclipsed 1,000 rushing yards last week and was primed for another big game against the Titans. Now, the Raiders are down one of their best weapons on offense and you’re down a top RB.

Fantasy Football Analysis: Oakland Raiders running backs

With Jacobs sidelined this week, you can easily turn to DeAndre Washington ($3,000) to see the majority of the snaps at RB. He hasn’t played much this season behind Jacobs, but that only means he’s fresh. Jalen Richard ($3,900) should work in on passing downs and even get more carries, so I think he’s a more viable DFS play in cash games.

If you’re in PPR, both of these RBs are worth targeting as handcuffs for Jacobs. If you have one or both, I’d consider playing them, though I think this is more of a boost to the passing game for Oakland. We should see Derek Carr ($5,000) forced to throw more to compensate for the lack of run game. I think this puts Darren Waller ($5,800) in an excellent spot.