Game day update: The Raiders are looking to get back into the win column after last week’s loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. What’s a better way to do that against a pedestrian Atlanta Falcons’ team. Las Vegas should be able to air it out against the Falcons’ defense, however the challenge comes on the ground. This season, the Falcons have not allowed a single 100-yard rusher. Can Raiders RB Josh Jacobs break that streak? The former Alabama standout has crossed the century mark twice in four games, where he receives more than 20-plus carries. ESPN projects Jacobs to score 14.7 fantasy points and Devontae Booker to score 4.7 points.
While the Atlanta Falcons have been rather generous through the air this season, they have actually done a decent job of bottling up opposing running backs. They have allowed the 7th fewest fantasy points to opposing backfields this year, making them an unfavorable matchup on the ground.
With that being said, are Las Vegas Raiders running backs Josh Jacobs or Devontae Booker likely to overcome this tough matchup and serve your fantasy team admirably? Jacobs showed up on the Raiders Thursday injury report with a hip injury but did still get in a limited workout.
We break down the fantasy analysis below for the two backs.
Fantasy Football analysis: Raiders RBs Josh Jacobs, Devontae Booker
Josh Jacobs has been somewhat disappointing to fantasy owners this season, as he is currently averaging 19.9 carries but only 16.7 points per game, with a 3.8 yards per carry average. He has shown flashes of brilliance, like in his two touchdown Week 10 performance against the Broncos when he racked up 112 yards and finished with 29.6 fantasy points. He returned to more of his baseline in Week 11 managing only 55 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries for 13.4 fantasy points. Jacobs’ large workload makes him matchup proof. For this reason, Jacobs remains an RB1 with upside if he is able to find the endzone in Week 12.
Devontae Booker had a big day in Week 10 when me managed 81 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries. Unfortunately for those who saw this as a sign of a new timeshare, he returned to his usual workload of five carries in Week 11. Booker’s workload isn’t large enough to maintain fantasy viability, particularly in a tough matchup, and he can stay on the bench in standard leagues this week.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start Josh Jacobs as an RB1
Sit Devontae Booker