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What to do with Josh Jacobs, Devontae Booker in Week 14 fantasy football

We go over the fantasy football outlooks of Josh Jacobs and Devontae Booker ahead of the Raiders’ Week 14 matchup against the Colts.

Running backs Devontae Booker #23 and Josh Jacobs #28 of the Las Vegas Raiders warm up before a game against the Denver Broncos at Allegiant Stadium on November 15, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

1st quarter update: Well, Josh Jacobs is in fact playing today. That was certainly some drama.

Final warmups update: The Raiders are wrapping up their pre-game warmups and Jacobs is working with the first team offense, per Vincent Bonsignore.

Update: It would appear Jacobs was trolling fantasy football managers.

Pre-game warmups update: It’s not clear at all what Josh Jacobs has planned for Sunday’s game. He was listed as active, but then said he was not going to play. Now he is working out before the game and full dressed. This is a tough one to figure out.

Game status: Jacobs is active, but he posted on Instagram that he will NOT be playing in Week 14. That means Devontae Booker will get the start at running back.

After escaping the winless New York Jets in Week 13, the Las Vegas Raiders face the Indianapolis Colts in a matchup with heavy playoff implications. If running back Josh Jacobs isn’t available, Las Vegas might be in for a repeat of last week’s scare.

Fantasy Football analysis: Raiders RBs Josh Jacobs, Devontae Booker

Jacobs is officially listed as questionable after being limited in practice on Thursday and Friday, per ESPN’s Paul Gutierrez. Jacobs missed Week 13’s game against the New York Jets due to the ankle injury he sustained in the third quarter of Week 12’s blowout loss to the Las Vegas Raiders. Before the Falcons game, Jacobs had scored 12.90 points or more in four straight weeks including going over 100 yards rushing twice and reaching the end zone four times. If he plays this week, he has a safe floor against a Colts team that has been amongst the best defending opposing receivers, which might force the Raiders to establish the running game early with Jacobs.

Booker was given the start against the Jets, becoming a hot waiver wire target. His production, though, was cold. Booker rushed for 50 yards on 16 attempts and caught a pass, scoring 6.10 fantasy points all together in a game that saw quarterback Derek Carr take control through the passing game. The Colts have only allowed two teams to rush for more than 150 yards total in a game this season, both being against Derrick Henry and the Tennessee Titans in which Henry ran for 103 and 173 yards. Booker’s use in Jacobs’ absence last week doesn’t make a heavy workload seem likely. He is a fade this week even if Jacobs is out.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Start Josh Jacobs if healthy. Sit Devontae Booker.