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Josh Jacobs start or sit: Week 1 fantasy football advice

We go over the fantasy football outlook of Josh Jacobs ahead of the Raiders Week 1 matchup against the Ravens

Josh Jacobs #28 of the Las Vegas Raiders in the first half at SoFi Stadium on August 21, 2021 in Inglewood, California. Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

Monday night UPDATE: Jacobs is officially active and will play, per Vincent Bonsignore. If you can play him tonight, you’re probably going to play him. If you are choosing between him and Ty’son Williams, that’s a much tougher choice, but Jacobs is the known quantity of the two.

Monday Afternoon UPDATE: Josh Jacobs will play tonight. This isn’t the best matchup he’ll ever have, but he’s a start, so throw him in your lineups and good luck!

Monday morning UPDATE: Jacobs is still in wait and see mode, per Vincent Bonsignore. Peyton Barber would likely get a call up if Jacobs can’t go and might be worth adding in fantasy to keep from getting a zero in that case. .

Sunday UPDATE: Jacobs has been downgraded to questionable with an illness, per AP’s Josh Dunbow. If he were to miss, Kenyan Drake would get the starting nod.

Las Vegas Raiders running back Josh Jacobs quietly had another 1,000-yard rushing season under head coach Jon Gruden. The former Alabama running back produced 1,065 rushing yards on 273 yards and a career-high 12 touchdowns. The question now is can Jacobs do the same thing this season with the addition of Kenyan Drake? We’ll find out that answer in Week 1 when the Raiders play the Baltimore Ravens.

Fantasy Football analysis: Raiders RB Josh Jacobs

In only his second season, Jacobs set career-highs both on the ground and in the receiving departments. The 5-foot-10 running back had a career-high 12 rushing touchdowns, to go along with 33 receptions (45 targets) for 238 yards. Jacobs put himself in RB1 territory last season, producing nine double-digit fantasy point performances.

Jacobs could be in line for another 1,000-yard season, but Drake will factor into the Raiders’ offense. Drake had a great last season with the Arizona Cardinals, rushing for 955 yards on 239 carries and 10 touchdowns. The duo will likely see a ton of snaps against the Ravens, who allowed 108.8 rushing yards per game last season.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Jacobs enters Week 1 as a borderline top-10 play at running back and should be in your starting lineup. He’s been a consistent running back in his first two seasons and will once again play an integral role in Las Vegas’ offense.