After missing the final three games of the 2019 season, Josh Jacobs is back after a stellar rookie season. He finished his rookie season with over 1,300 total yards from scrimmage and was second in Rookie of the Year voting. However, he wants to smash his rookie numbers and with some luck, that should be possible.
Luckily for Jacobs, things are set up well for him to have success in Week 1. His entire offensive line is healthy and Jacobs will face a Carolina defense that has struggled to stop the run over the last few seasons.
In his recent “Love, Hate” article, ESPN’s Matthew Berry wrote about how strong of a play Jacobs is this week in fantasy. Take a look at his thoughts on the sophomore running back below:
Jacobs opens with a fantastic RB matchup against Carolina. Last year, the Panthers gave up the most fantasy points to opposing running backs and were league-worst in both yards per carry against AND yards after contract. They also gave up 31 rushing touchdowns — also worst in the NFL. Oh, and all that was WITH Luke Kuechly still in uniform. Viva Las Vegas.
If the Raiders can get and keep a lead, Jacobs should have massive success on the ground. And with Jon Gruden committing to his running back, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Jacobs saw 20 or more touches in this game.
If you drafted Jacobs this season in fantasy football, make sure he is in your lineup. He should finish as one of the most productive backs of the week.