Does Josh Jacobs play on Monday night? Fantasy injury update for Ravens Raiders

The Ravens’ RB room was devastated by injuries that went into the Monday Night Football game of week 1 in Las Vegas, but all systems appeared to be working for the Raiders until late Sunday afternoon. At the time, reports fell that Josh Jacobs’ running back’s start was downgraded to “questionable” for MNF – not because of an injury, but because of an illness. The good news is that he’s unrelated to COVID-19, but we still probably won’t be sure he’s playing until the official active / inactive reports are released. For fantasy football owners making their final start’em, sit’em decision of the week, waiting for these updates to keep things a little tight.

We will continue to update this post with news about Jacobs until the active / inactive report is posted around 6:45 p.m. ET on Monday. Follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy for the latest fantasy updates.

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Does Josh Jacobs play on Monday night?

TO UPDATE: Ian Rapoport of the NFL Network reported Monday afternoon that Jacobs “tended to play” on Monday night. ESPN’s Adam Schefter added that Jacobs took part in the Raiders walk-through and felt “better”.

The prospects for Jacobs were not particularly favorable for this game. Not only does he face an expected solid defense from the Ravens, but the presence of Kenyan Drake adds a new crease to the Raiders offense. Who will play on passing downs more? Is Jacobs often substituted on the goal line? How many carries will Jacobs have on average per game? Even so, many fantasy owners had him in their lineups and counted on his production.

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With news of his illness (again, not COVID-19), Jacobs is even less likely to see all the touches, even when he’s active. He could expect a relatively meager 10-12 carries and if he doesn’t make it to the end zone he looks like he’s having a disappointing day. Of course, there aren’t many other options left this late in the week. If you need a new RB then Le’Veon Bell really is the only one available in more than 50 percent of the Yahoo leagues, and we’re not even sure if he’ll play a lot (or at all). Hopefully you handcuffed Jacobs with Kenyan Drake on draft day, and it makes sense to play a perfectly sane Drake even when Jacobs is active.

Quarterback | Run back | Wide-angle receiver | Narrow end | D / ST | Kicker

The real lesson here is that you should always move players who haven’t started their games to your flex (if possible). If you did, you would now have more options. WRs Bryan Edwards, Henry Ruggs III, Hunter Renfrow, and Sammy Watkins are all reasonable pivots for a flex spot when you’re in a bind like this. Edwards and Ruggs are particularly nice boom-or-bust options.

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If you left Jacobs in your RB spot (and already started an RB in your Flex) then you have unnecessarily restricted yourself. It’s week 1 so we’re still learning all of these things (again), but we’ve seen enough “surprise inactive” people this week to remember that fact.

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