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Raiders RB Josh Jacobs injury: What status means for Week 16 vs. Chiefs

Josh Jacobs is dealing with a quad injury and an illness for Week 16. We break down what it means for fantasy football and betting.

Dr. Michael Miao walks with Josh Jacobs #8 of the Las Vegas Raiders as he leaves the field after an injury during the second half of a game against the Minnesota Vikings at Allegiant Stadium on December 10, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

The Las Vegas Raiders will take on the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 16 of the NFL season. Las Vegas goes into this important divisional matchup with a 6-8 record, including a 31-17 loss to the Chiefs in Week 12. The rematch could get more difficult as starting running back Josh Jacobs is questionable with a quad injury and illness. He didn’t practice Thursday, was upgraded to limited Friday, but then downgraded back to missing practice Saturday.

Josh Jacobs injury

Update — Jacobs has been ruled out for Monday’s game vs. the Chiefs due to a quad injury and also an illness, per reports. The team had hoped to get Jacobs back in the lineup for this matchup but he’ll miss a second straight fantasy playoff week. With Jacobs out last week, Zamir White led the backfield with 45 snaps (70%). White finished with 20 touches for 85 total yards (three receptions) and a touchdown.

Fantasy football analysis

Jacobs has played in 13 games and has 805 yards and six touchdowns on 233 carries. He’s added 296 additional yards, bringing in 37 of his 54 targets. Jacobs heads into this week as the overall RB15 in half-PPR scoring. Most of his value comes from the fact that Las Vegas runs him into the ground, and he doesn’t have much competition for touches.

Kansas City allows the 13th-fewest fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. Jacobs dominated the defense the last time they played, ending with 110 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries while adding 15 yards on four receptions. If he is healthy, Jacobs can be started in eight-team leagues or larger. If he sits, his backup, Zamir White, would only be startable in 14-team leagues or larger.

NFL DFS analysis

Jacobs will cost a pretty penny if you want to roster him in your DFS Showdown lineup. It will take $13,500 to add him as a Captain and $9,000 to add him as a flex. Kansas City’s defense allows the 13th-fewest DFS points to opposing running backs.

Betting analysis

Due to his being questionable, Jacobs doesn’t have any active line at DraftKings Sportsbook. Check back if he is declared active and they will likely be added.