Josh Jacobs injury: 5 replacement options at RB for fantasy football


Raiders star Josh Jacobs' injury has further depleted the pool of viable running backs, which in most fantasy formats is already relatively thinner than wide receiver.

Jacobs looked hobbled on Monday Night Football against the Ravens, though he still managed to score two touchdowns. Thankfully, for now he's only been ruled out for a tough Week 2 matchup against the Steelers, perhaps signaling his ankle and foot ailments aren't serious enough to warrant an IR stint, which would be a minimum absence of three weeks.

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In any event, Jacobs fantasy owners still have to respond, as do owners of Raheem Mostert, who announced he would undergo season-ending knee surgery earlier this week. Here's a look at some running back options who are still widely available in most leagues.

Kenneth Gainwell, Philadelphia Eagles

The rookie running back was on the field for 25 offensive snaps (35%) in Week 1. Even in that limited action, he had nine carries and two catches on three targets, a "touch + target" rate of nearly 50%. That bodes well should his role increase, which seems possible with several previous reports from training camp and the offseason indicating coach Nick Sirianni has expressed interest in deploying Gainwell liberally. Miles Sanders is still the lead back, but he has to be kept fresh, and the multi-faceted Jalen Hurts seems to involve all of the skill players around him. Gainwell was available in more than 70% of ESPN leagues on Saturday.