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|Running back Jalen Richard caught a career-high 68 passes for 608 yards in 2018 - good enough for seventh-most receptions among running backs. In fact, Richard was one of only a few running backs who caught more passes (68) than he had carries (55).
This obviously makes Richard one of the most affected players by PPR scoring formats. PPR makes Richard a viable depth option on fantasy rosters, but he's almost completely useless in non-PPR leagues.
The Raiders drafted rookie Josh Jacobs, which certainly hurts Doug Martin, but it likely doesn't affect Richard all that much. Jacobs is an above average pass catcher coming out of college but he's by no means elite in that area, which should mean that Richard keeps most of his role as the team's primary pass catcher out of the backfield.
|Limited touches for Jalen Richard in 2019?|
Likely to split backup reps with Doug Martin
By: Doug Orth | Thu Jul 18, 7:40 pm
|Jon Gruden said Jalen Richard reminds the coach of Charlie Garner and is deserving of a bigger role. And then he drafts Josh Jacobs in the first round to be a three-down back. Richard will probably split backup carries with Doug Martin and will lose a good chunk of those 68 catches last year to Jacobs. (The Athletic - Vic Tafur)|
FFToday's Take: Richard was one of the fantasy's biggest surprises in 2018 despite scoring only one touchdown, as he caught 68 of his 81 targets on a team that played from behind a ton. Unfortunately for him, Jacobs profiles as a solid early-down back who is quite gifted in the passing game. It wouldn't be surprising if Richard see his target cut almost in half this season, barring a multi-week injury to Jacobs.
|Raiders sign rookie RB Josh Jacobs|
Rookies expected to report to camp July 23
By: Mike Krueger | Tue Jul 9, 11:00 pm
|Josh Jacobs on Tuesday became the final Raiders draft pick to sign his rookie contract, as the first-round choice and former star Alabama running back completed a four-year deal, the team announced.
The $11.9 million pact features a fifth-year team option, standard language for any first-round pick. (Las Vegas Review Journal)|
FFToday's Take: Despite not being signed, Jacobs participated in off-season activities and is expected to report to camp on July 23rd with the rest of the rookies. Jacobs is the favorite to lead the Raiders in running back touches with Jalen Richard filling a pass-catching role.