Who Should I Start? Josh Jacobs or Irv Smith Jr.

Week 1 Projections

Fant. Pts. Rush. Yds. Rush TD Rec. Rec. Yds. Rec TD
14.2 69.8 0.5 2.1 15.8 0.1

Josh Jacobs News

Surprising appearance downplayed

Friday, August 5, 7:33 AM

Raiders coach Josh McDaniel suggested Jacobs played in Thursday's preseason opener because it's difficult for running backs to simulate game action in practice, NFL.com reports. "I always think it's good for backs to carry the ball in the preseason," McDaniels said. "There's a lot of things that happen when you're getting tackled and hit that you can't simulate in practice.

Week 1 Projections

Fant. Pts. Rush. Yds. Rush TD Rec. Rec. Yds. Rec TD
9.6 0.0 0.0 3.7 37.8 0.4

Irv Smith Jr. News

Week 1 return plausible

Tuesday, August 2, 3:11 PM

The Vikings are hopeful that Smith -- who underwent thumb surgery Tuesday -- will be ready in time to play in Week 1, Kevin Seifert of ESPN reports. "We still feel very strongly about our process to get him back," coach Kevin O'Connell noted of the team's top tight end, "and hopefully have him -- barring any setbacks -- available for that opener."

Josh Jacobs vs. Irv Smith Jr.

Still trying to decide between Jacobs and Smith Jr.? Check on the latest news to make sure both players are active and healthy. Our PPR projections show that Josh Jacobs is projected to score 14.2 points this week while Irv Smith Jr. is projected to score 9.6 points.

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