Star running back for the Las Vegas Raiders Josh Jacobs was trolling his fantasy owners ahead of his game against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday.
The Raiders running back posted a sudden update to his Instagram story on Sunday. In it, he told fans that he wasn’t playing in today’s game, despite being listed as “active.” Jacobs put laughing emojis at the end of his statement. He appears to have been joking with the fantasy community and was seen lining up with the first team going through pre-game warmups.
However, for many fantasy owners in the playoffs of their leagues, they may not have found the joke to be all that humorous. ESPN Senior NFL Insider Adam Schefter took note of Jacobs’ confusing update. He posted the update to his official Twitter account.
“An update from Josh Jacobs:” Schefter wrote on Twitter. Schefter retweeted another sports account that posted screenshots of Jacobs’ Instagram story.
“#Raiders’ RB Josh Jacobs is active today, but he posted on his Instagram story that he’s not playing. And he included a message to your fantasy team on the bottom,” the tweet reads.
An ankle injury held Jacobs out of action in Week 13. In his absence, backup running back Devontae Booker took over the major workload in the Las Vegas backfield. Raiders head coach Jon Gruden was “not confident” early in Week 14 that Jacobs would play. As a result, the team listed Jacobs as questionable on their final injury report.
Josh Jacobs Fantasy Outlook
Seeing Jacobs listed as active does come as a bit of surprise after his inability to log full practices this week. The second-year pro will face off against a stout Indianapolis defense in his return. Due to the challenging match up and the risk of limited snaps, fantasy owners were likely already scratching their heads. However, Jacobs’ Instagram post left everyone that much more confused.
However, it’s certainly possible that Jacobs is only listed as active to serve as an emergency option in the event the Raiders‘ running backs get hurt. But there’s also a chance that Jacobs is simply just trolling his fantasy managers, for whatever reason that may be.
From a fantasy perspective, this situation for Jacobs can’t get much worse. With the game kicking off at 4:05 p.m. EST, Jacobs’ fantasy managers won’t have many potential replacements available to them.
So far on the season Jacobs has 206 carries for 782 yards and nine rushing touchdowns.