The San Francisco 49ers will have the services of running back Brandon Jacobs at their disposal once again in Week 5 now that he's healthy and healed from a knee injury. Jacobs has already let it be known that he is "ready to play" and was seen running 60-yard dashes by reporters. San Francisco will continue to utilize Jacobs in short yardage situations and potentially around the goal line.
Jacobs ability to convert short third downs is precisely why he was brought to San Francisco. The 49ers love to run the ball in the red zone and the 30-year-old back can certainly plow between the tackles. Jacobs' return will more than likely negatively affect Frank Gore's fantasy scoring potential. Between Gore, Jacobs, and Kendall Hunter have a trio of backs who can be entrusted to tote the rock. That said, Gore remains a low-end RB1 or a top tier RB2, depending if you're a glass half full or glass half empty sort of person. San Francisco's commitment to their running game ensures as much.