1Could he overtake Josh Jacobs?
Will rookie Zamir White challenge Josh Jacobs for the No. 1 job? An eventual split backfield would make White an intriguing top-40 option with some TD upside. This is his most realistic upside outcome, giving him roughly 8-10 touches per game.
2A midseason Jacobs trade would catapult White
A less realistic outcome — but still possible — entails the Raiders trading Jacobs before the deadline. With Jacobs’ contract expiring at the end of the season, Las Vegas likely would keep him if they’re strong bets to make a Super Bowl run. But if the Raiders underperform, and if White appears capable of taking over, the team could decide to cash out on Jacobs. That could make White an instant top-14-to-20 RB or better, depending on his goal-line opportunities.
3Deep-league streamable floor
If the team determines that White is not ready to supplant or even challenge Jacobs in 2022, his floor would be in the top 40-50 range. We might assume he would still get some looks, particularly in fourth-quarter mop-up duty, as the Raiders prepare for a potential White-led backfield in 2023. Of course, we should keep in mind that White has a history of ACL tears (two, which is one more than most RBs). His relatively solid floor is predicated on his ability to stay healthy.