The Oakland Raiders are going to be awesome in 2017! They upgraded at running back, the offensive line looks great, and their quarterback is out to prove he deserves the contract he signed!
Must Draft Players
- Derek Carr – Quarterback
- Marshawn Lynch – Running Back
- Amari Cooper – Wide Receiver
- Michael Crabtree – Wide Receiver
I’ll be the first to admit that I thought Derek Carr was going to suck because I based everything on his brother David. It’s amazing how well you can play when you have a good offense line to protect you! The last two seasons, Derek Carr was close to having over 4,000 yards, and would have likely done it lasts season had he not been injured in week 16. For his career, he has averaged 3,731 yards and 27 touchdowns. The most important stat if you ask me is that in his first two seasons he had 25 total interceptions. In 2016, he finished the year with 6. He is making better decisions with the ball. The addition to the backfield should also allow him more chances for play action, which I believe will put him well above 4,000 passing yards and more than 30 touchdowns.
HE’S BACK! Marshawn Lynch was traded to the Raiders after coming out of retirement. The Raiders are hoping that a year away from football has allowed him to heal and refocused him to football. Fantasy Football owners are hoping for stats like he averaged between 2011 and 2014, which was 1,600 total yards, 31 receptions and 14 total touchdowns. I think 1,600 total yards is a little unrealistic, but 1,200 total yards with 30 receptions and 12 total touchdowns is very realistic. That would give him a 14-point average over 16 games. Not too shabby for a #2 running back, and even a #1.
Michael Crabtree is the most steady and reliable wide receiver for the Raiders. He is someone that is not going to lose you the week, and can also score you 3 touchdowns in a week. In two seasons with the Raiders he has averaged 87 receptions for 963 yards and 9 touchdowns. That’s 15 points per game. I would draft Crabtree over Amari Cooper, and Crabtree is the cheaper option.
Players You Should Probably Be Drafting
- Amari Cooper – Wide Receiver
Amari Cooper is technically the number one receiver in Oakland, but he is a boom or bust player. Sure, he has averaged 78 receptions for 1,112 yards and 6 touchdowns in his two seasons with the Raiders, but he scores 1 point less per game than Michael Crabtree does a game. Last season he had 4 games where he had over 100 yards receiving, otherwise he had 71 yards or less. He is also not a red zone target for Derek Carr, which caps his upside. Cooper is currently going in the middle of the second round and Crabtree is going at the end of the 4th. I’ll take every other player currently being drafted in the 2nd round over Cooper and then take Crabtree in the 4th.
Players You Could Draft If Your Rosters are Deep
- DeAndre Washington – Running Back
- Seth Roberts – Wide Receiver
Marshawn Lynch is over 30 with an injury history and hasn’t played in over a year. DeAndre Washington is young and is emerging as the handcuff. Make the right decision and take Washington if you draft Lynch.
Seth Roberts is heavily targeted in the red zone. The Raiders are probably going to run a lot of 3 wide receiver sets this year, and so Roberts could see a few extra touchdowns come his way. If either Cooper or Crabtree are out for any reason, run to the waiver wire to grab Roberts!
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