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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Team Talk: Oakland Raiders

What is up, Brainiacs!  Two-a-days continue today in our Team Talk series, with Adam Filadelfo.  First up, Oaktown is in the house.  Follow Adam on Twitter: @Frostt24.


Just win baby! That hasn't been the motto of the silver and black in quite some time as they seem to be stuck on a treadmill lately. The Raiders haven't given fantasy owners much to look forward to lately, either. The blackhole has been a place for fantasy value to disappear, and it doesn't look like it is set to reappear in 2013.

Matt Flynn - Going into last season, Flynn was all but ready to lead the Seahawks. And then he lost the job to Russell Wilson. Now Flynn is set to lead the Raiders. And there's a chance he loses out to Terrelle Pryor. Until Dennis Allen announces his starting quarterback, this situation is far too murky. Even if Flynn does get the nod, he hasn't shown he can lead the Raiders or a fantasy football team. Right now, he cannot be drafted regardless of whether he starts or not.

Terrelle Pryor - Pryor hasn't done much to distance himself from Matt Flynn. What Pryor has that Flynn appears to lack is upside. He can make plays with his legs and running quarterbacks are all the rage, for obvious reasons. What Oakland does have are speedy receivers so Pryor can extend plays giving his wideouts time to get open. He probably  won't get drafted but Pryor may be a waiver wire pickup sooner or later.

Darren McFadden - If Run DMC could stay healthy, he'd no doubt be a top five fantasy running back. Too bad "if" doesn't win you fantasy football championships. While McFadden holds value simply due to his skill set alone, he's not finding his way onto any of my fantasy football teams. The name of the game is consistency and the only thing consistent about McFadden is he's consistently letting fantasy owners down.

Marcel Reece - When Run DMC went down last year, Marcel Reece was like  Christmas came early for fantasy owners that grabbed him off the waiver wire. He dominated in PPR formats and should still hold value even now. We all know McFadden is due for an injury so Reece should pick up right where he left off last season. He may even have more value if Pryor is named starting quarterback for the Raiders.

Rashad Jennings - Jennings needs some consideration simply because he's the backup to McFadden and McFadden's backups tend to see more playing time than he does. He ran well in the absence of MJD in Jacksonville but he's not going to help your fantasy team much. He should only be drafted as a handcuff for McFadden owners, but only if you don't believe in Marcell Reese.  It is a cloudy situation and you're better off steering clear of the Oakland backfield altogether.

Denarius Moore - With the departure of Heyward-Bey, Moore should be the clear cut top target to whoever the quarterback is. But does that even make Moore worth drafting? He holds value due to his seeing plenty of targets. Owners may want to get him late in drafts just to build depth at receiver. He very well could end up producing like a receiver three but make sure you don't need to rely on him each week.

Rod Streater - The only value Streater has is his speed. That alone could make him a late round pick worth stashing. He's probably more of a waiver wire pickup at most but for deeper leagues, could be drafted later on. The upside to Streater in fantasy football is he doesn't have much standing in his way of competition from the other Oakland receivers so he has a chance to produce but don't count to heavily on him.

Sebastian Janikowski - Janikowski is the only consistent fantasy player that owners can count on every year from this team. It's too bad he's a kicker but hey, at least there's something good coming from the black and silver. In leagues where owners get more points for long field goals, Janikowski is useful. He's consistent with his kicks and could help owners since there probably won't be a lot of touchdowns coming out of Oakland this season.

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