By Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24)
It's now time to look at a team that hasn't produced much for fantasy
owners in recent memory, the Oakland Raiders. With a few new names on
the offensive side of the ball, the Raiders will attempt to bring glory
to Oakland and fantasy owners in 2014.
Matt Schaub- There really is no reason for fantasy owners to believe
Matt Schaub can do anything for their fantasy teams. He threw more
interceptions than touchdowns last season and there were a few picks
that were returned for touchdowns. Schaub averaged just under 16 fantasy
points per game and a change of scenery probably won't do much for Matt
Schaub or his fantasy value this year.
Derek Carr- Fantasy owners are probably expecting Derek Carr to become
the starting quarterback for the Raiders at some point in 2014. The
second round pick out of Fresno St spent his three years compiling over
12,800 passing yards and 113 touchdowns. It's not hard to see why the
Raiders are excited about him. As far as fantasy value goes, he may not
have much to start the season unless he's named the starter before the
regular season begins.
Maurice Jones-Drew- MJD came over from Jacksonville and before he left,
rushed for over 800 yards and five touchdowns. He also caught 43 passes
out of the backfield and averaged over nine fantasy points per game in
his last season with the Jaguars. It's hard to think of MJD as a top
fantasy back these days but with the injury history that is Darren
McFadden, savvy fantasy owners know MJD will get more than his share of
touches with the Raiders in 2014.
Darren McFadden- All the talent in the world and can't stay healthy
enough to prove it. Most fantasy owners have all but given up on Run DMC
heading into fantasy drafts for 2014 and with good reason. In ten games
played in 2013, McFadden underwhelmed by rushing for under 400 yards
and adding next to nothing in the passing game. The less than eight
fantasy points per game make him a running back fantasy owners will
draft in later rounds expecting nothing but hoping for the best.
Marcel Reece- Reece was a little more productive in the passing game
than he was on the ground. He's far more valuable in PPR formats than
standard scoring and could make some noise in 2014 if the quarterback
situation isn't a mess. Reece averaged under five fantasy points per
game in 2013 so fantasy owners shouldn't expect too much from him this
Andre Holmes- Holmes made a little name for himself late in the season
and was a hot waiver wire add at one point. While he didn't impress
fantasy owners enough to make owners move him up their draft boards, he
will be a nice boost to a receiving corp late in fantasy drafts for
owners looking for a late steal and some depth to their roster. In the
ten games Holmes did play in 2013, he averaged under five fantasy points
per game so he may have had his fifteen minutes of fame already. With a
good quarterback in Oakland, Holmes could make a name for himself again
James Jones- Last season with the Packers, James Jones finished with 59
receptions for over 800 yards and three touchdowns. Jones was drafted in
2013 due to his touchdown potential from 2012 which saw him haul in 14
touchdowns. Owners looking for a repeat of that performance were greatly
disappointed and owners looking for James Jones to reemerge as a big
play threat again in 2014 will be let down again.
Greg Little- With Cleveland last season, Greg Little once again didn't
live up to his expectations of taking that next step. He couldn't hold
onto the ball when he was targeted and his dismal 3.7 fantasy points per
game should be enough for fantasy owners to consider Little much later
in drafts and with an uncertain quarterback position in Oakland at this
point, won't make much difference this season either.
Denarius Moore- Moore had a decent fantasy season in 2013. Nothing that
would make fantasy owners think they had to absolutely have him on their
roster, but enough of a good season for owners to consider him in the
later rounds of drafts. Moore did finish 2013 with 46 catches for almost
700 yards and five touchdowns and averaged almost eight fantasy points
per game. Not too bad for a receiver sitting on most waiver wires to
start the 2013 season.