2019 Oakland Raiders Team Outlook
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Raiders Offense Outlook
Game score led to the Raiders passing the ball 59 percent of the time. The addition of Antonio Brown will help the passing game. Oakland would like to run a ball controlled offense with success running the ball in the red zone.
QB Derek Carr, LVR - Super Sleeper (high risk/potential)
Update 12/29/19Carr has two TD or fewer in 14 of 15 games while failing to pass for over 300 yards in any contest in 2019. His completion rate (71.1) remains elite with respectable yards per pass attempt (7.8). He needs 337 yards to reach 4,000 on the year while ranking poorly in TDs (20). Denver held him to 259 yards and one TD in Week 1. The Broncos ranks 7th in QB defense (17.65 FPPG), with most of their failure coming over the past six games (27.05, 21.85, 20.25, 33.00, 27.10, and 9.85 Fantasy points). Denver allows 6.9 yards per pass attempt with QBs tossing 18 TDs. Oakland needs a win, but they won’t score a ton of points in this game.
RB Josh Jacobs, LVR - Solid/Safe Pick
Update 12/29/19After missing Week 14 with a shoulder issue, Jacobs gained 109 combined yards with two catches on 26 touches vs. the Jaguars. Even with elite touches, he missed his last week’s game with his shoulder issue. His best value continues to come at home (20.41 FPPG in DraftKings scoring) with no TDs on the road (10.78 FPPG). In Week 1, Jacobs gained 113 combined yards with two TDs and one catch vs. the Broncos. This week he suffered in infection in his leg that required minor surgery that put him at risk to play on Sunday. Denver ranks 8th in RB defense (21.63 FPPG), with two teams scoring over 30.0 Fantasy points. Tons of risk with no real upside if he does play based on his injury status.
RB Jalen Richard, LVR - Deep-league Only
The Raiders predominantly use Richard as their pass-catching back with the most value in third downs. Jalen set career highs in catches (68) and receiving yards (607) while continuing to run the ball well (4.7 yards per catch). He finished with 866 combined yards with one TD while averaging 7.7 touches per game. His role will continue to offer value in the passing game, but he only works as backend option at RB in PPR leagues. I'll lower my expectations to 100 touches for 700+ yards with about 50 catches. Only an RB5 with a minimal chance at earning a starting job.
RB DeAndre Washington, LVR - Solid/Safe Pick
Update 12/14/19With Josh Jacobs out last week, Washington earn starting snaps. He finished with 96 combined yards with one TD and six catches with 20 touches. Oakland had him on the field for 63 percent of the RB snaps, which was higher than Josh Jacobs in nine of his previous 11 games. Washington gains only 3.4 yards per carry with no runs over 20 yards since 2016 (149 rushes in 2017, 2018, and 2019). The Jaguars rank 29th vs. RBs (28.98 FPPG) with huge failure in two games (63.10 and 59.60 Fantasy points) and weakness against RBs in four of their last five contests (34.10, 45.10, 35.00, and 59.60 Fantasy points). Jacksonville gives up 5.2 yards per rush with RBs scoring 16 TDs. Tempting for sure based on his salary and matchup plus Oakland has been a much better team for the RB position at home.
RB Doug Martin, --- - Deep-league Only
At times in 2018, Martin flashed his upside of yesteryear. In his final two games last season, he rushed for 100 yards or more in each contest (21/107/1 and 21/100). Over a six-game stretch midseason, Doug gained 447 combined yards with two TDs and 12 catches while receiving 15 touches per game. He finished the year with 839 combined yards with four TDs and 18 catches. A veteran back who projects as the top backup runner on early downs.
WR Tyrell Williams, LVR - Quality Backup
Update 12/29/19Williams has four catches or fewer in 11 straight games with fewer than 50 yards receiving in nine of his previous 12 contests. His season started with a TD in five straight games with two games of value (6/105/1 and 3/91/1). On the year, Williams averages only five targets per game. The Broncos ranks 7th in WR defense (30.11 FPPG – 158/2046/13 on 255 targets). Even with success in his first matchup (6/105/1) vs. Denver, Williams remains a weak option in most Fantasy formats, plus he landed on the injury report on Thursday with a foot injury.