Andy Behrens of Yahoo! Sports is breaking down each team for the upcoming fantasy football season. Recently, Behrens gave his thoughts on the Raiders, a team considered by most experts to lack top-flight fantasy options.
Here is what Behrens had to say about Oakland’s wide receiver position:
The Raiders haven’t delivered a 1,000-yard wideout (or even a 750-yard wideout) since Randy Moss in 2005, but we saw flashes of playmaking ability from both Murphy and Chaz Schilens last year. Those two combined for three scores in the fourth quarter of that surreal Week 13 win against Pittsburgh. Murphy impressed in his first NFL season, especially when you consider the team context, but Schilens appears to have the higher fantasy ceiling. Chaz has ideal size (6-4, 225) and his measurables basically grade out at mutant/superhero level (4.38 speed, 43-inch vertical). He’s a nice late-round flier, although clearly none of Oakland’s wide receivers are ideal Week 1 fantasy starters.
Darrius Heyward-Bey and rookie Jacoby Ford both have ridiculous speed — Ford crushed the field in the 40-yard dash at the combine (4.28) — so they can’t be completely dismissed as threats. There’s been plenty of Heyward-Bey offseason propaganda, but he’s exactly the sort of player who should be great in non-contact situations. When the hitting starts, we’ll see how much progress he’s actually made. DHB caught only nine passes on 40 targets as a rookie; we should all be skeptical.
I don’t know about you guys but the Raider I’m targeting this season is Michael Bush. I think 1,000 yards and eight scores are a distinct possibility for Bush this year.
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