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Greeting Nation. It’s that time of the year, Fantasy Football. Most have you have already drafted. Today, I’m going to chat a bit about Oakland Raider fantasy options. In the past, I’ve usually steered clear of just about all Raiders when it comes to fantasy football. I try not to choose my team with my heart, but purely stats. In the last few years, my attitude has changed. With the emergence of Darren McFadden, Darrius Heyward-Bey, Denarius Moore and the Polish Cannon, Sebastian Janikowski, I can draft with my heart and a bit of stats to back up my picks. Let’s start with the no brainer then work towards the value picks, then the WTF picks.

No brainer; Darren McFadden is a first round talent that you should never pass up. However, if you do pick DMC, make sure you have other later round options, incase the injury bug jumps up and bites his toe again. DMC has never played a whole 16 game season but you already knew that. No brainer; Sebastian Janikowski. Sea Bass is the best kicker in the NFL and the best kicker ever to wear silver and black. Enough said. Go ahead and pick him in the first round! Ha Ha!

Now for some “value” picks. Darrius Heyward-Bey had a break out season last year showing sure hands and his lightning quick routes. DHB would be a great 3rd or back up receiver. We still need to see his chemistry with Carson Palmer though. All other Raider receivers I wouldn’t touch unless you are looking for a late round sleeper, then I would go Rod Streater. With Denarius Moore, on clipboard duty and Jacoby Ford playing scared, Palmer has shown a great affinity to the huge target, Mr. Streater.

A Raider I would not draft this season would be Carson Palmer. His erratic play this preseason has me worried. Jeckle and Hyde is a great choice for a Sunday matinee, but not a good choice on your fantasy team. I’m not a Carson hater, I’m honestly cheering for the man, but when it comes to fantasy football, when in doubt, don’t draft a turd.



Greg Simon

JBB Staff Writer



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