Apr 23, 2013; Alameda, CA, USA; General view of the Oakland Raiders team headquarters. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

The Oakland Raiders: A Fantasy Football Conundrum

Fantasy football has become more popular than ever. And why shouldn’t it be? Whoever had the idea of sitting around with your boys, kicking back some brews, and watching football competitively should be given a medal!

But where do the Oakland Raiders fit into a bro’s fantasy game? Unfortunately they don’t. The 2013 Oakland Raiders are a team filled with potential all across the board. Sorry to all the people who keep echoing that Oakland has a depleted roster that is filled with holes. But the truth is, GM Reggie McKenzie, filled in a good portion of those weak spots. Between free agency and the draft, Oakland isn’t too shabby on paper.

That’s the good news for Raider’s fans. The bad news is, fantasy football is not about potential. Stats are all that counts in the fantasy world, and nobody wearing the silver and black can really step up as a standout fantasy superstar. As of right now most of the roster is rather unproven.  However, some Raiders can fit into one’s squad.

Darren McFadden -Due to injury and lack of productivity in general, McFadden, will most likely drop in fantasy drafts. This is good news! With a power running scheme back in town McFadden could have a breakout season. So long as he stays healthy (what are the chances he goes down again) I would rank McFadden as high as the number two back on a fantasy team.

Denarius Moore/ Jacoby Ford – These are the only two receivers in Oakland worth gambling on. Because of the ever so frequent injuries in Oakland the receivers are not very consistent. But it never hurts to have potential riding the bench. If Moore or Ford play big in weeks one and two, they might be worth a start in week three. Jacoby Ford can also come in handy in leagues that reward points for special teams scores.

Nov 11, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Oakland Raiders receiver Denarius Moore (17) is defended by Baltimore Ravens linebacker Dannell Ellerbe (59) at M

Despite all the love and fanfare for Rod Streater, I really don’t see number 80 being a huge part of the team in 2013. The kid stepped up and filled in when he needed to, but all I see is an alright possession receiver similar to Derek Hagan. Stay away from him as I predict him disappearing (prove me wrong Streater, I’d love to see you become a superstar).

Sebastian Janikowski – Always a great secret weapon! Many leagues reward more points for 50-plus yard kicks. Jano just happens to kick those in almost as much as he gets in trouble at the strip club.

Oakland Raiders Defense – Fantasy defenses make the most points from creating turnovers. Something I believe D.J. Hayden will excel at under the tutelage of Tracy Porter. Both corners have great ball skills, and will be helped by a rejuvenated linebacking corp. Keep this defense on the bench until they prove themselves.

Wish I could say more about the Raiders here. Flynn, Pryor, and Wilson are all to iffy to even take as a bench players. The tight ends are a free for all that anybody could win. Seriously they should take open tryouts for tight end, its bad.

Comment who you think has fantasy potential!


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