Oakland Raiders Fantasy Football Stock is Rising

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Sep 8, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) tries to elude Indianapolis Colts safety Antoine Bethea (41) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 8, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oakland Raiders quarterback Terrelle Pryor (2) tries to elude Indianapolis Colts safety Antoine Bethea (41) at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Back in 1997, I played Fantasy Football for the very first time in my life.  I have been playing ever since.  A lot goes into owning a fantasy football team.  More so than some would anticipate.  Now, I run a league every year that keeps the same 10-Team Owners, and it is truly a fun experience.  In our league, we all pitched in to buy a trophy that goes to the winner each year.  That winner gets to have all the bragging rights and display the trophy on his/her mantle.  It has worked for us and it makes it extremely competitive.

Over the past few years, there hasn’t been too many players from the Oakland Raiders that I would have wanted on my team.  Although, I have had Darren McFadden for the past three years as one of my running backs.  Sometimes he’s really good, but there have been a lot of downer weeks.  In fantasy football, you can’t be a homer, and you can’t have too many players off the same team, otherwise you are setting yourself up for disaster.  Especially when bye weeks arrive, you must have a diverse set of players from all 32 NFL teams.

This year however, I actually am carrying four Oakland Raiders players.  Now don’t get your panties in a bunch, my league is an Individual Defensive Player (IDP) league, and each team owner carries 29 players on their roster.  I had to handcuff Darren McFadden by drafting Rashad Jennings (just in case of injury).  I have Rod Streater as one of my wide receivers, and I have Nick Roach as one of my linebackers.  I was not disappointed by either player this past week.

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