Oakland Raiders Fantasy Football Stock is Rising

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Sep 8, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oakland Raiders running back Darren McFadden (20) catches a pass that was initially ruled a touchdown but call was reversed by instant replay in a game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium. Indianapolis defeats Oakland 21-17. Mandatory Credit: Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Anyways, enough about me.  There are several players on the Raiders roster that I think have a chance to be breakout and legitimate fantasy football players this year.  Below I will list each player and give an explanation as to why.  Some of these players will only be valid for your roster if you are in an IDP league.

1. QB-Terrelle Pryor: Perhaps you didn’t get the quarterback you wanted this year and you are looking to find that under the radar performer for 2013.  Pryor gives fantasy football owners the ability to gain passing yards and rushing yards.  He has a dynamic set of skills that will provide plenty of scoring opportunities.  He will score touchdowns.  Pryor was ranked as one of the more sought after players in fantasy football this week, and he was a top 10 performer after week one.  His stock is definitely rising, and he won’t be available on the waiver wire for long.  Get him now.  He would also make for a very good back-up if you have Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, Robert Griffin III, Russell Wilson, etc…

2. RB-Darren McFadden: Say what you will about McFadden’s ability to stay healthy, but you cannot underestimate his fantasy football value.  He has huge upside when he is on the field.  He will not only rush with the ball, but he is a very good receiver.  With Pryor’s scrambling ability, look for McFadden to always be an option out of the backfield for him.  McFadden had a problem finding the end zone in 2012, but he has already recorded a touchdown in the first game of the season.  He will be given the ball near the goal line, and he will make for a good #2 option.  Rashad Jennings is his back-up, and this is an added bonus that may help keep McFadden healthy.

Sep 8, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oakland Raiders receiver Rod Streater (80) is defended by Indianapolis Colts linebacker Jerrell Freeman (50) at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts defeated the Raiders 21-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Sep 8, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Oakland Raiders receiver Rod Streater (80) is defended by Indianapolis Colts linebacker Jerrell Freeman (50) at Lucas Oil Stadium. The Colts defeated the Raiders 21-17. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

3. WR-Rod Streater: If you didn’t get to see the game against the Indianapolis Colts, you didn’t get to see Streater catch 5 passes for 70 yards.  That’s right, he caught 5 passes for 70 yards.  If you count receptions in your fantasy league, that’s anywhere from 5-10 points off receptions alone.  Add in the yards (example: 1 point per 10 yards) and he had 10 additional points.  Streater has a knack for following Pryor as he is scrambling around behind the line of scrimmage.  He finds the open spaces and puts himself in a position to make plays, kind of like a young and current Andre Johnson.  Streater also has speed, and he can run by a lot of defenders.  Streater will have a breakout year, and his stock is going to be elevating.  Get him now while he is available, or you’ll be left in the dust.

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