Many people around the country play fantasy football, or at the least, have heard of someone who does. With the season fast approaching, let’s take a look at some of the Raiders players Week 1 fantasy outlooks.
The Oakland Raiders have some of the best fantasy options out there, including top-tier options at quarterback and running back. Let’s take a look and breakdown how each of the Raiders will fare in the Week 1 matchup against the Tennessee Titans.
QB Derek Carr: Last season, when these two played during Week 3, Carr had an “ehh” game from a fantasy standpoint. He threw for 249 yards with an interception and a touchdown. Those numbers are not elite.
In the majority of ESPN leagues, Carr is being taken as the ninth quarterback, with an ADP of 81.5. Marshawn Lynch will be the go to running back this time around, as he replaces Latavius Murray who left for the Vikings. In 2016, the Titans ranked third-worst in the entire NFL in pass yards given up. Expect a monster game from Carr to start the season.
Prediction: 323 passing yards, 3 touchdowns and 22 rushing yards
RB Marshawn Lynch: In his first game since coming out of retirement, Lynch may still be a little out of game shape. From a fantasy standpoint, one would be wise to avoid Lynch in his first NFL action in almost two years.
The Titans are one of the best run defenses in the NFL, ranking second in total yards given up last season. If you do happen to have Beast Mode on your roster, sit him at least one game to see what happens.
Prediction: 57 rushing yards, 22 receiving yards
WR Amari Cooper: In Cooper’s sophomore season in the NFL, he took a small step forwards towards becoming an elite fantasy asset. Last season, average he got fantasy owners 9.3 points per week.
In Week 3 last year, the Titans were able to hold Cooper to only 62 yards. With an ADP of No. 24, owners will be looking for more against Tennessee this time around. If you were so lucky to draft Cooper, deploy him as a WR 2 with a very high upside.
Prediction: 87 yards, one touchdown
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WR Michael Crabtree: Since joining the Raiders in 2015, King Crab went from being a small-time fantasy asset, to an elite one.
In the two season since, he has caught 17 touchdowns with over 1,900 total yards. Carr loved Crabtree’s ability to get open in routes last season, expect much more of that this season. In the matchup last year, Crabtree totaled 102 yards, the highest total on the team.
Prediction: 113 yards, one touchdown
TE Jared Cook: In his first regular season action, Cook will be looking to show Raider Nation that they brought him in for a reason.
He has elite pass catching ability, and a high football IQ. The Raiders may use Cook some as a blocking tight end, especially with Lynch back in the fold. Green Bay would play the Titans last season in Week 10. However, Cook would miss the game versus Tennessee due to injury.
Prediction: 51 yards, one touchdown
The Raiders are currently expected to be one of the highest scoring teams in the NFL. Will that be able to translate to the fantasy world? We will find out come Week 1. Let us know which Raiders you own, which ones you’re playing, and which ones you’re sitting on your bench in the comments below!