2010 NFL Preview: Oakland Raiders

Jun 23, 2010

The Raiders offer little for fantasy owners, but at least they got rid of JaMarcus Russell. They don’t have many weapons on offense, but Jason Campbell is a clear upgrade.

 

Fantasy Playoffs Schedule:  Moderate
The Raiders take on the Jaguars in Jacksonville in Week 14 and then the Broncos and Colts at home. Zach Miller is probably the only guy you can count on in the fantasy playoffs.

 

Five Star Fantasy Options
None

 

Four Star Fantasy Options
None

 

Three Star Fantasy Options
Zach Miller – Miller caught 66 passes for 805 yards and 3 TDs. Campbell displayed the ability to get the ball to the TE in Washington, and with Miller as his best option, expect Miller to put up good numbers.

 

Two Star Fantasy Options
Jason Campbell – It’s not that I dislike Campbell, but Al Davis has left the cupboard pretty bare as far as options in the receiving game go. He’s a low-end fantasy backup at best. At least he’s not negative stars like his predecessor.

 

Darren McFadden – Fool me one, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Even after two uninspiring seasons, I’m willing to give McFadden another shot at redemption. The backfield isn’t as crowded with Justin Fargas out of the picture. Plus, having a competent QB helps. I wouldn’t count on Run DMC as a starter, but he’s a low risk, high reward depth option at this point.

 

Michael Bush – Bush is a tougher runner than McFadden, which could be more what Tom Cable is looking for. This is likely to be a true RBBC, which means both RBs will suffer.

 

Chaz Schilens – Schilens is probably a 1.75 fantasy star, but we’ll round up. He has good size (6’4″) and great speed. If he can prove that he’s healthy he can sneak up on some people. Consistency could be an issue.

 

Raiders Defense/Special Teams – The Raiders were improved on defense last year, and actually pretty tough against the pass. They don’t force many turnovers, but they do get a decent amount of sacks.

 

One Star Fantasy Options
Darrius Heyward-Bey and Louis Murphy – Heyward-Bey is fast, but so is Usain Bolt. That doesn’t mean I would want him on my fantasy team. Murphy showed some signs last year, but they were mostly few and far between. Of the two I would go with Murphy every time.

 

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4 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Rotoprofessor
    June 23rd, 2010 at 12:10 pm #

    No love for Heyward-Bey, huh?

  2. LestersLegends
    June 23rd, 2010 at 12:11 pm #

    I’ll give him a one star until he proves he’s more than a fast guy that got drafted way too early.

  3. Beth Mahoney
    July 14th, 2010 at 1:12 pm #

    Rolando McClain is going to blow you away. I watched this kid play in college and he is an absolute beast. Fans are not going to be disappointed once this kid steps on the field for the Raiders.

  4. LestersLegends
    July 14th, 2010 at 2:00 pm #

    I hope he does well. I’m tired of the Raiders being down.

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