Monday, August 6, 2018

2018 Fantasy Football Projections: Oakland Raiders

In addition to viewing our 2018 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2018 fantasy football projections for the Oakland Raiders.



Derek Carr546.7343.9380025.712.629.8790.33233.3
A disappointing season for both the team and Carr, he threw for 3,496 yards, 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 2017. Before last season, he threw for 3,900-plus yards in each of the previous two seasons with a total of 60 touchdowns. It will be interesting to see how Carr and new coach Jon Gruden work together, but Carr's numbers should be better in 2018 than they were last year.
E.J. Manuel8.34.5520.

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Running Backs


Marshawn Lynch200.1850.47.222.4165.80.40.9145.42
After taking a year off, Lynch returned to the NFL and rushed for 891 yards and seven touchdowns and added 20 catches for 151 yards in 2017. Now 32 years old, there's the possibility that another Oakland native takes the role of lead back. That said, I still expect Beast Mode to lead the backfield in workload and production.
Doug Martin123.1461.63.320.71780.40.884.56
Going into his seventh NFL season, Martin has been somewhat of a two-outcome type of player — two seasons of 16 games and 1,400-plus rushing yards and four seasons of five-plus missed games and sub-500 rushing yards. Perhaps he has an unprecedented (for him) season of 500 to 1,399 rushing yards, that number is most likely to be much closer to the lower end of that range.
DeAndre Washington31127.11.1201240.40.732.71
Jalen Richard13.966.70.315.3130.
Keith Smith0.82.20423.20.103.14

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Wide Receivers


Amari Cooper72.71025.
After beginning his career with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, Cooper posted a disappointing 48/680/7 line over 14 games. Still only 24 years old, it's possible that Cooper bounces back and sets career highs with Michael Crabtree — the 1(b) to his 1(a) — now in Baltimore.
Jordy Nelson60.3711.57.20000.1114.15
Released by the Packers, Nelson had just 53 catches for 482 yards and six touchdowns in 2017. That said, he had 98/1,519/13 (2014) and 97/1,257/14 (2016) in his previous two full seasons. There's virtually no chance that he returns to the 90-catch, 1,200-yard mark he had in 2016, but it wouldn't be a surprise if he finished with eight-plus touchdowns, something that Michael Crabtree had done in each of the past three seasons in Oakland.
Martavis Bryant36.4549.64.40000.181.16
Suspended? Or not suspended? There is some uncertainty about whether Bryant will be available for the (start of the) 2018 season, but Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal wrote [in mid-June] that "[t]he Raiders fear potential NFL discipline might be imminent" for Bryant.
Seth Roberts15.5176.71.60000.426.47
Ryan Switzer9.467.70.50000.213.57
Dwayne Harris4.4510.50000.37.5
Johnny Holton1.823.80.20000.81.98

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Tight Ends


Jared Cook50.8642.62.5000177.26
Cook led the team in receiving yards (688) and 20-yard receptions (10) and finished second in receptions (54), but he had just two touchdowns. In fact, Cook has just six touchdowns in 58 games over the past four seasons combined. Finishing as a top-12 fantasy tight in PPR formats (TE16 in standard-scoring leagues), Cook has top-10 upside should he generate a little more red-zone volume and success.
Lee Smith9.871.50.9000012.55
Derek Carrier5.240.60.20000.15.06

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