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For a sixth straight season, Razzball will be interviewing NFL-team blogs and site contributors for some actual in-depth football knowledge to shed some additional light on our fantasy football knowledge. Keep your eye out for an interview for every NFL team for our Team Preview Series through the summer. This installment comes courteous of RaiderTake from the leading Oakland Raiders blog: RaiderTake.

 
What are we realistically able to expect from this offense this season?  Are there any fantasy sleepers that you would consider?

It’s always hard for me to be realistic in the preseason, because there’s still time to be optimistic! But to be honest, based on what I’ve seen from Matt Schaub so far, it’s hard for me to project great things from the Raiders’ offense this year. I wish I could say otherwise, but you’re forcing me to be realistic here. I wouldn’t be shocked if McGloin or Carr became the starting quarterback come midseason or even earlier. MJD is a nice addition, but we lost Rashad Jennings, so it could be a wash at RB compared to last year. James Jones adds a shot in the arm to the receiving corps, but with the loss of Jared Veldheer at LT, timing and protection could be an issue. That’s a long-winded way of saying that I’m hopeful for offensive improvement over last year, but I’d have a hard time betting on it. Remember, the Raiders weren’t terrible on offense last year. But they were far from great, and so far there’s no indication of a big leap forward.

Sleepers? Keep an eye on WR Rod Streater. He’s no household name, but he racked up 888 yards last year. The addition of James Jones could result in less targets, but it could also free Streater up even more and send him into 1,000+yard territory with an uptick in TD production. Dude is trending upward if we can field a capable QB.
 
Are MJD or DMC viable fantasy options this year?  Where should we realistically expect to draft them?

I wouldn’t expect much from DMC. MJD is another story. He looks good out there right now. Aging running backs are always a risk in fantasy, and other teams will stuff the box if the Raiders’ aerial game is grounded. But there’s potential there with MJD to provide upside as a later-round RB pick.
 
Are there any worthwhile receivers in this group?  I have selected James Jones in the late rounds in some mock drafts.  Is he worth considering?

I think he’s worth a look in later rounds along with Streater. I’d be more bullish on both of them if Schaub had shown us more so far. There’s still time. Keep a close eye on the Raiders’ QB situation, because that’s where the rubber hits the road at WR for the Raiders. Jones and Streater may not be elite WRs, but they’ve both shown that they can produce if someone can sling the ball to them.

Oakland Raiders Offense Depth Chart

Position First Team Second Team Third Team
WR Andre Holmes James Jones Denarius Moore
WR Rod Streater Greg Little Juron Criner
QB Matt Schaub Derek Carr Matt McGloin
RB Maurice Jones-Drew Darren McFadden Latavius Murray
TE David Ausberry Mychal Rivera Brian Leonhardt

  1. geegee says:
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    godd they are horrible

    • Doc Matt

      Doc Matt says:
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      @geegee: I have to be honest, it was really hard coming up with questions for them. They are pretty bad!

  2. Tom says:
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    I’m Streaming D with the Jets this week!

  3. Hats4Bats says:
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    Standard PPR, but with 3 flex spots and return yards. I need to cut 2 players to add a K and DEF.
    QB’s- Romo
    RB- J. Bell
    RB- B. Tate
    WR- A. Green
    WR-A. Brown
    WR- J. Nelson
    FLEX-M. Crabtree
    FLEX- T. Smith
    Flex- P. Thomas
    TE’s- J. Graham
    Bench-A. Hopkins, T. Austin, D. Sproles, J. Boykin, M. Ingram, , H. Miller

    • Hats4Bats says:
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      @Hats4Bats: Oops. Add Cutler to the bench

      • Doc Matt

        Doc Matt says:
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        @Hats4Bats: Cut Austin, Boykin, and Miller. I know you are thin at bench WR, but you could pick one of those guys back up in the future. If you want to keep Austin for return yardage, cut Thomas instead.

        • Doc Matt

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          @Doc Matt: Sorry, cut only Boykin and Miller. I thought it was cut three for some reason.

  4. Randy says:
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    In a 12-team standard league, my main four RBs are Forte, Foster, Jennings, and T-Rich. If I want to roster 2 more, how would you rank the following in terms of value/upside for my team? Bradshaw, Ingram, Dunbar, Cunningham, and Grimes.

    Also, a far less important question… Which kicker do you have highest rated out of Freese, Parkey, and Janikowski? Or the Denver guy playing for 4 weeks? Thanks!

    • Doc Matt

      Doc Matt says:
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      @Randy: Ingram, Bradshaw, Grimes, Dunbar, Cunningham

  5. Ninergold says:
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    Joique bell or chris Johnson in week 1? Standard league.

    Philly, Detroit, Chicago or Denver defense. Going with philly right now…..

    • Doc Matt

      Doc Matt says:
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      @Ninergold: CJ and Philly

  6. Anthony says:
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    Ray Rice or Ridley this year?

    • Doc Matt

      Doc Matt says:
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      @Anthony: Ray Rice and it isn’t close. He is going to be my RB2 in one league when he gets back.

  7. Tom says:
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    Flex Kelvin Benjamin or Ryan Mathews QB Ryan or Cutler Thanks!

    • Montezuma's Revenge... right now says:
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      @Tom: don’t know matchups but mathews by landslide and probably ryan.

  8. Shadow says:
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    I have the following RB’s:

    M. Forte
    R. Mattews
    J. Bell
    C. Johnson

    Wondering if I should switch out either Bell or Johnson for R. Rice who’s sitting on the wire

  9. Doc Matt

    Matt Devine says:
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    I have Rice lined up as my rb2 once his suspension is over. Tough call because CJ is a rb1 who won’t get goal line carries. Bell is a rb2/rb1b who will. Either way, grab Rice for sure.

  10. Doc Matt

    Matt Devine says:
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    What I meant is that CJ is a rb1 on his team and a flex in fantasy. Joique is also a flex.

  11. Principal Blackman says:
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    • Principal Blackman says:
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      Spot’s filled. Thanks, whoever you are.

  12. Clint says:
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    I don’t understand why everyone’s discounting DMC so much. Allen’s clearly in his corner and his OC says he looks awesome. Not that he’s worthy of a 1st round pick or anything but he is younger than MJD & has more burst than him when he’s healthy so why wouldn’t he generate more interest? I stayed away from both in my 12 team ppr draft last night, going w/Foster/Gio/Vereen instead but considering how horrid MJD’s looked a few seasons now, why not go w/the home run upside of DMC considering the draft value he brings?

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