I’ve had a previous openings about injuries but man was last week bad. We saw top performers go down: Lev’eon Bell, Keenan Allen, Steve Smith and Arian Foster among others. We also saw some top names come back, Dez Bryant for example. Even bigger, we saw a ton of defensive players get hurt too. I’m thankful my mom never let me play tackle football growing up, that’s some good parenting right there. Canadian momma thrust me into the vibrant game of curling to keep my need for high intense sport satisfied but without the likelihood of me getting a hockey puck or helmet to the head. Football is a nasty sport when you have some of the world’s best athletes and strongest humans running full speed try to hit each other. With all that said, it’s hell of a lot of fun to watch and cheer on random individual players each week. FOOTBALL!
Last week I talked about tempering expectations concerning the Miami Dolphins offense. Man was I right. You beat the Titans and Texans so everyone thinks their problems are fixed then they go play a good team like the Patriots and they all stink it up and remind me of when I wake to a weird smell and quickly look up and see my dog’s turd on the floor because he couldn’t hold it in. Ryan Tannehill was bleh, the receivers were fine but put up no points because of Tannehill. Lamar scored a touchdown but still somehow couldn’t crack 10 points. All of this points to Fantasy Sports being a game of matchups and streaks. Why did Blake Bortles out score Tom Brady in a week earlier this year? Because he played the Buccaneers! Now we’ll take a look at the Oakland Raiders offense.
Derek Carr really worried me last year and at the beginning of this season but he has really shown strong improvements all across the board. His deep ball looks a lot better and his accuracy is up. It doesn’t hurt that his receiving corps is leaps and bound better than it was last year. The Raiders haven’t played many good teams, but he has performed consistently the entire time. The next month the Raiders have really good matchups and I’m high on Carr going forward.
The wide receivers are where they shine. In my opinion, they have two WR1’s skillwise. Michael Crabtree has some of the strongest hands I’ve ever seen. He’s rejuvenated now that he has a real QB (Sorry Colin Kaepernick) throwing him the ball. Barring injury I could see an average of 5-6 catches 70 yards with a touchdown every 2 games. Amari cooper is going to be one hell of a receiver as he continues to improve and grow in his next few seasons. He’s got incredible speed and is a wonderful route runner. He and Carr could have a real nice career together. 6-7 catches, 80 yards a game and a touchdown every 2 games. Tight ends and other receivers on this team are useless, avoid.
Latavius Murray is someone I seem to like more and more each week. He has no threat to his job or touches, no health concerns, a solid offensive line and and a passing game that won’t put 8 guys in the box every play. He looks very strong cutting and making people miss this year. Much improved over last season, plus he is finding and hitting the hole harddddd. Real nice to see him and this raiders offense grow. Could see 2-3 years of sustained growth and continual success for the Raiders. Been awhile since I didn’t hate everything on the Raiders. I also hit the hole hard if you know what I mean.
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