Oakland Raiders Breakdown

Welcome to the Black Hole.  I start this breakdown this way because there is nothing bright and shiny about this years Oakland Raiders team.  The star player, Darren McFadden, is, as always, a huge injury concern.  The starting quarterback, Carson Palmer, is being over-shadowed by his backup…., Matt Lienart, in nearly every drill.  The most consistent receiving threat just got traded to the Carolina Panthers, Louis Murphy. 

The defense has no legitimate pass threat or cover corner to take away receivers in the passing game.

Oakland has a shot at a .500 record this year, if McFadden can stay healthy, and thats a big if.  McFadden has missed games in each season he has been in the NFL and fantasy football owners need to take note of that.  He has Ferrari talent in a Ford Fiesta frame.  Run-DMc will still be a viable fantasy player, 750 – 800 yards, 8 – 10 touchdowns, add another couple of TD’s and another 300 yards receiving will make him a quality number 2 back in fantasy, but the question is will he be injured early, middle or late in the season.  Early and middle you can still rely on him for your playoff push, but if the injury comes late, you’re top tier producer maybe limited during the crucial portion of the fantasy season.  Add to that the player scheduled to be the #2 back in Oakland has just recently been released from the hospital.  Mike Goodson, was injured on Tuesday during full contact drills and after a collision laid on the ground motionless for nearly 15 minutes, when paramedics arrived he was placed on a board and taken, by ambulance, to a local hospital.  His prognosis is very good, but the level at which he will be able to play this season is still in question, it just doesn’t seem like an important question at this moment.

The passing game will be severely limited with Carson Palmer still struggling to pick up the west coast offense that has been put in place this offseason.  Along with Palmers struggles, the group of receivers in Oakland are all being shown up by 5th round pick Juron Criner.  Criner has thrilled and delighted Raider coaches with his work ethic and acrobatic catches, a definate sleeper possibility, at the very least keep him on your radar as a waiver wire pick up a few weeks into the season.

The Raiders finish the year 7-9, and do not make the playoffs.  Their fantasy football prospects are just as bleak.  McFadden gets his, but no receivers stand out as being anything but a #3 wideout at best, and Run-DMc’s backups are not equiped the same way Michael Bush was to carry the load in McFaddens absence.

2 comments on “Oakland Raiders Breakdown

  1. You are absolutely ridiculous!!! This Raider team is more stable than it was under Gruden, with I might add MORE talent!! Look for the Raiders to be atop the entire AFC with their first playoff birth in years! Dennis Allen and Reggie McKenzie have forced the ability out of these guys and are legitimately bringing out their true talents!!

    • Take nothing away from the “talent” on the Raiders, they can play. The problem is they can’t stay healthy, they are under-performers considering their contract and draft value and, by the way, they don’t have a legitimate quarterback on the team. They traded away their most consistent route runner in Louis Murphy and you know as well as I do that Darren McFadden will not stay healthy. 8-8 is a pipe dream for this squand this season, 6-10 if you’re lucky.

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