Coach: Jon Gruden
OC: Greg Olson
QB: Derek Carr, Mike Glennon, Nathan Peterman
RBs: Josh Jacobs, Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington, Doug Martin, James Butler
FBs: Keith Smith, Alec Ingold
WRs: Antonio Brown, Tyrell Williams, Hunter Renfrow, JJ Nelson, Marcell Ateman, Ryan Grant, Saeed Blacknall, Keon Hatcher, Dwayne Harris, Keelan Doss, Brian Burt
TEs: Darren Waller, Derek Carrier, Luke Willson, Foster Moreau, Paul Butler, Erik Swoope
2019 Draft (offense only):
Round 1, Pick 24 – RB – Josh Jacobs – Alabama
Round 4, Pick 137 – TE – Foster Moreau – LSU
Round 5, Pick 149 – WR – Hunter Renfrow – Clemson
2019 Undrafted Free Agents (fantasy offense only):
FB – Alec Ingold – Wisconsin
WR – Keelan Doss – UC Davis
WR – Brian Burt – Fresno State
Key Offseason Additions (fantasy offense):
WR – Antonio Brown
WR – Tyrell Williams
Training Camp Preview: Rookies 7/23, Veterans 7/26
Jon Gruden enters his second year with the Raiders in much better shape than a year ago. Greg Olson is back as the offensive coordinator, so we should expect similar tendencies from last year. The Raiders ranked 23rd in total offense, 18th in passing and 25th in rushing. Their biggest issue was scoring points, ranking 28th with just 18.1 points per game. Their defense was not any better, finishing 26th in total yards allowed. They drafted well this year on both sides of the ball and brought in veteran receivers Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams to headline their receiving group. They are primed for an improvement in all areas, it’s just a matter of how much.
Derek Carr finished as the QB18 last year and has a current ADP around QB25. He’s one of my favorite best ball targets real late. He actually set some career highs last year. He threw for 4,049 yards, his first season over the 4,000 mark. He also had his most efficient completion percentage, coming in at 68.9%. It was the scoring that was the biggest problem though, only throwing for 19 TDs, a career low. I’m open to Carr finishing better than QB18 this year with his new weapons and an overall better team around him. His backups are Mike Glennon and Nathan Peterman.
The Raiders selected Josh Jacobs in the first round of the draft, 24th overall. Jacobs is a great runner and might be an even better pass-catching back. Jalen Richard is expected to still have a third down role, so this will limit Jacobs upside, although I’m still expecting 30 to 40 catches for him this year. Gruden has been known to heavily rely on his RB1, making Jacobs an intriguing option in the fourth round. He’s currently being drafted around RB22 and 45th overall. Richard has value as your last pick for PPR leagues. We won’t worry about any of the other backs on this roster, but they are Doug Martin, Chris Warren and DeAndre Washington. I’ll keep an eye on Warren in pre-season games.
Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams will bolster this young receiver group. Brown is coming off a monster season, posting 104 receptions for 1,297 yards and 15 TDs. He did this in 15 games last year. We should not be expecting top five numbers from Brown with Derek Carr this year, but a WR1 season is within reach. His current ADP is around WR7, 19th overall. He would look better as your WR2, but that requires a WR/WR start. I would rather target Mike Evans with my late second round pick, or snag a running back. Tyrell Williams is probably a better best ball pick than a redraft target. He should finish as a WR4 at least and might be worth a late round pick. After these guys, we have 5th round draft pick Hunter Renfrow, JJ Nelson, Ryan Grant and Marcell Ateman. Renfrow is the favorite to start in the slot and is worth a dynasty stash. Guys trying to make the roster include Saeed Blacknall, Keon Hatcher, Dwayne Harris, Keelan Doss and Brian Burt.
Jared Cook has left in free agency, making the Raiders TE1 a position to watch for in August. Darren Waller, a converted WR from Georgia Tech, is the favorite to step into the stating role. Jon Gruden has praised Waller and is excited for his opportunity this year. Waller can be a TE1 streamer for us this year. With all of the attention going towards Antonio Brown, Tyrell Williams and Josh Jacobs, Waller should be able to provide mismatches in the middle of the field. After Waller, the Raiders drafted Foster Moreau out of LSU in the fourth round. Derek Carrier and Luke Willson are veteran backups and should not be on our radar. Watch for Darren Waller and Foster Moreau this pre-season.
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