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About Jacob Valov - RotoBaller

Oakland Raiders beat writer, host of Rotoballer's in-season fantasy football morning show Fantasy Football Free-For-All, Arizona State University sophomore, Communication major, Raiders fan

Jacob Valov - RotoBaller has written 372 articles so far, you can find them below.


Marshawn Lynch a Volume-Based RB2 for Week 17

While his overall numbers have been down lately, Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch has been force fed the ball with regularity, which puts him firmly in the RB2 mix for Week 17. Lynch has had a strong back half of 2017, even if his numbers do not always show it. He should see 20 touches... Read More

2 years ago

Michael Crabtree a WR2 for Season Finale Week 17

After not logging a catch last week, Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree should bounce back to his usual WR2 status against the Chargers as the Raiders travel to Los Angeles in Week 17. Crabtree has been the only functional part of the Raiders offense all season, but dips in production are to be expected. Fellow... Read More

2 years ago

Amari Cooper Projects As Volatile WR3 for Week 17

One of fantasy football's biggest busts, Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper will finally see his disastrous season come to an end in Los Angeles this weekend, where he will be a low-floor WR3. Cooper hardly played in last week's loss but did manage to score on a long pass, and while he may see more... Read More

2 years ago

Jared Cook An Untrustworthy TE2 for Week 17

Trending backwards as the season comes to a close, Oakland Raiders tight end Jared Cook will be nothing more than a middling TE2 for the fantasy finale as the Raiders take on the Chargers on the road. Cook has had big games throughout the season, but without starting left tackle Donald Penn, the team has asked... Read More

2 years ago

Derek Carr a Bottom-Tier QB2 for Week 17

In the Oakland Raiders season finale, quarterback Derek Carr will face a strong Los Angeles Chargers defense fighting to keep their team's playoff hopes alive, which will put the last of Carr's 2017 fantasy hopes to rest. Carr has struggled throughout the entire season, and on the road against a division rival, he looks to end... Read More

2 years ago


Jared Cook Makes One Catch in Week 16 Loss

More of an afterthought in this game, Oakland Raiders tight end Jared Cook was all but a non-factor, catching only one pass for 15 yards. Cook was used primarily as a blocker as the Raiders used heavy three-tight end sets throughout the evening in an effort to aid the run game. Cook was routinely blanketed by... Read More

2 years ago

Amari Cooper Catches Long TD In Week 16

On heavily limited snaps, Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper was still able to make an impact, scoring the Raiders only touchdown on a 63-yard bomb early in the first quarter. Cooper only logged two more catches throughout the rest of the game, bringing his total up to three on the day for a total 66... Read More

2 years ago

Marshawn Lynch Just Misses Century Mark In Week 16

Logging 27 total touches, Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch ground out every yard he could against a brutal Eagles run defense, totaling 95 yards rushing and negative-three yards receiving on two catches. Lynch was running with purpose throughout the game, however, he did fumble the ball late in the game on a crucial drive, which... Read More

2 years ago

Michael Crabtree Held to Zero Catches In Week 16

Expected to be featured prominently with Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (ankle) 100 percent, Michael Crabtree was held without a catch in Week 16 as the Raiders lost to the Eagles. Crabtree had a few targets but all were highly contested, and he was unable to bring any of them in. Quarterback Derek Carr had pressure in... Read More

2 years ago

Derek Carr Plays Worst Game of Season Week 16

In his worst outing of 2017, Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr barely managed to throw 140 yards with one touchdown, two interceptions, one lost fumble and three rushing yards. Carr had a defender in his face on nearly every play, and with receiver Amari Cooper's snaps heavily limited and Michael Crabtree erased from the game, Carr made... Read More

2 years ago


Marshawn Lynch a Hard-To-Trust RB3 In Week 16

While Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch has had a much better end to 2017 compared to his start, the Raiders look to be down two starting offensive linemen against a beastly Philadelphia defense, which should put a damper on Lynch's fantasy prospects. Lynch still has the ability to create on his own, but running... Read More

2 years ago

Jared Cook a Risky TE2 for Week 16

Against a nasty Philadelphia defense with a banged-up offensive line, the Oakland Raiders look to have a rough time keeping quarterback Derek Carr upright, which will greatly hamper the fantasy upside of tight end Jared Cook. Cook, while expected to be a bigger factor with receiver Amari Cooper (ankle) injured, has been very touchdown-dependent, which in the fantasy playoffs... Read More

2 years ago

Michael Crabtree a Locked-In WR2 Against Eagles In Week 16

After logging an absurd 17 targets against the Cowboys last week, Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree will remain a locked-in WR2 for the fantasy semis/finals. Fellow receiver Amari Cooper (ankle) is questionable to play on Monday but will likely be on a snap count should he see the field, leaving Crabtree the full responsibilities and targets of... Read More

2 years ago

Derek Carr a Low-End QB2 Week 16

With Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Donald Penn on Injured Reserve and center Rodney Hudson yet to practice this week, quarterback Derek Carr could be in for a nightmare game against a nasty Eagles defense in Philly on Monday night. Carr has had rough outing after rough outing and does not seem poised to turn it around... Read More

2 years ago

Amari Cooper Limited Friday, Questionable for Week 16

Working to return from a nasty sprained ankle, Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (ankle) was able to get light practice work in on Friday as the Raiders gear up for Monday night's clash with the Eagles. Cooper has played after hardly practicing during the week before, so it is plausible that he plays, but it seems... Read More

2 years ago


Marshawn Lynch a Solid RB2 Play Week 15 Against Cowboys

Beast Mode will continue to pay dividends to fantasy owners patient enough to wait out his ugly first half, as Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch looks to be a locked-in RB2 against the Dallas Cowboys. Even when given fewer touches than his late-season average in last week's loss to the Chiefs, Lynch was still able... Read More

2 years ago

Derek Carr a Hard-To-Trust QB2 In Week 15

Without his most dynamic playmaker, receiver Amari Cooper, Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr will be very difficult to trust for the fantasy playoffs. While Carr has claimed he will let it rip more in accordance with his coach's wishes, it remains to be seen if the 2017 Raiders are capable of more than one or two big... Read More

2 years ago

Michael Crabtree a Solid WR2 Option Week 15

Against a mediocre Dallas pass defense with the season on the line, Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree will be a valuable asset to fantasy players, as he offers solid WR2 value, especially in PPR leagues. Amari Cooper (ankle) has been ruled out of Sunday's game already, meaning Crabtree will have the No. 1 receiver position all to... Read More

2 years ago

Jared Cook Likely a TE2 Versus Dallas

The Oakland Raiders second option in the passing game with receiver Amari Cooper (ankle) ruled out, tight end Jared Cook will once again need to step up for the Raiders to hold onto playoff hopes, putting him towards the top end of the TE2 tier for Week 15. Cook has the ceiling of a TE1 but has not... Read More

2 years ago

Amari Cooper Out In Week 15

Re-injuring his sprained ankle early in last week's blowout loss, Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (ankle) has been ruled out for Sunday's bout with the Cowboys at home. Michael Crabtree will continue to be the premiere Raiders receiving option, with tight end Jared Cook as a distant second. Cooper will likely not see the field again this... Read More

2 years ago


Marshawn Lynch Scores Touchdown in Loss To Chiefs

Oakland Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch finally hit a speed bump in his strong finish to the 2017 season, as the Raiders fell behind early to the Chiefs, which led to a departure from the running game for most of the afternoon. Still, Lynch managed an impressive 61 yards rushing, three yards receiving and a touchdown... Read More

2 years ago

Jared Cook Logs Big Fourth Quarter In Week 14

Quiet most of the afternoon, Oakland Raiders tight end Jared Cook exploded in the fourth quarter, bringing his totals on the day to five catches for 75 yards and a touchdown. Cook's numbers may look good but in context, they become alarming. Cook was an afterthought until the Raiders launched a weak comeback bid during the... Read More

2 years ago

Michael Crabtree Leads Team in Receptions Week 14

In his first game back from suspension, Oakland Raiders wide receiver Michael Crabtree paced the Raiders with seven catches, which totaled 60 yards and a two-point conversion. Crabtree was far and away the Raiders best receiving threat Sunday afternoon but was mysteriously left on the sideline during the Raiders last-ditch effort at a comeback late in... Read More

2 years ago

Amari Cooper Re-Injures Ankle in Blowout Loss

After a last-minute push to be cleared to play, Oakland Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper (ankle) was active in Week 14, but he quickly re-injured his sprained ankle early on in the game. Cooper was left in as a run blocker on a toss play and was rolled up on by a falling Chiefs defender, which left him... Read More

2 years ago

Derek Carr Plays Terribly In Loss To Chiefs

Although his end stat line of 211 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions may not look miserable, Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr played arguably his worst game of the year Week 14 in Arrowhead. Carr was errant on many passes, with his first interception coming off of a desperation heave while being sacked that went nowhere.... Read More

2 years ago


Cordarrelle Patterson Offers Flex Potential Week 14

After leading the Oakland Raiders in receiving last week, Cordarrelle Patterson should continue to be featured in the Raiders offense in Week 14, even with the return of Michael Crabtree. With Amari Cooper (ankle, concussion) still out, Patterson is the most explosive playmaker the Raiders will have available on Sunday, and with Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters... Read More

2 years ago

Jared Cook a TE2 with Upside Week 14

After putting up disappointing numbers the past few weeks, Oakland Raiders tight end Jared Cook will get an opportunity to redeem himself as the Raiders take on the Chiefs in Kansas City. Cook had his best game of the season the last time the teams played, and with Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters out, the Chiefs may... Read More

2 years ago

Derek Carr a Borderline QB1 Week 14 At KC

Eternally difficult to read as a fantasy player, Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr finds himself in a matchup that should allow for strong fantasy production Week 14, as the Raiders take on the Chiefs sans cornerback Marcus Peters, but Carr's upside may be limited without receiver Amari Cooper (ankle, concussion). Carr lit up the Chiefs last time they... Read More

2 years ago

Michael Crabtree to Flirt with WR1 Production Week 14

With Chiefs cornerback Marcus Peters suspended by head coach Andy Reid, the Oakland Raiders will face arguably the weakest secondary they have seen all year in Week 14. Factoring in wide receiver Amari Cooper (ankle, concussion) not being available due to ankle injury, Michael Crabtree will be in line for a heavy dose of targets and should... Read More

2 years ago

Marshawn Lynch to Offer RB2 Production Week 14 Against Chiefs

With the Oakland Raiders offensive line playing their best football as the season comes to a close, running back Marshawn Lynch should be in for a big day on the ground as the Raiders take on the Chiefs Week 14. Lynch has been the most consistent player on the Raiders offense the past several weeks, and... Read More

2 years ago


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