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3 years agoWhen many fantasy experts honed in on 5th round pick DeAndre Washington to be the 'back to own as Latavius Murray's handcuff, they completely missed the Raiders' other rookie RB Jalen Richard. Those close to the team heard raving reports out of Training Camp, and he looked promising in his limited preseason action, but no one could have predicted the impact he'd have so early on. Richard finished with three carries for 84 yards and a TD, adding two catches for 11 yards in the air. Not only did Richard break free on a 75 yard run through a pile of lineman and defenders to put the Raiders back into the game, but the coaching staff left him in for the game-winning drive. Clearly the team trusts Richard, and he may eventually leapfrog Washington as the handcuff to own, but for the time being he's just someone to keep a very close eye on, especially in deeper leagues.--Jacob Valov - RotoBaller
3 years agoOl' Seabass put up solid fantasy numbers in the opening game of his 17th season, kicking two field goals (long of 47) and adding an extra point in the miraculous Oakland comeback win. His most valuable play, however, won't show up in fantasy scores, as he booted a kickoff from his own 20 to the opposing 10, preventing Drew Brees from being able to get his kicker close enough to make a FG to win it. There was speculation his leg isn't what it used to be, but once again Janikowski proved his doubters wrong and is once again a solid option at K.--Jacob Valov - RotoBaller
3 years agoClive Walford was seen by some as a sleeper TE1 option for 2016, but disappointed in his first game of the season, only going 3/25/0. Walford had the opportunity for another 15 yards and potentially a TD, but the Derek Carr pass was a little too far out of bounds to be reeled in and it was ruled incomplete. Walford has all the potential in the world, but is unfortunately caught behind two extremely talented WRs who demand targets each and every game. He can still break out, as the season is still very young, but Walford shouldn't be in your starting lineup for the time being.--Jacob Valov - RotoBaller
3 years agoContradictory to previous reports, Sammy Watkins has stated he is “definitely going to be out there playing” against the Jets this coming Thursday. Reports from earlier today stated Watkins may be shut down for a few weeks, even going as far to say his season may be over. What Watkins will be dealing with in his foot is all pain tolerance at this point. The pain clearly isn’t bad enough for Watkins to miss any game action yet, which is great for the Bills and fantasy owners. While the foot will be troublesome all season, Watkins flashes elite-level upside as long as he’s on the field. Watkins hauled in four catches for 43 yards in the season opener as the offense struggled as a whole. Look for Watkins to get more involved this week on short rest.--Ben Ruppert - RotoBaller
3 years agoWhile he may not have lived up to expectations, Latavius Murray turned in a solid RB2 performance Week 1, posting a statline of 14 carries for 59 yards and 1TD rushing and adding one catch for 13 yards. Murray looked good on his touches, showing better burst and decisiveness on runs, as well as impressive power, as he trucked Saints LB James Laurinaitis to find the endzone on a short carry. The Raiders did employ the use of their two rookie RBs liberally, however, which is a bit worrying for Murray's production going forward. Jalen Richard in particular looked impressive, but DeAndre Washington showed flashes as well. That being said, Murray still got 15 touches in a pass heavy game, which bodes well for him maintaining RB2 value going forward.--Jacob Valov - RotoBaller
3 years agoWhile Carr's miraculous comeback win against the Saints was impressive to football fans, fantasy owners were left wanting more. What seemed like an extremely promising matchup turned into a bit of a letdown, with Carr only going 24/38 for 319 yards and 1 TD. The yardage was there, but the Raiders turned to the run game for the majority of their points, with two TDs coming on runs from inside the 10. This isn't bad news for Carr owners, but it is something to pay attention to; the Raiders have talked and talked about wanting to run the ball more and now they're doing it. Carr remains a fringe QB1 and is an intriguing start Week 2 against a Falcons defense that let Jameis Winston throw for 4 TDs.--Jacob Valov - RotoBaller
3 years agoWhile in standard leagues Michael Crabtree didn't do particularly amazing Week 1, with only 87 total yards and no touchdowns, he received a big boost in PPR leagues, catching 7 balls, including the game winning two-point conversion. Carr didn't look Crabtree's way at all in the first half, mainly targeting Amari Cooper, but as the game went on and the stakes got higher and higher, Carr turned to Crabtree often, with Cooper fading into the background. This boost in production in a close-game scenario, especially being the recipient of the game-winning catch over Cooper, shows that Carr has a strong trust with the WR, which is great news for PPR players. Crabtree remains the 1b to Cooper's 1a in the Oakland offense, and is a must-start WR2 in PPR. For standard leagues, look at Crabtree more as a mid-tier WR3, with variability due to matchup.--Jacob Valov - RotoBaller
3 years agoIn a game that lived up to the hype surrounding it in every way, Amari Cooper shone, putting up a 6/137/0 statline with a two-point conversion catch tacked on. While it would have been nice to see Cooper get a TD, he put on a dominant performance, churning out big catch after big catch against one of the better CBs in the league in Delvin Breaux, as well as against solid 2nd-year man PJ Williams. His stats were padded a bit on a useless play to end the second quarter, but Cooper still proved that he'll be a force to be reckoned with in year two. Until further notice, Cooper remains a WR1 in a Raiders offense that's only trending upwards.--Jacob Valov - RotoBaller
3 years agoSmith Sr. made good on his promise to play Week 1 and had five receptions for only 19 yards. This wasn't a banner day performance fantasy wise but it was good to see Smith Sr. out there playing. It also was a promising sign that the chemistry between Smith Sr. and quarterback Joe Flacco is still firmly intact. It's tough to project Smith Sr. for anyone's fantasy starting lineup anytime soon but he most certainly should be owned in most standard leagues. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, the Ravens are in the business of winning games not lighting up the scoreboard. The Ravens have an excellent matchup upcoming against division rival the Browns this week.--Joey C - RotoBaller
3 years agoPerriman made a splash Sunday catching one ball for 35 yards in the Ravens 13-7 win. It might not sound like much but the long awaited debut featured at least one positive. Perriman's role on the team simply is to be just one of many weapons for Flacco to choose from. Unfortunately for fantasy owners, the Ravens are in the business of winning games not lighting up the scoreboard. The hope is there will be games in the future where Perriman can flash more of his potential. For now, Perriman should remain on the waiver wire.--Joey C - RotoBaller
3 years agoThings were awfully quiet for Aiken on Sunday, catching only two passes for 14 official yards in the Ravens 13-7 win. The Ravens defense was playing a great game on Sunday and the offense simply never saw the need to open up and air it out. It certainly is a disappointing start for Aiken, coming off a season where he was by far the Ravens most reliable receiver. In the second half of 2015, he snagged 56 receptions on 89 targets in his final 9 games. Aiken finished 21st in the league in targets. Hopefully his involvement will increase as the seasons unfolds. Aiken should be banished to your fantasy bench for now.--Joey C - RotoBaller
3 years agoPitta reconnected with old pal Joe Flacco for three catches and 39 yards in the Ravens 13-7 win over the Bills. Pitta, who was listed as questionable before the game with a broken finger, tied for the lead in receptions by Ravens receivers. His longest reception of the day was a 27 yard catch down the middle of the field during a drive that led to a field goal for the Ravens. Health aside, Pitta is in line to be the top tight end target for quarterback Joe Flacco moving forward. Pitta's fantasy value should increase only if the Ravens overall offense output can increase. The Ravens have a great opportunity to achieve that by playing the Browns next week.--Joey C - RotoBaller
3 years agoForsett carried the ball 10 times for 41 yards in the Ravens Week 1 win against the Bills. For the most part Forsett split carries with backup Terrence West. Forsett also caught three passes for 15 yards but 56 all purpose yards doesn't inspire fantasy confidence moving forward. With the Ravens defense holding the Bills in check, the Ravens simply never saw the need to open up the offense on Sunday. Is this the exception or the norm for the Ravens moving forward? Unfortunately for fantasy owners, the Ravens are in the business of winning games not lighting up the scoreboard. Forsett should remain on the bench until the Ravens offense heats up.--Joey C - RotoBaller
3 years agoWest carried the ball 12 times for 32 yards in the Ravens Week 1 win against the Bills. It was tough sledding for fantasy points in this game and West was stuck in a clear time share with running back Justin Forsett for carries. West also caught two passes for six yards. With the Ravens defense holding the Bills in check, the Ravens simply never saw the need to open up the offense on Sunday. Is this the exception or the norm for the Ravens moving forward? Unfortunately for fantasy owners, the Ravens are in the business of winning games not lighting up the scoreboard. The hope is West wasn't in your starting lineup this week and should remain on your bench moving forward.--Joey C - RotoBaller
3 years agoTucker connected on both of his field goals attempts in the Ravens' Sunday win against the Bills. Tucker launched a 50 yard field goal to give the Ravens the lead early and then nailed a 37 yard field goal early in the fourth quarter to give the Ravens a 13-7 lead. In a game that didn't deliver an abundance of fantasy output, Tucker was one of the lone bright spots. Tucker should be considered an elite fantasy kicker and the hope is the Ravens offense can generate more opportunities for him in the coming weeks.--Joey C - RotoBaller