2018 Fantasy Football Projections: Oakland Raiders

- Updated: Monday, September 3rd

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In addition to viewing our 2018 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2018 fantasy football projections for the Oakland Raiders.

Quarterbacks

PlayerAtt.Comp.YardsTDINTRushYardsTDFLPoints
Derek Carr546.5343.7388025.712.630.2800.52.7238.4
A disappointing season for Carr (and the Raiders in general), he threw for 3,496 yards, 22 touchdowns and 13 interceptions in 2017. Before last season, however, he threw for 3,900-plus yards in each of the previous two seasons with a total of 60 touchdowns.
A.J. McCarron5.53.4390.20.10.40.5002.21
At one point expected to start for the Bills this season, McCarron was acquired by the Raiders for a fifth-round pick and will back up Derek Carr.

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Running Backs

PlayerAtt.YardsTDRec.YardsTDFLPoints
Marshawn Lynch205871.37.422.6167.20.50.9149.45
After taking a year off, Lynch returned to the NFL to rush for 891 yards and seven touchdowns and he added 20 catches for 151 yards in 2017. Now 32 years old, there's the possibility another Oakland native assumes the lead-back role, but Beast Mode should still pace the backfield in both workload and production.
Doug Martin132.7504.33.621.8187.50.40.891.58
Going into his seventh NFL season, Martin has been somewhat of a two-outcome type of player two seasons of 16 games and 1,400-plus rushing yards and four seasons of five-plus missed games and sub-500 rushing yards. Perhaps he has an unprecedented (for him) season of 500 to 1,399 rushing yards, but that number is more likely to be much closer to the lower end of that range if it is.
Jalen Richard16.981.10.417.7150.51.12.127.96
DeAndre Washington14.157.80.415.394.90.30.718.07
Keith Smith0.82.20423.20.103.14

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Wide Receivers

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDFLPoints
Amari Cooper73.61037.86.61.66.400.2143.62
After beginning his career with back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, Cooper posted a disappointing 48/680/7 line over 14 games. Still only 24 years old, it's possible that Cooper bounces back and sets career highs with Michael Crabtree the 1(b) to his 1(a) now in Baltimore.
Jordy Nelson61.3760.17.70000.1122.01
Released by the Packers, Nelson had just 53 catches for 482 yards and six touchdowns in 2017. That said, he had 98/1,519/13 (2014) and 97/1,257/14 (2016) in his previous two full seasons. There's virtually no chance that he returns to the 90-catch, 1,200-yard mark he had in 2016, but it wouldn't be a surprise if he finished with eight-plus touchdowns, something that Michael Crabtree had done in each of the past three seasons in Oakland. And apparently he's been moving "like he's 28."
Brandon LaFell26.7323.12.10000.144.71
Seth Roberts22.3254.22.20000.437.82
Dwayne Harris8.497.40.90000.315.74

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Tight Ends

PlayerRec.YardsTDRushYardsTDFLPoints
Jared Cook51.5651.52.6000178.75
Cook led the team in receiving yards (688) and 20-yard receptions (10) and finished second in receptions (54), but he had just two touchdowns. In fact, Cook has just six touchdowns in 58 games over the past four seasons combined. Finishing as a top-12 fantasy tight in PPR formats (TE16 in standard-scoring leagues), Cook has top-10 upside should he generate a little more red-zone volume and success.
Lee Smith15.4112.41.5000020.24
Derek Carrier6.550.70.20000.16.07

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