NFL Coaching Update and Fantasy Breakdown: Tom Cable, Raiders

The SportmeistersAnalyst IFebruary 5, 2009

The announcement was made on Tuesday and made official at a press conference Wednesday. Tom Cable replaced Lane Kiffin last year and did a decent job, leading Oakland to a 4-8 record down the stretch. However, this doesn't make the Raider players any more or less fantasy relevant.

As usual, the only players to watch will be the two or three running backs on the team. Darren McFadden, Michael Bush, and Justin Fargas are the only players on that Offense worth drafting.

Quarterback JaMarcus Russell has not been consistent enough to consider drafting and doesn't have a No. 1 wide receiver as of yet. Tight end Zach Miller led the team in receptions and yards last year, but only had one touchdown, and nobody else had over 30 receptions.

As for the defense, the only thing that makes them relevant is their special teams capability. With cornerback Justin Miller returning kicks and wide receiver Johnnie Lee Higgins returning punts, they have a very good return game, but an overall bad defense that should not be drafted.
If McFadden can stay healthy, he could put up some good numbers, warranting a middle-round pick, but the health concerns may scare fantasy owners away. As for Fargas and Bush, it remains to be seen what Cable will do. Will he keep all three backs or use one as trade bait or release him? We can only wait and see.