Oakland Raiders: 4 Reasons Darrius Heyward-Bey Is a Fantasy Football Sleeper

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Oakland Raiders: 4 Reasons Darrius Heyward-Bey Is a Fantasy Football Sleeper
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Darrius Heyward-Bey finished with 975 yards and four touchdowns in 2011.

It's been a long time since the Oakland Raiders have had a legitimate No. 1 receiver lining up outside.

Tim Brown was the last great receiver the Raiders had, and trying to find a solid No. 1 option has plagued the team since he left in 2004.

Al Davis drafted Darrius Heyward-Bey with the seventh-overall pick in 2009 with the hopes of bringing a young, fast receiver to Oakland, and the Raiders' late owner took plenty of heat for his decision to pass on Jeremy Maclin and Michael Crabtree for the speedy Heyward-Bey.

Though he was a disappointment in his first two years in the league, Heyward-Bey finally showed some promise in 2011, giving Raider fans some hope for the future.

He's not a standout receiver like Larry Fitzgerald or Calvin Johnson, but he's more than capable of putting up big numbers in fantasy leagues. He's been overlooked so far, and here are four reasons why he is a fantasy sleeper this season.

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