Derek Carr, Amari Cooper, Seth Roberts Post-Week 12 Fantasy Advice

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistNovember 29, 2015

NASHVILLE, TN - NOVEMBER 29:  Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders throws a pass from the end zone during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on November 29, 2015 in Nashville, Tennessee.  (Photo by Wesley Hitt/Getty Images)
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The Oakland Raiders' stronger-than-expected 2015 campaign continued Sunday as they earned a 24-21 win over the Tennessee Titans.

That win came in large part thanks to a stellar performance from Derek Carr, who tossed three touchdowns and threw for 330 yards. Amari Cooper didn't come away with any of those scores but finished with 115 yards on seven receptions.

Cooper was unable to score largely because of Seth Roberts, who emerged with a six-catch, 113-yard, two-touchdown evening. Roberts had never made more than three catches in an NFL game before Sunday. 

Here is a look at how we should assess the Raiders offense going forward from a fantasy perspective.


Derek Carr


Carr has emerged as an every-week start in most formats. He has posted multiple touchdowns in eight of 11 starts and thrown for at least three scores in four of his last six contests. Yardage was missing early in the season, but Carr has now topped 300 yards in four of his last five games.

The Raiders stigma here is the only thing that causes any hesitation. Carr is a good young quarterback who is playing in a solid system with decent young talent around him. He's probably never going to be Aaron Rodgers, but Carr has done enough this season to earn respect and trust.

Start him in your lineup without any worries.


Amari Cooper


The same goes for Cooper, who is a WR2 or flex play in most standard formats. He should zoom past the 1,000-yard mark as Carr's favorite target. The quarterback has targeted him at least nine times in eight different games this season.

Carr and Cooper could do more to establish better consistency. Cooper hasn't scored in his last three games, and Sunday was his first time over the 100-yard mark in a month. After starting with two 100-yard contests in his first three games, he has only hit that mark twice since.

This is to be expected for rookie receivers. Not every guy can step in and be Odell Beckham Jr. instantly. Cooper is having a brilliant rookie campaign, but it's tough to gauge from a week-to-week perspective.


Seth Roberts


Unless Michael Crabtree falls off the planet, Roberts shouldn't be owned in any formats. Crabtree has been Carr's co-favorite all season, and one bad game (from a yardage perspectivehe scored a touchdown) isn't going to change that overnight.

Roberts is, well, not relevant. He might be in the future, though, so keep an eye out for his targets next week.


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