Gone are the days of the JaMarcus Russell experiment in Oakland.
This is now Jason Campbell's team to lead, and the Raiders should improve because of that.
Fantasy owners should remember that Justin Fargas is no longer in Oakland while Darren McFadden and Michael Bush will split carries in the Raiders' backfield.
Overall, Oakland will improve because of the addition of Campbell, but don't expect any astronomical numbers to come form any of the Raiders' skill position players this fall.
Here is the 2010 fantasy outlook for the Oakland Raiders.
Starter: Jason Campbell
Backup: Bruce Gradkowski
Jason Campbell became expendable for the Redskins once Donovan McNabb arrived, so the Raiders brought in Campbell to rebuild after JaMarcus Russell disaster.
Campbell was often pointed to as the scapegoat for Washington's struggles, but numerous coaching and scheme changes make it hard to place all the blame on him.
Campbell has a great arm to throw down field, and that's something Raiders' owner Al Davis loves to watch.
If Campbell struggles or gets hurt, Bruce Gradkowski has proven that he can get the job done. This was best exemplified by his three touchdown performance in last year's win at Pittsburgh.
Campbell Projection: 3,150 Yards, 19 TD, 13 INT
Starter: Darren McFadden
Backup: Michael Bush
Fantasy owners should stay away from the Oakland backfield as much as possible this fall.
McFadden and Bush will split carries this season, and it's very hard to tell who will end up with the better numbers at this stage of the off-season.
However, with Justin Fargas gone, each player should see an improvement from last year's numbers.
Expect McFadden to be used more as a receiver than Bush will be, but Bush will garner most of the goal-line carries.
McFadden Projection: 665 rushing yards, 400 receiving yards, 5 TD
Bush Projection: 980 rushing yards, 110 receiving yards, 6 TD
Starter: Darrius Heyward-Bay
No. 2: Chaz Schilens
Backups: Louis Murphy and Johnnie Lee Higgins
The Raiders' wide receiving corps is a complete crap shoot at this point, and this depth chart could very well be reversed by the time the season starts.
One positive for this group is stability at the quarterback position going into the season. Jason Campbell is a far better passer than JaMarcu Russel ever was for Oakland, and that will help boost fantasy totals for these receivers.
Heyward-Bay will be given another opportunity to live up to his lofty expectations as a high first round draft pick, but it would be smart to stay away from any of these guys until a true starting lineup is established.
Heyward-Bay Projection: 700 yards, 5 TD
Schilens Projection: 670 yards, 4 TD
Murphy Projection: 600 yards, 4 TD
Starter: Zach Miller
Backup: Tony Stewart
The lone fantasy star for Oakland is tight end Zach Miller. Miller has averaged 55 receptions for 676 yards and two touchdowns over the first three years of his career.
Now that Miller will have a competent quarterback throwing to him, he should see even better numbers in 2010.
Miller Projection: 875 yards, 5 TD
If Sebastian Janikowski kicked for just an average offense, he would probably be one of the best fantasy kickers in the NFL.
Janikowski make six out of eight attempts form 50+ yards last year while going nine out of ten in the 40-yard range. The only bad part is that he only kicked 17 PAT. By comparison, Nate Kaeding made 47 PAT last season.
Oakland's offense should improve slightly with Jason Campbell at the helm, and Janikowski's numbers will benefit because of this change.
Defensively, Oakland was simply not good last season. They gave up an average of 155.5 yards rushing per game last year while allowing 24 rushing touchdowns.
There is some talent on the roster with Nnamdi Asomugha, Richard Seymour and first round draft pick Rolando McClain. The Raiders' defense could surprise some people, but don't waste a pick on them if you can afford to.
Janikowski Projection: 25 FGM, 31 FGA, 29 PAT
Defense Projection: 34 sacks, 10 fumble recoveries, 14 INTs