Derek Carr came through with the best effort of his young NFL career in Week 6, helping the Oakland Raiders become more than just an afterthought in fantasy football.
Here is a breakdown of the quarterback's performance with a look at some of his top receivers:
|Raiders Passing Stats vs. San Diego Chargers|
Coming off a bye after firing head coach Dennis Allen, the Raiders came out firing against the San Diego Chargers, as noted by Ian Rapoport of NFL.com:
Carr was able to keep things going with big plays to a bunch of his receivers. After his third score of the game Bleacher Report's Matt Miller was impressed:
On the other side of these catches were a wide variety of receivers, including Andre Holmes, Brice Butler, James Jones and Denarius Moore. While Jones had been the primary option earlier in the year, it seems any one of these players has a chance of breaking out big plays at any time.
The problem from a fantasy perspective is that none of these players is reliable on any given week. This game was a great example of how anyone can surprise you, as Holmes virtually matched his season production in yards and totaled two touchdowns in the game. Moore and Jones seemed to be the best options based on past success, but the targets are not always there.
As a result, it might be a smart idea to avoid any of these receivers in fantasy football except for those in the deepest of leagues.
Meanwhile, Carr showed some promise against a quality defense. Coming into the day, the San Diego Chargers ranked sixth in the NFL in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks per game, but the rookie put together an impressive performance.
It is still smart to wait for more proof before relying on the young passer, but he might be worth a pickup on your fantasy team where you can stash him for later. If he keeps improving, he could be a valuable source of points at the quarterback position.
The talent is there to be a quality player, but fantasy owners have to be patient for the moment.
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