2010 NFL Fantasy Preview: Oakland Raiders

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IJune 23, 2010

PITTSBURGH - DECEMBER 06:  Darren McFadden #20 of the Oakland Raiders looks for running room during a second quarter run while playing the Pittsburgh Steelrs on December 6, 2009 at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
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The Raiders offer little for fantasy owners, but at least they got rid of JaMarcus Russell. They don’t have many weapons on offense, but Jason Campbell is a clear upgrade.


Fantasy Playoffs Schedule :  Moderate
The Raiders take on the Jaguars in Jacksonville in Week 14 and then the Broncos and Colts at home.  Zach Miller is probably the only guy you can count on in the fantasy playoffs.



Five-Star Fantasy Options




Four-Star Fantasy Options




Three-Star Fantasy Options

Zach Miller—Miller caught 66 passes for 805 yards and three scores. Campbell displayed the ability to get the ball to the TE in Washington, and with Miller as his best option, expect him to put up good numbers.



Two-Star Fantasy Options

Jason Campbell—It’s not that I dislike Campbell, but Al Davis has left the cupboard pretty bare as far as options in the receiving game go. He’s a low-end fantasy backup at best. At least he’s not negative stars like his predecessor.


Darren McFadden—Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me. Even after two uninspiring seasons, I’m willing to give McFadden another shot at redemption. The backfield isn’t as crowded with Justin Fargas out of the picture. Plus, having a competent QB helps. I wouldn’t count on Run DMC as a starter, but he’s a low risk, high reward depth option at this point.


Michael Bush—Bush is a tougher runner than McFadden, which could be more what Tom Cable is looking for. This is likely to be a true RB platoon, which means both RBs will suffer.


Chaz Schilens—Schilens is probably a 1.75 fantasy star, but we’ll round up. He has good size (6′4″) and great speed. If he can prove that he’s healthy he can sneak up on some people. Consistency could be an issue.


Raiders Defense/Special Teams—The Raiders were improved on defense last year, and actually  were pretty tough against the pass. They don’t force many turnovers, but they do get a decent amount of sacks.



One-Star Fantasy Options  

Darrius Heyward-Bey and Louis Murphy— Heyward-Bey is fast, but so is Usain Bolt. That doesn’t mean I would want him on my fantasy team. Murphy showed some signs last year, but they were mostly few and far between. Of the two I would go with Murphy every time.


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