Fantasy Football Quarterbacks to Own –
Carson Palmer is getting up there in years but he should still have a few good seasons left in the tank. He is a risky play as your number 1 fantasy quarterback but a full off-season working with his stable of receivers has the potential to bare fruit this fall. I view Palmer as a solid number 2 fantasy football quarterback with high upside. If Palmer and his receivers can get on the same page, there is no reason a 4,000 yard, 25 touchdown season cannot happen. His backup, Matt Leinart is not start-able at this point in his career. Look elsewhere for a backup quarterback if Palmer goes down.
Fantasy Football Running Backs to Own –
Based on Darren McFadden’s injury history, I am certain every single running back on the Oakland roster will at some point be owned by someone in your fantasy football league. When healthy, McFadden is an absolute game breaker, making him a highly sought after fantasy running back. His high ceiling will bring a high price tag on draft day. If you are brave enough to draft him it could pay dividends, just be sure to have a backup plan in place other than Taiwan Jones.
Fantasy Football Wide Receivers to Own –
There are two surefire Wide Receivers to target on draft day; Darius Heyward-Bey and Denarius Moore. Heyward-Bey led the team in targets in 2011 and should continue to develop into the top ten draft pick he should be. He is far from elite but certainly a solid number 2 wide receiver for your fantasy team with upside. I see Heyward-Bey making some big strides this season with his best quarterback to date looking for him early and often. Denarius Moore has game breaking speed (which can be said about all of Oakland’s wide receivers – Al Davis loved fast wide outs) and was second on the team in targets in 2011. He should slide in nicely as Oakland’s second wide receiver and can be used as a number 3 wide receiver in all fantasy football scoring formats. The rest of the wide receivers are waiver wire fodder but all are potentially useful in spot start duty. If Carson Palmer sustains any prolonged injury abandon ship, the wide receiving corps’ collective value will plummet.
Fantasy Football Tight Ends to Own –
Only the most speculative of fantasy football owners will be drafting any these guys. As of this writing Brandon Myers is penciled in as the starter and who knows, maybe he will produce. Don’t worry, if he does begin to show promise he will be available on the waiver wire. Keep the guy on your radar though, Oakland’s new offensive coordinator Greg Knapp (from Houston) likes to use his tight ends. Last season Joel Dreesen and Owen Daniels Combined for 82 receptions, there is sleeper potential here.
Fantasy Football Defense/Special Teams –
As a whole, this is a unit you will want to avoid on draft day. The Raiders get gashed far too frequently and cannot get to the quarterback. They do have some fire power in the kick return game, but that should not be the core of your defense/special team’s scoring ability. As far as IDP (individual defensive players) goes, there are definitely some useful names that can be had on the cheap. Tyvon Branch and Rolando McClain are two guys that can really rack up tackles on Sunday. Both the safety and linebacker respectively should fly under the radar a bit and be IDP fantasy football draft day steals. Tommy Kelly is nothing special but he certainly provides some decent value at the defensive tackle position, with a respectable number of tackles and few sacks sprinkled in here and there.
Fantasy Football Kickers to Own –
Sebastian Janikowski is always amongst the top scoring fantasy football kickers in the game. He averaged 10 Fantasy points per game last season which is better than many fantasy football owners starting wide receivers. If you were planning on taking a kicker before the last round, it had better be the second to last round and it had better be someone like Janikowski.
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