Fantasy leagues will start forming soon. What do the Oakland Raiders have to offer heading into 2014?
Early whispers out of Raiders camp say Matt Schaub is the real deal. That’s still up for debate until the real bullets start flying. However, the team has done a good job building the offense around the two-time Pro Bowler. If Schaub returns to his old form, fantasy owners must consider him as a possible starter.
Oakland Raiders defense
The most likely starter in any league though won’t be a singular player, it could be the Oakland Raiders defense. Thanks to some daring but savvy free agent additions and a solid draft the unit has a chance to be very good in 2014 provided it stays healthy.
The former college free agent has developed into a nice surprise for the Oakland Raiders the past couple seasons. With the talent filling in around him, Rod Streater has a chance to finally crack the 1,000-yard mark this season.
Part of the reason that’s true is the presence of James Jones. The big ticket free agent comes from a proven offense in Green Bay, has very good hands and knows how to get himself open. He should post some quality fantasy numbers provided he can get the ear of Matt Schaub quickly.
The running back position is a game for the young, which is why the Raiders are mired in a fog of questions with their backfield of Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew. That is why owners should keep a sharp eye on Latavius Murray, a second-year man with size, speed and a versatile skill set. He needs to stay healthy though.
Tight end hasn’t been a grand picture for the Oakland Raiders of late but Mychal Rivera offered intriguing glimpses of potential last season with over 400 receiving yards and four touchdowns. With better quarterback play he can take that next step to a point where he could become an intriguing fantasy option.