2012 Record: 4-12 (3rd AFC West)
Raider Nation has endured a decade of uninspiring football with no end in sight. The Raiders were an absolute mess on offense in 2012, finishing 26th in Points per game and 28th in Rushing yards per game. Anytime you have more field goals (31) and nearly as many turnovers (26) as touchdowns (28) you need to shake things up.
Since QB Rich Gannon injured his neck in Week 3 of the 2003 season the Raiders are a combined 48-109 (.306) and without a +.500 season. For the last decade, the Raiders have been searching for someone to fill Gannon’s shoes. Obviously, the Raiders felt Carson Palmer was the answer, evidenced by the bounty they gave up to the Bengals to get him. We all know how that worked out. Enter Matt Flynn, the one hit wonder via Seattle and previously Green Bay. At least with this current Quarterback trade the Raiders didn’t give up much, relinquishing just a 5th Round pick in 2014 and a conditional pick in 2015 for the sixth year man out of LSU. The verdict is still out on whether Flynn can be a productive, NFL QB, or if he was just a product of a system and a really bad Detroit Lions pass defense. Fantasy players aren’t convinced as Flynn is currently going undrafted in standard league formats.
You know the saying, “Fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me?” What’s the fool me three times line? Darren McFadden is absolutely, one of the most frustrating fantasy players of the last 10 years. Each and every year, fantasy players continue to draft McFadden with high hopes only to be caught with their pants down at the end of the season when McFadden misses half the year due to injury. Why will 2013 be any different? Most likely it won’t be, injury prone players get injured, bottom line! The one thing McFadden does have going in his favor is he’s in his contract year. If there was ever a time to stay healthy it’s this year. Will you role the dice on Run DMC in 2013? High risk and potentially even higher reward.
Oakland ended it’s partnership with 1st Round bust Darrius Heyward-Bey who took off and signed a free agent contract with Indianapolis. Stepping into the number one role this year is the 3rd year man out of Tennessee Denarius Moore. Moore has shown some promise in his first two years, but just like McFadden, he’s missed significant time due to injuries. A bright spot last season for the Raiders was undrafted rookie WR Rod Streater of Temple. Streater had a solid rookie season hauling in 39 catches for 584 yards and 3 touchdowns. Streater figures to start outside opposite Moore. Manning the slot will be Jacoby Ford, who missed all of 2012 with the dreaded Lisfranc foot injury. Ford’s first two years in the league were eventful as he was a special teams ace for the Raiders. In 2013 he’ll find himself in a bigger role and only time will tell if he’s ready to step up.
The Tight End corps for the Raiders could be one of the least talented groups in recent history. Quick, give yourself a pat on the back if you can name one Raiders tight end. Brandon Myers you say? Nope, he’s off to the New York Giants. Zach Miller? Nope, he left a few years ago for the Seattle Seahawks. The number one tight end currently for the Raiders is Miami (FL) product Richard Gordon. Gordon has a total of 3 receptions in his career. Do I even need to go into who is behind Gordon on the depth chart? Stay away from this situation even if your completely desperate.
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