With NFL training camp just around the corner, everyone’s fantasy drafts are just weeks away.
Here is an in-depth look at five Oakland Raiders who will be undervalued in Fantasy Football for the upcoming season, so Raider Nation can win their fantasy league while still being able to root for their favorite players on Sundays.
Carr had an impressive passer rating of 117.6 that helped him leapfrog Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, but placed him just behind New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady.
With the addition of Raiders running back Marshawn Lynch, teams will have to load the box to stop the run. Therefore, it should open up the field for Carr to take more shots deep and improve his already great passer rating of 117.6.
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In addition, Oakland has added speedy Raiders wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson who can take the top off the defense. There is also Raiders tight end Jared Cook who will look stretch the field down the middle.
Not to mention, Raiders wide receiver Amari Cooper will be entering his third season and is expected to take a giant step.
Without a doubt, Carr and the weapons around him are only going to be better in 2017.
With that being said, Carr will have a great shot to overtake Brady for the No. 1 spot next season. Maybe him jumping Brady as the best deep ball thrower will also help Oakland jump the Patriots as the No. 1 team in the AFC.
Most great teams, like the New England Patriots, Dallas Cowboys, and Green Bay Packers, all have great tight ends. Hopefully, Cook can be that for the Raiders.
In regards to Melifonwu, he is given the task of trying to turn around the weak Oakland defense from 2016. He won’t be tied to one position as he has enough versatility to play safety, nickel, and linebacker.
Furthermore, he is imperative to helping the Raiders get past the Patriots as he will most likely get the task of guarding Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski.
If Oakland wants to be AFC champions, they will need Cook and Melifonwu to transition nicely and make a significant impact.
The 2017 offseason program is underway for the Oakland Raiders, with 90 players currently on a roster that will ultimately be trimmed to 53 players by Week 1.
Below, fans can find Raiders Wire’s first 53-man projection on offense in a series that will be updated throughout OTAs.
Derek Carr, Connor Cook, EJ Manuel
Notable cuts: None
This is probably the easiest position group to project for next season. Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is going to be an MVP candidate again in 2017, making the starting quarterback job a no-brainer.
The Raiders carried three quarterbacks in 2016, and there is no reason to believe that will be any different this year.
Oakland also used a fourth-round draft pick on backup quarterback Connor Cook, making it unlikely they would cut bait so soon. And former Buffalo Bills quarterback EJ Manuel is almost certainly going to challenge — and potentially win — the No. 2 spot on the depth chart behind Carr.
Oakland Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is a huge reason for the Raiders’ recent success on the field, however, Tuesday the pro bowl signal caller wanted to discuss what he’s bringing to the table off of it this offseason.
Carr has become increasingly more instrumental off of the field for Oakland not only because of the example he sets for teammates, but he’s also apparently expanded his role by assisting Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie in recruiting free agents.
In a video posted on the team’s official Twitter, Carr had this to say about his responsibilities:
“If I am in town, I am going to be there and show these guys if they are going to be my teammate, they need to see the real me. They need to see that I care all the time, not just when they’re catching touchdowns. Not just when they’re maybe going to sign with us.”
Lest there was any doubt how much Carr cares about this franchise, he put those concerns to rest in fell swoop today.
Carr also mentioned that he indeed met with McKenzie’s recent free agent signings in wide receiver Cordarrelle Patterson and tight end Jared Cook prior to their choosing Oakland as their destination. No only that, but the 26-year-old All pro stated that he was still actively speaking with them.
Of course, Carr’s sales pitch doesn’t have to be anything extravagant considering his talents and the roster that he is able to boast about in discussions, however, that won’t stop him from giving recruiting his 100-percent effort.