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Monday, June 19, 2006

Oakland Raiders Fantasy Football Analysis

Today I am going to tackle the ever-popular topic of Fantasy Football and how it pertains to the Oakland Raiders. I will look at some of the players and their fantasy potential for the 2006 NFL Season.

Early Rounds

    Lamont Jordan

Jordan tallied 1025 yards rushing on 272 carries and added 9 TDs in 14 games last season. He added another 563 yards and 2 TDs through the air. He is the sole feature back on the Raiders and that alone makes him valuable. The team has put emphasis on the offensive line this offseason and that should improve Jordan's numbers.

    Randy Moss

Moss had 1005 yards receiving and 8 TDs in his first season as a Raider. This is quite an accomplishment considering Moss played with nagging injuries and the wonderfully horrible Kerry Collins last season. Now that Moss is healthy and a new QB is in town, he should enjoy being one of the top receivers in the league again this season. It's hard to call an early round pick a steal, but Moss may have fallen more than he should have after the last two seasons and will out perform most of the WRs picked before him this year.

Mid Rounds

    Jerry Porter

Porter once again failed to break the 1000 yard mark last season with only 942 yards and 5 TDs. Will this finally be the year that Porter lives up to his potential? He will benefit from a healthy Randy Moss and new QB but is still a risk.

Late Round Gems

    Aaron Brooks

No body is high on Aaron Brooks. This might be a good thing for your fantasy team. Draft him in a late round as a back up and he may end up starting pretty quickly. The re-vamped O-line as well as lethal WRs, Moss and Porter, should lead Brooks to one of his best seasons as a pro. Don't forget he has a chip on his shoulder and something to prove.

    Ronald Curry or Doug Gabriel

One of these two should have a productive season. Curry was on his way to a 1000 yard season in 2004 until he injured his achilles tendon. He rushed back from the injury and re-injured it in 2005. Curry won't be rushing back this time or his NFL career may be over. Gabriel has slowly evolved into a good receiver. He has improved every season and would most likley be a number two receiver on almost any other team in the NFL. Gabriel had 554 yards receiving and 3 TDs last season and will be looking to improve this season. Right now, the safer pick is Gabriel, but Curry might turn some heads again this season.

    Courtney Anderson

Anderson may not have had eye-opening numbers yet but OC Walsh historically likes throwing the ball to the TE and Anderson will be the beneficiary. Anderson is no Antonio Gates but should put up solid numbers and may be a nice back-up on your fantasy roster.

The Raiders have a number of solid fantasy football pick ups and some of them will fly under the radar due to the way the team has played the last few seasons. Some of these late round pick ups will have others in your league jealous by mid-season.


Blogger Ayman said...

"He Hate Me" now a Raider? This has to be one of the worst off season moves yet!

6/19/2006 10:07 AM  
Blogger CharlieB. said...

Lamont Jordan is a beast. He is gonna be a much better pickup this year than last. More focused ground attack, and moss will spread the D out. I really enjoy reading your blog. It is extremely entertaining. I am adding you to my blogroll. And, I would really appreciate it if you would add me to yours.

Charlie B.
MyFantasyBall Blog

6/19/2006 10:58 AM  
Blogger Ayman said...

Thanks for stopping by the blog man. I will add you now.

6/19/2006 11:52 AM  
Blogger The Analyzer said...

I got you added.

6/19/2006 2:50 PM  

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