Aug 162014
 

RB Darren McFadden (Oakland)

McFadden was benched last season for Rashad Jennings mid-season for general incompetence, as he finished the season averaging 3.34 yards per carry. In 2012, he averaged 3.27 yards per carry. He has never been able to live up to his billing as the 4th overall pick in the 2008 NFL Draft and was never able to live up to his huge 2010 season, in which he rushed for 1157 yards and 7 touchdowns on 223 carries (5.19 yards per carry) and added 47 catches for another 501 yards and 3 scores. In 3 seasons since, he’s played a total of 29 games out of 48 and rushed for just 1700 yards and 11 touchdowns on 446 carries (3.81 yards per carry). Even with the big 2010 season, he’s never played more than 13 games in a season or had more than 223 carries or 270 touches. McFadden supporters always seem to make excuses for him, blaming the blocking scheme, and the lack of supporting talent, or injuries, but at a certain point he needs to be written off as a bust. He’ll split carries with Maurice Jones-Drew this season.

RB Maurice Jones-Drew (Oakland)

Maurice Jones-Drew might not be much better. MJD has seen a steep fall from his 2011 season, in which he led the NFL with 1606 rushing yards. That season, he averaged 4.68 yards per carry on 343 carries, added 43 catches for 374 yards, and scored 11 times. He did all of that on an otherwise abysmal offense during Blaine Gabbert’s rookie year, which makes it all the more impressive. However, after a 1084 touch workload from 2009-2011, MJD cracked in 2012, managing just 84 carries in 6 games, though he did average 4.81 yards per carry.

2013 was arguably worse as he averaged just 3.43 yards per carry on 234 carries, scored just 5 times on 277 touches, and had just 5 touches go for 20+ yards. MJD’s rough 2013 season could be largely the result of the complete lack of offensive talent, and thus running room, around him in Jacksonville. However, he averaged just 2.21 yards after contact, broke just 26 tackles, and graded out as Pro Football Focus’ 2nd worst running back in terms of pure running grade. Now going into his age 29 season with 2139 career touches, he’s unlikely to get more explosive going into 2014. He also won’t get much more running room in Oakland. You don’t really want either Oakland running back.

WR Andre Holmes (Oakland)

Andre Holmes is a former undrafted free agent, going undrafted in 2011. However, he had a strong finish to last season, catching 22 passes for 366 yards and a touchdown in his final 5 games. That’s 70 catches for 1171 yards and 3 touchdowns over 16 games. He’s currently the 73rd receiver off the board on average, while Jones is going 60th and Streater is going 79th. I’d rather have Holmes at his current ADP. He’s worth a late round pick as a high upside sleeper.

52 catches for 800 yards and 6 touchdowns (116 pts standard)

WR Rod Streater (Oakland)

Streater, a 2012 undrafted free agent, has had two solid seasons in the NFL, averaging 1.69 yards per route run, despite poor quarterback play, including 1.80 yards per carry last season. Now heading into his 3rd season in the NFL, he could have his best year yet in terms of efficiency. However, all 3 Oakland wide receivers could cannibalize each other’s production and make it so none of them are startable.

59 catches for 740 yards and 4 touchdowns (98 pts standard)

WR James Jones (Oakland)

The Raiders’ big off-season addition at wide receiver was James Jones. Jones isn’t as good as the 14 touchdowns he caught in 2012 would suggest. That rate of 14 touchdowns on 64 catches was unsustainable and he proved that last season when he caught just 3 touchdowns on 59 catches. In his career, he has 37 touchdowns on 310 catches. He’s never put up big numbers despite playing most of his career with either Aaron Rodgers or Brett Favre. He’s averaged 1.49 yards per route run in his career, which is pretty mediocre, though his 33 catches for 427 yards and a touchdown in 8 games without Aaron Rodgers last season should give Raiders fans some hope that he can produce with sub-par quarterback play this season. Still, he’s only an average receiver at best and has seen some work with the 2nd team this off-season. There’s not much upside here, as he goes into his age 30 season.

48 catches for 700 yards and 4 touchdowns (94 pts standard)

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