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Raiders 2013 best and worst value players

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Last season the Raiders had the most dead money of any team in the league which meant they also had the least amount of money being spent on players who were actually contributing. So, when they went about putting their team together, it was all about value. With that in mind, let's see which players gave them the most bang for their buck and those who gave them the least.

Let's start with the good news - the best values. The value is quantified by taking the rank of the player's salary at their position versus their position ranking on Pro Football Focus.

When calculating the salary ranking, if the player's salary was outside the top 50, it usually meant they were at or near league minimum and therefore were each given a salary ranking of 51.

Best values:
Position Player Salary rank PFF rank Value
DE Lamarr Houston 48 11 37
LB Sio Moore 39 8 31
DT Pat Sims 47 17 30
RB Rashad Jennings 51 21 30
TE Mychal Rivera 51 23 28
QB Matt McGloin 51 29 22
OT Jared Veldheer 51 30 21
C Stefen Wisniewski 26 9 17
TE Jeron Mastrud 51 34 17
WR Andre Holmes 51 38 13

Worst values:
Position Player Salary rank PFF rank Value
CB D.J. Hayden 44 90 -46
RB Darren McFadden 9 54 -45
OG Mike Brisiel 19 44 -25
K Sebastian Janikowski 1 25 -24
LB Nick Roach 19 42 -23
LB Kevin Burnett 15 24 -9
DE Jason Hunter 49 49 0

There are a few cases which must be taken into consideration when putting together these values. First off, no players who were out of the top 50 salaries were counted among the worst values. Just consider that a "you get what you pay for" situation. Otherwise, players such as Lucas Nix and Brandian Ross would surely make the worst values, even at league minimum salaries.

Most notably those of curious cases is Tyvon Branch, Marcel Reece, and Taiwan Jones.

Branch had one of the highest salaries on the team, and was the tenth highest paid safety in the league. But being that he played just one full game last season, it's hard to judge his value. Based on past performance, the team considers his salary justified.

Reece is the team's fullback but plays some running back as well. He is the second highest paid fullback in the league but the 20th highest running back. His PFF ranking is 7th among fullbacks. That means one value ranking would have him at a 13 while the other a negative 5. His actual value is hard to quantify by there is no way it's negative.

Taiwan Jones also held a couple different positions. He was special teams gunner and a return man. His special team's PFF rank is somewhere in the 700s, simply because there are so many special teamers. His rank as a return man is 37. He is certainly valuable but it's hard to say just where he would fit in here.