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Silver Minings: Raiders to watch for in fantasy football

Josh Jacobs and Darren Waller are among the fantasy relevant players this season

Oakland Raiders v New York Jets

One of the best parts of the NFL season is playing fantasy football. Myself, personally, I usually play in about 10-15 different leagues every year. As if I didn’t need another reason to watch as many NFL games as possible, having fantasy players in every game truly gives a feeling of excitement like no other.

This year, the Las Vegas Raiders have a number of players that have a chance to be fantasy relevant in 2020. I’m going to be briefly going into each one and whether or not you would pick them for your fantasy team.

This information is courtesy of Fantasy Pros.


RB: Josh Jacobs (RB 10)

As of now, there are nine running backs being picked ahead of Josh Jacobs in fantasy. He was a great player last year in fantasy, even though he missed some time with injuries. Depending on your format, Jacobs has the chance to be a potential top-5 running back this year. If his receiving numbers go up, he could potentially find himself in the top three at the end of the year.

Poll

Have you/would you draft Josh Jacobs at your No. 1 running back?

This poll is closed

  • 82%
    Yes
    (397 votes)
  • 17%
    No
    (87 votes)
484 votes total Vote Now

TE: Darren Waller (TE 5)

Entering 2020, Darren Waller is near the top when it comes to tight ends. However, those familiar with fantasy football know that tight end is the toughest position to excel in. Last year, Waller was a fantasy MVP as majority of people picked him up off the waiver wire. Unfortunately, his price is pretty high this year, and you’ll likely have to pay up for him.

Poll

Have you/would you draft Darren Waller high in the draft to be your starting TE?

This poll is closed

  • 77%
    Yes
    (341 votes)
  • 22%
    No
    (98 votes)
439 votes total Vote Now

WR: Henry Ruggs (WR 48)

The first Raiders wide receiver drafted in most leagues is rookie Henry Ruggs. Although there are other WR’s who could potentially go before him, the upside and excitement with Ruggs is through the roof. After seeing what he did at Alabama, there is a lot of hype surrounding the first WR taken in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Poll

Would Henry Ruggs be the first Raiders WR you select?

This poll is closed

  • 51%
    Yes
    (222 votes)
  • 48%
    No
    (211 votes)
433 votes total Vote Now

QB: Derek Carr (QB 27)

This one is the most shocking to me. Nearly every starting quarterback in the NFL is being selected before Derek Carr. For context, Phillip Rivers, Drew Lock, Teddy Bridgewater and Gardner Minshew are going before him. I understand Carr might not be top 10 relevant, but with all the weapons he has, you would think he’d easily be top 20, right?

Poll

Would you/have you take Derek Carr to be on your fantasy team?

This poll is closed

  • 66%
    Yes
    (285 votes)
  • 33%
    No
    (142 votes)
427 votes total Vote Now

WR: Hunter Renfrow (WR 72)

I get that he doesn’t have an exciting name or anything, but Hunter Renfrow was pretty consistent once he settled into a role with the Raiders last year. He’ll likely experience more volume this year, and could very well finish with better overall numbers than his teammate Ruggs.

Poll

Have you/would you take Hunter Renfrow as a late round pick?

This poll is closed

  • 80%
    Yes
    (318 votes)
  • 19%
    No
    (79 votes)
397 votes total Vote Now

Other notable picks

  • Jalen Richard (RB 64)
  • Bryan Edwards (WR 77)
  • Tyrell Williams (WR 83)
  • Jason Witten (TE 36)
  • Lynn Bowden Jr. (RB 81)
  • Daniel Carlson (K 28)
  • Nelson Agholor (WR 102)
  • Raiders defense (D 29)