2013 Team Outlook: Oakland Raiders
WR Rod Streater, OAK - Bye Week Fill-in
Streater was a serviceable fill-in as a rookie and should get the chance to show what he can do as a starter in his second season. The off-season release of Darius Heyward-Bey leaves a vacancy opposite Denarius Moore.Injury Status: Out - Undisclosed
WR Denarius Moore, CIN - Sleeper (undervalued)
Moore caught 51 balls last year and 30 the year before. Those are solid numbers for any second year wide receiver, especially considering he wasn't the clear cut #1 in the offense, sharing time with new Colts WR Darius Heyward Bey. Is it time for a breakout season 3? Could happen, but don't count on it. Ongoing instability at QB and on the offensive line will make it tough for Moore to complete the leap to fantasy stardom. We like him, we just wish he had a better quarterback throwing him the ball. Don't discount appearances by as many as three different starting quarterbacks this season as Oakland tries to find a way to win games.
WR Josh Cribbs, --- - Deep-league Only
Except in 2011, Cribbs has generally not been a factor in the passing game. He may get more run at wideout with the Raiders, but his real value is as a kick and punt returner, where he has scored 11 career touchdowns (compared to just seven TD receptions). Worth a flyer in leagues that count return stats.
WR Jacoby Ford, TEN - Bye Week Fill-in
Ford has missed a year and a half with foot problems. If he's fully recovered from surgery to start this season, he could be a sometimes explosive weapon out of the slot. Like all Raiders receivers, he'll have trouble posting good numbers for a bad offense.
WR Terrelle Pryor, CLE - Super Sleeper (high risk/potential)
Don't discount Terrelle Pryor making an appearance under center at some point this season. Honestly, he may be the best playmaker of the three quarterbacks on the roster. There was some doubt he'd even play quarterback at this level, with suggestions that a switch to wide receiver or tight end made more sense. He ran his 40 in under 4.4 seconds, hard to believe for a 6'4"-man weighing who weighs more than 230 pounds. The last pick of Al Davis's eons-long tenure as Raiders owners, Prior has worked hard this offseason to rebuild his throwing motion and unlock his upper body to improve his accuracy. He has flashed well and showed promise in the preseason -- both through the air and on the ground. Could be a sleeper in the Oakland offense, since, well, they're likely to be behind in most games.
TE David Ausberry, DET - Not Draft Worthy
No other TE on the roster is much of a threat in the passing game. However, Ausberry's lack of blocking ability means he likely won't be on the field enough to be a fantasy asset, even in deep leagues.