Derek Carr, QB, Raiders
Last updated on Nov-25-2015 by Shawn Childs
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Update (11/25): Carr has been a breakout star in his second NFL season and has developed into a Fantasy QB1. To this point in his sophomore campaign he has 2,565 yards and an extremely impressive TD-to-INT ratio of 21-to-6. If he continues at this rate he has the potential to be a breakout player of the year candidate. He is a solid play this season and a must-own in dynasty leagues. Carr appears to be a star in the making.
I had mixed emotions when I watched some tape on Carr in 2014. He showed a strong, accurate arm when he was able to step into his throws, but he tends to put too much air under his downfield passes, especially when he throws off his back foot, which leads to jump balls and turnovers. Derek has decent speed (4.69 40-yard dash at the combine), but he gained only 190 yards on 164 carries in college. His quickness is just average and he needs to add some bulk. Fresno State used him primarily out of the shotgun, which led to him throwing for 5,083 yards in his senior year with 50 TDs and eight INTs. For his career, he passed for 12,843 yards with 113 TDs and 24 INTs. He is a hard worker with great character and good smarts. Carr went 3-13 as a full-time starter for the Raiders in 2014. He showed patience but averaged only 5.5 yards per play because of his lack of weapons and poor pass protection. His quick release limited his number of sacks taken to just 24. Derek threw for 3,270 yards and 21 TDs with 12 interceptions. However, he had no value as a runner; he gained fewer than 100 yards rushing on 29 carries. He had only one 300-yard game and two performances with three TDs or more. This year, he'll have two WRs with high upside and catching ability. This will allow Carr to post much stronger stat lines. The defense will force the Raiders to come from behind often, so Derek will probably put up 600 or so attempts. He will throw for 4,000 yards this year if he gets his yards-per-attempt average to the 6.8 range. That's not asking for much; 27 teams beat that number in 2014. Carr has a very good chance of being a top-15 QB if he throws at least 27 TDs. Derek will be an undervalued backup in Fantasy drafts.
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