Oakland Raiders 2018 Preview




Oakland Raiders

2017 - 6-10

Offseason KEY Additions:

Jon Gruden - Coach

Jordy Nelson

Martavis Bryant

Doug Martin

Kolton Miller


2017 Rankings:

Team Defense (points per game) - 20th - 23.3 ppg

Team Offense (points per game) - 23rd - 18.8 ppg

2018 Schedule & Predictions:

Rams - Loss

@ Broncos - Loss

@ Dolphins - Loss

Browns - Win

@ Chargers - Loss

Seahawks - Win

Colts - Loss

@ 49ers - Loss

Chargers - Win

@ Cardinals - Win

@ Ravens - Loss

Chiefs - Win

Steelers - Win

@ Bengals - Win

Broncos - Win

@ Chiefs - Loss

Final Record Prediction: 8-8

Vegas Win Total Over Under - 8 - push

What to expect against the spread (ATS)? 8-8

Things to watch for:

It will be a tough start to the season for the Raiders and they start the season with back to back Monday Night games. I think it will be a slow start for them and they will never be able to recover this season. I like the addition of Jordy Nelson to go with Derek Carr but I just don’t think this team as a whole has what it takes to be a true playoff contender.

Fantasy Outlook:

QB:

Derek Carr - Top 20 - This guy tore it up a few years ago but he wasn’t great last year. He only had two games with more than 2 touchdown passes. Here’s another guy that I wouldn’t count on as a starter but he’s not a terrible back up option.

WR:

Amari Cooper

Jordy Nelson

This will be the two man show for the Raiders and they both have the deep threat potential with Carr. I am counting on Cooper being a Top 20 guy and Nelson has potential to be a Top 25 guy if he stays healthy.

RB:

Marshawn Lynch - I look at him as a RB2 this year and I would say he’s nothing to get hyped up and dance on the sidelines about even though he will be dancing on the sidelines this year.

TE:

Jared Cook - Top 15 - Cook set a career high last season with 54 catches but he didn’t get into the end zone much. He’s a big guy so he’s got that potential and I see him scoring more this year than he did last year.