The Oakland Raiders got quite the scare in week one, when franchise quarterback Derek Carr dished out a stiff arm on a run and exited the game with a hand injury. Carr used his throwing arm to try to gain extra yardage, and it ended about as badly as it could. Carr’s exit killed any chances of Oakland saving face against the Cincinnati Bengals, and in turn put his status in doubt going forward.
While there were initial fears Carr could miss Oakland’s week two battle with the Baltimore Ravens, tests came back clean and he’s now been practicing in full. All signs point to Carr being close to full strength and it would now be a shock if he didn’t suit up on Sunday to take on the Ravens.
#Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio on Derek Carr starting Sunday: “We’d anticipate he’d be ready to go.”
— John Dickinson (@JDJohnDickinson) September 16, 2015
Matt McGloin was scheduled to take over under center if Carr sat out, but he likely won’t be needed. McGloin provided a minor spark in Oakland’s weak loss, where he tossed two late touchdowns to fullback Marcel Reese.
We have none of the cares. Carr has some upside and all that, but a healthy Carr won’t change the fact that the Raiders are going to be completely overmatched against a good Baltimore defense. Carr could find some production as Oakland tries to dig themselves out of a blowout loss, but he’s not startable in season long fantasy football leagues and is a desperation heave in daily leagues. Carr’s presence does give Oakland’s offense a minor jolt, of course, which could give the likes of Latavius Murray and Amari Cooper a shot at some decent numbers in week two. Those two can be used in season long leagues but like Carr, aren’t worth paying for in DFS leagues.