It feels like most people assume Marshawn Lynch will become beast mode again this season. That is almost impossible to even imagine. At 31, coming out of retirement, Lynch can’t be the running back he was from 2011-2014.
BUST: Marshawn Lynch
Lynch is being drafted in early round two, ahead of Isaiah Crowell. This is way too high for Lynch who is reported to see fewer than 200 carries. The Raiders will use Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington in passing downs, limiting his value. Lynch will be very touchdown dependent and is too risky to be drafted as an RB1.
— #LiikDidIT (@Obee1ne) August 12, 2017
Derek Carr is one of the rising stars in the NFL. His ADP is too high to return real value though. With an improved defense and a strong running game, Carr’s numbers aren’t worth a sixth round pick. Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, Kirk Cousins, Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota are all being drafted after Carr. With so much talent available, you can wait a couple rounds for a quarterback and still get a great player.
Fun fact: Amari Cooper just turned 23 years old. He’s 7 months younger than rookie WR Kenny Golladay who turns 24 in November. pic.twitter.com/uuP1WUNaZ5
— Paul Maland (@PaulMalandNFL) August 13, 2017
Amari Cooper had 1,000 receiving yards in each of his first two seasons. Even after two strong seasons, it feels like Cooper hasn’t reached his full potential. Expect 80-90 catches and 1,000-1,2000 receiving yards and 5-6 touchdowns from Cooper. Michael Crabtree and Jared Cook will limit Cooper’s scoring potential in the redzone.
Crabtree has put together two great seasons in Oakland. He’s led the Raiders in targets for the last two seasons and finished as WR12 in PPR scoring last season. Coming off the board in round five, Crabtree provides great value. After finishing in the top 10 in endzone targets for receivers the last two seasons, Crabtree is a solid pick. As your WR2, Crabtree gives you someone that can reach double-digit touchdowns in the middle rounds.
SLEEPER: Jared Cook
After a solid season in Green Bay, Cook joins another elite offense in Oakland. As the third option to Crabtree and Cooper, Cook doesn’t have a defined role. His offseason ADP of TE20 is really low. With an offense that will be scoring a lot, Cook is worth a late round pick and offers more value than Julius Thomas who is being drafted before him.