2016 Oakland Raiders Coaching Tree

Fantasy Football Expert Joe Jefferson dives into the Oakland Raiders' offensive system and which players could provide value for Fantasy owners.

Oakland Raiders

Offensive Coordinator: Bill Musgrave (Same as 2015)

Head Coach: Jack Del Rio (Same as 2015)

Head Coach Involvement: Jack Del Rio became HC after being DC in Denver from 2012-2014. He was HC in Jacksonville from 2003-2011 and had some success offensively despite his defensive background. Del Rio has input, but this is Musgrave’s offense.

Offensive Basis: West Coast passing offense with two Fantasy relevant WRs with some inclusion of the RB but only average use of the TE. This offense features more of a power running game with Heavy Lead RB Use.

Where the OC comes from: Musgrave was an OC under Del Rio in Jacksonville, a QB coach under Joe Gibbs in Washington, QB coach under Mike Smith in Atlanta when they drafted and developed Matt Ryan. More recently, he was Chip Kelly’s QB coach in Philadelphia in 2014. Musgrave ran the WCO exclusively as a player in Denver and also in Philly in 2014. He also worked for Mike Mularkey in Atlanta, and that’s a power running scheme. Remember Musgrave had some major success with Adrian Peterson in Minnesota 2011 to 2013.

We provided Oakland’s stats from last two seasons but remember 2015 is the only one with Musgrave at the helm.

Raiders 2015
2015 RB Reception Total Rank: #8
2015 WR Receptions Total Rank: #16
2015 TE Receptions Total Rank: #21

2015 QB FF Rank: #15
2015 RB FF Rank: #17
2015 WR FF Rank: #11
2015 TE FF Rank: #24

Raiders 2014
2014 RB Reception Total Rank: #22
2014 WR Receptions Total Rank: #26
2014 TE Receptions Total Rank: #23

2014 QB FF Rank: #30
2014 RB FF Rank: #5
2014 WR FF Rank: #19
2014 TE FF Rank: #21

2016 Offensive Player Outlook Overall: Oakland’s offense looks to take another step forward in 2016. Derek Carr is a solid young signal caller who should improve on his 2015 campaign. Expect Carr to pass for around 4,000 yards again this year (he had 3,987 in 2015) and throw for 30+ TDs. I like him as a late starter if you wait late to draft your starter this year and pair him with another QB with upside. He makes a great backup.

Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree should both have a productive 2016 campaign. Cooper is a stud in the making IMHO. I expect him to progress in his second season and take over a bit more from Crabtree, so I like Cooper in the mid to late second round of most Fantasy drafts. Crabtree could still see the most targets in 2016, but he doesn’t get the same elite yard per catch that Cooper does. That still leaves plenty of production for Crabtree as a value pick in the sixth or seventh round. Seth Roberts will flash occasionally, but his production is too unpredictable to be very helpful for most Fantasy teams. They also have Andre Holmes, who would just need an injury to be relevant outside in this offense.

Clive Walford is set to start at TE for the Raiders, and he has some talent and potential in this blossoming offense. However, with so many options at TE this year, he is just a late round flier backup TE. They also have Michael Rivera but Walford looks to be emerging as the lead option.

Sleeper/Value Players: Latavius Murray is again the lead back here with only rookie DeAndre Washington pushing him for playing time. Murray was solid last year and proved he is a three down back. He has some real upside in this offense. He can also expect a few targets out of the backfield and makes the most of those opportunities, but that is where Washington is a threat immediately. I like Murray in the late fourth of most drafts but I also really like what I see from Washington as a PPR threat. Washington will have a role early, so he is a potential sleeper in the 11th round of most drafts. Taiwan Jones is the only other guy here but he is not a three down back and more of a PPR guy if there is an injury only.


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