AFC West Dynasty Capsule: Oakland Raiders

Dynasty league owners haven’t found much to like in Oakland the past few years. From big name acquisitions like Javon Walker to highly heralded rookies like JaMarcus Russell and Darren McFadden, the Raiders have simply left a lot to be desired from a dynasty fantasy football perspective recently.

This season brings a new age full of renewed hope in Oakland. JaMarcus Russell has finally been shipped out of town and new quarterback Jason Campbell brings an element of legitimacy and stability unmatched at that position for quite some time. Campbell’s presence should help this offense reach new heights and finally begin to unlock the potential of its young players.

While the quarterback position seems to be settled at this point, there are lots of question marks surrounding the other skill positions in Oakland.

While the Raiders have been far from a fantasy football haven, it would be unwise to ignore the potential they have in dynasty leagues. Let’s analyze the future of the Raiders in the latest edition of the dynasty capsule.

Players in their Prime

Jason Campbell QB

It’s flown under the radar that Campbell posted career highs in completions, completion percentage, passing yards, and touchdowns last season, his final in Washington. When you consider the dysfunction with the Redskins, his 3,618 yards, and 20 touchdowns are pretty impressive.

His reward was being jettisoned to Oakland, but that may just be the best thing that could happen with Campbell. While he’ll again have a new coordinator and coach, he was due for a fresh start. While he won’t be given the job, he’s shown the ability to lead a team fairly effectively.

His numbers from last year should be a minimum expectation for 2010 and make him a good low-end No. 2 quarterback in dynasty leagues at the very least. I consider him a good buy low prospect at this point.


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