Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, Derek Carr’s Post-Week 2 Fantasy Advice

The Oakland Raiders faced a difficult matchup against the Baltimore Ravens in Week 2 of the NFL season, but that didn’t stop the passing attack from racking up impressive numbers on the way to a 37-33 victory.

That is music to the ears of fantasy owners relying on quarterback Derek Carr and wide receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. Here is a look at their final stats from Sunday’s game:

Carr and Cooper wasted little time making a fantasy impact Sunday when they connected for a 68-yard touchdown pass down the sidelines within the first three minutes of the game. The NFL shared a highlight of the opening score:

Considering Carr was questionable coming into Sunday’s contest with a thumb injury, the fact he threw a deep touchdown pass was a relief for fantasy owners gambling on his production. He looked comfortable in the pocket and hit Cooper in stride with the pass, which is something Raiders fans would love to see every week moving forward.

Before overreacting to one solid game, though, it is important to point out Carr looked lost in the season opener against the Cincinnati Bengals before his injury.

In all, he posted 61 passing yards and didn’t find the end zone. He at least didn’t turn the ball over, which is important for a young quarterback still finding his footing at the NFL level.

Carr threw for a solid 3,270 yards and 21 touchdowns last year, although he only posted one single game over 300 passing yards (against the Cleveland Browns in a losing effort). It was a promising showing in the first half against Baltimore, but fantasy owners need to wait for him to establish a track record before starting him after an up-and-down rookie campaign.

Fantasy owners may not need to wait for that track record with Cooper based on overwhelming talent alone.

He only notched 47 receiving yards in the loss to the Cin...

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