Jalen Richard, DeAndre Washington’s Fantasy Outlook After Latavius Murray Injury

With running back Latavius Murray out with a toe injury in Week 5, DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard have a chance to become major factors for the Oakland Raiders.

Richard (5'8", 207 lbs) and Washington (5'8", 204 lbs) are similarly built players with great speed and agility that allows for big-play ability whenever they touch the ball. 

Both have performed well as change-of-pace backs behind Murray during the regular season, with Richard having 144 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries and Washington totaling 147 yards on 23 carries.

Each really started turning heads with strong showings during the preseason, allowing them to move up the depth chart ahead of Taiwan Jones and others. 

"I thought that they ran really hard and the game wasn’t too fast for them," quarterback Derek Carr said of the two rookies in August, per Kyle Martin of the team's official site. "I didn’t think they were too nervous, or anxious, or anything like that. I thought they were just out there playing football and that’s great to see."

This led to both players earning roles at the start of the regular season. Richard notably broke off a 75-yard touchdown run in Week 1, but Washington has come through with plenty of big plays himself.

As a result, fans should expect a similar split of touches for as long as Murray is on the bench. Neither player is built to handle the full-time load, but these two players can combine for a lot production. 

The Raiders have a dynamic offense featuring a quality quarterback and an elite receiver, which should take away a lot of the focus from opposing defenses. Combine this with an improved offensive line, and there should be plenty of running room for whoever is in the backfield.

Oakland is also willing to give touches to its running backs. Murray finished third in the NFL in rushing attempts last season, and all three runner...

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