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Is Raiders QB Derek Carr Worth A Fantasy Draft Pick?

Las Vegas Raiders quarterback Derek Carr should have better stats in 2020 after the team’s offseason additions. Knowing that, will his potential success on the field translate into steady Fantasy Football production?

Fantasy Football has seen exponential growth in recent years. Slowly, this facet of the game has become inherent to the sport. Every year, NFL fans gather to run their fantasy draft and role play as general managers.

In fantasy football, the playmakers that produce the most touchdowns are the most coveted ones. Top-notch running backs and elite quarterbacks usually see their name called in the early rounds of the process. Later, players that generate the most points per reception are picked.

The Raiders have some players that are worth a selection in these simulated drafts. Running back Josh Jacobs and tight end Darren Waller will be gone relatively early. The team’s wide receiver corps should offer some interesting options with a lot of potential. Tyrell Williams, Henry Riggs III, and Hunter Renfrow should garner some attention, but what about quarterback Derek Carr?

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The Case for Derek Carr in Fantasy Football

Just because a player is good on the field doesn’t mean he will contribute in Fantasy leagues. Last season, Carr threw passes for 4,054 yards, 21 touchdowns, and eight interceptions. Those are solid stats, no doubt, but they are hardly premium. This year, his numbers should improve with the team’s addition on offense. However, there are other signal-callers that are poised to have better numbers than Carr in 2020.

Jake Ciely of The Athletic recently updated his fantasy football dynasty rankings. There, Carr was the 33rd player at his position. Based on production, Patrick Mahomes and Lamar Jackson will be the first quarterbacks picked. Nevertheless, it’s shocking to see Carr below names such as This Tagovailoa and Daniel Jones. Furthermore, he was the 226th overall player in Ciely’s rankings.

For comparison, Carr ranked 15th with 244.36 points in NFL.com and 21th with 252.5 in FantasyPros last season. Based on that, it’s likely Ciely’s assessment of the Raiders quarterback was off. While Carr may have a higher ceiling than that, it doesn’t mean he should be a priority pick though. At best, he should be a middle of the draft selection.

Whenever Fantasy drafts take place, keep in mind Derek Carr is worth a pick, not just a high one.

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