Fantasy Football 2013: Rod Streater Is A Dark Horse Option In Week 2
Really? Really? An Oakland Raiders wide receiver?
I know, I was just as shocked as you are that I’m writing this. However, if you are in a deeper league, second-year Temple product Rod Streater could quietly surprise some people in Week 2. Of course, I’m not sold that quarterback Terrelle Pryor is going to turn the corner and emerge into a legitimate starting signal caller in this league. He lacks accuracy, consistency and the correct mechanics to do so. But (and this is a big if) what if he does? If Pryor can continue to progress and improve each and every week, Streater will reap the benefits. Pryor has started two career games for the Raiders, and in both of those contests, Streater has seen 14 targets and has caught nine balls for 147 yards. It’s early, but I think Pryor already has his favorite receiver of the group, and to be honest, Streater is an underrated talent in this league. At 6’3″, 200 lbs and 4.4 speed, Streater has a very ideal combination of size and speed that makes him a difficult guy to cover. As an undrafted player, Streater has showed some signs of improvement after just one season for the Raiders, and is quickly emerging into the number one receiving option on the roster. Heck, perhaps he already is.
Anyway, this week’s matchup is a good one for Streater, as well as Pryor. I don’t think Pryor will rush for over 100 yards again, which means he’ll have to pass more. And when he does drop back to pass, my money is on him looking for Streater. The Jaguars secondary was just torched for a couple of Alex Smith touchdowns last week, and this unit simply doesn’t scare met all. Especially the secondary. The Jaguars only had 12 interceptions last year, and ranked 22nd in pass defense. I think Pryor could very well have his best game as a professional passer, and Streater will reap the benefits.
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