Fantasy Football 2014 Dark Horse Sleeper: Rod Streater
The Oakland Raiders were a team with a lot of holes. The quarterback, running back and wide receiver positions featured a revolving door of starters. Terrelle Pyror started the season playing well, but Matt McGloin took over after an injury. Darren McFadden proved that he cannot stay healthy and Rashad Jennings filled in well. With the different quarterbacks the wide receivers could not build a rapport.
Despite all of these question marks, there was one player owners kept an eye on all season. That player is Rod Streater.
Streater finished as the 35th-best fantasy wide receiver, scoring 104 points. Streater was one of the only players on the team to have success with both Pryor and McGloin. He scored 53 points in seven games with Pryor as the starter and 50 with McGloin in six.
Early in the season, Denarius Moore was on fire, scoring 62 points in his first five games. Then the production stopped. He scored just 33 points from Weeks 8 to 17, mostly because of injury. As a result, Streater stepped up and took over the No. 1 wide receiver spot for the Raiders.
Streater wasn’t added in a lot of leagues, but he served those owners well in the ones he was added to. Whether Pryor or McGloin is the starter next season, it doesn’t matter. I would draft him over players like Mike Wallace, Marques Colston and Victor Cruz. Streater will be a top 30 wide receiver, a WR3 in standard leagues, and should be drafted in at least the seventh round.