By Brad Berreman @bradberreman24 on July 18, 2014
The Oakland Raiders haven't exactly been flush with great options for fantasy football owners in recent years, and things won't change dramatically this year even with some notable names added to the mix.
There may not be any "studs" on this list, but here are five Raiders that could be useful to fantasy owners in 2014.
Branch missed all but two games last year with a broken right leg, but durability is not a lingering concern with just two missed games over the previous four seasons. He averaged nearly 108 tackles per season from 2009-2012, and that is a solid bar for him this year now that he's 100 percent healthy.
Murray missed all of his rookie season with an ankle injury, but only the declining Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden are ahead of him on the depth chart. It's not a seamless comparison, but Steve Slaton faced as similar situation behind two veteran backs early in 2008 and wound up rushing for over 1,200 yards for the Houston Texans.
Holmes had 22 receptions for 366 yards over the final five games last season, and he carried that positivity into offseason work. If he can hold off Denarius Moore and be Oakland's No. 3 wide receiver, or perhaps more, Holmes could become a solid sleeper in deep leagues.
Jones will get a significant quarterback downgrade after setting a career-high in receiving yards (817) last year and catching 14 touchdowns in 2012 as a Green Bay Packer. Based purely on target volume as Oakland's No. 1 wide receiver, he is likely to stay roster-worthy as a WR3 or WR4 in 12 and 14-team leagues.
The Houston Texans traded Schaub to the Raiders this offseason, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him keep rookie Derek Carr on the bench all season. With a difficult schedule that is sure to having him throwing plenty, Schaub is worth drafting as a QB2 in 12-team leagues.
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