So, it’s that time of the year. The NFL season is just around the corner, which means it is also Fantasy Football season. A lot of leagues have already had their drafts, but if one wants to do well in their league, always look for ways to improve your team. That means looking for some sleepers like Rod Streater of the Oakland Raiders.
The Raiders did quite a bit to try to improve their offense and one of the biggest changes was the emergence of Derek Carr and the acquisition of now backup Matt Schaub. Schaub does have a track history of being a pretty good quarterback even though his numbers last year certainly didn’t reflect that. Meanwhile, Carr, who is now starting, performed extremely well during the preseason. With two potentially better quarterback options, which should be better than the parade of mediocrity that Oakland continually threw out on the field last year, Streater has a huge opportunity to perform better this season.
Streater put up some pretty impressive numbers, which look even better when you realize he almost had no decent quarterback getting him the ball — 60 passes and four touchdowns are quite decent, and he also accumulated about 900 yards; he also is very sure-handed. This is definitely a player who, with a better quarterback, could be ready to step up his game and become a threat and be able to get you some fantasy points.
Another reason that Streater is a player who should be picked up in most leagues is the fact that he hasn’t attracted a lot of attention. He could sneak up on a lot of people on the field and get some quietly good numbers. He certainly is worth the chance, especially in case of an injury or a bye week. One thing I have learned in playing in my league is you can never have enough depth. Streater can provide that, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he is available in a lot of leagues.
As a matter of fact, excuse me. I think I just saw him on the waiver wire in my league. Without a doubt, Streater is a buy.
Carter Roane is a writer for Rantsports.com who has been to the playoffs three years in a row in his fantasy league. Follow him on Twitter@CarterGRoane, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.