Fantasy Football News: Oakland Raiders’ Terrelle Pryor is a Must Start in Week 2

By Michael Terrill
Fantasy Football News Oakland Raiders’ Terrelle Pryor is a Must Start in Week 2
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Is your quarterback the reason why you have the fantasy football blues after that Week 1 loss? Have no fear because Oakland Raiders signal caller Terrelle Pryor is currently only owned in 17.5% of ESPN Fantasy Football leagues, and he is a must start in Week 2 when the Raiders take on the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Pryor recorded 19 fantasy points after he passed for 217 yards and one touchdown. He did manage to throw two red-zone interceptions, which is certainly not ideal. However, he made up for it by rushing for 217 yards, which leads the NFL after Week 1.

Jacksonville allowed the Kansas City Chiefs to record 173 passing yards. Many were concerned that Pryor would struggle with the deep ball, and that is exactly what happened when he was just 1-for-7 on passes more than 20 yards against the Indianapolis Colts. However, Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith averaged 8.2 yards per completion whereas Pryor recorded 11.4 yards every time someone caught a pass from him. The fact is Jacksonville will give up yards through the air, which means Pryor could be in for another solid passing day.

The Jaguars also surrendered 120 rushing yards. Since they are not familiar with the read-option offense, expect Pryor to dominate in the run game once again. Not to mention, the rushing attack led by Pryor and running back Darren McFadden will open up the passing game for play-action, which is where the quarterback can complete some long balls to rack up the fantasy points.

Starting Pryor could be a gamble because fantasy owners are not exactly sure what they are going to get considering he only has two career starts under his belt. With that being said, Jacksonville continues to be an embarrassment, as evidence of the mere two points they scored last week against Kansas City. If there was ever a game to start Pryor, Week 2 is most certainly it.

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