There’s still one NFL team that does not have a win in 2014. The Oakland Raiders fell to 0-8 with a 30-24 loss to the Seattle Seahawks in Week 9, making it 14 straight games without a win dating back to last season.
Oakland gained a total of 226 offensive yards and scored its second touchdown of the day with just two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. There wasn’t much to be impressed with, but let’s at least look at the fantasy performances from the Raiders.
Derek Carr: The rookie completed 24 of 41 passes for 194 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions. Playing on the road in Seattle is a daunting task for any quarterback, let alone a first-year player, but Carr managed to show some poise by throwing two scores. He actually brought Oakland within a touchdown late in the fourth quarter. Carr is just too inconsistent to endorse in any league at this point.
Darren McFadden: He rushed for 20 yards on 13 carries and caught four passes for 47 yards. The run game was terrible for the Raiders, and McFadden averaged just 1.5 yards per attempt. While he’s the starter in Oakland, McFadden basically has to score to pay off for fantasy owners. He’ll face the Denver Broncos in Week 10, leaving him as a dice-roll flex play at best.
Andre Holmes and James Jones: Both receivers were targeted five times each by Carr. Holmes caught two passes for 28 yards while Jones finished with three receptions for 18 yards. It’s tough to trust either wide receiver regularly. Holmes has come on strong in recent weeks, and Jones remains a top red zone target for Carr. Playing with a rookie quarterback on a winless team doesn’t normally amount to much fantasy success.
Mychal Rivera: With eight receptions for 38 yards and two touchdowns, Rivera now has back-to-back weeks with solid fantasy production. His second touchdown against the Seahawks came at the end of the game, but garbage time points still count. Carr looked for his No. 1 tight end to bail him out often on short routes. Rivera has 20 targets over the past two games. He’s a risky TE2 option for Week 10