Fantasy Football Impact: Oakland Raiders 2013 Draft

Draft Recap

It seems like the Raiders entered the draft with need at virtually every position every year, and 2013 was no different. Oakland is in the midst of a major overhaul and they did a nice job focusing on rebuilding a talented core with this draft rather than trying to make a big splash. They traded out of the No. 3 overall spot to acquire extra picks and did a solid job building depth. This draft will make Oakland a better team, but you are not going to see much from a fantasy perspective.

Fantasy Impact

FSU OT Menelik Watson will be a solid addition to an offensive line that struggled to open up holes for the run game at times last season. Watson is a physical blocker and if Darren Mcfadden can manage to stay on the field he should benefit from the presence of Watson.

Matt Flynn is having nightmares about another rookie named Wilson taking his job, but I doubt we will see the kind of performance from Tyler Wilson  that let Russell beat out Flynn in Seattle last season.

Colorado TE Nick Kasa is a solid player who joins a roster with no set starter at the position. If Kasa wins the starting job in training camp he is worth taking a look at in deeper leagues. Still, he’ll need prove himself before being worth consideration as a late round flier.

The Raiders defense should be better from the additions they made in this draft, but the unit sis still lacking in playmakers who will rack up fantasy points. Sio Moore is an athletic, young linebacker who does just about everything well. He is perhaps a year or two away from making significant contributions on defense, but he’s a player IDP owners will want to keep an eye on. They also have to play Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers twice each, and a Kansas City offense loaded with weapons that can only improve with the presence of coach Andy Reid.

Draft Results

112D.J. HaydenCBHouston
242Menelik WatsonTFlorida St.
366Sio MooreLBConnecticut
4112Tyler WilsonQBArkansas
6172Nick KasaTEColorado
6181Latavius MurrayRBCentral Florida
6184Mychal RiveraTETennessee
6205Stacy McGeeDTOklahoma
7209Brice ButlerWRSan Diego St.
7233David BassDEMissouri Western

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