Oakland Raiders | defensive team/special teams
2010 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics
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Pros: The Raiders improved under attack-style DC John Marshal. Defensive end Richard Seymour gave them a pass rush; Oakland finished 12th in sacks (36). They drafted Lamarr Houston, who will convert from tackle to end. They also brought in John Henderson to plug the D-line against the run and improved their linebackers with first-rounder Rolando McClain and free agent Kamerion Wimbley.
Cons: They finished last in INTs last year; Oaktown isn't stable in the takeaways column. How much can Henderson contribute to fix the run D? Is McClain an upgrade over Kirk Morrison? Will Trevor Scott produce as a hybrid linebacker after being moved from end?
Fantasy tip: The Raiders are still the Raiders until we see otherwise, so giving them the benefit of the doubt is challenging. Oakland is rarely drafted. They're more of an in-season fill-in option, but they have low-end No. 1 upside, especially if they can keep up their sacking.
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