Fantasy Football 2020: Las Vegas Raiders IDP Breakdown

Defensive Linemen

clelin ferrell

Clelin Ferrell, the 2019 4th overall and highly controversial pick over who we all thought would and should have been Josh Allen (GO JAGUARS #DUUUVAL) is a major part of the Raiders defensive line. Still, we were utterly shocked in Nashville when he came off the board. I think for his snap count, he had a good rookie season, not #4 overall pick quality, but I think we will continue to see an uptick in his IDP relevancy.

Side note: I love the PD’s so when he puts it all together, lookout. 

 

2019 Stats

15 Games Played

648 Snaps

Total Tackles: 38 (24 Solos)

Sacks: 4.5

QB Hits 8 (15 Pressures)

Pass Deflections: 5

Interception: 0

Forced Fumble: 0

Fumble Recovery: 1 

 

Max Crosby, an extraordinary 4th round pick out of Eastern Michigan his rookie campaign, lit the league on fire while also being tied for 5th in the league in forced fumbles. When your league stacks, you can win games from the work he puts in. At 6’5 255 lbs, he is a load to handle coming off the edge and, with what Las Vegas has done with the DTs that take up double teams, he should have room to work and get to the QB.  

 

 2019 Stats

16 Games Played

750 Snaps

Total Tackles: 47 (36 Solos)

Sacks: 10

QB Hits: 14 (31 Pressures)

Pass Deflections: 4

Interception: 0

Forced Fumble: 4

Fumble Recovery: 0 


Linebackers

cory littleton

Cory Littleton made a name for himself in LA, having an incredible two-year run and racking up over 2,000 snaps over that period. He can play the run or pass; he is a lock to be Top 10 LB for the next 2 to 3 years and is without question a LB1 to build your defense around. He just walked into a great situation with Raiders as the defensive line showing up should make all the difference for a guy like this. He only had Aaron Donald playing on his defensive line before and I can see improvement coming from him.

 

2-Year Average

16 Games Played

1002 Snaps

Total Tackles: 130 (84 Solos)

Sacks: 4

QB Hits: 4.5 (7.5 Pressure)

Pass Deflections: 11

Interception: 2.5

Forced Fumble: 1

Fumble Recovery: 2

 

Nick Kwiatkoski, formerly of the Bears, tested free agency, and thanks to his explosive last nine games of 2019 he earned a new contract in Las Vegas. I like what he brings to the table: high motor, high football IQ, and his angles are fantastic to pair with his surefire tackling. If he has a full season with 800+ snap count, he eclipses the 100+ tackle without question. Now that he is starting next to Cory Littleton, he should be the player I’m expecting him to be, and that’s a strong LB3, possibly LB2.

Side note: He is 27 in his prime and learned a lot in Chicago; he is reliable for three years minimum.

 

2019 Stats

512 snaps

Total Tackles 76 (56 Solos)

Sacks 3

QB Hits 3

(4 Pressures)

Pass Deflections: 4

Interception: 1

Forced Fumble: 1

Fumble Recovery: 0


Secondary

abram

Damarious Randall, a free agent signing from the Browns, helped the Raiders fill a need for help over the top at FS, which is where I see him lining up after so much inconsistency last year. For the first time in his career, he did not record an interception in 2019 and had his worst season since 2016; only seven points stand in between him and the worst. So tread lightly and store for an emergency. 

 

Johnathan Abram is the “Gem” of this secondary even though he has only 48 snaps in the NFL due to an injury in week one. I know that isn’t saying much, but he was the 27th overall pick in 2019 and was a monster in college heralding from Mississippi State. He is a sure tackler with excellent angle speed; therefore, don’t sleep too long; you will get taxed later when you fall in love. 

 

Honorable Mention- Trayvon Mullen had a solid rookie campaign as far as CB’s go, registering 10 PD’s while adding 42 Solo tackles and 1 Interception. He can be stored for CB-Must leagues.

 

The Raiders made numerous acquisitions to ensure this defense can withstand the high-powered offensive attacks from their AFC West rivals— this creates a great IDP relevancy for this group of players that can make the difference when it matters. I can’t overstate the need to load your team full of talent as deep as you can with the proper scoring settings; they will make a real difference when times seem gloomy on your offensive side of the ball from injuries/byes/COVID.

 

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