Fantasy Football 2020: Best Las Vegas Raiders Draft Day Sleepers

by Alex Kurpeski and Angel Maldonado Tejada


Alex’s Pick: QB Derek Carr, ADP of 9.02 in 2-QB leagues (As of August 19, 2020)

Derek Carr has never finished lower than QB20 in any season of his career. Don’t believe me? Feel free to check for yourself! Though Carr is about as boring as a quarterback as there is, his numbers suggest that he is one of the most consistent passers in the NFL. In multiple QB or SuperFlex leagues, Carr could be an extremely valuable asset though his price tag currently has him coming off of draft boards as the QB24, making him an excellent value. 

Say what you will about Carr’s means of production, but David’s brother has certainly done one thing well during his time with the Raiders: completed passes. Carr completed 70.4% of his passes last season while throwing for 4,054 yards. With the additions of Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards, I fully expect to see a more aggressive version of Carr in 2020, giving him and the Raiders offense a much higher ceiling and thus a legitimate shot at a QB1 finish. Forget about Marcus Mariota, it’s time to take Carr and run before the cops arrest you for Carr-jacking. 


Angel’s Pick: Bryan Edwards, ADP of 14.02 (as of September 4th, 2020)

Yes, this is a popular sleeper, but where there’s smoke there’s fire and there’s plenty of smoke surrounding Edwards at the moment.
Even before Tyrell Williams’ season-ending injury, Edwards was receiving plenty of praise from beat reporters that were impressed by his red zone performance in addition to the hype from his starting quarterback. While he may not be Davante Adams, Bryan Edwards is a player who is going to get high-value touches in an improved offense. With a College Dominator ranking in the 94.8 percentile and a breakout age in the 100th percentile, Edwards has shown the ability to be a leading wide receiver in the past and has excelled at the role. With Ruggs stretching the field with his speed and playmaking ability, it’ll be up to Edwards to serve as the X option for Derek Carr as the Raiders look to keep up with the improving AFC West offenses.

All it takes is a 14th round pick to pick up this possible breakout star. HE won’t be a league-winner, but he can be a solid flex at virtually no cost. In the later rounds of a draft, that’s all you can hope for. When your draft is closing and you’re looking for a sleeper that has legitimate flex potential, draft Bryan Edwards and hope that the Raiders offensive line stays healthy.

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