2016 Fantasy Football Defenses: Number 15 – Oakland Raiders
Smith is somewhat of a shutdown corner. He might not be the best corner in the league, but he can play. Smith accumulated two interceptions and 40 tackles last season for the Kansas City Chiefs. He also added 12 passes defended. Smith doesn’t make it easy for opposing wide receivers.
Those numbers aren’t the best, but he will give the pass rush for Oakland more time to sack the quarterback resulting in fantasy points.
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Seven of the 16 games the Raiders played last season, resulted in nine or more fantasy points scored. The highest point total came against the eventually Super Bowl Champions, Denver Broncos at Denver during week 14. The Raiders racked up 15 points against the Broncos that day.
In the games against the Broncos, stud pass rusher, Khalil Mack had himself a day. He totaled five sacks, six tackles, and one assist. Mack did most of the damage for the Raiders defense which surrendered 12 points to Denver in the 15-12 road victory.
This season, the Raiders defense has seven favorable match ups, according to fantasypros.com. Four of the seven games come against the top five worst offenses heading into this season.
The Oakland Raiders are maybe worth a stash on the bench or a plug and play defense this fantasy football season. If the Raiders stay near the middle of the pack defensively, a team might be able to drop a player and add the Raiders defense as a plug and play defense this season without taking up a valuable roster spot for too long.
The Oakland Raiders might be the team that helps a fantasy team get to the playoffs this season. Do not overlook the Raiders as a late draft pick in fantasy drafts. They just might give your team the boost it needs.