Scouts like Clive Walford’s ability to work the middle of the field, with his quickness off the line of scrimmage and good route-running ability.
“He’s a complete tight end,” Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said. “Are you a blocking tight end or a receiving tight end? We think he’s both.”
It's difficult for a tight end to make a big fantasy impact as a rookie, especially since Walford would have to beat out Mychal Rivera, who caught 58 passes for 534 yards and four touchdowns and averaged 4.5 catches over the final 10 games. He was the #6 PPR TE in that span. One thing working in Walford's favor is that the coaching staff is new, so they have no ties to Rivera other than what they've seen on film.
OAK TE Mychal Rivera - 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook
Mychal Rivera is going into the final year of his rookie contract after being drafted No. 184 in 2013. The Raiders have openly said that they are open to trading the 6’3", 245 lb tight end. He catches the ball well but is a liability as a blocker and offers little after catch ability.
Rivera fell back on the depth chart last season behind rookie Clive Walford for targets in the pass game and at times Lee Smith in blocking situations.
2016 Bottom Line
Rivera is depth at the tight end for the Raiders at this point and should not be on your fantasy radar unless playing in a deep dynasty format.