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Scouting report

by Andy Rioux

OAK WR Rod Streater - 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

After a promising 2013 season during which he caught 60 passes for 888 yards and four touchdowns, Rod Streater was poised to continue his success story in 2014. Streater, who came out of nowhere to make the Raiders roster in 2012 as an undrafted free agent out of Temple, was entering his third season last year, which is often considered a milestone year for wide receivers. He would have had a good young quarterback to work with in Derek Carr, but Streater unfortunately only played in three games due to injury. Can the 27-year-old now make up for lost time?

Fantasy Upside
In Carr’s first game, he hooked up with Streater for a touchdown, which shows the duo has a pretty decent connection. Oakland bolstered their talent base out wide by drafting Amari Cooper and signing Michael Crabtree, making Streater essentially a third receiver. However, in many ways, both Cooper and Crabtree have to prove themselves. Cooper must show he is worth the hype of being a high draft pick, and Crabtree needs to return to the form he showed in San Francisco back in 2012. If that duo struggles or injuries strike, the steady Streater can pick up the slack better than other Raider receivers such as Andre Holmes.

Fantasy Downside
Speaking of injuries, Streater was not activated from the active/PUP list until mid-August. He lost reps he needed to get familiar with a new offensive system and now must prove he can stay healthy. In other places, being a third target is not so bad, but it's a low-upside role with the Raiders -- especially with Cooper potentially being a much more dynamic receiver than Oakland has had in a long time.

Bottom Line
Streater is a capable player, but he is currently in a position where he will not offer much help to fantasy owners. While he should not be on your roster heading into the season, Streater is not a bad candidate for your early-season watch list.

by Andy Rioux

OAK WR Rod Streater - Week 3, 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 – Rod Streater at New England Patriots
Rod Streater suffered a hip flexor injury last Sunday in Oakland’s 30-14 loss to Houston and his status for this weekend is in doubt. He finished with one catch for six yards. It is disappointing to see Streater potentially on the shelf as Rod had delivered a decent game on opening day. Nonetheless, he probably would have been on your bench regardless, as conquering New England’s defense is a tall task.

by Andy Rioux

OAK WR Rod Streater - Week 2, 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 – Rod Streater vs. Houston Texans
Rod Streater was Oakland’s leading receiver in week one, catching five passes for 46 yards and a touchdown as the Raiders were unable to pull off an upset over the Jets. As is the case with every receiver on the Oakland roster, Streater lacks upside, but Rod is the steadiest of the bunch. In the right matchup, he might be able to help your team. Unfortunately, Houston’s defense will probably make life tough for young quarterback Derek Carr and the rest of the Oakland offense, which relegates Rod to benches across the fantasy football landscape.

by Andy Rioux

OAK WR Rod Streater - Week 1, 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 – Rod Streater at New York Jets

Rod Streater, who was born in New Jersey, had a productive homecoming when he played in his native state late in the 2013 season. Streater caught seven passes for 130 yards and a touchdown as the Raiders dropped a 37-27 decision to the Jets.

New York’s cornerback situation is dismal, and it would not be far-fetched to see Streater have another big day. However, the Raiders will be starting rookie Derek Carr at quarterback, which caps Streater’s upside. Rod still projects as Oakland’s top receiver this week, but with Carr potentially struggling in his first start and a host of other players such as James Jones and Denarius Moore bidding for targets, there are better gambles out there.

by Andy Rioux

OAK WR Rod Streater - 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook

The Oakland Raiders are notorious for making mistakes. However, even Oakland can get it right sometimes. Rod Streater was signed as an undrafted free agent out of Temple prior to the 2012 season, made the roster, and caught 38 passes. In 2013, Streater took a big step forward, leading Oakland in receiving with 60 receptions for 888 yards. He also added four touchdowns, which tied for second on the team. Clearly Streater’s career is trending in the right direction. As he heads into his third season, which is often a prosperous one for receivers, can Rod emerge as a regular fantasy starter?

Fantasy Upside
On a team with plenty of boom-or-bust receivers such as Denarius Moore, Andre Holmes, and to a lesser degree James Jones, Streater’s steady play stands out. He has a fairly decent chance of leading the team in receptions. Although Rod is typically typecast as a possession receiver, he has generated plays of over 60 yards in each of his first two seasons. He is capable of big games, as he caught seven passes for 130 yards and a touchdown last year in a loss to the New York Jets. Oakland will not win many games, giving their receivers a chance to compile numbers while in comeback mode.

Fantasy Downside
So far in his short career, Streater has played with a number of different quarterbacks, and the only truly decent one he has worked with is Carson Palmer. Fading veteran Matt Schaub is currently Oakland’s starter. Maybe rookie Derek Carr will be the long-term answer for the Raiders, but Carr will be learning on the job once he gets a chance. The instability behind center has stunted Rod’s growth as a player. In fact, it would be hard to see him exceeding last year’s numbers with another quarterback shuffle ahead. With Jones being an established veteran, it is possible he could steal a lot of Streater’s thunder. Oakland has to play a number of teams with strong defenses.

Bottom Line
Even if Streater ends up as Oakland’s top receiver, that does not make him all that valuable in fantasy. The Raiders represent a parched desert in the fantasy soil and we don’t see that changing anytime soon. If you are in a deeper league, Rod might be okay as your last receiver on the bench. In smaller settings, he is nothing more than a higher-level free agent.

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