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Fantasy football 2013 draft preview: Oakland Raiders team report

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In his last five seasons with the Raiders, Darren McFadden has struggled to stay healthy for a full year.

Fantasy football 2013 draft prep central: Rankings, position primers and much more

Fantasy football draft season is here. Prep to win your league with SI.com's ongoing preview, including team-by-team breakdowns that examine each club's key fantasy storyline and much more.

Key fantasy storyline

Fantasy owners have waited half a decade for Darren McFadden to capitalize on his once-limitless potential. Therefore, if this contract year can't do it, then nothing can.

McFadden turns 26 years old this season, and this might be his one last chance to prove capable of playing a full season and being a worthwhile fantasy starter in Oakland. His talent, not his production, will get him drafted as such; however, the Raiders' inept offense will not give him much of a chance to produce up to his draft position, much less stay healthy along the way.

The Raiders already struggle with Matt Flynn's throwing limitations, so it shouldn't come as a shock when defenses come geared up to stuff McFadden both in the running and passing games.

Maybe punching his ticket out of Oakland is all McFadden really needs. Either way, don't put your fantasy team at risk.

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Schedule analysis

Oakland Raiders' 2013 schedule
Including a look at how the Raiders' upcoming foes fared defensively in fantasy last season.
WeekOpponent2012 rank against QBAgainst RBAgainst WRAgainst TE
1@ Indianapolis1227269
2vs. Jacksonville20291219
3@ Denver92530
4vs. Washington29113031
5vs. San Diego2113208
6@ Kansas City19262127
7BYEN/AN/AN/AN/A
8vs. Pittsburgh1473
9vs. Philadelphia2716275
10@ N.Y. Giants26152913
11@ Houston1812229
12vs. Tennessee25301932
13@ Dallas13281519
14@ N.Y. Jets525121
15vs. Kansas City19262127
16@ San Diego2113208
17vs. Denver92530

Stats via FFToday.com

All of the Raiders' matchups are considered relatively tough, because they're seen as such a weak team. The numbers should be particularly suppressed against Denver (twice), Pittsburgh, Houston and even the Jets. Outside of those weeks that could wind up as shutouts, a subpar team will likely get several opportunities to pile up garbage-time stats.

Depth chart

QB: Matt Flynn, Terrelle Pryor, Tyler Wilson

RB: Darren McFadden, Rashad Jennings, Latavius Murray

WR: Denarius Moore, Rod Streater, Jacoby Ford

TE: David Ausberry, Mychal Rivera, Nick Kasa

K: Sebastian Janikowski

Defensive analysis

Oakland Raiders' 2012 defensive rankings
Ranking typeTotal DRushing DPassing DPoints allowed
NFL rank18182028
Ranking typeAgainst QBAgainst RBAgainst WRAgainst TE
Fantasy rank23241826

Stats via NFL.com and FFToday.com

The Raiders defense wasn't as bad as the scoreboard suggests, but it won't be getting any better with the suspect nature of their quarterback position and offense in general. A bad offense tends to put defenses in uncompromising positions during a game, so don't consider Oakland defensive unit as viable in any fantasy leagues. Outside of defensive back Tyvon Branch, linebacker Kevin Burnett or veteran Charles Woodson as late-round sleepers, there aren't many players to consider for IDP formats either.

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