3 Raiders to Watch on 'Hard Knocks' for 2019 Fantasy Football Season

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 24: Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders speaks with head coach Jon Gruden on the sidelines during their NFL game against the Denver Broncos at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 24, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Robert Reiners/Getty Images)
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It was announced yesterday that this season's "Hard Knocks" will feature the Oakland Raiders. With the amount of personalities, newly-acquired talent and the storyline of the Raiders leaving Oakland, this could be a great season for the show.

We know coach Jon Gruden will be absolute gold for the cameras, but fantasy players could potentially learn a lot from watching the show. With that in mind, here are three players to watch on "Hard Knocks" for fantasy purposes.

3. Derek Carr, QB

OAKLAND, CA - DECEMBER 02: Derek Carr #4 of the Oakland Raiders celebrates after a touchdown pass against the Kansas City Chiefs during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on December 2, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
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It's safe to say Derek Carr's first season under head coach Jon Gruden wasn't exactly a success. It will be interesting to see whether or not Carr can improve upon his underwhelming 2018 season while dealing with the scrutiny that comes from being on "Hard Knocks." He is a QB2 for fantasy right now, but a successful "Hard Knocks" could certainly bump up his draft stock.

2. Josh Jacobs, RB

NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE - APRIL 25:  Josh Jacobs of Alabama reacts after being chosen #24 overall by the Oakland Raiders during the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft on April 25, 2019 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Josh Jacobs has a chance to come in and assert himself as the Raiders' starting running back, and "Hard Knocks" could provide viewers with some unique insight about where he stands on the depth chart. Oakland lost RB Isaiah Crowell to a torn Achilles, but Jacobs could still face some stiff competition for the starting job. Jacobs will primarily have to contend with Doug Martin, who finished 2018 with 723 rushing yards, and Jalen Richard, who is the team's receiving back. If Jacobs shows flashes on "Hard Knocks" it could be a sign of things to come for the Alabama product.

1. Antonio Brown, WR

PITTSBURGH, PA - NOVEMBER 08:  Antonio Brown #84 of the Pittsburgh Steelers warms up before the game against the Oakland Raiders at Heinz Field on November 8, 2015 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  (Photo by Justin K. Aller/Getty Images)
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Given the drama surrounding his arrival in Oakland this offseason, Antonio Brown will likely be one of the main storylines on "Hard Knocks." For fantasy purposes, watching to see what kind of chemistry he has with Carr could be important. Brown is still one of the most talented receivers in the league, and he has a chance to put together another huge season if he can mesh with Carr early on.

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