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

Zach Brunner
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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

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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

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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

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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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