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The Oakland Raiders are a mess. They traded away Khalil Mack, they traded away Amari Cooper, the locker room is disgruntled with Derek Carr and now they've lost Marshawn Lynch for the year.  


Head coach Jon Gruden wanted to change things up when he arrived back in Oakland, but now the team has all but entered a rebuild sitting at 1-5 on the year. 


However bleak the future may look for the Raiders, there are still games to be played and that means they need a starting running back. 

​​Doug Martin is now Gruden's guy. Martin only has 27 carries for 99 yards on the season, but he does have the pedigree to be an effective back. In the only two seasons he was fully healthy in Tampa he ran for 1,454 yards (2012) and 1,402 yards (2015). So he might still have it in him. 


Jalen Richard has been the Raiders pass-catching back, and that doesn't look like it will change either. 

Fantasy wise, Martin is now relevant as a fringe start, but until the Raiders can prove they can run the ball he's more of a waiver pick up and stash move. Richard is also still relevant despite this as he's very active in the passing game and that shouldn't change. The Raiders season is pretty much over, but perhaps Martin can be a bright spot as the year circles the drain. 


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