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Next season will likely be the last time the Oakland Raiders play in the Black Hole, but Oakland has been a black hole for wide receiver's fantasy value lately.
While it's unfair to put too much of the blame on Derek Carr, his conservative style of play certainly isn't helping matters.
Carr has never ranked in the top half of the league in yards per pass attempt (YPA), which could hurt Antonio Brown's fantasy value.
Derek Carr has never had an above-average season in yards per pass attempt. His yearly ranks among QBs:— Graham Barfield (@GrahamBarfield) March 10, 2019
2014 — 33rd-of-33 (5.5 YPA)
2015 — 25th-of-35 (7.0 YPA)
2016 — 18th-of-30 (7.0 YPA)
2017 — 19th-of-32 (6.8 YPA)
2018 — 20th-of-33 (7.3 YPA)
Brown is one of the most dynamic downfield receivers in the league, averaging 13.4 yards per reception over the course of his career. If Carr continues his dink-and-dunk passing style, Brown's value could take a hit in Oakland.
Cowboys will watch Amari Cooper highlights when Raiders draft https://t.co/YOQktaw2Mx— ProFootballTalk (@ProFootballTalk) February 26, 2019
For example, just look at the difference in Amari Cooper's production once he was traded to the Dallas Cowboys. Cooper amassed 725 yards and six touchdowns in just nine games with the Cowboys, which is a massive step up from the 280 yards and one touchdown he tallied in his six games with the Raiders.
However, we should note the Raiders are reportedly interested in the Heisman Trophy winner, Kyler Murray. If Jon Gruden trades up to draft Murray, this stat would quickly become irrelevant, but as it stands, Carr's hesitance to go deep should worry Brown's fantasy owners.
No offense to Cooper, but Carr has never played with a receiver as dynamic as Brown. Perhaps Brown's presence will convince Carr to break his conservative tendencies, but if not, Brown's fantasy value could take a hit in Oakland.
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