by Aaron Kagan
Entering his sixth season, Derek Carr has exemplified incredible abilities and steady production throughout his time with the Oakland Raiders. He has consistently thrown for over 3000 yards and even more than 4000 yards in one season. His average yards per play has been steadily increasing throughout his career, and that was with low-level weaponry at his disposal, with no true WR1. Now for the 2019 season, he has a multitude of weapons in his arsenal. This by itself will be very helpful to Carr’s production. The question now posed is if he can become fantasy relevant with these new highly skilled players playing alongside him.
With the Antonio Brown joining his team via trade, as well as the signing of Tyrell Williams in the offseason, these players will add a deep threat dimension to the Oakland Raiders game plan. This will do much to help split defenders and make them focus more downfield. Along with these weapons, the Oakland Raiders added Trent Brown to the offensive line. This huge acquisition will only help Derek Carr with some much-needed protection in the pocket. It is hard to imagine Derek Carr not having a career year this year.
The fact was known that Derek Carr liked to utilize the tight end position, and that was definitely re-organized with new additions in the offseason. Although the team had lost Jared Cook to the New Orleans Saints, they had signed Luke Willson as a free agent, in addition to drafting rookie Foster Moreau to grow and develop behind him. Willson is a great pass catcher with incredible blocking skills, and this combination is greatly sought after when looking into the position. The drafting of workhorse running back Josh Jacobs in the first round of the 2019 NFL Draft will help to open the field for these new astute pass catchers to work the defense.
With his consistent production throughout his career, Derek Carr has the ability to make his career year happen here and now in 2019. With the new coaching staff getting more and more acclimated to Carr’s abilities; and Carr getting more used to the play-calling he will be utilized in, this will only be positive for his 2019 season outlook. The idea of fantasy relevance is confirmed when the team actually plays football at the level that is expected of them. This is easier said than done, but the possibility of this happening is definitely there.