Fantasy Football 2018: WR Martavis Bryant To Oakland Raiders - Impact & Reaction
Martavis Bryant Fantasy Impact In 2018
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The Oakland Raiders made a trade draft night with the Pittsburgh Steelers to snag wide receiver Martavis Bryant. The troubled receiver had his ups and downs with the black and yellow, which included being suspended for all of 2016, and he has just 16 career starts in three played seasons. However, when on the field, Bryant has proven to be a talented player with big play ability.
So, what does Bryant going to Oakland do for his fantasy stock?
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Bryant is currently a top-50 receiver fantasy wise, making him a decent option for your third WR spot or an option for the flex position when getting good matchup. While young and a matchup problem at 6’4”, Bryant will still be the third option behind Amari Cooper and the newly added Jordy Nelson. Keep in mind that Bryant only has five career games of 100-plus receiving yards and that was while getting favorable matchups as majority of the attention was on Antonio Brown. Bryant has also caught under 60 percent of his targets each of the three years, which aren’t percentages you want to see. There’s simply not a large enough sample size to suggest reaching for the Oakland WR come draft day.
With that said, there’s still value to put Bryant on your team and hope things break. Bryant wasn’t used a ton in Pittsburgh, as he only had four games of double-digit targets and that should change with the aggressive Derek Carr leading the charge. Also, Bryant is averaging over 800 receiving yards and eight touchdowns per 16 games, which isn’t too shabby for a third string or somebody you play as a bye replacement. Bryant has at least one touchdown reception in 14 of his 36 games played, which is 38.8 percent.
Assuming Bryant can play a full year and the change of scenery is what he needed, he could be in for his best and most consistent season yet. And while facing some of the top pass defenses in the AFC West, he’s sure to see favorable coverages with Cooper and Nelson getting more attention.
I love the addition for the Oakland Raiders, and the move improves Bryant’s fantasy stock as well.