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RB Jalen Richard - Oakland Raiders

5-8, 210Born: 10-15-1993College: Southern MississippiDrafted: ---

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 12): Richard has actually been putting up PPR RB2 numbers for over a month now, and if the Raiders continue to struggle, that trend should continue. There is some unpredictability to his value with the Raiders looking to the future.

Week 11: at Arizona Cardinals

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FBG says: Good matchup. Doug Martin kept the chains moving for the Raiders with another decent performance last week. Martin has now averaged over 4.0 yards per rush attempt in three straight games since taking over for the injured Marshawn Lynch. He is the clear lead back from a rushing perspective, but given the game scripts the Raiders have got themselves into, Martin simply is not getting the touches needed to put up decent numbers. The Raiders as a team are averaging just fewer than 100 rushing yards per game now with only four rushing touchdowns on the season. It is a shame they continuously playing from behind, as they have one of the best centers in football to anchor an offensive line that excels in run protection despite their woes against the pass rush. With Jalen Richard on the field for 40-50 percent of snaps as the Raiders play catch-up, Martin's upside as a rusher will have to be capped unless he finds the end zone, which the Raiders offense has failed to do in three of their last four games. The Cardinals defense appeared to be right on par with expectations in last week's performance, giving up 118 yards and a touchdown on the ground. This defense has allowed over 100 rushing yards in all but one game this season with four running backs rushing for at least 90 yards and a touchdown against them. While the touchdowns have slowed down in recent weeks, Arizona has still allowed the second-most rushing touchdowns in the league while giving up an average of 140 rushing yards per game. The defense overall played well against one of the league's top offenses last week, but they still allowed some chunk plays on the ground despite the talent of this Cardinals defensive front. Part of the woes for this Cardinals run defense can definitely be attributed to the game scripts, as they often have been playing from behind while running backs are averaging nearly a full three rush attempts per game more against Arizona than any other defense. With the Cardinals favored at home here, the rushing attempts from Oakland certainly may be down. The Raiders have a stout run-blocking offensive line though, so if they do get rolling, Doug Martin should still be able to put up efficient numbers.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs IND 22 2 14 0 8 8 50 0 0 6.4
9 at SF 22 2 4 0 4 4 45 0 0 4.9
10 vs LAC 27 3 7 0 6 5 52 0 0 5.9
11 at ARI 0 11 61 0 4 3 32 0 0 8.3
11 at ARI PROJ-Dodds * 3 * * 6 * * * *
11 at ARI PROJ-Tremblay * 3 * * 6 * * * *
11 at ARI PROJ-Bloom * 2 * * 5 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Jalen Richard's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 10 vs LAC (3 / 7 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 52 / 0 rec)

It looks like Richard will have the second drive of each game to himself in addition to his normal work on third downs and in the two-minute offense. Despite the increased playing time, he still isn't getting much work as a runner though. He continues to make an impact as a pass catcher. He was tied for second on the team in targets and tied for the team lead in receiving yards. Richard does a great job on slant routes and angle routes out of the backfield, easily beating linebackers with his tremendous quickness.

2018 Week 9 vs SF (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)

Over half of Richard's yards came on a lucky play. He ran a quick out route that was jumped by 49ers safety Tyvis Powell. Powell dove to make the interception but had the ball go right through his hands to Richard, who had plenty of room to run and was able to pick up 25 yards. Richard led the team in targets with 4 but nine different Raiders caught passes and Richard had a surprisingly light workload given the game script. Richard played just 36% of the snaps and wasn't helped by the fact DeAndre Washington was active and logged 18% of the snaps. Even with favorable game scripts likely the rest of the way, Richard's potential fantasy impact is minimal given what looks to be a 3-man committee.

2018 Week 8 vs IND (2 / 14 / 0 rush, 8 / 8 / 50 / 0 rec)

Richard did nearly all of his damage as a receiver, catching all eight of his targets (he also had an 11-yard reception called back on a hold). Unlike previous weeks when Richard didn't play much until late, he was heavily involved from the first series on Sunday. He brought in Carr's first completion of the day on an 8-yard grab out of the backfield. Richard's receptions were mostly short and over the middle. The targets he got were high percentage passes and all went for solid gains. Richard was impressive in limited opportunities as a runner. He made a nice cut and finished strong for a 13-yard gain on his first carry. He also was able to bounce it outside for a 10-yard gain on his second carry but it was called back due to a holding penalty downfield on Seth Roberts. He only had one other carry, which went for just three yards.

2018 Week 6 vs SEA (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 48 / 0 rec)

If there was a bright spot on a dismal day for the Raiders offense, it was the play of Richard. He made some nice moves and then showed some power on a 21-yard catch and run on 3rd-and-20 to push past the sticks and get the first down. He was initially called for an offensive targeting when he lowered his head and initiated contact on a tough 7-yard catch and run along the left sideline but the official picked up the flag. With the Raiders season spiraling out of control, Richard might see a lot of game scripts in the final 10 weeks that see him heavily involved in the second half. Plus, if this ends up being a 2-14 type of season, it may make sense to give the young guys like Richard a bit more action late in the season to build for the future.

2018 Week 5 vs LAC (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 53 / 0 rec)

Richard saw a few more snaps than normal with the Raiders down three scores most of the second half. He had a 32-yard reception when Carr avoided pressure and dumped it off to him in the flat. There was a lot of open space and Richard made a man miss near the end of the run to pick up an extra ten yards. Richard made a great move on a similar play later. Carr barely escaped pressure and flipped it to Richard short. He juked the first man and made something out of nothing for a 9-yard gain. Richard's only carry came from the 5 yard line. He took it right up the middle and it looked like he was able to dive and stretch the ball across the goal line but he was ruled down just shy of the end zone.

2018 Week 4 vs CLE (1 / -2 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)

Richard barely played outside of the two-minute offense but still made a couple impact plays. A 16-yard gain on a nifty catch and run in the two-minute offense before halftime helped get the Raiders into field position. He then made one of the plays of the game in the final minute. He caught a short pass over the middle, made the first man miss and then a sweet juke move got him to the outside where he was able to get out of bounds and save valuable seconds on the clock. The 18-yard gain down to Cleveland's 7-yard line set up the game-tying touchdown the next play.

2018 Week 3 vs MIA (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 59 / 0 rec)

Nearly all of Richard's production came on a garbage-time drive in the final minutes. The Raiders took over down two scores with under two minutes left and moved methodically down the field on short completions to Richard to setup a field goal but weren't able to recover the onside kick. Richard is only rarely involved if the Raiders aren't trailing by multiple scores.

2018 Week 2 vs DEN (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

After playing half the snaps last week and leading the team in touches, Richard was an afterthought in Week 2. He touched it just twice and didn't have a catch. Chalk it up to game script. With the Raiders leading the entire game, Gruden stuck almost exclusively with the Lynch/Martin duo.

2018 Week 1 vs LAR (5 / 24 / 0 rush, 11 / 9 / 55 / 0 rec)

Richard had a major role as the pass-catching back and led the Raiders running backs in touches and snaps (50%). He was critical on a long field goal drive in the two-minute drill before half, touching the ball seven times to help set up a last-second field goal. When the Raiders fell behind by six points midway through the third quarter, Gruden made the decision to go with Richard the rest of the way. Richard did his part, making a number of plays. The most impressive was a one-handed snag along the sideline on third down to keep the chains moving. As the Raiders fell further and further behind in the second half, Richard continued to play a primary role in the offense and ended up leading the team in both touches and receptions. Some of the usage was clearly due to game script and can't be counted on to continue. However, if the Raiders really are as bad as they looked in the second half, Richard could have a lot of favorable game scripts going forward.


Latest News

Raiders | Jalen Richard tallies 93 yards (Sun Nov 18, 09:24 PM) - Oakland Raiders RB Jalen Richard rushed 11 times for 61 yards and caught three passes for 32 yards in a 23-21 win over the Arizona Cardinals in Week 11.

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Raiders | Eight touches for Jalen Richard (Sun Nov 11, 10:50 PM) - Oakland Raiders RB Jalen Richard rushed three times for seven yards in the Week 10 game against the Los Angeles Chargers and he added five grabs for 52 yards on six targets.

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