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RB Jalen Richard - Oakland Raiders

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

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Week 12: vs Denver Broncos

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FBG says: Bad matchup. Marshawn Lynch on a yards per carry basis has been good this year as he is averaging 4.0 yards per carry, the question remains for the Raiders is why are you not giving him the ball more than what he is seeing the ball. Since week one where they came out and gave Lynch the ball 18 times, he has just seen the ball an average of 9.9 times per game. This is a big reason why the Raiders are 27th in terms of rushing yards this season as they have only run the ball 214 times which is the worst in the league while the next closest team has run it 222 times. To put this into context New England who rates as the 16th team in terms of rush attempts has run the ball 270 times, so the Raiders just are not running the ball this season. Matt Bitonti still has this offensive line as a top five offensive line this season, so they have the talent the play calling just is not there. The Broncos have been very good against the run this season as they have allowed the second-fewest yards per attempt this season at just 3.3 yards per carry and have also held opponents to the sixth-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs on the year. This is a team that when they have had faults throughout the year it has been to pass-catching running backs as New England had two receiving touchdowns two weeks ago one to Rex Burkhead the other to James White. On the season, the Broncos have only allowed one running back to go over 55 yards rushing and that was Orleans Darkwa. Oakland Passing Offense

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at BUF 26 5 21 0 7 5 35 0 1 4.6
9 at MIA 12 5 14 0 1 0 0 0 0 1.4
11 vs NE 11 4 19 0 3 2 9 0 0 2.8
12 vs DEN PROJ-Dodds * 4 * * 2 * * * *
12 vs DEN PROJ-Tremblay * 4 * * 2 * * * *
12 vs DEN PROJ-Bloom * 4 * * 2 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs NE (4 / 19 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 9 / 0 rec)

Richard impressed in limited work. He was able to make himself skinny and squirt through small holes for gains of five or six yards on multiple occasions. When it looked like he'd be stacked up at the line, he slithered through and kept his legs moving for solid gains.

2017 Week 9 vs MIA (5 / 14 / 0 rush, 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

Richard played just 19% of the snaps, splitting time with Washington behind Lynch. He was an afterthought in the passing game, with just one target.

2017 Week 8 vs BUF (5 / 21 / 0 rush, 7 / 5 / 35 / 0 rec)

Richard played 40% of the snaps but did little with his opportunity for extended playing time. He wasn't able to maintain his balance after taking light contact on a 3rd-and-1 carry, falling behind the line of scrimmage. Richard made a costly mistake on special teams. Returning the opening kick of the second half, Richard slipped and fell. When he got back on his feet, he had the ball stripped away to set up the Bills deep in Raiders territory.

2017 Week 7 vs KC (9 / 31 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)

With Lynch getting ejected from the game midway through the second quarter, Richard and DeAndre Washington split snaps and carries almost exactly down the middle. Richard played one more snap (26 to 25) and had one more touch (12 to 11).

2017 Week 6 vs LAC (2 / -1 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 27 / 0 rec)

Richard was the second back into the game and received a couple carries in the first quarter that went nowhere. He is the Raiders main back in the hurry-up offense and did most of his damage on a field goal drive in the final minute before halftime, catching passes over the middle for gains of 11 and 8 yards.

2017 Week 5 vs BAL (9 / 37 / 0 rush, 2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)

With DeAndre Washington sidelined, Richard played a season-high 45% of the snaps. He was able to find some early success, including a darting 14-yard run weaving his way off of left tackle on his first touch of the game. But he was mostly bottled up the rest of the way. The Raiders tried to set up screens to Richard on two separate occasions but the Ravens sniffed them out and forced Manuel to throw the ball away.

2017 Week 4 vs DEN (2 / 7 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 20 / 0 rec)

Richard showed major burst on a 3rd-and-6 catch that he took for a 20-yard gain. He caught the ball a couple of yards behind the line of scrimmage, turned upfield, and exploded forward through a gap for the big gain. He had a decent run for seven yards but was stuffed for no gain on his only other carry.

2017 Week 3 vs WAS (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Richard totaled just five yards on his three touches. He played just six snaps and remains third on the depth chart.

2017 Week 2 vs NYJ (6 / 58 / 1 rush, 2 / 2 / 51 / 0 rec)

Richard was outstanding on his limited touches. He caught a short crossing route, made a sweet cut and exploded upfield for a 39-yard gain. Richard finished the play with a nasty stiff arm to the jaw of rookie safety Jamal Adams. Richard's second big play was a 52-yard touchdown. He lined up next to Carr and took a pitch to the right side, put his foot in the ground with a decisive cut and burst upfield through a big hole and went untouched into the end zone.

2017 Week 1 vs TEN (5 / 22 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 6 / 0 rec)

Richard was the third back in, but split snaps and touches pretty evenly with Washington. Richard had more success as a runner than Washington on a very small sample size against the Titans. But as long as Lynch is dominating the carries and Richard and Washington are sharing the backup job, neither has any fantasy value. Richard's best play of the day came on a 3rd down reception over the middle. He got to the sticks and went low to snag the ball and held on despite a big hit.


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