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What's Going to Happen in the Oakland Backfield? - Footballguys

The Footballguys staff offers thoughts on the Oakland running back situation

Oakland has one of many backfields where the roles are not clearly defined. Since running back is one of the most important positions in fantasy football, it's wise to get as clear a picture as possible on every backfield.

Marshawn Lynch came out of retirement in 2017 and performed well down the stretch. The arrival of Jon Gruden also brought Doug Martin. Is Martin clearly behind Lynch, or are their roles similar? Do Jalen Richard and/or Deandre Washington have any value here?

Wood: The Raiders are one of my picks for worst teams in football. I expect the Gruden era to get off to a horrific start and the offense to struggle for fantasy relevance. Greg Olson has a long and storied history of being a horrible offensive coordinator. Gruden hiring him in this role is one of an ever-increasing string of questionable decisions he’s made since his return from the broadcasting booth. I expect both Lynch and Martin will be unusable in most weeks because the team won’t be in a game script supportive of a ground attack.

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