WR Martavis Bryant - Oakland Raiders
|6-4, 211||Born: 12-20-1991||College: Clemson||Drafted: Round 4, pick 2014|
News you need to know
General News (Wed Dec 5): was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Dec. 5.
Week 14: vs Pittsburgh Steelers
FBG says: Tough matchup. Derek Carr has suffered through a rough season, sitting just 19th league-wide in adjusted yards per attempt and 24th in touchdown rate. With the Raiders seemingly tanking and most of his receivers vanishing, Carr has topped 245 yards just once over the last 6 weeks. Amari Cooper and Martavis Bryant are gone, leaving only what's left of Jordy Nelson and a handful of practice-squad types at wideout, and there's no downfield dynamism here. Of course, Carr deserves plenty of the blame himself. Skiddish in the pocket and lacking as a deep passer, his only real success this year has come in a well-blocked, sanitized scheme that relies on quick throws and checkdowns. He's completing 69% of his throws, but they're simply not having much impact. The only usable parts of this passing game for fantasy purposes are tight end Jared Cook (7 for 100 last week and a touchdown in 3 straight) and running back Jalen Richard (40 yards a game). This vanilla offense plays into their strengths and typically offers decent opportunity for both, if only in volume. The Pittsburgh pass defense is an inconsistent unit, one that looks dominant against weak passing games but is often beaten soundly by good ones. They enjoyed a very favorable run of schedule recently, allowing just 187 yards per game from Weeks 6-12. But last week, Philip Rivers brought back frightening memories from early in the year, throwing for 299 and 2 touchdowns in a crushing rally. He became the fifth passer to top 285 in this matchup, as these Steelers are often susceptible to sharp passing over the middle. The starting safeties are far more effective in run support than coverage, and they struggle to help with the inconsistent cornerbacks' limitations. Even when the dynamic pass rush is hounding quarterbacks, there are often enough coverage lapses to allow for splash plays and big numbers, but on the season still has been above average and should give the weak Oakland passing offense all that it can handle this week.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Martavis Bryant's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 10 vs LAC (3 / 3 / 17 / 0 rec, 1 / 2 / 0 rush)
Bryant was having a quiet game even prior to injuring his knee in the third quarter. He ran a fade route deep down the right sideline and was called for offensive pass interference. Bryant landed awkwardly on the play and didn't return. There are concerns his knee injury could be season ending, with speculation pointing to a torn PCL.
2018 Week 9 vs SF (2 / 2 / 29 / 0 rec, 1 / 17 / 0 rush)
Bryant played just a part-time role (37% of the snaps). He does seem to be a primary target fairly often when he is on the field, though. He showed nice speed taking an end around for 17 yards on the opening drive also had a 23-yard reception.
2018 Week 8 vs IND (0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Bryant was never targeted but was on the field often and used successfully as a decoy. Carr faked a short screen to Bryant and then hit Jared Cook for a 25-yard touchdown.
2018 Week 6 vs SEA (3 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Bryant showed his speed on a 12-yard gain on a quick wide receiver screen but otherwise was barely involved.
2018 Week 5 vs LAC (3 / 3 / 91 / 0 rec)
Bryant made a pretty over the shoulder catch and tapped his toes along the sideline for a 23-yard gain on a fade route. Bryant had a 21-yard catch that was going to be called back for offensive pass interference but he fumbled the ball while trying to switch hands and the Chargers recovered. Bryant caught a deep crossing route for a 47-yard gain late in the game. He has made a few splash plays but has also made way too many costly mistakes over the past few weeks.
2018 Week 4 vs CLE (7 / 3 / 51 / 0 rec)
Bryant was wide open for what should have been a 53-yard touchdown. He seemed to panic with the ball in the air and so much time and space to make the catch, stumbled and then couldn't hold on. Bryant had a gain of 28 on a post route. He showed his elite speed running away from the defender and carried a tackler for a few yards after contact as well. Bryant had an incredible effort as a blocker on Marshawn Lynch's 52-yard run. He had the key block to spring Lynch to the outside and then ran ahead and destroyed the safety, allowing Lynch to pick up another 20 yards on the end of the run.
2018 Week 3 vs MIA (5 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
With Seth Roberts a healthy scratch, Bryant operated as the unquestioned third receiver. He was able to pick up 11 yards on a quick wide receiver screen early. The Raiders have tried to get the ball into Bryant's hands short and let him try to make plays as a runner. So far, he has proven adept with these opportunities. The targets deeper down the field were more of a mixed bag. He was able to hang on through contact on a 19-yard completion down the sideline. However, with the game on the line in the final minutes, Bryant was targeted in the corner of the end zone on a fade route and Xavien Howard won the jump ball away from Bryant for a game-winning interception.
2018 Week 2 vs DEN (4 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)
Bryant operated as the fourth receiver. He showed his elite speed on a wide receiver screen for a gain of 22 yards on his first touch of the game. While Bryant didn't do anything spectacular, he had a solid debut performance that gives him something positive to build on moving forward.
Latest NewsRaiders | Martavis Bryant goes to IR (Wed Dec 5, 02:57 PM) - Oakland Raiders WR Martavis Bryant (knee) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Dec. 5. Our View: Bryant has not played since Week 10 due to this PCL injury. He was added to the Raiders via trade (third-round pick) with the Steelers earlier this year. Bryant finishes the season with 19 catches for 266 yards. He's set to be a free agent in 2019.
link to story Raiders | Martavis Bryant will not play (Sun Dec 2, 02:43 PM) - Oakland Raiders WR Martavis Bryant (knee) has been declared inactive for the team's Week 13 game. link to story Raiders | Week 13 Oakland Raiders inactives (Sun Dec 2, 02:39 PM) - The Oakland Raiders have declared OT Chaz Green, LB Emmanuel Lamur, WR Martavis Bryant, DB Montrel Meander, OT Justin Murray, TE Darren Waller and OL Ian Silberman inactive for Week 13. link to story Raiders | Martavis Bryant downgraded (Sat Dec 1, 06:32 PM) - Oakland Raiders WR Martavis Bryant (knee) was downgraded from questionable to doubtful for Week 13. He has not practiced in three weeks. Our View: No surprise here. Marcel Ateman and Jordy Nelson will be the Raiders top targets at the wide receiver position.
link to story Raiders | Oakland's injury report for Week 13 (Fri Nov 30, 04:22 PM) - Oakland Raiders CB Leon Hall (back) did not practice all week and has been ruled out for Week 13 against the Kansas City Chiefs. WR Martavis Bryant (knee), DT Maurice Hurst (ankle), DE Arden Key (knee) and CB Daryl Worley (shoulder) were limited in practice Friday, Nov. 30, and are listed as questionable. C Rodney Hudson (ankle) and DT Frostee Rucker (neck) were also limited in practice Friday but taken off the injury report. LB Shilique Calhoun (neck), QB Derek Carr (ankle), OG Gabe Jackson (pectoral), OT Kolton Miller (knee) and OL Kelechi Osemele (knee) fully participated in practice Friday and no longer appear on the injury report. link to story More News
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