QB Derek Carr - Oakland Raiders
|6-2, 214||Born: 3-28-1991||College: Fresno State||Drafted: Round 2, pick 2014|
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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 8): If we were looking for a second good game from Carr to get him back in our streamer rotation, we didn't find it in Week 5. He was a mess against the Chargers and probably shouldn't be trusted in London against the Seahawks this week.
General News (Sat Oct 13): said there is a "fine line" between making aggressive throws and playing it safe, and he believes his decision making will improve as he continues to learn head coach Jon Gruden's offensive system.
Week 6: vs Seattle Seahawks
FBG says: Neutral matchup. The Raiders passing offense has put up big yardage totals with Derek Carr averaging nearly 330 passing yards while completing over 70 percent of his passes this season. Carr has made his fair share of mistakes on his way to those gaudy yardage numbers though, leading the league with eight interceptions while only passing for seven touchdowns--four of which came in the overtime thriller against Cleveland. Tight end Jared Cook has been the top target for Carr this season, surprising most of the industry with his bounce-back of a start to this season. Cook was quiet last week but has seen consistent volume with a couple big games on his resume. Amari Cooper has been the epitome of boom or bust this season. In Week 2 and Week 4, Cooper has a combined 18 receptions for 244 yards and a touchdown. In his other three games, Cooper has only four receptions for 36 yards. Jordy Nelson, on the other hand, has hauled in at least four receptions and a touchdown in three straight weeks since shifting to more of the slot receiver role--including the 173-yard explosion in Week 3. The Seahawks defense played relatively against the league's top offense last week despite being without both Earl Thomas and Mychal Kendricks, but they still have a few flaws to be exploited. Frank Clark anchored a defensive line that applied pressure at times on Jared Goff last week, but they only managed to notch one sack as the pressure was neither persistent nor particularly strong. Clark and company should have a chance to feast this week though as they square off against a pair of young Raiders tackles. Safety continues to be a strong position for the Seahawks as Tedric Thompson has looked great in replacement of Thomas while Bradley McDougald continues to play at a high level. Their weakness remains cornerback though, as all three of the starters have struggled this season. Nelson should see the toughest matchup against Justin Coleman if he continues taking snaps from the slot, but the veteran Nelson still should be able to get free a few times. The outside receivers for Oakland can also find success here as Tre Flowers has played poorly for most of this season while Shaquill Griffin had a tough time with the Rams receivers last week. The Seahawks have held tight ends relatively in check this season though as Jared Cook will see an unfavorable matchup against safety Bradley McDougald.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24
Derek Carr's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 5 vs LAC (24 / 33 / 268 / 1 / 1 pass, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Carr had a rough game. The deck was stacked against him to some extent with a pair of overmatched rookie tackles starting. The duo had a number of costly penalties and gave up pressures far too often. Carr made a few nice throws early, including a long completion down the sideline to Martavis Bryant perfectly place behind the corner and short of the safety. He also had a few decent moments escaping pressure and making plays, including a desperation dump off to Jalen Richard that went for 32 yards. However, there were more lowlights than highlights on the day. Perhaps because of the pressure, Carr was too willing to check down on third down and dump it off well short of the first down marker. He also threw away any chance of the Raiders staging a late comeback with an awful interception in the end zone. Instead of running the ball with Lynch on 1st-and-goal from the 1 yard line, the Raiders ran play action. It wasn't open immediately, so Carr backpedaled and then inexplicably decided to throw back across his body to the middle of the end zone, right into the hands of Melvin Ingram. Carr has made way too many of these head-scratching decisions that have led to interceptions this season. Carr scored a garbage-time touchdown on a 1-yard pass to an uncovered Jordy Nelson. Carr snapped the ball before either the defense or two of his own receivers were set. For some reason the play wasn't blown dead and Carr was able to toss it out wide to Jordy Nelson before the cornerback could get out to cover him.
2018 Week 4 vs CLE (35 / 58 / 437 / 4 / 2 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
It was a sloppy game for Carr, who threw multiple interceptions for the third time in four games. However, he played through the mistakes, got hot late, and was able to lead an improbable comeback to force overtime. While he didn't have his A-game most of the way, he showed a lot of grit and determination. The overall numbers are impressive for Carr but the yardage totals were inflated due to the Raiders running a whopping 90 plays and Carr dropping back to pass 61 times. The game started off on a shaky note. Carr had Jordy Nelson streaking down the middle of the field with no defender even close to him and he badly underthrew it on what should have been a 72-yard touchdown. Carr also threw a pair of interceptions. He sailed a ball down the middle into double-coverage trying to hit Jared Cook on an interception just before halftime. He also threw an interception trying to hit Martavis Bryant in double coverage early in the third quarter. He put too much air under the pass and it floated long enough for the safety to come over the top and out leap Bryant for the ball. After a turnover gave the Raiders the ball deep in Cleveland territory, Carr hit Jared Cook over the middle for an 8-yard touchdown. After a long Lynch run, Carr missed Amari Cooper for what should have been an easy touchdown 10-yard touchdown throw. He simply misfired high with the pass. Carr bounced back the next drive throwing a perfectly-placed fastball over the middle to Jordy Nelson for a 19-yard touchdown. Carr was able to move the ball effortlessly down the stretch. He led a 66-yard drive late in the fourth quarter that stalled inside the Browns 10-yard line when Carr and Cooper weren't on the same page on a fourth down pass play. The Raiders were able to get the ball back late and Carr led a 53-yard touchdown drive in less than a minute, hitting Jared Cook for a 7-yard touchdown. He then connected with Jordy Nelson on a fade route for the game-tying two-point conversion. In overtime, Carr led a long drive to setup a missed 50-yard field goal attempt. The next possession, he drove the team 70 yards for a game-winning field goal.
2018 Week 3 vs MIA (27 / 39 / 345 / 1 / 2 pass, 2 / -2 / 0 rush)
Carr and the Raiders have been getting off to quick starts each week, before gradually fading. This week was no different. Carr had already thrown for 150 yards midway through the first quarter. Carr and Nelson hooked up for a pair of 60+ yard completions in the first quarter. They also connected for a 12-yard touchdown on a busted coverage, which allowed Carr to hit Nelson in the middle of the end zone with no Dolphins within 10 yards of him. Carr nearly had a second touchdown pass early. On 3rd-and-goal from the nine, a shovel pass to Jared Cook worked well but Cook came up just inches shy of the end zone. Carr also came up inches shy of a touchdown pass on a later completion to Cook that also came up inches shy of the end zone. The play was originally ruled a touchdown but overturned on replay. Carr threw two interceptions on the day. The first was on an ill-advised deep ball to Amari Cooper who was surrounded by three defenders. The second may have decided the game. Down 21-17 with under three minutes to play and in the red zone, Carr tried to hit Martavis Bryant on a jump ball in the corner of the end zone. He was hit as he was released which cause the ball to flutter a bit and allowed Xavien Howard to go up and take the ball away from Bryant. Overall, it was a decent game from Carr but he made one too many mistakes to help the Raiders earn their first victory of the year.
2018 Week 2 vs DEN (29 / 32 / 288 / 1 / 0 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)
It was an historically efficient day for Carr, who was the first quarterback in NFL history with 30+ attempts to complete 90% of his passes. He was incredibly accurate all day and in command of the offense. However, the efficiency numbers are misleading in terms of actual impact. Many of the completions came on quick, short passes and there were multiple 3rd-down completions short of the sticks. In fact, the Raiders converted just 3-of-10 third downs, which largely explains how Oakland could score just 19 points despite Carr completing 91% of his passes. Two of the three 3rd-down conversions did come on very well thrown passes to Amari Cooper and the duos much-improved chemistry was the biggest positive takeaway from the game for the Raiders. Carr got away with a big mistake early. He held the ball far too long, allowing Von Miller to strip the ball. The Broncos recovered but the play was wiped out by a defensive holding call. Carr's lone touchdown pass of the day came on a 20-yard strike to Seth Roberts. He drilled it in with some heat between the corner and the safety.
2018 Week 1 vs LAR (29 / 40 / 303 / 0 / 3 pass, 2 / 1 / 0 rush)
Carr started off hot before everything fell apart in the second half. In the opening drive of the season, Carr led the team on a 75-yard scoring drive highlighted by a 45-yard completion on a slant route to Jared Cook. Carr was sharp for most of the first half, including a spectacular throw on a deep out to Cook for a 28-yard gain to set up a field goal. Carr completed 20 of 24 passes for 199 yards at the half. His lone early mistake came on an under-thrown end zone fade route to Cook. Carr didn't lead him enough, which allowed the safety to pick it off. The second half was an unmitigated disaster. Prior to a garbage-time drive in the two minutes, the Raiders offense netted just 82 total yards of offense in the half. Carr was also responsible for two of the most poorly thrown interceptions of the season to date. The first was most inexplicable. It was unclear if he was trying to hit Jordy Nelson down the left sideline or if he was attempting to throw the ball away and just didn't put enough on it to get it out of bounds. The ball floated directly to Rams linebacker Cory Littleton for an easy pick. The second interception, returned for a touchdown by Marcus Peters, came on a crossing route with Carr trying to hit Cook. It appeared Cook slowed up part way through the route but the throw was ill-advised regardless. If Cook slowed, it was likely because he saw that Peters had jumped the route and didn't expect Carr to make the awful choice to throw the pass. The Rams defense is going to give a lot of quarterbacks fits this season but Carr has to play much better or the Raiders are going to have a rough season.
Latest NewsRaiders | Derek Carr does nothing in England (Sun Oct 14, 08:09 PM) - Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr completed 23-of-31 passes for just 142 yards, no touchdowns and no interceptions in Week 6 against the Seattle Seahawks. link to story Raiders | Derek Carr looking for balance (Fri Oct 12, 10:01 PM) - Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr said there is a 'fine line' between making aggressive throws and playing it safe, and he believes his decision making will improve as he continues to learn head coach Jon Gruden's offensive system. Our View: Carr has had an up-and-down season with Gruden. The Raiders have a 1-4 record this year and seem to be going nowhere. Carr has thrown eight interceptions this year after only throwing 13 in the 2017 season. We'll see if he can get more comfortable within the system as the season goes on. Until that time, Fantasy GMs should consider Carr a QB2 and streaming option.
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