WR Hunter Renfrow - Oakland Raiders
|5-10, 184||Born: 12-21-1995||College: Clemson||Drafted: Round 5, pick 2019|
Week 11: vs Cincinnati Bengals
FBG says: Good matchup. Built on short, low-impact passing, the Raiders air attack still doesn't frighten many opponents. But of late, it's been productive with volume, with Derek Carr throwing for 285+ yards in 3 of his last 4 games. He's clearly enjoying the team's newfound run game, which has greatly eased his pressure level. Still, Carr needs big volume to make any real fantasy noise. Through 9 games he ranks 22nd among qualifiers in air yardage, and he's only completed 4 passes of 40+ yards (seventh-fewest) on the year. When he does go downfield, most of his attention goes to Tyrell Williams, who has remained an elite deep threat upon his move to Oakland. Williams spends some time as a decoy and struggles for volume - he has yet to draw more than seven targets in a game - but is always a threat to slip past a napping cornerback. In other words, he's tailor-made for a matchup with the Bengals' overmatched secondary. Tight end Darren Waller commands heavy attention over the middle and in the flats, though rookie slot man Hunter Renfrow is working his way into the offense as well. He's out-targeted Waller 12-7 over the past 2 weeks, and the week before, he turned a short slant into a 68-yard touchdown. For his part, Waller is starting to draw the eyes of opposing defenses, but at least he's still making splash plays (3 catches of 20+ yards over the past 2 weeks). The Bengals still field one of football's weakest pass defenses, and they always make for an attractive fantasy matchup, especially when game flow allows. Lamar Jackson didn't need to test them much last week, but he did complete 15 of his 17 throws for 223 yards and 3 touchdowns. With that efficiency, Jackson added to the Bengals' woeful defensive stats - they've allowed the league's most net yards per attempt (8.3) and intercepted just 2 passes all year. If opponents had to throw more against the low-volume, 0-9 Bengals, they'd likely drive the count numbers up as well. Opposing passers find little resistance when they do push the ball down the field. Cornerbacks William Jackson and Tony McRae are typically ill-equipped to hold outside coverage, which has resulted in gobs of big downfield plays. As a team, the Bengals have allowed . But their biggest weaknesses actually lie inside, where slot man B.W. Webb is routinely picked on and beaten. Over the past 4 weeks, they've given up big lines to Cooper Kupp (220 yards and a touchdown), Dede Westbrook (103), and Mark Andrews (99 and 53, with 2 touchdowns). There are exploitable holes all over this unit, but Raiders tight end Darren Waller may have the most attractive outlook.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Hunter Renfrow's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 10 vs LAC (5 / 4 / 42 / 0 rec)
Renfrow nearly hauled in an 18-yard touchdown catch but the linebacker face guarding him was able to get an arm up to deflect the pass at the last second. He showed some nice run after the catch ability, catching a short comeback route and then spinning quickly upfield to get around the corner and pick up 15 yards. He drew a facemark penalty on the play, which tacked on another 15 yards. Renfrow had catches of 10 and 13 yards on the Raiders game-winning touchdown drive in the final minutes.
2019 Week 9 vs DET (7 / 6 / 54 / 1 rec)
Renfrow still isn't playing a ton of snaps (54%) but is emerging as Carr's favorite target on key downs. His seven targets were three more than any other Raiders pass catcher against the Lions. He also had a short catch wiped out by an illegal block penalty. Renfrow held on through contact on an early 3rd-and-6, picking up 8 yards on a slant to get the Raiders into the red zone and setup the first touchdown of the game. He showed great hands to hold on for a 17-yard gain despite a defender chopping down on his arm when the ball arrived to get the Raiders down to the 3-yard line, setting up Oakland's second touchdown of the game. Renfrow was Carr's primary read on a 4th-and-3 but the pass was thrown way out of his reach. Renfrow caught the game-winning 9-yard touchdown on a broken play. Carr scramble out of the pocket rolling left. Renfrow sprinted across the end zone in the same direction, created some separation and then was able to keep both feet in bounds along the sideline as Carr delivered it to him in the front corner of the end zone.
2019 Week 8 vs HOU (4 / 4 / 88 / 1 rec)
Renfrow played 64% of the snaps, his most since Week 2. He caught a short slant and was able to stay on his feet through attempted arm tackles by the cornerback and safety to get loose for a 65-yard touchdown. He was called for an offensive pass interference penalty on a rub route where he tried to get in the way of the linebacker to free up Darren Waller.
2019 Week 7 vs GB (3 / 2 / 14 / 0 rec)
Renfrow played just 45% of the snaps, his fourth straight week playing 40-60% of the snaps. The Raiders increasingly heavy reliance on 12 personnel has led to less three receiver sets and fewer snaps for Renfrow. He showed reliable hands to pick up first downs on a pair of third down receptions, holding on despite a defender hitting him as the ball arrived.
2019 Week 5 vs CHI (5 / 1 / 12 / 0 rec)
Despite the Raiders' top two receivers being out and Ryan Grant getting cut, Renfrow still played just 58% of the snaps. His first two targets were incompletions that fell into the gray area between a drop and a failure to make a difficult grab. Neither was egregious but for a guy like Renfrow who hopes to make his living being a guy who catches everything, it was disappointing he couldn't haul either pass in. He did have a pretty catch and run late in the game, though. He went in motion across the formation and was wide open in the flat. He caught it for what should have been a short gain but was able to make the first man miss and turn it into a 12-yard pickup.
2019 Week 4 vs IND (3 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Even with J.J. Nelson sidelined, Renfrow didn't see a bump in playing time, logging just 42% of the snaps. He took a quick swing pass for a 10-yard gain on the opening drive. His other catch went for 8 yards on a very similar play design. He lined up in the slot, chipped a pass rusher, caught the short dump off, and turned up field for a modest gain.
2019 Week 3 vs MIN (4 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)
The Raiders only gave playing time to three wide receivers in this game, with Renfrow being one of them. He still played just 56% of the snaps with the Raiders using multiple tight ends on over half of the snaps. He caught a couple short passes early. In the second half, Renfrow showed off his hands with a 12-yard catch on a diving grab over the middle with a defender draped all over him. A couple plays later, he was open down the seam for what could have been a big gain but Carr's pass was thrown too high.
2019 Week 2 vs KC (8 / 4 / 30 / 0 rec)
Renfrow led the team with eight targets. He dropped what should have been a 15-yard gain over the middle on the opening drive. He had an 6-yard catch and run on a quick pass that he took down to the 4-yard line. Renfrow probably should have drawn a pass interference penalty on a 3rd-and-10 over the middle. He was grabbed by the defender coming out of his break and the Raiders challenged. It was ruled that the holding wasn't egregious enough to overturn the call on the field.
2019 Week 1 vs DEN (3 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec)
Renfrow was the clear third receiver for the Raiders but still played just 29% of the snaps because the Raiders mostly lined up in 12 or 21 personnel. His first catch went for a short gain on a bubble screen. Renfrow was targeted on a quick out but the pass was batted at the line. Renfrow found a soft spot in the zone over the middle and made a 10-yard grab just shy of the end zone. He wasn't targeted at all in the second half.
Latest NewsRaiders | Hunter Renfrow posts four receptions (Fri Nov 8, 02:14 AM) - Oakland Raiders WR Hunter Renfrow had four receptions for 43 yards against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, Nov. 7. link to story Raiders | Hunter Renfrow finds the end zone (Sun Nov 3, 09:33 PM) - Oakland Raiders WR Hunter Renfrow caught six of his seven targets for 54 yards and a touchdown in a 31-24 win over the Detroit Lions in Week 9. link to story
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