RB Jalen Richard - Oakland Raiders
|5-8, 210||Born: 10-15-1993||College: Southern Mississippi||Drafted: ---|
Week 15: at Cincinnati Bengals
FBG says: Great matchup. Oakland has been a below-average rushing offense this season, ranking 25th in rushing yards (101.5 per game) and 28th in rushing touchdowns (0.5 per game). Veteran Doug Mar-tin is the clear lead back with Jalen Richard serving almost exclusively as a third-down back. Martin was able to play through a knee injury last week to carry 16 times for 32 yards and a touchdown against a stout Pittsburgh run defense. While Martin has been solid, he has been unable to break off any big runs and at nearly 30-years old doesn't seem to have the same burst he did early in his career. One of the few strengths of this Raiders team has been the interior of the offensive line but injuries have struck in a big way. Top guard Kelechi Osemele missed last week with a toe injury and is questionable to suit up in Week 15. His backup, Jon Feliciano, was capable in relief but suffered a calf injury late in the game last week and has been placed on injured reserve. The other starting guard, Gabe Jackson, suffered an elbow injury last week and is also listed as questionable for Week 15. The Bengals defense is dead last in the league in rushing yards allowed (148.1 per game). Cincinnati has also allowed at least one touchdown to a running back in 12 straight games and rank 30th in the league, giving up 1.3 rushing touchdowns per game on the season. After getting torched by Phillip Lindsay in Week 13, the Bengals held up surprisingly well against the Melvin Gordon-less Chargers rushing attack last week, allowing just 78 combined rushing yards to Austin Ekeler and Justin Jackson. Vontaze Burfict missed the game with an injury but it may have been addition by subtraction because Burfict has been a shell of the player he once was and may miss this week again. Nick Vigil made his return to the lineup in Week 13 and gave the rush defense a big boost. He has been far and away the best linebacker on the team this season. This is still a defense that is one that is one of if not the worst in the league as outside of Geno Atkins and Carlos Dunlap this team has very little talent.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Jalen Richard's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 14 vs PIT (8 / 24 / 0 rush, 1 / 1 / 5 / 0 rec)
Unlike most recent weeks, the running backs were an afterthought in the passing game. Richard was the only back targeted and he had just one. He did see his second-most carries of the season with eight, though. Most came on the final two drives of the game with the Raiders playing catch up. On his first touch, he made a nice cut in the hole and bounced it for an eight-yard pickup. Richard picked up a key 4th-and-1 late. He darted through the line for a 3-yard gain and was nearly able to stay on his feet and take it in for an 18-yard touchdown. It was ruled his knee touched and the Raiders didn't have any more challenges available.
2018 Week 13 vs KC (6 / 95 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
Richard picked up eight on a 3rd-and-7 swing pass, pushing through a pair of defenders to gain the final two yards and pick up the first down. It looked like Richard was going to be dropped in the backfield for a loss, but he was able to break a tackle and burst free for a 30-yard gain. Richard ripped off a 23-yard gain on his next carry, showing his elite burst as he zoomed through a small hole off of right tackle. He had a 10-yard carry on the next play brought back due to an illegal shift. Richard got a carry on a two-point conversion attempt but was dropped just shy of the goal line. Richard ripped off another spectacular run for a 17-yard gain, weaving through defenders but had the ball poked out at the end. The Chiefs recovered and it was a back-breaking play for Oakland. Richard has had issues holding onto the ball throughout his whole career and it seems to become an especially big problem just when he gets more carries than normal. He looks spectacular in flashes but if he can't figure out the fumbling issue, it is hard to blame his coaches for not giving him more opportunities. To their credit, the coaching staff stuck with him after the fumble and he rewarded them with another spectacular run on a 16-yard gain down to the Chiefs 3-yard line on which he spun through an attempted tackle and weaved his way close to the end zone.
2018 Week 12 vs BAL (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 4 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)
With Doug Martin healthy, it was clear that last week's bump in carries was just an outlier. Richard didn't have a chance on two screens thrown in his general direction.
2018 Week 11 vs ARI (11 / 61 / 0 rush, 4 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Richard is the most productive player in this Raiders offense, though that isn't saying much. He led the team in rushing yards and was third in receiving yards on the day. With all of the wide receiver injuries, Richard actually leads the team in catches on the season. He continues to make the most of his touches, showing a real burst and excellent receiving chops. In addition to the typical dump off passes over the middle and angle routes out of the backfield, the Raiders also tried to get the ball to Richard lined up as a receiver. He lined up outside and ran a go route down the sideline but it was well covered and Carr threw the ball out of bounds. Richard got way more chances to run the ball, with his 11 carries a massive increase over the 2.0 carries per game he was averaging coming in. Richard burst around the corner and flew down the sideline for a 24-yard run on the first play of the second half. A couple plays later, he caught a swing pass along the sideline and was able to slither past a defender and tight rope the sideline for a 16-yard pickup.
2018 Week 10 vs LAC (3 / 7 / 0 rush, 6 / 5 / 52 / 0 rec)
It looks like Richard will have the second drive of each game to himself in addition to his normal work on third downs and in the two-minute offense. Despite the increased playing time, he still isn't getting much work as a runner though. He continues to make an impact as a pass catcher. He was tied for second on the team in targets and tied for the team lead in receiving yards. Richard does a great job on slant routes and angle routes out of the backfield, easily beating linebackers with his tremendous quickness.
2018 Week 9 vs SF (2 / 4 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 45 / 0 rec)
Over half of Richard's yards came on a lucky play. He ran a quick out route that was jumped by 49ers safety Tyvis Powell. Powell dove to make the interception but had the ball go right through his hands to Richard, who had plenty of room to run and was able to pick up 25 yards. Richard led the team in targets with 4 but nine different Raiders caught passes and Richard had a surprisingly light workload given the game script. Richard played just 36% of the snaps and wasn't helped by the fact DeAndre Washington was active and logged 18% of the snaps. Even with favorable game scripts likely the rest of the way, Richard's potential fantasy impact is minimal given what looks to be a 3-man committee.
2018 Week 8 vs IND (2 / 14 / 0 rush, 8 / 8 / 50 / 0 rec)
Richard did nearly all of his damage as a receiver, catching all eight of his targets (he also had an 11-yard reception called back on a hold). Unlike previous weeks when Richard didn't play much until late, he was heavily involved from the first series on Sunday. He brought in Carr's first completion of the day on an 8-yard grab out of the backfield. Richard's receptions were mostly short and over the middle. The targets he got were high percentage passes and all went for solid gains. Richard was impressive in limited opportunities as a runner. He made a nice cut and finished strong for a 13-yard gain on his first carry. He also was able to bounce it outside for a 10-yard gain on his second carry but it was called back due to a holding penalty downfield on Seth Roberts. He only had one other carry, which went for just three yards.
2018 Week 6 vs SEA (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 8 / 7 / 48 / 0 rec)
If there was a bright spot on a dismal day for the Raiders offense, it was the play of Richard. He made some nice moves and then showed some power on a 21-yard catch and run on 3rd-and-20 to push past the sticks and get the first down. He was initially called for an offensive targeting when he lowered his head and initiated contact on a tough 7-yard catch and run along the left sideline but the official picked up the flag. With the Raiders season spiraling out of control, Richard might see a lot of game scripts in the final 10 weeks that see him heavily involved in the second half. Plus, if this ends up being a 2-14 type of season, it may make sense to give the young guys like Richard a bit more action late in the season to build for the future.
2018 Week 5 vs LAC (1 / 4 / 0 rush, 6 / 6 / 53 / 0 rec)
Richard saw a few more snaps than normal with the Raiders down three scores most of the second half. He had a 32-yard reception when Carr avoided pressure and dumped it off to him in the flat. There was a lot of open space and Richard made a man miss near the end of the run to pick up an extra ten yards. Richard made a great move on a similar play later. Carr barely escaped pressure and flipped it to Richard short. He juked the first man and made something out of nothing for a 9-yard gain. Richard's only carry came from the 5 yard line. He took it right up the middle and it looked like he was able to dive and stretch the ball across the goal line but he was ruled down just shy of the end zone.
2018 Week 4 vs CLE (1 / -2 / 0 rush, 5 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)
Richard barely played outside of the two-minute offense but still made a couple impact plays. A 16-yard gain on a nifty catch and run in the two-minute offense before halftime helped get the Raiders into field position. He then made one of the plays of the game in the final minute. He caught a short pass over the middle, made the first man miss and then a sweet juke move got him to the outside where he was able to get out of bounds and save valuable seconds on the clock. The 18-yard gain down to Cleveland's 7-yard line set up the game-tying touchdown the next play.
2018 Week 3 vs MIA (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 7 / 6 / 59 / 0 rec)
Nearly all of Richard's production came on a garbage-time drive in the final minutes. The Raiders took over down two scores with under two minutes left and moved methodically down the field on short completions to Richard to setup a field goal but weren't able to recover the onside kick. Richard is only rarely involved if the Raiders aren't trailing by multiple scores.
2018 Week 2 vs DEN (2 / 3 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
After playing half the snaps last week and leading the team in touches, Richard was an afterthought in Week 2. He touched it just twice and didn't have a catch. Chalk it up to game script. With the Raiders leading the entire game, Gruden stuck almost exclusively with the Lynch/Martin duo.
2018 Week 1 vs LAR (5 / 24 / 0 rush, 11 / 9 / 55 / 0 rec)
Richard had a major role as the pass-catching back and led the Raiders running backs in touches and snaps (50%). He was critical on a long field goal drive in the two-minute drill before half, touching the ball seven times to help set up a last-second field goal. When the Raiders fell behind by six points midway through the third quarter, Gruden made the decision to go with Richard the rest of the way. Richard did his part, making a number of plays. The most impressive was a one-handed snag along the sideline on third down to keep the chains moving. As the Raiders fell further and further behind in the second half, Richard continued to play a primary role in the offense and ended up leading the team in both touches and receptions. Some of the usage was clearly due to game script and can't be counted on to continue. However, if the Raiders really are as bad as they looked in the second half, Richard could have a lot of favorable game scripts going forward.
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