2017 Outlook: Cooper already has a pair of 1,000-yard seasons under his belt, which is pretty incredible when you realize that he achieved that prior to turning 23 years old. Cooper took a step forward in his second season, cutting his drops from 10 to four, improving his yards per target from 8.6 to 8.9 and jumping from 21st to 13th at the position in fantasy points. Cooper will need to find paydirt more often in order to join the fantasy elite -- he has just 11 scores in two seasons -- but the former fourth-overall pick is just scratching the surface of his upside. He's a strong candidate for another big leap in 2017.
2017 Outlook: Lynch ended his retirement after one season and will return to the league as Oakland's feature back. The Oakland native is now 31 years old, hasn't played football since struggling to a 3.8 YPC during an injury-plagued 2015 season. Still, it's hard to doubt a player who racked up 6,347 yards and 57 touchdowns on 1,457 carries (4.4 YPC) during his six seasons in Seattle. A staple the near the goal line, Lynch paces the NFL with 100 carries inside the opponent's 5-yard line over the past decade. The Raiders' offensive line is among the league's best, which will surely help Lynch's effectiveness. He's a candidate for double-digit touchdowns and a fine RB2 target.
2017 Outlook: Who led the Raiders in targets and receiving touchdowns each of the past two years? If you guessed Amari Cooper, you guessed wrong. Crabtree has been the team's top wideout both seasons, posting strikingly similar stat lines both years. Crabtree's high floor has been his best asset, as he finished as a top-40 fantasy wideout during 10 of his final 11 games in 2015 and top-30 in 63 percent of his 2016 appearances (sixth best). Crabtree has struggled with drops (nine last season) and doesn't add much after the catch (3.1 RAC), but he sees a ton of high-value targets (he's ranked top-10 in end zone targets among wide receivers each of the past two years) in a good offense. The 29-year-old is a solid WR2.
2017 Outlook: A relative unknown last spring, Richard went undrafted out of Southern Miss but ended up latching on with Oakland. Operating in a committee with Latavius Murray and DeAndre Washington, Richard carried the ball 83 times for 491 yards and a touchdown. He averaged 5.9 YPC (second), including 2.7 after contact (third). A two-way asset, he ranked top-35 among backs in both rushing and receiving yards on 112 touches. Oakland upgraded from Murray to Marshawn Lynch on early downs, which means Richard is again positioned for nothing more than change-of-pace duties.
2017 Outlook: Oakland selected Washington in the fifth round of last year's draft following his highly productive and efficient stint at Texas Tech. The 5-foot-8, 204-pound scatback impressed with 582 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 104 touches as a rookie. He averaged 5.4 YPC (sixth), including 2.6 after contact (fourth). The 24-year-old will compete with Jalen Richard for reps behind Marshawn Lynch this season. He's nothing more than a late-round handcuff target.
2017 Outlook: Cook joins the Raiders after playing well during his first and only season in Green Bay. The 2009 third-round pick was limited by injury to 10 regular-season games last season. He scored only one touchdown, but stretched the field with a 10.1 average depth of target (second highest among TEs). He also ranked top 10 at the position in yards after catch (4.9) and has ranked top 11 in yards per reception in seven consecutive seasons. Cook is now 30 years old, and, although he's the Oakland tight end to own in fantasy, he'll be hard-pressed to land consistent snaps and targets with blocker Lee Smith and third-year Clive Walford also in the picture.