After watching the Oakland Raiders offense sputter to 13 points against the Los Angeles Rams in their opener, Jon Gruden apparently had a change of heart on Martavis Bryant. There was no denying the fact that the Raiders needed a player capable of stretching the field and opening up the offense, and it seems the hope is that the speedy pass-catcher can be the answer.
Bryant was cut just 11 days ago by the Raiders in favor of Keon Hatcher, and as the team reported Wednesday, they flip-flopped the two players once again. The decision to re-sign Bryant to a one-year deal led to the release of Hatcher, a 24-year-old undrafted free agent out of Arkansas.
The question now becomes, is Bryant worth taking a flier on for fantasy football owners? The move comes with plenty of risk, but could have some upside as well. There’s a case for both sides, and we’ll break it down.
Argument Against Adding Martavis Bryant in Fantasy
The most obvious fact is that the Raiders weren’t impressed with Bryant in the first place, so to think that’s changed is nothing more than a wild guess currently.
While Bryant struggled this offseason, Gruden also told reporters that he was outperformed by Keon Hatcher.
“We expected more from him [Martavis Bryant]. He did not make the team because Keon Hatcher came on, some other players outperformed him.” Gruden told reporters.
That doesn’t leave fantasy football owners with much to be optimistic about. But in a 12-team league with deep rosters or a 14-team league where you’re simply looking for players with upside, there are far worse players to add than Bryant. Overall, he’s worth consideration but only makes sense in big leagues or situations where you receive bonuses for long touchdowns.
Source: Heavy Sports