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|Now entering his second year in the league, Mychal Rivera should have the inside track on being the best fantasy tight end in Oakland. Unfortunately, that doesn’t necessarily mean that he’s going to see the field very often. Early training camp reports indicate that Rivera is working from behind David Ausberry at Raiders OTA’s, likely showing us that the Raiders are more interested in their tight ends being extra blockers than they are with them being dynamic pass-catchers. Rivera’s 38 receptions for 407 yards and four touchdowns, most of which came in the second half of the season, go to show that he could be a fantasy option if given the opportunity. Not only that, but with Schaub behind center—the guy who made both Owen Daniels and Joel Dreessen into fantasy names—there does to be at least a chance that Rivera could end up on some fantasy rosters by the end of the season. For now, though, we need to wait and see what happens with the Oakland offense. So far, it’s unproven and expected to be among the worst in the league. Furthermore, Rivera isn’t even the starter at his position. Avoid him on draft day, but pay attention to the target distribution throughout the season.
| Raiders interest in TE position is minimal|
Head coach likes Rivera as foundation piece
By: Mike Krueger | Sun May 4, 7:00 pm
|While Nick Kasa remains an unknown commodity, head coach Dennis Allen recently included Mychal Rivera in a list of foundation pieces. The team’s interest in draftable tight ends should be minimal, unless they are a good blocker and could make a quick impact on special teams. (CSN Bay Area)|
FFToday's Take: Rivera's best game last season was a five-catch 54-yard performance at Houston. Even if the Raiders choose to bypass the top tight ends in the upcoming draft, Rivera will have nothing more than low-end TE2 fantasy value in 2014.