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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 TE Ausberry having surgery today|
Undisclosed knee injury
By: Mike Krueger | Wed Aug 6, 8:00 am
|Raiders tight end David Ausberry needs knee surgery, coach Dennis Allen said after Tuesday’s practice, and will miss Friday’s preseason opener against Minnesota. Ausberry was atop the depth chart after a week at training camp. (San Francisco Chronicle)|
FFToday's Take: Ausberry missed all of 2013 with a shoulder injury and just like last season, an Ausberry injury gives Mychal Rivera an opportunity to run with the starting team. It's unclear how long Ausberry will be out be even in his absence Rivera projects to be nothing more than a fantasy TE2. Head coach Dennis Allen said "he may be out for awhile."