By Matt Johnson
on Wednesday, November 29th
In a week of preparation where the team must already plan its offense without wide receiver Michael Crabtree, now the Oakland Raiders are seemingly making preparations to be without wide receiver Amari Cooper as well in Week 13.
Cooper, who left in Week 12 with a concussion and suffered an ankle injury, is not expected to play this week against the New York Giants, according to a report from Michael Gehlken.
If Cooper misses this week's game, there are only two players who we want to look at amongst Oakland's pass. First is tight end Jared Cookwho is third on the team in targets and should now be first in line for pass attempts from Derek Carr with the top two receivers out. Given the New York Giants struggles versus tight ends this season and the volume Cook will see, he is a top-five tight end this week.
We'll also target Cordarrelle Patterson this week in DFS and season-long leagues. The 26-year-old saw four targets and posted 45-plus receiving yards in consecutive games and offers big-play potential. If the targets jumps up to six-plus looks in Week 13, Patterson will take advantage of a New York Giants secondary that will be without cornerback Janoris Jenkins. Patterson will now be Oakland's top receiver and his athleticism paired with a high volume of targets gives him some nice upside.