Can Zamir White Be An RB1 | 2024 Las Vegas Raiders Fantasy Football Draft Guide

by Dennis Sosic
Can Zamir White be a RB1 for Fantasy Managers?

Can Zamir White be an RB1 for Fantasy managers? Who is the Raiders QB - Gardner Minshew or Aidan O'Connell? Will Davante Adams achieve WR1 in 2024 with questionable QB play? Is Brock Bowers a TE1 in 2024? The 2024 Las Vegas Raiders Fantasy Football Draft Guide will tackle the answers to those questions and more.

The Las Vegas Raiders experienced a roller coaster in the 2023 NFL season. The Raiders struggled out of the gate with a 3-5 record, which led to the inevitable and merciful end to both head coach Josh McDaniels and general manager David Ziegler, fired by owner Mark Davis. Assistant coach Antonio Pierce took over as the interim coach and led the Raiders to a 5-4 record. They finished the season 8-9 and in second place in the AFC West. Pierce, a player's coach, was named the permanent head coach for the 2024 season.

Another positive development was the Raiders defense, who surrendered the ninth-fewest points in the league. The Raiders boast a dominant front four led by Maxx Crosby, who has recorded 52 sacks through his first five NFL seasons. The architect of this defense is defensive coordinator Patrick Graham, who took over the defense three seasons ago and is on the radar for potential head-coaching opportunities.

The offense struggled last season, averaging just 19.5 points per game. Rookie quarterback Aidan O'Connell started for the final nine games, replacing Jimmy Garoppolo. O'Connell was inconsistent but serviceable and posted a 5-4 record in his nine starts. The rookie signal-caller finished with 11 passing touchdowns with an 85.1 passer rating. Davante Adams produced his fourth consecutive season with 100+ receptions and 1,000+ receiving yards.

To upgrade their offense, the Raiders shocked the world in the 2024 NFL Draft by selecting tight Brock Bowers, who should bring a unique dynamic ability to match up with Adams, Jakobi Meyers, and second-year tight end Michael Mayer. Adding offensive coordinator Luke Getsy should improve the offensive stability with multiple playmakers and an improved offensive line.

The 2024 season and the future depend on the quarterback's play. Who will win the QB1 job, and can he provide stability and catapult the team to the NFL playoffs?

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Can Zamir White Be An RB1?

Zamir White finished the 2023 season as a Fantasy League winner after stepping in for Josh Jacobs (quad) for the final four games last season. He took over as the primary ball carrier for the Raiders and finished as the RB8 in Fantasy points scored for Weeks 15-18. White produced 450+ all-purpose yards, a score, and two 100+ rushing yard performances during those four weeks.

The former Georgia Bulldog is expected to emerge as the Raiders RB1 in 2024 and should be given all the volume he can handle this season, but is White an RB1 for Fantasy managers? White is coming off the board with an RB23 ADP, and that draft capital fits perfectly. His ceiling is capped by his lack of involvement in the passing game, and before we vault White up the rankings, let's witness what the Raiders running back will produce in 2024.

Behind White in the Raiders depth chart is veteran Alexander Mattison, who was signed to a one-year deal this offseason. Mattison has yet to prove he can handle increased volume without his effectiveness taking a nosedive. The. Minnesota Vikings gave the keys to their backfield after allowing Dalvin Cook to walk last season. However, Mattison could not take advantage and produced a poor 3.9 yards per carry. Mattison represents an experienced depth piece for the Raiders and is zero threat to White for the lead-back role.

The rookie Dylan Laube is a sneaky sleeper option in the Raiders' backfield. Laube led all of the FCS in all-purpose yards in his final two collegiate seasons for New Hampshire. Laube has the door open for a pass-catching role in the Raiders backfield. Neither White nor Mattison are adept at catching passes so that Laube can carve out a role in this offense. The sixth-rounder receives rave reviews for this versatility in the offseason program, and dynasty managers should take a flier on Laube in their rookie drafts. Redraft managers need to keep Laube on their radar if his role increases to grow in the Raiders offense.

Who is the Raiders QB - Gardner Minshew or Aidan O'Connell?

Let the quarterback battle begin. In this corner, we have Aidan O'Connell, who is coming off a rookie season that saw the former Purdue quarterback throw for 2,218 yards in only 11 games. O'Connell also threw for 12 touchdowns against seven interceptions. He did not throw an interception and beat all three AFC West rivals to end the season. The 2023 fourth-round pick is the early favorite to win the QB1 duties to kick off the 2024 season.

The competition is veteran journeyman signal-caller Gardner Minshew. MinshewMania has resided across three NFL organizations. The 27-year-old possesses a 15-22 record as an NFL starter, a 59-22 TD: INT ratio, and a 90.2 quarterback rating. Minshew is your typical bridge starter for a team looking or hoping to draft their next franchise quarterback. Last season, Minshew was forced to fill in for Anthony Richardson after the rookie quarterback injured his shoulder in Week 5. Minshew threw for 3,305 yards for 15 touchdowns and nine interceptions while producing a 7-6 record as the Colts' starter.

The Raiders want to see if O'Connell will develop heading into the 2024 season. While he did show inconsistency, as most rookies will do, O'Connell did display potential, and the team rallied around the rookie. Plus, Davante Adams praised the rookie, and it's simple to see why, with Adams getting funneled plenty of targets. Regardless, look for O'Connell to be behind center in their Week 1 matchup against their division rival, the Los Angeles Chargers. Minshew will remain the insurance policy if the sophomore quarterback regresses.

Fantasy managers should monitor this situation, considering the offensive weapons used in this Raiders offense. O'Connell could be a super sneaky QB2 in Superflex leagues.

Can Davante Adams Achieve WR1 With Questionable QB Play?

Heading into his 11th NFL and age 31 season, Davante Adams remains an alpha WR1. Regardless of who the Raiders quarterback was, Jimmy Garoppolo, Brian Hoyer, or rookie Aidan O'Connell, Adams continued to make a dramatic impact as an elite wide receiver. However, his 2023 stats still took a downturn with the shaky quarterback play, but what wide receiver wouldn't have these stats: 103 receptions on 175 targets for 1,114 receiving yards for eight touchdowns?

Plenty of Fantasy managers who had Adams in their Week 17 Fantasy championship matchup probably have amnesia about the supposed downturn in his Fantasy production throughout the season. Adams went off against the Indianapolis Colts in Week 17 with 13 receptions on 21 targets for 126 receiving yards for two touchdowns. The former Fresno St. star shined with rookie quarterback O'Connell peppered Adams with targets. His domination continued as Adams achieved his four consecutive seasons of 100+ receptions and 1,000 receiving yards and fell two scores short of four double-digit touchdowns.

Adams prevails as the top weapon for the Silver and Black, who boast frightening weapons. Opposing defenses will not be able to focus coverage on Adams with the addition of the dynamic Brock Bowers to line up alongside the versatile Jakobi Meyers, last year's second-round pick Michael Mayer, and running back Zamir White.

Fantasy managers do not seem frightened by the question mark surrounding the quarterback position. Adams is currently being drafted as the WR10. The crossroads for drafters is if the quarterback will maximize the Fantasy production for Adams. At this point in his career, Adams continues to shine as the WR1 and should persist as being drafted accordingly.

Is Brock Bowers a TE1?

Leave it to the Las Vegas Raiders to make the first What the... moment in the 2024 NFL Draft. The Raiders utilized a second-round pick in last year's draft to secure Notre Dame tight end Michael Mayer and signed former Cleveland Brown tight end Harrison Bryant this past offseason. However, with each top quarterback prospect off the draft board, the Raiders pulled the trigger, went for the best player available, and selected Georgia tight end Brock Browers.

Bowers was a top-ten overall talent in the NFL Draft. He is a special player who is an explosive play threat from anywhere on the field. His exceptional burst and speed allow him to go the distance whenever he touches the ball. Bowers is a top-tier talent who is a matchup problem and can transform any offense. In 40 career games across three seasons, Bowers recorded 175 receptions for 2,538 yards and 26 touchdowns on his way to being the first consecutive John Mackey Award winner (2022, 2023) as the nation's top tight end.

All signs indicate that the Raiders will employ a lot of 12 personnel, with Bowers showcasing his elite versatility by lining up in the lot and out of the backfield and in two tight end sets with Mayer under new offensive coordinator Luke Getsy. Bowers' talent will win out and significantly impact the Raiders' offense and weekly Fantasy lineups. NFL scouts compare Bowers to George Kittle, and it's hard not to see it and challenging not to love Bowers as your weekly TE1.

Despite a disappointing rookie season, Mayer is expected to make a jump in his sophomore season. Mayer missed time due to injuries last season but returns this season with more playmakers in the Raiders offense. Do not sell Mayer short, even with Bowers in the fold. Mayer is regarded as a true tight end who will look to rebound.

Final Thoughts

The Las Vegas Raiders have elite talent at key positions but not the most vital position, quarterback. Whether O'Connell improves in his sophomore season or the Raiders pivot to Minshew, the Raiders are limited to reaching the next level. The Raiders will continue to chase the Kansas City Chiefs for the AFC West title to fight the rest of the AFC for wild-card playoff spots.

Fantasy Managers can turn to the Raiders' offense for valuable Fantasy performers. Zamir White dictated that he could take over the lead role and should provide RB2 numbers. Davante Adams is still an elite WR1, regardless of who is behind center. A sneaky sleeper option is wide receiver Jakobi Meyers, who finished as the WR21 last season in a versatile capacity in the Raiders offense. Finally, talent should win out with Brock Bowers, and the Raiders will find him targets to take advantage of his big-play ability. Bowers will be a needle-mover for the Raiders and Fantasy managers. Look for Michael Mayer also to provide value as the TE2 in this offense.


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