Jamize Olawale will be a reserve running back/fullback for the Raiders this season, but he has minimal Fantasy value in the majority of leagues. In 2015, Olawale finally got the chance for extended playing time for the first time in his four-year career. He only had 24 carries for 110 yards and one touchdown and nine catches for 84 yards. If he was guaranteed more work then we'd give him a look in deeper leagues, but he's not expected to have an expanded role, which limits his upside. Ignore him in all formats on Draft Day.
Olawale caught his only target for 14 yards in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. The third-year running back played 14 games this season, as he rushed for 110 yards and a touchdown on 24 carries. Olawale also added nine receptions for 84 yards in the passing game. He signed a three-year extension back in early December which speaks to how much the Raiders like his all-around talent. Olawale should compete for the primary back-up spot at running back behind Latavius Murray next season, but his fantasy value will still be up in the air.
Olawale signed a three-year deal with the Raiders on Tuesday, Aaron Wilson the Houston Chronicle reports. Olawale has separated from the fringe running backs in Oakland behind Latavius Murray, totaling 14 carries for 88 yards, five catches (on seven targets) for 51 yards, and one rushing touchdown over the last five games. Posting 6.3 YPC during that run likely helped Olawale lock down a commitment from the Raiders, but his status as a multi-purpose back doesn't hurt either.
Olawale recorded 17 yards on two carries in Sunday's win over the Titans. Olawale served as the backup to Latavius Murray, who hogged all the carries on Sunday in a big road win over the Titans. Olawale received just two touches on the day, averaging 8.5 yards per carry, and he didn't catch a pass for the first time in a few weeks. The third-year running back has received just 12 carries over the last four weeks combined, and he won't be seeing much more than that unless Murray were to go down with an injury.
Olawale carried it four times for 12 yards, while adding one catch for 15 yards in Sunday's loss to the Lions. Olawale has solidified the No. 2 spot at running back behind Latavius Murray, and should continue to see a handful of touches as the Raiders look to keep Murray healthy for the long-haul. The third-year back would be a very valuable fantasy asset if Murray were to sustain an injury, especially in PPR leagues as he'd be a sure bet to catch a lot of passes.
Olawale carried it five times for 24 yards in Sunday's loss to the Vikings. Olawale was the clear No. 2 option behind Latavius Murray as he was the only other running back to receive a carry. He made the most of them, averaging 4.8 yards per carry against a very good Vikings' defense. Olawale won't hold a ton of fantasy value moving forward, unless Murray were to sustain any sort of injury.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||@New Orleans Saints||31||22.38|
|5||10/09||San Diego Chargers||30||21.50|
|6||10/16||Kansas City Chiefs||4||13.44|
|8||10/30||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||15||16.88|
|14||12/09||@Kansas City Chiefs||4||13.44|
|15||12/18||@San Diego Chargers||30||21.50|
|3 Year Avg||10||39||0||7||55||1||14|