Seth Roberts has proven to be a reliable No. 3 receiver for the Raiders for the past two seasons, and he should continue to do well in that role again this year. Unfortunately, he doesn't produce enough stats to warrant use in the majority of Fantasy leagues. Roberts had 38 catches for 397 yards and five touchdowns on 77 targets in 2016, which came after he had 32 catches for 480 yards and five touchdowns on 55 targets in 2015. He will remain in the No. 3 role as long as Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree are healthy, and Roberts is not worth drafting in the majority of leagues. He would only be worth using in most formats if Cooper or Crabtree got hurt during the year.
Roberts had to play through a double hernia in 2016 according to Raiders wide receivers coach Rob Moore, Jimmy Durkin of the Bay Area News Group reports. Roberts' double-hernia injury throughout the 2016 season was kept quiet until now, but the issue was fixed over the offseason, and he's expected to have much more core strength in 2017. A return to full health is promising news for Roberts, who finished last season with a measly catch percentage of 49.4. Despite seeing 22 more targets during his second year in the league, Roberts hauled in just six more receptions while notching 83 less yards. Roberts could be in line for an increase in production if he's able to take care of the drops with a clean bill of health, though newcomer Cordarrelle Patterson figures to push him for targets as well.
Roberts re-signed with the Raiders on Monday, Matt Kawahara of the Sacramento Bee reports. Roberts earned the one-year deal after a 38-catch, five-touchdown 2016 season. The 26-year-old will likely have to outperform what he was able to do last season if he hopes to secure a long-term deal in the near future. As for the immediate, Roberts projects to function as a depth receiver for the Raiders in 2017.
The Raiders have offered Roberts an exclusive-rights free agent tender, CSN Bay Area reports. Exclusive-rights free agents can't negotiate with other teams and must sign the tendered contract or else sit out the season. Roberts thus figures to reprise his role as Oakland's slot receiver in three-wide formations after catching 70 passes for 877 yards and 10 touchdowns over the past two seasons. He's an important part of the offense, though he's clearly third fiddle behind Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree.
Roberts caught just one pass on seven targets for one yard during Saturday's wild-card loss to the Texans. Roberts and rookie quarterback Connor Cook severely struggled to connect throughout Saturday's brutal tilt for the Raiders. As noted in Roberts' Week 17 recap note, he'll enter the upcoming offseason as an exclusive rights free agent with the possibility of returning to Oakland.
Roberts caught three passes on as many targets for 26 yards during Sunday's loss to the Broncos. Roberts' volume throughout the 2016 regular season was hindered with the emergence of fellow receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, but he was still able to haul in 38 receptions on 77 targets for 397 yards and five touchdowns in 16 games. He'll be an exclusive rights free agent in 2017 following the culmination of the playoffs, so he may be likely to re-sign with the Raiders.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/17||New York Jets||19||22.75|
|6||10/15||Los Angeles Chargers||10||20.75|
|7||10/20||Kansas City Chiefs||18||22.41|
|11||11/19||New England Patriots||7||19.74|
|13||12/03||New York Giants||13||21.29|
|14||12/10||@Kansas City Chiefs||18||22.41|
|17||12/31||@Los Angeles Chargers||10||20.75|
|3 Year Avg||66||35||438||5||22||12.51||77|