Nelson caught six of eight targets for 173 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 28-20 loss to the Dolphins. Nelson did a chunk of his damage early in this one, hauling in a 61-yard catch on the second play from scrimmage and later capping off the drive with a 12-yard touchdown reception. He led the team in targets on the day, averaging a hefty 28.8 yards per catch as he reached his highest yardage total since Week 2 of the 2014 season. Nelson brought in just five catches for 53 yards across the first two games of the season, which casts a shadow of skepticism over this big performance. Still, Nelson seems to have an emerging rapport with Derek Carr, so his fantasy outlook is more optimistic heading into next Sunday's matchup with the Browns.
Through two games, Nelson has logged five catches (on eight targets) for 53 yards. Tight end Jared Cook (nine catches for 180 yards) went off in Week 1 and Amari Cooper (10 catches for 116 yards) was dominant in Week 2, but Nelson -- who has been targeted four times in back-to-back outings -- could pick up the pace as soon as Sunday's game against the Dolphins. "We expect to see more and more of Jordy as the weeks go on," coach Jon Gruden noted via ESPN.com, adding that he hopes Nelson has a big game this weekend. That said, until Nelson produces for Oakland, he's a speculative fantasy play, but he's in a position to see more volume as the season rolls along in his role as the Raiders' clear-cut No. 2 wideout.
Nelson caught two of four targets for 30 yards in Sunday's 20-19 loss to the Broncos. Nelson saw just four targets for a second consecutive week despite quarterback Derek Carr completing an impressive 29 of 32 passes, while Amari Cooper led the receiving corps with 10 catches on as many targets for 116 yards. The re-signing of Martavis Bryant also figures to affect Nelson's target share, as the former hauled in four passes for 30 yards of his own Sunday. Jared Cook and Seth Roberts also combined for seven receptions and a touchdown as a handful of offensive weapons continue to impact Nelson's fantasy outlook.
Nelson caught three of four targets for 23 yards in Monday's 33-13, Week 1 loss to the Rams. Nelson was actually Oakland's most productive wide receiver in his Raiders debut, which shows just how little the team got out of the position in this game. Quarterback Derek Carr couldn't get anything going with his weapons on the outside, instead checking it down to running back Jalen Richard and tight end Jared Cook, who combined for 235 yards on 18 catches.
Nelson played just five offensive snaps during last Friday's 13-6 preseason win over the Packers and didn't see any targets in the limited action. Nelson also logged five snaps in the exhibition opener before sitting out the Raiders' second preseason tilt with the Rams entirely. The lack of playing time shouldn't be viewed as a concern for a 33-year-old receiver in his 11th NFL training camp, as Nelson won't be forced to fight for a starting role in his first season in silver and black. Though he's no longer a big-play threat, Nelson makes up for his diminished speed with precise route running and still offers a quality red-zone target at 6-foot-3 and 217 pounds.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/07||@Los Angeles Chargers||31||33.00|
|9||11/02||@San Francisco 49ers||27||29.00|
|10||11/11||Los Angeles Chargers||31||33.00|
|13||12/02||Kansas City Chiefs||21||25.33|
|17||12/30||@Kansas City Chiefs||21||25.33|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||120||75||870||10||50||11.60||147|