Nelson managed just two receptions for six yards as the Raiders fell to the Seahawks at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, 27-3. After three consecutive stellar outings between Week 3 and Week 5 (15 total receptions for 264 yards and three touchdowns), Nelson had his least productive game of the season against a Seattle secondary that ranked No. 6 against the pass coming in. Oakland limps into the bye, but upon re-emerging from the break will be granted a matchup against a Colts' secondary that's allowed 332 passing yards per game over the past three weeks.
Nelson caught all of his four targets for 43 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 26-10 loss to the Chargers. Nelson had a five-yard gain on the Raiders' first snap of the game and a one-yard touchdown on their last snap. His four targets placed him fourth on the team in a game that saw Derek Carr attempt 33 passes on just 49 offensive snaps. Nelson will enter Week 6 against Seattle as the owner of a three-game scoring streak, but he's yet to draw more than eight targets in a contest and has reached 50 yards just once in five tries. His recent run of touchdowns may be obscuring the reality that his 173-yard outing against Miami in Week 3 was a massive aberration at this stage of his career.
Nelson caught five of eight targets for 48 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 45-42 overtime win over the Browns. Nelson added his second score of the season on a 19-yard connection with quarterback Derek Carr during the fourth quarter of Sunday's tilt, giving the Raiders a 31-28 lead. There was plenty of opportunity for Oakland's receiving corps to produce as Carr attempted 58 passes, but Nelson saw at least four targets less than both Amari Cooper and Jared Cook, who combined for 16 catches and three touchdowns. Nelson will look to find the end zone again in Week 5 against a Chargers secondary that just limited 49ers receivers Pierre Garcon and Marquise Goodwin to six total catches for 76 yards.
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.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|9||11/02||@San Francisco 49ers||17||23.20|
|10||11/11||Los Angeles Chargers||23||25.00|
|13||12/02||Kansas City Chiefs||19||23.67|
|17||12/30||@Kansas City Chiefs||19||23.67|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||120||75||870||10||50||11.60||147|