In addition to the five aforementioned players, 2018 draft picks Jordan Lasley and Jaleel Scott will battle for spots on the 53-man roster. Snead is a safe bet for a top-three role after leading the team with 62 catches last season, but it otherwise figures to be an open competition full of opportunity. Roberts does have some protection from his contract, as half of the one-year, $2 million deal is guaranteed. Brown is the obvious upside play from a fantasy standpoint.
Released by the Raiders one day earlier, Roberts lands in a great spot when it comes to snap count. Baltimore's receiving corps has just two players (Willie Snead and Chris Moore) with receptions on their resumes, so Roberts doesn't have much competition for reps. That said, Roberts is joining a run-first offense under the direction of Lamar Jackson, which caps his potential output.
Roberts is coming off a season in which he logged career highs in receptions (45) and receiving yards (494), but he would have represented a $4.65 million cap hit, so the organization decided to part ways. There would have been significantly fewer opportunities for Roberts anyway following the additions of Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams this offseason. Roberts will be entering his age-28 season and should have no problem finding a new home to compete for slot work.
Roberts caught five passes on as many targets for 31 yards and lost four yards on his lone carry during Sunday's 35-3 loss to the Chiefs.
Roberts triggered.a bonus in his contract by notching 45 catches on the season and also finished with a career-high 494 receiving yards and two scores in 15 games. The fact that the yardage total amounted to a personal best for the wideout underscores the limited upside he possesses, despite handling fairly high snap counts throughout the season. The Raiders currently lack significant competition at slot receiver, so Roberts is tentatively in line to fill those duties again in 2019, the final season of his three-year deal.
Roberts once again saw the likes of Jordy Nelson and Jalen Richard outpace him in the passing game, leading to his sub-30-yard tally over the last four games. The four-year veteran has been unable to build on his season-best five-catch, 76-yard effort in Week 14, posting five grabs for 43 yards combined in the subsequent pair of contests. Roberts remains a relatively low-upside option despite a favorable Week 17 matchup versus the Chiefs due to Nelson's increased role in the passing game and Derek Carr's comfort level with Richard and tight end Jared Cook as well.
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