Roberts caught three passes on as many targets for 24 yards in Sunday's 26-15 loss to the Chiefs.
Roberts led the Raiders' receiving corps in offensive snaps played (55 of 61), but was held to just three targets despite Amari Cooper missing a majority of the contest after re-injuring his left ankle in the first half. Roberts could be in line for additional looks from quarterback Derek Carr in Week 15 against the Cowboys if Cooper remains sidelined, but Roberts would still be a somewhat risky fantasy option as the slot receiver has yet to surpass 50 yards receiving in a single game this season.
Roberts logged five receptions for 46 yards on six targets during Sunday's win over the Giants.
Roberts led the Raiders in receptions while usual starters Amari Cooper (concussion/ankle) and Michael Crabtree (suspension) were sidelined, but the slot receiver remains without a 50-yard performance through 11 games played this season. He's also been held out of the end zone since Week 1, while the expected returns of both Cooper and Crabtree in Week 14 don't bode well for Roberts' fantasy ceiling.
Roberts could be in store for a larger target volume Sunday against the Giants with Michael Crabtree (suspension) and Amari Cooper (concussion/ankle) unavailable, Matt Schneidman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
As the Raiders' slot man, Roberts, who has logged 55 or more snaps in three of his last four games, doesn't project to see a bump in playing time, but the absence of the top two options in Oakland's passing attack this season will likely result in quarterback Derek Carr turning to Roberts earlier in his reads than he otherwise would. Because Roberts tends to favor more intermediate routes, his upside isn't quite as high as home-run threats Cordarrelle Patterson and Johnny Holton, but if the Raiders are able to stay ahead of the Giants for most of the day, Carr may not be eager to take downfield chances anyway. Regardless of how the game flow shakes out, none of Roberts, Patterson and Holton look to be high-percentage fantasy plays.
Roberts was highly involved at Wednesday's practice in the absence of Michael Crabtree (suspension) and Amari Cooper (concussion/ankle), Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.
Typically utilized as the slot receiver in three-wide formations, Roberts could also get playing time in two-receiver sets Sunday against the Giants with Crabtree officially unavailable and Cooper seemingly trending in that direction. Roberts played 93 percent of the offensive snaps back in Week 4 when Crabtree sat out with an injury, marking one of five times this season the third-year receiver has gone over the 80-percent mark. While Cordarrelle Patterson and Johnny Holton also should take on expanded roles, Roberts and tight end Jared Cook are the favorites to lead Oakland in targets come Sunday, assuming Cooper is held out.
Roberts caught two passes for 26 yards on three targets during Sunday's 21-14 win over the Broncos.
Roberts led the Raiders' wide receivers in terms of snaps against the Broncos as both Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper exited prematurely. Crabtree, who was ejected in the first quarter, could be dealt a suspension prior to Week 13's matchup against the Giants, which would result in a larger role for Roberts once again. Cooper could also miss additional time due to head and ankle injuries, so Oakland might be forced to deploy a shorthanded receiving corps that features Roberts, Cordarrelle Patterson and Johnny Holton on Sunday.
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