Roberts is expected to serve as one of the Raiders' primary receivers in Sunday's game against the Cardinals with both Jordy Nelson (knee) and Martavis Bryant (knee) ruled out for the contest, Scott Bair of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Roberts will likely be joined in three-wideout sets by Brandon LaFell and Marcell Ateman, while tight end Jared Cook and running back Jalen Richard may also benefit from added volume in the passing game to compensate for the absence of Nelson in particular. Regardless of how the distribution of targets shake out among the wideouts, none profile as much more than a dart throw in fantasy lineups against a competent Arizona pass defense. A slot specialist, Roberts has rarely flashed much big-play ability, topping out at 43 receiving yards across his eight appearances in 2018.
Roberts caught three passes on as many targets for 39 yards in Sunday's 20-6 loss to the Chargers.
Roberts was on the field for less than 30 offensive snaps for the first time since Week 5, but still managed to salvage a 39-yard performance while the Raiders offense continued to struggle. Both Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant are now being evaluated for knee injuries, however, so Roberts could see additional targets next week against the Cardinals.
Roberts caught one of two targets for eight yards in Thursday's 34-3 loss to the 49ers.
Roberts had averaged nearly six targets per game in the Raiders' previous three contests, but was generally uninvolved Thursday night as the offensive line failed to protect quarterback Derek Carr. Roberts continues to start in the slot while Jordy Nelson and Brandon LaFell man the outside, but the former has been touchdown dependent from a fantasy perspective.
Roberts caught two of four targets for 42 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 42-28 loss to the Colts.
Roberts handled a 60 percent snap share as the No. 3 wide receiver, landing far behind Brandon LaFell (92 percent) and Jordy Nelson (90 percent) but well ahead of Martavis Bryant (14 percent). There wasn't any noticeable role change for Roberts in the first game without Amari Cooper, as LaFell handled all of the vacated snaps. Roberts' average of 4.3 targets per game outweighs any potential appeal of a favorable Thursday matchup with the 49ers.
Roberts (concussion) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday's game against the Colts after practicing fully Friday.
Roberts, who caught nine of 13 targets for 72 yards over his last two games, isn't the flashiest fantasy option, but he's worth a look in deeper formats now that Amari Cooper is no longer in the Raiders' pass-catching mix. In that context, Jordy Nelson will remain a starter, while Martavis Bryant is also a candidate to see added opportunities with Cooper -- who averaged a tick over five targets per game -- no longer atop the team's depth chart.
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