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Red Raiders in the pros - Amendola comes up big in the clutch

Meanwhile, Crabtree struggles and Washington receives limited work

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Michael Crabtree - WR (Oakland Raiders)

Last week, Crabtree made the front page of fantasy with 3 TD’s in the Raiders win over the Jets. He ended up with just 6 catches and 80 yards, but the high amount of scoring plays put him at the top. Through 2 weeks, he was the top fantasy wideout, and the 17th overall player in the whole league. This week was a different story. The Raiders just couldn’t get going in Washington and Crabtree ended up with just 1 catch on 3 targets for 7 yards. He did take a hard hit during the game in the chest and did not return, with what is being called a chest contusion.

DeAndre Washington - RB (Oakland Raiders)

Washington’s impact and involvement continues to be limited, as Lynch is the premier back for the Raiders. Against the Jets, he had 6 rushes and 3 receptions for a total of 35 yards. He only ran the ball once against the Redskins as the Raiders were trying to play catch up most of the game. Of Carr’s 118 passing yards in DC, 24 of them went to Washington, the 2nd leading receiver in the game. His ability to catch passes out of the backfield will continue to be an asset as the Raiders look to get him the ball.

Jakeem Grant - WR (Miami Dolphins)

The Dolphins opened up their season in LA, facing the Chargers last week. Grant wasn’t involved much, with his only action as a punt returner. He had 3 returns for 21 yards, his long being 14 yards. This week, he was more involved, with a 12 yard catch, a 15-yard kick return, and 2 punt returns for 13 yards. As long as Jakeem can limit his mishaps with ball control, he’ll be an active member of the Dolphins this year.

Danny Amendola - WR (New England Patriots)

In the Chiefs opening night win over New England, Amendola took a hit and stayed out of the week 2 game due to being involved in the league-mandated concussion protocol. He was listed as questionable for the game against Houston, but was able to play and made a big impact in the game. He finished the game with just 3 catches on 5 targets for 48 yards, but his final catch would prove to be a game changer. With New England down by 5 with under a minute left and the ball near midfield, they had a 3rd and 18. Brady found Amendola for 27 yards to set up a 1st down at the Houston 25 yard line.