WR Martavis Bryant was traded from the Pittsburgh Steelers to the Oakland Raiders for a third-round 2018 NFL Draft pick (79th overall), per ESPN.
Fantasy Five on Martavis Bryant
1. Such a Jon Gruden move. He loves to zig while others zag, and his zig is generally experienced NFL veterans. Bryant fits perfectly, as he fell out of favor with the Steelers.
2. Bryant didn’t play in 2016 because he was suspended, the punishment for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy. He requested a trade, but the Steelers didn’t seem to be open to it – until Oakland dangled the right compensation.
3. In 2017, Bryant – who was in the dog house – had 50 receptions for 603 yards and three touchdowns. Entering the final year of his deal, he has plenty of motivation (read as $$$).
4. Bryant joins WR Amari Cooper, who Gruden said will be a focal point, and newly added WR Jordy Nelson as weapons for QB Derek Carr. This offense has a lot of potential; and this trio of receivers can match-up with any in the NFL. Both Bryant and Nelson, provided his wheels are there, can really stretch a defense and fit in with the stereotypical stretch offense the Raiders have liked to deploy. Carr now has a number of targets who can take short dump passes and go the distance or pile up YAC.
5. Fantasy football players will have to take a conservative approach with Bryant. He has top-10 talent. He’s that good and athletic. However, there are a lot of mouths to feed in this offense and Bryant needs to build a rapport with Carr. The timing works in his favor. Look at him as a WR3 with upside. Conservative projections put him at 55 receptions, 900 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. He’s capable of much more than that, but it’ll be a bit of feast or famine.