Raiders Rookie WR Hunter Renfrow Was Better in 2019 Than You Might Have Realized

Looking for a fantasy sleeper at wide receiver next year?

Maybe look no farther than the second-year Raiders receiver who is quickly becoming one of Derek Carr’s favorite targets.

Despite missing time with a rib injury and playing only 42% of the Raiders offensive snaps this year, Hunter Renfrow (67) trailed only Darren Waller (115) in targets and led the team in third-down targets (32).

Renfrow’s 49 receptions for 605 yards were better than expected from the fifth-round pick and if he had played 16 games, Renfrow’s numbers prorate to around 60 receptions and 750 receiving yards.

In his first six games with the Raiders, Renfrow caught 14 passes on 22 targets for 115 yards. In his final seven games Renfrow caught 35 passes on 45 targets for 490 yards. If he can continue at his late season pace (and stay healthy), Renfrow would be around 80 receptions for 1,120 yards next year.

Waller should continue to be the Raiders most dangerous pass-catcher in 2020, but Renfrow certainly emerged as Carr’s number two option by the end of the 2019 season. Factor in that Renfrow should have a greater role in Gruden’s offense in year two and he might be the one receiver you don’t want overlook in your next fantasy draft.

The question now… what will opposing defenses do when the Raiders add Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy to the mix?

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