Derek Carr

Derek Carr

Preseason

Chance of Injury in 2021: question mark 18%
Chance of Injury per Game: question mark 1.2%
Projected Games missed for 2021: question mark 0.6
Durability: question mark 5

Medium Risk

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Derek Carr Player Overview

What You Need to Know:

  • Carr threw for 4,103 yards, 27 TDs and 9 INTs last year, finishing 13th among QBs in total fantasy points. He ranked 17th in fantasy points per game.
  • Carr was a solid floor play, scoring at a top-12 level in 7 of 16 games. Only 9 QBs tallied more top-12 weeks.
  • He didn’t bring much upside, though, with only 1 top-5 week.
  • Among 35 qualifying QBs last year, Carr ranked 10th in completion rate and 6th in yards per attempt. He finished 8th in Pro Football Focus’ passing grades.
  • Carr’s fantasy upside was capped by a run-leaning Raiders offense. Vegas finished 23rd in pass rate and 21st in pass attempts.
  • Carr has now finished 18th, 16th and 13th among QBs in fantasy points in 3 seasons under HC Jon Gruden, who returns for 2021.
  • The Raiders return 4 of last year’s top 5 target getters: Darren Waller, Hunter Renfrow, Josh Jacobs and Henry Ruggs. WR Nelson Agholor, who finished 2nd on last year’s squad with 896 yards and 8 TDs, departed in free agency.
  • Vegas added WR John Brown and RB Kenyan Drake in free agency.
    • Brown went for 1,060 yards for the Bills back in 2019. But he’s coming off an injury-riddled 2020, turned 31 in April and was dumped by Buffalo in March.
    • Drake has caught 160 balls over the past 4 years. He’s ranked 44th, 25th, 24th and 33rd in Pro Football Focus’ receiving grade among RBs with 30+ targets in those seasons.
  • The Raiders will hope for 2nd-year leaps from Ruggs and WR Bryan Edwards. Both guys were disappointing as rookies.
  • Vegas will have 3 new starters on the offensive line this year.
    • C Rodney Hudson and G Gabe Jackson, who both fared well in Pro Football Focus’ pass-blocking grades last year, departed in free agency. Expected replacements C Andre James and G Richie Incognito figure to be downgrades.
    • 1st-round rookie Alex Leatherwood is penciled in as the starting RT. He’s a plus athlete and started for 3 seasons at Alabama -- although he mos…

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Derek Carr Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Oct 1, 2017 NFL Back Vertebral Fracture Carr suffered a transverse process fracture in his back and missed 1 game.
Dec 24, 2016 NFL Leg Fibula Fracture Carr broke his fibula in Week 16, had surgery and missed the rest of the season.
Nov 27, 2016 NFL Hand Finger Fracture Carr dislocated and broke his right pinkie finger on a snap. He returned later that game and didn't miss any additional time with the injury.
Sep 13, 2015 NFL Hand Thumb Sprain Carr suffered a bruised right (throwing) thumb. He missed the rest of the game against the Bengals but returned the following week.
May 19, 2015 NFL Hand Finger Sprain/Pull Unspecified Carr sprained his ring finger on his throwing hand early in the offseason but was cleared by June minicamp.
Sep 28, 2014 NFL Knee MCL Sprain Grade 2 Carr sprained his MCL and suffered a high-ankle sprain but was ready for the Raiders' next game (following a bye week).
Sep 28, 2014 NFL Pedal Ankle (high) Sprain Grade 3 Carr suffered a high-ankle sprain -- along with a sprained MCL -- in Week 4. He was able to play in the Raiders' next game, following a Week 5 bye.
Aug 16, 2014 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Carr took a big hit in the preseason, giving him a concussion. He missed the following week's game but played in the preseason finale.
Aug 15, 2014 NFL Chest Rib Bruise Carr took a big hit in the preseason, giving him a concussion (see other injuries) and also a rib bruise.