Raiders optimistic WR Darrius Heyward-Bey returns after bye
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Raiders optimistic WR Darrius Heyward-Bey returns after bye

Oakland Raiders wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey @theDHB85 went down hard with a concussion in Week 3 due to an illegal hit yet head coach Dennis Allen is "hopeful" he will return in Week 6 after Oakland's Week 5 bye. DHB was injured early in the fourth quarter of Oakland's 34-31 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The hit drew a ton of media attention, and rightly so. Another report by USA Today stated the fourth-year vet couldn't remember being hit.

Fantasy Analysis:

Heyward-Bey has yet to really establish himself as a dependable fantasy weapon but the Raiders have really opened up their passing game this season. Considered a sleeper in most fantasy drafts, DHB has been dropped and is now available in nearly a third of ESPN leagues. Keeping DHB on your bench if you have the roster space is a viable option. Oakland is attempting 40.5 passes per game, tied for fifth in the NFL and with all those targets available, DHB is certaily under the radar after this injury.

San Francisco Chronicle

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