Raiders Fantasy News
Friday, May 24, 2013, 4:01pm
Seattle Seahawks tight end Anthony McCoy suffered a torn Achilles tendon during organized team activities this week and underwent surgery on Thursday repair the injury, a person informed of the diagnosis told USA TODAY Sports.
The person, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't confirmed the injury, said McCoy will miss at least six months.
This could mean additional work for Zach Miller, who didn't do much during the regular season (38-396-3), but did post 12 catches (on 15 targets) for 190 yards and a TD in two playoff games against the Redskins and Falcons. He averaged 3.6-38-.33 over his final nine games (including the postseason) which translates to 57-601-5.3 (TE15 numbers) over the course of a 16-game season. He's just 27, and had a couple of very solid seasons for the Raiders in 2009 and 2010. He played 85% of Seattle's snaps in 2012.
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Wednesday, May 22, 2013, 10:13am
Charles Woodson is returning to the Raiders. He's agreed to a one-year deal.
Thursday, May 16, 2013, 11:16am
MJD has progressed to running sprints
Tuesday, May 14, 2013, 12:38pm
Jones-Drew said he ran 30 yards at three-quarters speed during the workout.
“That was exciting,” he said. “Lately, it’s been one day on, a day off, two days on, a day off — it’s part of the process.
I’m closer than I think. I just want to take my time and make sure we do it the right way.”
Jones-Drew’s goal is to resume full-scale training for the month leading into the start of training camp the last week of July.
QB Tyler Wilson impresses at rookie camp
Monday, May 13, 2013, 9:42am
Wilson showed off a strong arm, placing balls right on target time and again, be it swing passes, throws over the middle or well downfield.
“Obviously, picking up a new system, there’s a little bit of rust there,” Raiders coach Dennis Allen said of Wilson. “But throwing the ball, he’s done a nice job. I don’t have any question about his arm strength and his accuracy.”
Saturday, April 20, 2013, 8:29pm
Saints RB Chris Ivory signed his one-year, $2 million tender as a restricted free agent, the team announced Friday, the precursor to a possible trade with the Jets. There are strong indications the trade will happen.
Ivory took a recent free-agent visit to the Jets, who are looking for another back. They never entertained the idea of signing him to an offer sheet (they would've had to compensate the Saints with a second-round pick), but they remain interesed in trading for him at lower compensation. The Jets might be willing to part with a fifth-round pick; whether that's enough remains to be seen.
Friday, April 12, 2013, 9:31am
Thursday, April 11, 2013, 6:36pm
Jennings had a chance to make a lot of money last season with Maurice Jones-Drew sidelined but ended up being benched after rushing for just 237 yards on 88 carries (2.7 YPC) from Week 7 to Week 13. He'll compete with Marcel Reece and Jeremy Stewart for carries behind Darren McFadden
Colts WR depth chart unclear
Wednesday, April 3, 2013, 11:39am
It will be interesting to see how the Colts line up in two wide-receiver sets. This much is certain: Reggie Wayne starts. Somebody asked on Twitter if that could be stated as fact. Yes, it can. Wayne is still a Pro Bowl WR. You don’t sit him.
The early hunch is Darrius Heyward-Bey and T.Y. Hilton will alternate at the other starting WR slot when they are in two-receiver sets. This is why the team has training camp and preseason games. Such roles sort themselves out.
“We feel good about acquiring a talented player in Darrius Heyward-Bey,” GM Ryan Grigson said in a team release. “He’s big, strong and shows toughness in traffic and after the catch. He’s got elite finishing speed that’s as good as there is in the NFL.”
We're expecting Hilton to emerge as the solid starter opposite Wayne with DHB coming in on three-receiver sets. Hilton showed too much promise in his rookie season to take a back seat to Heyward-Bey, though only time will tell.
Cardinals trade for Carson Palmer
Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 1:35pm
According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, the Cards completed the deal with the Raiders in exchange for a conditional seventh-round pick in 2014.
The condition is that he starts 13 games, meaning if he falls short of being the full-time starter, the Cards don’t owe them a thing.
This is big news for Larry Fitzgerald owners. Even mediocre QB play should be a big upgrade for Fitzy. A QB change had already been priced into his ADP (3.02) but his stock may rise a bit further now that the news is official. As for Palmer, he should post his usually decent fantasy numbers, especially if the Cardinals often find themselves in catch-up mode in 2013.
Colts sign Darrius Heyward-Bey
Tuesday, April 2, 2013, 1:28pm
The Colts have agreed to terms with ex-Raiders wideout Darrius Heyward-Bey, the team said Monday night. Owner Jim Irsay, who had made no secret that the club had zeroed in on a wideout, linked to the announcement on Twitter.
According to ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Heyward-Bey’s deal is for one year and as much as $3 million.
The 26-year-old Heyward-Bey caught 41 passes for 606 yards and five TDs for Oakland in 2012.
Heyward-Bey was very solid for the Raiders in 2011, catching 64 passes for 975 yards and four TDs. In fact, he averaged 84 yards in his last 11 games that season. His targets declined from 7.5 per game that year to 5.3 in 2012, which is the main reason he had a down season. (His FP/target actually increased from 1.08 in 2011 to 1.13 in 2012.) He is likely to fill the WR3 role behind Reggie Wayne and T.Y. Hilton, so his targets probably won't be consistent week to week. At just 26-years-old, the Colts could view him as a long-term solution at WR once Wayne retires.
Raiders acquire QB Matt Flynn
Monday, April 1, 2013, 12:16pm
The Oakland Raiders and Seattle Seahawks have pulled the trigger on a trade that will send quarterback Matt Flynn to the Raiders in exchange for a pair of draft picks, reports Jay Glazer of FOXSports.com.
In addition to acquiring Flynn, Glazer adds that the Raiders are attempting to trade Carson Palmer, their starting quarterback the last two seasons, to the Arizona Cardinals for a late round draft choice.
Flynn has started two games in his career. In 2010, he filled in for an injured Aaron Rodgers in a tough 31-27 loss against the Patriots in Week 15, throwing for 251 yards, three TDs and an interception. In 2011, with Rodgers resting in Week 17, Flynn torched the Lions for 480 yards and six TDs (with one interception). His stock took a dive after he couldn't beat out rookie Russell Wilson, but he was dealing with an elbow injury and Wilson turned out to be pretty good. The Raiders have not been a favorable situation for QBs in recent years, but Carson Palmer was 8th in the league in pass attempts in 2012, so if Flynn finds himself in garbage time as often, he should put up decent fantasy stats. He doesn't have great arm strength, but has shown good accuracy and anticipation on his throws. As for Palmer, it appears that he will land with the Cardinals. He's no savior, but even mediocre QB play would be a big upgrade for WR Larry Fitzgerald.
Carson Palmer wants out of Oakland
Thursday, March 28, 2013, 11:18am
By proposing that the 33-year-old quarterback take a relatively modest reduction from his $13 million base salary, rather than a drastic cut, the Raiders were essentially affirming their faith in Palmer's abilities. And given that it's highly unlikely Palmer could command anywhere close to $10 million annually on the open market, staying seemed like the obvious play.
Yet Palmer, Y! Sports has learned and other media outlets have reported, balked at the Raiders' request, a move that could lead to his outright release. The quarterback's decision, according to three sources familiar with Palmer's mindset, is based on a sense that Oakland's prospects for success in 2013 are so bleak that money is no longer the predominant factor in his thought process.
Palmer's rejection of the Raiders' proposal could lead him to the Arizona Cardinals, who are in the market for a starting quarterback, or possibly put him on the path to becoming a backup for a contending team. Oakland, meanwhile, may respond to the player's hardened stance by trading for Seattle Seahawks backup Matt Flynn or selecting West Virginia quarterback Geno Smith with the third overall pick in the draft.
It seemed from the beginning like it was less than a 50/50 proposition that Palmer would start for the Raiders in 2013, and the chances seem even lower now. If he were to land in Arizona, it would be a boon for Larry Fitzgerald. Palmer is no longer elite, but even mediocre play at QB would be a huge upgrade for the Cardinals.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013, 12:41pm
Huff, who was released on March 12 as part of the Raiders’ roster purge, started all 16 regular season games in six of his seven seasons with Oakland.
The 30-year-old is expected to immediately start for the Ravens, who lost both starting safeties from last season. Free safety Ed Reed signed with the Houston Texans after 11 seasons in Baltimore, and strong safety Bernard Pollard was released.
Monday, March 25, 2013, 11:40am
Rod Streater opened eyes last season as an undrafted rookie from Temple. A raw player in college, Streater impressed Oakland from minicamps on. He finished his first NFL season with 39 catches.
With Darrius Heyward-Bey released because of salary-cap issues and Jacoby Ford coming off a foot injury, Streater has a chance to start alongside Denarius Moore. Oakland coach Dennis Allen said recently he hopes Streater continues to make strides.
“I want to see him start where he left off, but I want to see continued improvement,” Allen said. “I think the guy's got talent. I think he's a good route-runner. I think he's got good ball skills. I think he'll go up and attack the ball. I think he's a tough kid. I think he believes in a lot of the things I'm looking for in a football player.”
If he starts and the Raiders passing game is decent, Streater should be fantasy relevant in most formats.