Raiders Fantasy News

Raiders fire head coach Dennis Allen

Tuesday, September 30, 2014, 10:15am

Denver Post - [Full Article]

The Raiders fired coach Dennis Allen on Monday night on the heels of his team's 0-4 start and no obvious signs of the progress he expected this season.

A Raiders spokesman confirmed via text message that Allen had been fired. The initial report of the firing came from Fox Sports' Jay Glazer, a person Allen is close to from his days with the New Orleans Saints and someone he confides in on a regular basis.

Fantasy Impact:

Tony Sparano was named the interim head coach. This was the ideal time for an in-season coaching change as the Raiders have a Week 5 bye, giving a Sparano the better part of two weeks to acclimate to his role. Sparano is the former Dolphins head coach and was the Raiders offensive line coach.

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Raiders QB Derek Carr sprains ankle, MCL

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 8:08pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Raiders quarterback Derek Carr was sidelined with a high ankle sprain and MCL sprain in the third quarter.

Carr's knee was twisted at the end of a scramble. Despite a heavy limp, he stayed in for one more play before it became obvious that he couldn't put any weight on the leg.

He was promptly sent to the locker room for X-rays and did not return.

The rookie authored an impressive opening touchdown drive vs. the Miami Dolphins, but failed to move the offense over the next two quarters.

Fantasy Impact:

Matt McGloin took over for Carr and did throw for a TD pass but it was an overall ugly performance for the Raiders offense. Matt Schaub didn't make the trip to England and the Raiders have a bye in Week 5. Carr's injury is said to keep him out a couple of weeks, so right now it's anyone's guess as to who starts in Week 6.

Vernon Davis suffers back spasms

Sunday, September 28, 2014, 8:03pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

After the game, 49ers TE Vernon Davis said he experienced back spasms after getting hit awkwardly and bending forward, and that he felt confident that all would be well enough for him to be on the field against the Chiefs next weekend.

“I’ll be good,” Davis said, via the San Francisco Chronice. “I’ll be fine.”

Fantasy Impact:

Davis was also battling an ankle injury leading up to this game. With Vance McDonald also out, Derek Carrier took over at TE when Davis couldn't return. Davis says he will be fine for Week 5 but it's always tough to trust a player's opinion when it comes to injuries.

Darren McFadden slated to start Week 4

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 10:25am

ESPN - [Full Article]

At running back, Oakland coach Dennis Allen told reporters in London on Friday that Darren McFadden is in line to make his third straight start, but Maurice Jones-Drew is probable to play for the first time since suffering a hand injury in Week 1. McFadden is getting the start based on more practice time.

Fantasy Impact:

It most likely doesn't matter a whole lot who the starter is because it doesn't necessarily mean McFadden will get the bulk of the work. MJD, assuming he plays, is very likely to factor in as well which means it's committee situation. It's a good matchup against the Dolphins, but we see both backs more of RB3 or flex options at best.

Saturday, September 27, 2014, 12:00am

49ers.com - [Full Article]

Tight end Vance McDonald came off the practice field after all of his teammates to go through a workout with position coach Eric Mangini. "You can see how much I'm sweating," McDonald told reporters before adding that he "absolutely" would play on Sunday after missing Week 3 with a bum knee.

Fantasy Impact:

Vernon Davis is questionable, but if he can't play, it sounds like McDonald would be the player to get the biggest bump in snaps. McDonald was playing ahead of third-string TE Derek Carrier prior to the knee injury.

49ers 'remain optimistic' about TE Vernon Davis, game-time decision

Friday, September 26, 2014, 11:50pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

49ers HC Jim Harbaugh was asked about the status of TE Vernon Davis:

You were optimistic earlier in the week about TE Vernon Davis. Is that still the case? How’s that changed? How’s he looked in practice?

“Yeah, I think we’re still going to have to be closer to game time to know for sure. But, yeah, remain optimistic.”

Fantasy Impact:

The 49ers play in the late round of games so owners who intend to wait on Davis should have a Plan B in place. Vance McDonald (knee) is also questionable, but he said he was "absolutely" going to play on Sunday. He would likely be the player to own if Davis can't go. He was playing ahead of Derek Carrier before the knee injury.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Raiders QB Matt Schaub (not injury related, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 4.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 4. Jones-Drew was running ahead of McFadden prior to the injury, but may be in a full-blown committee upon his return. The Raiders running game isn't strong enough to support one running back, much less two. MJD's only game thus far was against the impossible-to-run-on New York Jets, so there's still a chance he becomes fantasy relevant this season.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno (elbow, out) has been ruled out for Week 4. Moreno is reportedly targeting Week 6 for his return. Lamar Miller should see another big workload in a good matchup against the Raiders.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Raiders WR Rod Streater (foot, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 4. Streater is expected to miss 4-5 weeks with a foot injury that will require minor surgery. James Jones continues to be the team’s de facto WR1, with Denarius Moore and Andre Holmes competing for snaps at the WR2 spot.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Dolphins WR Mike Wallace (hamstring, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 4. The probable tag means that Wallace is virtually certain to face the Raiders in London.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

Dolphins TE Charles Clay (knee, probable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 4. Clay should be fine to face the Raiders. He hasn’t been as effective this season, but is 10th in TE targets through three weeks.

Friday, September 26, 2014, 6:33pm

49ers TE Vernon Davis (ankle, knee, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 4. Davis was expected to play earlier in the week, but now the team is saying the he’s a game-time decision. The 49ers play late on Sunday, so owners should have a Plan B in place. Travis Kelce and Levine Toilolo play at the same time (or later) than Davis. Derek Carrier is Davis’s direct backup at this point, though Vance McDonald is also questionable and could start if Davis is out.

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm

Raiders QB Matt Schaub (not injury related) missed practice again Thursday.

Thursday, September 25, 2014, 6:48pm

Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) took full practice reps Thursday after being limited Wednesday. Jones-Drew was running ahead of McFadden prior to the injury, but may be in a full-blown committee upon his return. The Raiders running game isn't strong enough to support one running back, much less two. MJD's only game thus far was against the impossible-to-run-on New York Jets, so there's still a chance he becomes fantasy relevant this season.