Raiders Fantasy News

Raiders Beat: Latavius Murray 'will indeed get additional work when healthy'

Friday, November 21, 2014, 11:02pm

Inside Bay Area - [Full Article]

Raiders HC Tony Sparano said Latavius Murray will indeed get additional work when healthy, and said his ascension to getting more carries is earned through practice.

"Like any young player there is a progress you've got to see before you feel like you're going to put him out there in those situations," Sparano said. "I've had to see that in practice, and little by little I've seen it and this has kind of been where it has gone."

Fantasy Impact:

Sparano strikes us as old school, so he's not going to hand the job over to Murray. Darren McFadden may continue to start, but we'd be surprised if Murray isn't the best fantasy producer in the Oakland backfield down the stretch.

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Thursday, November 20, 2014, 7:19pm

Raiders Inactives
David Ausberry TE
Tony Bergstrom G
T.J. Carrie CB
Jonathan Dowling S
Gabe Jackson G
Matt McGloin QB
Carlos Rogers CB

Fantasy Impact:

Darren McFadden is expected to start, but Latavius Murray should continue to see his role expand.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014, 6:11pm

Raiders QB Derek Carr (quadricep, probable) practiced fully Wednesday. Carr will be fine for a tough matchup with the Chiefs.

Rams stick with Shaun Hill at QB

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 8:30pm - [Full Article]

Rams head coach Jeff Fisher announced after Wednesday’s practice that the team has shifted to Shaun Hill as its starting quarterback.

“It’s never an easy decision when you make a change in the middle part of the season,” Fisher said. “But we looked at things Monday night and had lengthy discussions with the offensive staff, and just felt that the best thing to do at this point going forward was to lean on the experienced quarterback.”

Hill suffered a quad injury in the Rams’ Week 1 loss to the Vikings, and Austin Davis took over at the position. Fisher named Davis the full-time starter following the bye week. The head coach said he told the team today that he appreciated Davis’ hard work, poise, dedication, and tireless effort in preparation. Fisher also noted that when Davis was named the starter, Hill had, for all intents and purposes, lost his job due to injury.

Fantasy Impact:

Fisher said Hill's transition should be easy going back to the starter. Hill has some favorable matchups the next three weeks which could put him into the QB2 conversation: Chargers, Raiders and Redskins.

Broncos want to get back to running the ball

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 9:14am

ESPN - [Full Article]

As the Denver Broncos sifted through the what-happened list from Sunday's 22-7 loss to the St. Louis Rams, there were plenty of numbers they didn't like, starting with the ones on the scoreboard.

But one of the other red-flag numerals was the team's rushing attempts against the Rams, as in just 10 for the entire game, one of those a kneel-down from quarterback Peyton Manning just before halftime. The Broncos finished with just 28 yards rushing and as a result held on to the ball for just 24 minutes, 10 seconds in the game.

It was the third game this season when the Broncos have finished with fewer than 50 yards rushing and the Broncos are 0-3 in those games, with road losses at Seattle, New England and Sunday's in St. Louis.

"There's no doubt to be the kind of team we want to be, we have to run the ball more," said Broncos head coach John Fox. "There's a mindset, mentality, whether you're on defense trying to stop the run and whether you're on offense running the football … Right now it's something we have to do more, we have to execute better."

Fantasy Impact:

Based on last week against the Rams, maybe even Peyton Manning and the Broncos can't get away with dropping back to pass as much as they have as defense can eventually adjust. The story went on to say the 10 carries tied for the Broncos' lowest total since the start of the 1981 season -- two years before the team traded for uber quarterback prospect John Elway. The Broncos had 11 rushing attempts against the San Diego Chargers last season -- the previous low since quarterback Peyton Manning signed with the team -- and the Broncos had 10 carries against the Chargers in the 2008 season finale, Mike Shanahan's last game as the team's head coach. The story went on to say the Broncos are also one of seven teams in the league with fewer than 245 rushing attempts for the season and Denver is the only one of those seven teams with a winning record -- the other six teams have a combined 13-47 record, a list that includes the 0-10 Oakland Raiders as well as the Tennessee Titans and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, both 2-8. This week may not get much easier with the Dolphins in town. C.J. Anderson looks like he's going to have to carry the load with both Montee Ball and Ronnie Hillman out.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, 9:06am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Slow starts offensively are becoming an issue for the Carolina Panthers and quarterback Cam Newton.

During a five-game losing streak the Panthers (3-7-1) have scored only 26 points combined in the first three quarters, an average of 5.2 points per game.

They had only three points through the first three quarters of Sunday’s 19-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons, who came into the game with the worst rated pass defense in the NFL. The Panthers scored a combined 48 points in the fourth quarter, including 28 the past two weeks against Philadelphia and Atlanta.

Newton hasn’t thrown a touchdown pass in the first three quarters since a 3-yarder to Kelvin Benjamin six games ago in a 37-37 tie at Cincinnati.

Fantasy Impact:

The story goes on to say over the last five games, Newton has no touchdowns and five interceptions in the first half. In the second half, he has five touchdowns (all in the fourth quarter) to three interceptions. Newton’s passer rating this season is 80.3, worse than every quarterback except Oakland rookie Derek Carr (76.0), Minnesota rookie Teddy Bridgewater (75.0), Jacksonville rookie Blake Bortles (72.2) and New York Jets quarterback Geno Smith (65.6). With a bye in Week 12, the hope for Newton owners is he can heal and come back strong for the final stretch of the fantasy season. But owners are likely finding it tough to trust him and may have already moved on.

Teammates say Philip Rivers dealing with rib injury

Monday, November 17, 2014, 11:28am

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

Chargers QB Philip Rivers took a fourth-quarter shot to the ribs Sunday.

It wasn't the first time, a teammate said.

The Chargers quarterback gave onlookers a couple held-breath moments in the second half, one when his left leg got rolled up on and another when hit to the mid-section on a third-down sack. Following a 13-6 win over the Raiders, tight end Antonio Gates told a group of reporters that rib pain for Rivers was nothing new.

Rivers never exited the game, not for the tweaked knee or rib shot.

He was evaluated on the sideline in both instances. Reserve quarterback Kellen Clemens warmed up after a hunched-over Rivers walked to the sideline following the latter.

Fantasy Impact:

Rivers has not appeared on the injury report this season. A team is only required to publicly disclose an injury when that player is considered to be at possible risk of missing the upcoming game, the story said. Rivers said he's no more banged up than any other QB. Rivers has six TDs and six INTs has last four games, though, throwing for 205, 252, 138 and 193 in those four contests.

Sunday, November 16, 2014, 2:42pm

Raiders Inactives
David Ausberry TE
Tony Bergstrom G
Vincent Brown WR
Jonathan Dowling SAF
Gabe Jackson G
Matt McGloin QB
Carlos Rogers CB

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 12:02am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Oakland Raiders have been sorely lacking a playmaker on offense most of the season, so it was welcomed news to see wide receiver Rod Streater working out with a trainer while the rest of the team practiced Friday.

He was placed on the injured reserve list Oct. 2 with a designation to return and subsequently underwent foot surgery.

Streater became eligible to return to practice Thursday but the team opted not to make the move just yet. Streater isn't eligible to come out of injured reserve list and play until Nov. 27 -- three days before the Raiders play in St. Louis.

Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:06pm

Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (foot, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 11. C.J. Anderson likely leads the Denver backfield in Week 11 after a strong showing against the Raiders. Montee Ball should make his return, but the team will likely choose to ease him into action since Anderson has played well.

Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:06pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 11. Mathews is expected to make his return this week in a great matchup with the Raiders. We’re not expecting he'll immediately get the 17.8 carries he averaged in 2013, but he should be good for 12-16 touches if things go well. Branden Oliver should take over the Danny Woodhead role in the offense.

Chargers want to 'be smart' about RB Ryan Mathews' workload in Week 11

Friday, November 14, 2014, 9:33am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews has not played since a Sept. 14 contest against the Seattle Seahawks because of an MCL knee sprain. It’s probably unfair to expect Mathews to carry the ball that many times in his first game back. However, with Mathews expected to return to the field on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, offensive coordinator Frank Reich and running back coach Ollie Wilson will be working closely with the team’s training staff to gauge how Mathews is handling his workload during the game.

Ultimately head coach Mike McCoy has final say. Chargers head trainer James Collins has been closely monitoring Mathews during practice, making sure there’s no setback in his rehabilitation process.

"We have to find out how much he’s ready to take," Reich said. "And that starts with us at the head coaching level. The trainers and Ollie and I have kind of talked about getting a feel for him during the game, and how much he can go, and that’s Ryan being honest with us.

"But he’s a big time player on this team. We want him to play as much as he can, but we want to be smart about it as well."

Fantasy Impact:

We’re not expecting he'll immediately get the 17.8 carries he averaged in 2013, but he should be good for 12-16 touches if things go well. Branden Oliver should take over the Danny Woodhead role in the offense, and is a capable runner in his own right.

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6:29pm

Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (foot) missed practice again Thursday. Hillman was called “day-to-day” by HC John Fox, though there are multiple reports that he’s going to miss 2-3 weeks, at least. C.J. Anderson likely leads the Denver backfield in Week 11 after a strong showing against the Raiders. Montee Ball should make his return, but the team will likely choose to ease him into action since Anderson has played well.

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6:29pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) practiced fully Wednesday. Mathews is expected to make his return this week in a great matchup with the Raiders. We’re not expecting the 17.8 carries he averaged in 2013 immediately, but he should be good for 12-15 touches if things go well. Branden Oliver should take over the Danny Woodhead role in the offense.

Broncos Beat: C.J. Anderson is the team's 'best running back'

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 2:46am

Denver Post - [Full Article]

The Denver Post's Mike Klis on the Broncos' RB situation...

Montee Ball is going to play. I'm not sure if he starts. But he's going to play. Personally, I'd start C.J. Anderson. I think he's the Broncos' best running back. It's easy to make that claim this week but even when he was getting one or two carries a game it seemed like he was slashing for 5 yards or so.

I think Anderson has now shown enough that it's time to see what he can do. Some may wonder if he had his breakout game because it was against the Raiders. That's fair. But let's see.

Rookie Juwan Thompson would remain the No. 3 running back.

Fantasy Impact:

This is the opinion of a longtime Broncos beat writer, not of the team. We won't know what the team intends to do at the position until we see Anderson, Ball and Thompson in action, but our guess is that Anderson leads the way in Week 11 while the team eases Ball back into action. Anderson has run far better than Ball thus far -- 5.7 YPC for Anderson, 3.1 YPC for Ball -- but it's not an apples-to-apples comparison. The offensive line is blocking much better and Anderson did much of his damage against an inferior Oakland rush defense. Still, Anderson is worth a pickup as a Week 11 spot start with possible long-term upside.