Raiders Fantasy News
Monday, July 28, 2014, 2:26pm
It’s worth mentioning the early returns have been positive on Raiders rookie second-round pick Derek Carr. He has tremendous arm strength, a quick release and good pocket feel. Look for the Raiders to run a lot of shotgun with him on the field. That’s where Carr’s most comfortable.
Author Tom Pelissero called Matt Schaub the unquestioned Week 1 starter at QB but liked what he's seen from Carr thus far.
Sunday, July 27, 2014, 3:19pm
When fleet quarterback Terrelle Pryor was traded to Seattle in the offseason, he didn’t take the read-option calls from the Oakland Raiders' playbook with him. This year the Raiders are considering using running back Darren McFadden as the point man in the read option. McFadden filled the role at times at the University of Arkansas, and he ran some Wildcat early in his career with Oakland. The possibility of taking snaps directly from center excites him. “I always tell people I really was supposed to be a quarterback, I just ended up being a running back,” McFadden said. “It’s always fun to me, being able to get back there behind center. It takes me back to my old roots. The first position I ever played was quarterback. It was my first love.”
Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden split reps at running back with the first-team offense. Although competing for the starting job, don’t expect to see a lot of them in the preseason. First off, each has a recent history of injuries, and the Raiders want to make sure they’re as close to 100 percent as possible entering the regular season. Secondly, the staff wants to get a look at youngsters Latavius Murray, a 2013 sixth-round pick who missed all of last season with a foot injury, and Kory Sheets, a star CFL performer who rushed for 2,875 yards and 23 touchdowns over the past two seasons with Saskatchewan.
MJD is far from a lock, but given his 8th/9th round price, there isn’t a whole lot of risk here. He’s a good bet to win the starting job in Oakland, and at 29-years-old, we’re not convinced that he’s over the hill. He averaged 4.8 YPC as recently as 2012 and doesn’t have the mileage of a typical 29-year-old back since he was a part-time player for his first three seasons in the league. Rashad Jennings had success down the stretch for the Raiders in 2013 and MJD played ahead of Jennings while in Jacksonville. DMC is the underdog in this race.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 10:54pm
Raiders beat writer Vic Tafur "would be surprised" if Maurice Jones-Drew isn't the team's starting running back.
MJD is far from a lock, but given his 8th/9th round price, there isn’t a whole lot of risk here. He’s a good bet to win the starting job in Oakland, and at 29-years-old, we’re not convinced that he’s over the hill. He averaged 4.8 YPC as recently as 2012 and doesn’t have the mileage of a typical 29-year-old back since he was a part-time player for his first three seasons in the league. Rashad Jennings had success down the stretch for the Raiders in 2013 and MJD played ahead of Jennings while in Jacksonville.
A big key is getting more production from the starting running back position. In is Toby Gerhart, replacing long-time face of the franchise Maurice Jones-Drew. Bradley said this week Gerhart is faster than the coaches saw on tape, which will allow him to break more long runs.
Toby Gerhart has touched the ball 15+ times in seven career games and has averaged low-end RB1 numbers (12.6 FP) with that type of workload. The former Heisman candidate will start for the Jaguars and should see a lot of work in that role. Gerhart has fantasy RB2 potential as a lead back. For a more in-depth look at Gerhart's potential production, click here.
Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 10:45am
During an appearance with Howard Balzer and Mark Dominik of Sirius XM NFL Radio, Raiders left tackle Donald Penn, who is one of those new blockers, said that the Raiders are going to be committed to moving the ball on the ground during the 2014 season. “We’re gonna run the ball, run the ball, then run it again, until the defense stops us,” Penn said.
It sounds like the blockers are in place to run the ball, now it will be in the hands of veteran RBs Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden to, according to the story, show they still have the wheels to thrive in the NFL. QB Matt Schaub and the passing game will also need to show something to keep teams from stacking the box.
Thursday, July 3, 2014, 10:30am
After the free agent addition of James Jones, the Raiders seem to have constructed a very promising group of wide receivers that should make them more explosive. However, in order to take the scheme up another level, the team has to see if they can get something out of the tight end position. That is why eyes are fixed on David Ausberry. The fourth-year man was slated to become the starter in 2013 before a shoulder injury knocked him out for the year. His athletic potential is sky high, but the Raiders can’t unlock it unless he’s on the field.
Mychal Rivera showed some promise last season, so this is a camp battle to watch in deep (or dynasty) formats.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014, 9:58am
When the Raiders traded for Matt Schaub, it was a pretty good sign that Matt McGloin wouldn’t be starting at quarterback again this season. When they drafted Derek Carr in the second round in May, it opened up the possibility that McGloin wouldn’t even be Schaub’s primary backup. That possibility moved a lot closer to reality during OTAs as Carr passed McGloin on the depth chart to move into the No. 2 job while continuing to mount a challenge to Schaub for the starting job. That’s left McGloin feeling “further along” than he was in 2013 without much way to show off an increased mastery of the Oakland offense.
McGloin is probably more of a backup anyway, and like the story said, he may have to wait until Carr takes over as the starter and Schaub moves on if he's going to be the backup on Oakland.
Monday, June 30, 2014, 10:22am
RB Maurice Jones-Drew joined the Oakland Raiders this offseason amid queries about whether the three-time All Pro had anything left in the tank. His career-low average of 3.4 yards per carry in 2013 followed an injury-plagued 2012 campaign and had MJD considering hanging up his spikes. "For awhile, I was contemplating retirement because I just didn't feel like I had it anymore," Jones-Drew told the Los Angeles Times earlier this month. "But that wasn't the case. My trainer helped me get back in shape and gain that foundation that I'd lost with the surgery."
Jones-Drew said he's in the best shape of his life since joining the Raiders. He's still expected to combine with Darren McFadden to share the workload in Oakland, however. We currently have MJD ranked 31st among RBs with an ADP of the 10th round. Despite being expected to share the load, McFadden (ranked 37th) has had his share of injuries in the past, so MJD looks likes someone to take a shot on later in the draft who may be able to play in certain matchups.
Friday, June 27, 2014, 9:32am
Discussing Raiders WR Andre Holmes... “He’s a long strider, a big guy who can stretch the field vertically and go up and get the football,” quarterback Matt Schaub said. “Obviously, his height and his ability to adjust in the air are some of his strengths, as well as some of the intermediate routes. Just being able to get to the top of his route, come strong out of his cut, he can be a guy that can stretch the field for us.”
Denarius Moore has not had a great offseason and may lose snaps to Holmes, who has played well when given the opportunity.
Thursday, June 26, 2014, 10:17am
Bengals.com writer Geoff Hobson: "I think new Bengals OC Hue Jackson’s panacea on cutting down the turnovers is to be a more ball possession team that runs it more, but sets up more explosive pass plays more efficiently. Fewer passes, but more bang for the buck off play-action is what is sounds like. At least that’s what he did in Oakland."
For a guy who has finished #17, #12 and #4 in his first three seasons, Dalton doesn’t get a whole lot of respect. He’d be ranked higher this year if not for Jackson’s propensity to run the ball. However, Jackson’s 2011 Raiders threw the ball 52.9% of the time with Carson Palmer under center, which isn’t too far off the Bengals’ 55.0% pass rate in 2013. We’re expecting fewer pass attempts, but Dalton should still be a quality option for owners who like to stream the position or draft a committee.
Raiders beat writer Paul Gutierrez was asked about the team's depth chart at WR: "Right now right now, or later, later (George Lopez voice)? Well, right now, on June 23, I'd say that James Jones and Rod Streater are the starters, with Denarius Moore nipping at their heels and Andre Holmes waiting in the weeds. Juron Criner also showed some life in organized team activities and minicamp. Truly, though, the title of starting receiver may prove to be just that -- a title, as with no true No. 1 consistent receiver on the roster, someone like, I don't know, Andre Johnson, the Raiders figure to use a lot of mixing and matching."
Moore seems to be fading within the organization. This is a notoriously positive time of year and there have been a few negative reports about Moore's progress. Another beat writer went so far to say that Andre Holmes seems to be passing Moore on the depth chart. Streater is the player we like at his current ADP. He has progressed well and is entering his third season.
Friday, June 20, 2014, 10:48am
Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden are the top running backs heading into Raiders' camp, but the team will need help behind them to maintain a steady rushing attack. Second-year pro Latavius Murray seems to be No. 3 at this point, with Kory Sheets also playing well. OC Greg Olson’s take on both players: “We’re looking for big things from Latavius Murray right now, coming off the foot injury. He’s shown, to me, the biggest upside right now in what we’ve seen thus far, if he can stay healthy. Kory Sheets has played a lot of football coming straight to us from Canada and he’s shown some flashes. I think there’s probably a role for him. He’s not your big back, he’s more of a back that you can move back in the slot and can help you in the passing game.”
Raiders' draft choice Derek Carr has supplanted Matt McGloin as the second-string quarterback and Allen acknowledged he expects the Raiders to enter training camp with Carr as Matt Schaub's backup. "We're trying to expedite his progression and I've liked a lot of things I've seen out of Derek," Allen said. "He's still got a long way to go and I like the direction he's headed."
Schaub is expected to start, but don't be surprised if Carr gets some playing time if/when the Raiders' season goes sideways.
Raiders HC Dennis Allen said WR James Jones has an AC sprain, otherwise known as a separated shoulder. It typically 2-8 weeks to heal.
Jones should have enough time to heal before camp opens, but this will impact the number of reps that he'll get with QB Matt Schaub.
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