Raiders Fantasy News

Bills hire Syracuse coach Doug Marrone

Sunday, January 6, 2013, 11:38am

The USA Today - [Full Article]

Syracuse coach Doug Marrone agreed to become the next head coach of the Buffalo Bills, according to a person informed of the discussions between the teams. He has NFL experience as both a player and a coach. Marrone was drafted in the sixth round of the 1986 NFL draft by the Los Angeles Raiders, then played a season each with the Miami Dolphins (1987) and the New Orleans Saints (1989). Marrone began his coaching career in 1992 as tight ends coach at Cortland State, and also coached at the collegiate level at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, Northeastern, Georgia Tech, Georgia and Tennessee. He returned to the NFL in 2002 as offensive line coach with the New York Jets, and moved to New Orleans before the 2006 season when he was named the Saints' offensive coordinator.

Fantasy Impact:
Marrone did a good job while at Syracuse and is well regarded in coaching circles. The Orange's top two running backs, Jerome Smith and Prince-Tyson Gulley, carried the ball an average of 29.6 times in 13 games last season, so C.J. Spiller figures to see a healthy workload in 2013.

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Raiders fire OC Greg Knapp

Monday, December 31, 2012, 3:11pm - [Full Article]

The Raiders were expected to fire offensive coordinator Greg Knapp and other offensive staff members this week, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, and a source informed of the news confirmed to's Ian Rapoport that Knapp, linebackers coach Johnny Holland and two other unnamed offensive coaches are out. The Raiders later announced in a release that Knapp, Holland, special teams coordinator Steve Hoffman and offensive line coach Frank Pollack have been relieved of duties. Knapp preferred a zone scheme in the running game, which collapsed this season. The Raiders finished 28th in the NFL in rushing at just 89 yards per game. They were a top-seven rushing unit over the previous two years. Their supposed star rusher, Darren McFadden, finished with 707 rushing yards and a 3.3 yards-per-carry average.

Fantasy Impact:
Assuming the Raiders find an OC who can implement a running game more suited to McFadden's strengths, he should return to RB1 territory again next season.

Monday, December 31, 2012, 1:07pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

Basically, it comes down to this -- Greg Knapp or Darren McFadden. The Raiders have to make a choice between a beleaguered offensive coordinator whose version of the West Coast Offense and zone-blocking scheme all-but neutered what had ben one of the game's more explosive running attacks and an explosive running back who has a propensity to get injured and yet to play a full 16-game season. Reports have Knapp and other staff members on their way out this week, though coach Dennis Allen would not comment on them Sunday. It was obvious McFadden was struggling early and often with the return of the ZBS, a system for which not only Mike Goodson but undrafted rookie Jeremy Stewart seemed more fitted and comfortable.

Fantasy Impact:
Knapp is expected to be fired, so as long as the Raiders hire an OC who plans to run an offense more suited to McFadden's strengths, he should return to RB1 form in 2013. This was a cas of Knapp fixing something that wasn't broken.

Sunday, December 30, 2012, 3:12pm

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Fantasy Impact:
Terrelle Pryor starts at QB for the Raiders.

Friday, December 28, 2012, 7:20pm

Raiders QB Carson Palmer (ribs, out) has been ruled out for Week 17. Matt Leinart and Terrelle Pryor split first-team reps this week, but HC Dennis Allen declined to name a starter.

Friday, December 28, 2012, 7:20pm

Raiders WR Juron Criner (hip, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17.

Friday, December 28, 2012, 7:20pm

Raiders TE Brandon Myers (shoulder, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17. Myers isn't as attractive of a start without Carson Palmer under center.

Friday, December 28, 2012, 7:20pm

Raiders TE David Ausberry (knee, probable) was limited Friday after taking full reps earlier in the week and is probable for Week 17.

Thursday, December 27, 2012, 4:06pm

Vic Tafur, Twitter - [Full Article]

Raiders RB Darren McFadden is averaging 3.3 yards per carry -- the NFL's third-lowest mark among qualified players. "We certainly want to get Darren going and we haven't really been able to get it on track on a consistent basis," HC Dennis Allen said.

Jonathan Stewart has ankle setback

Thursday, December 27, 2012, 3:56pm

Joe Person, Twitter - [Full Article]

Panther HC Ron Rivera said Jonathan Stewart had a setback with his ankle injury.

Fantasy Impact:
It sounds like Stewart is unlikely to suit up this week. DeAngelo Williams will again be the lead back with Mike Tolbert in the mix. The Panthers get a Saints team who has been improving against the run lately. Williams is an unreliable flex play. Last week he managed only 19 rush yards on 10 carries against the Raiders after having a long TD called back early.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012, 5:29pm

Steve Corkran, Twitter - [Full Article]

Raiders QBs Terrelle Pryor and Matt Leinart split the reps with first-team offense Wednesday.

Carson Palmer has cracked ribs

Monday, December 24, 2012, 11:29pm

Paul Gutierrez on Twitter - [Full Article]

"Cracked ribs and a bruised lung" shown on CT scan for Raiders QB Carson Palmer.

Fantasy Impact:
Matt Leinart will get the start Week 17. Terrelle Pryor should also get some snaps in certain situations against the Chargers.

Friday, December 21, 2012, 7:09pm

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart (ankle, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 16. If Stewart can play, it will put a dent in the upside of DeAngelo Williams, who was shaping up to be a sneaky start against the Raiders.

Friday, December 21, 2012, 7:09pm

Raiders WR Juron Criner (hip, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 16.

Friday, December 21, 2012, 7:09pm

Raiders TE Richard Gordon (biceps, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 16.