Raiders Fantasy News

Matt Flynn "solidifying" starting QB role

Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 1:10pm

Sacramento Bee - [Full Article]

QB Matt Flynn is solidifying his role as starting quarterback for the Raiders one year after losing that same job in training camp with the Seattle Seahawks.

Flynn entered camp with the inside track over Terrelle Pryor and rookie Tyler Wilson to replace Carson Palmer in Oakland and has done nothing in the first week to change that equation.

Flynn has been the most impressive of the three quarterbacks so far in training camp with the most accurate arm, a good grasp of the offense and strong leadership on the field.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013, 11:32am

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

Raiders HC Dennis Allen believes there is one in his young, talented group. He just hasn’t revealed himself.

“I don’t think we have a go-to guy yet,” Allen said after Tuesday’s practice. “I’m waiting for someone to jump out and be the guy. We have a talented, young group that’s working hard, but it’s going to be a work in progress.”

Allen's words were difficult for Denarius Moore hear. After all, he considered himself the No. 1 guy.

"It can be discouraging on my behalf," Moore said. "I've always been the one to lead by example and be a positive type. If he says he's still looking for a go-to wide receiver, it's up to us to step up and play well when called upon."

Fantasy Impact:

We believe that given his skill set, Moore holds the most fantasy value of all the WRs in Oakland. We have him ranked #39 in standard formats. Rod Streater is a solid late-round pick, especially in PPR formats.

Monday, July 29, 2013, 5:07pm

Oakland Tribune - [Full Article]

Raiders WR Denarius Moore occasionally flashes the ability that made him such an impressive rookie.

Fantasy Impact:

The Raiders receivers, as a whole, haven't been impressive so far with a ton of drops so far early in camp.

Monday, July 29, 2013, 5:05pm

Oakland Tribune - [Full Article]

Raiders WR Jacoby Ford had an encouraging offseason but is hurt again with an undisclosed injury. No one is sure how long he'll be out. A quick return would be big.

Monday, July 29, 2013, 5:04pm

Oakland Tribune - [Full Article]

Raiders WR Rod Streater has been the most consistent player and could emerge as the go-to receiver for QB Matt Flynn and Co. because they're relatively certain he'll come down with the ball.

Monday, July 29, 2013, 10:01am

Oakland Tribune - [Full Article]

Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor is throwing the ball with the kind of zip, accuracy and touch that weren’t evident much his first two seasons, let alone during offseason workouts.

Chalk it up to a player that refuses to be told that he can’t succeed as a quarterback in the NFL and works as hard as any of the 88 players on the roster.

Monday, July 29, 2013, 10:00am

Oakland Tribune - [Full Article]

Raiders TE David Ausberry is one of a handful of players vying for the starting spot created by the departure of TE Brandon Myers.

Ausberry and TE Richard Gordon are the returning tight ends from last year’s team. Therefore, it’s logical to assume that they have an edge over a cast of other hopefuls.

Fantasy Impact:

The other cast of hopefuls include: Nick Kasa and Mychal Rivera, as well as Brian Leonhardt and Jeron Mastrud. We like Ausberry to win the job too, but rank him as just a TE3 at this point. Ausberry has looked good early in camp though.

Matt Flynn "clearly the No. 1 guy at this point"

Saturday, July 27, 2013, 10:13am

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

Raiders QB Matt Flynn is clearly the No. 1 guy at this point, and looked the part with several accurate passes to the right receivers. Coach Dennis Allen liked Flynn’s effort but wants more consistency than the quarterback and other members of the passing game showed on Friday.

Fantasy Impact:

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.

Darren McFadden enjoying return to power running scheme

Friday, July 26, 2013, 8:21pm

Inside Bay Area - [Full Article]

Raiders RB Darren McFadden took a handoff from Matt Flynn on Friday and with no hesitation hit a sliver of air between guard Lucas Nix and center Stefen Wisniewski at nearly full speed.

No defender laid a hand on McFadden until he was at least three yards downfield -- which is roughly what he averaged per carry in 2012 in a zone scheme ill-suited to his nature as a runner. It was a simple running play in a non-padded practice on the first day of training camp, but illustrated nicely what McFadden does best. The zone scheme, which called on McFadden to move laterally before cutting back against the grain, helped drop his yards per carry to a career-low 3.3 yards.

"I love a downhill scheme, so I'm very confident about it," McFadden said. " I'll just be able to get out there and go downhill. That's one of my strong points."

"I feel like I'm a downill runner and that's something the coaches see also. By getting us in a gap scheme offense, they feel that suits me a lot more."

Fantasy Impact:

After averaging 5.2+ YPC in 2010 and 2011, the Raiders (ponderously) switched back to a zone-blocking running scheme, to which we already knew DMC is not well-suited. When healthy and in a power scheme, McFadden is a bona fide fantasy RB1. He averaged #2 and #8 RB numbers in 2010 and 2011 before the team changed to a zone-blocking scheme.

Maurice-Jones Drew (foot) cleared for camp

Tuesday, July 23, 2013, 1:13pm

John Oehser, Twitter - [Full Article]

Jaguars RB Maurice Jones-Drew has been cleared by training staff, but says team will be smart with his return.

Fantasy Impact:

This is a good sign that the bothersome foot injury may be behind him, though he still has to deal with a new running scheme -- the team is moving to a zone-blocking attack -- which was a bad move for the Raiders in 2012. He's a high-upside pick in the 3rd round, but his ADP will move into the 2nd if he proves he's healthy.

Darren McFadden "couldn't be more motivated" in contract year

Wednesday, July 17, 2013, 7:38pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

The Raiders had a disastrous season running the football last year. Their ground game ranked 28th in the NFL, with 88 yards per game, and blame fell on a zone-blocking scheme that cost offensive coordinator Greg Knapp his job. Darren McFadden averaged a career-worst 3.3 yards per carry and had just three total touchdowns in 2012. Zone blocking hurt McFadden the most, taking away his ability to shake tacklers, improvise on the fly and grind out extra yards. An ankle injury sidelined him four games and marked the fifth straight season health issues slowed him down.

McFadden couldn’t be more motivated heading into a contract year. Last year’s frustration is this season’s drive, and he’s vowed to be the dynamic workhorse of years past. New coordinator Greg Olson installed a power-based rushing system that should benefit McFadden’s downhill rushing style.

Fantasy Impact:

After averaging 5.2+ YPC in 2010 and 2011, the Raiders (ponderously) switched back to a zone-blocking running scheme, to which we already knew DMC is not well-suited. He's a top 10 talent when healthy, but his durability will always be a concern. His owners long for the 1,664 total yards and 10 TDs he posted (in just 13 games) during the 2010 season.

Monday, July 8, 2013, 8:52am

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

Projecting Bears RB Matt Forte in HC Marc Trestman's offense is exciting. If Trestman relies heavily on what he did while with the Raiders more than a decade ago, Forte will be a dual threat.

Trestman called former Raiders running back Charlie Garner one of his favorite players. Garner made 91 receptions for 941 yards in 2002 and rushed for 962 yards on 182 carries. It might be asking too much for Forte to catch 91 passes, but he sure could top the career-high 63 he had as a rookie in 2008.

Fantasy Impact:

We rank Forte 12th among our RBs. Michael Bush, ranked 51st, could still be a threat to take away carries as well as TDs in close, but Forte projects to be a second-round pick and a very high end RB2, perhaps especially in PPR leagues.

Tuesday, July 2, 2013, 10:29am

Contra Costa Times - [Full Article]

Raiders running back Darren McFadden said we're going to see more of him:

"You’ve seen a lot of glimpses, though, but I can promise you that you haven’t seen the best of him at all."

Fantasy Impact:

This is a contract year for McFadden who is coming off another injury. The Raiders say they are switching back to a power running game which will help McFadden put up numbers provided he can stay healthy. We think he can be a top-10 back in an injury free world, but at the moment we rank him 17th among RBs. He's got an ADP of the mid-fourth round.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 10:54am

ESPN New York - [Full Article]

Giants tight end coach Mike Pope is eager to see what TE Brandon Myers will do in training camp.

He believes the former Raiders tight end could be an option in the vertical game. Myers, who had 79 receptions for 806 yards and four touchdowns last season, was signed to replace Martellus Bennett.

Fantasy Impact:

Myers is an improvement over Kevin Boss, Jake Ballard and Bennett who have been the Giant tight ends since 2008. Myers figures to be a red zone target for quarterback Eli Manning as Giants tight ends have averaged 5 TDs a season. Myers is ranked 12th on our list which makes him a high-end, TE2. His ADP is the 14th round so you should get an opportunity to grab him if you want him.

Thursday, June 13, 2013, 10:14am

Steve Corkran, Twitter - [Full Article]

Rookie RB Latavius Murray is on the field, but he remains sidelined with a sore foot.