Raiders Fantasy News

Browns Beat: Hue Jackson sees Duke Johnson 'as an every-down back'

Tuesday, May 24, 2016, 12:00pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Hue Jackson was among those watching Duke Johnson's pro day at the University of Miami before the 2015 draft. His quickness allows him to run outside and be a weapon in the passing game. His 61 receptions set a Browns rookie record for a back, and were the second-highest total by any Browns rookie. Only Oakland's Amari Cooper -- a receiver -- had more receptions as a rookie.

Jackson sees Johnson as an every-down back. The previous coaching staff actually felt the same. They started training camp intending to make Johnson the starter. But a hamstring pull set him back, and then he was sidelined by a concussion.

The overall season was disappointing for the running game, but the Browns and the backs can point to the final four or five games when a greater commitment to the run led to more production.

Isaiah Crowell averaged 5.2 yards over the final five games, when he had three of his four touchdowns. Johnson averaged 5.6 yards in the final four.

Fantasy Impact:

Crowell outscored Johnson in standard formats, but Johnson (61 catches) had the edge in PPR, finishing #24 on the year. We can glean new HC Hue Jackson's playcalling tendencies from his usage of Giovani Bernard and Jeremy Hill last year in Cincinnati. When the Bengals were trailing by a field goal or more, Bernard saw 33 touches to Hill's 32. When the Bengals were trailing by two points or less, tied or leading, Hill saw 206 touches to 170 for Bernard. Since the 2016 Browns are likely to be trailing far more often than the 2015 Bengals, Johnson has a chance at an even larger share than Bernard, who finished #17 in PPR formats last season. Given Johnson's 6th-round ADP in early PPR drafts, he looks like a nice target for the "wait on RB" crowd.

Raiders TE Clive Walford suffered 'big gash' on knee, 'will be fine'

Tuesday, May 3, 2016, 12:58pm

Adam Caplan - [Full Article]

Raiders TE Clive Walford suffered the injury while ago. Described as a "big gash" on one of his knees.

From multiple sources: Walford will be fine, well ahead of schedule, gave everyone a scare when it first happened.

Fantasy Impact:

This sounds like a non-issue, but it's something to file away in case he misses offseason activities.

Raiders 'very high' on TE Clive Walford, 'want to expand his role'

Thursday, March 31, 2016, 2:44pm

Adam Caplan, Twitter - [Full Article]

The Raiders are very high on TE Clive Walford, want to expand his role going forward.

Fantasy Impact:

Walford got more playing time as the season wore on, and he looked to have a pretty good rapport with Derek Carr down the stretch. He'll be third in line for targets after Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. Consider him a TE2 in most formats.

Raiders re-sign WR Andre Holmes

Tuesday, March 15, 2016, 10:10am

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

WR Andre Holmes and the Raiders reached an agreement for him to re-sign on a 1-year deal worth up to $3M, source said. $1M fully guaranteed.

Fantasy Impact:

Holmes was 4th in targets last season behind Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree and Seth Roberts. He's likely to serve as depth again in 2016.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 5:08pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

The Falcons agreed to terms with quarterback Matt Schaub, and also agreed to terms on a five-year deal with free-agent center Alex Mack.

Schaub spent three seasons with the Falcons, then was traded the Texans after the 2007 season. He played for the Raiders in 2014 and the Ravens last season.

Sunday, January 3, 2016, 3:15pm

Raiders Inactives
SaQwan Edwards DB
Gabe Holmes TE
John Lotulelei LB
Matt McCants T
Dexter McDonald CB
Tevin McDonald FS
Rod Streater WR

Fantasy Impact:

Amari Cooper is active, and was listed as probable with a foot injury.

Friday, January 1, 2016, 6:26pm

Raiders WR Amari Cooper (foot, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 17. Cooper was very limited against the Chargers on Christmas Eve, playing only 27% of the snaps. He’s a risky play given his practice activity and a tough matchup with the Chiefs, but the probable tag means that he should play his full complement of snaps.

Chiefs could rest players, but still alive for division

Monday, December 28, 2015, 7:00pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Kansas City Chiefs will play to win their final regular season game against the Raiders. Unless they don’t.

That was the message from Chiefs coach Andy Reid on Monday. He said the Chiefs are planning to play to beat the Raiders at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday “as we sit here right now."

The Chiefs have clinched a playoff spot, and Reid left the impression he could change his mind and rest some players against the Raiders. That’s what he did for the Chiefs’ final game against the Chargers in 2013 after they had clinched a playoff spot. The difference is that back then the Chiefs had no chance to win the AFC West.

Fantasy Impact:

Resting players would be an odd stance this time. No matter whether the Broncos win or lose Monday night’s game against the Bengals, the Chiefs will have a chance to win the division next week, the story said.

Marcel Reece suspended four games

Monday, December 28, 2015, 6:40pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Oakland Raiders' Pro Bowl fullback Marcel Reece has been suspended for the next four regular-season games for violating the NFL's policy on performance-enhancing substances, the team announced Monday.

Reece cannot play in Oakland's season finale at Kansas City on Sunday and cannot play in the first three games of the 2016 season. Reece is also ineligible to play in the 2016 Pro Bowl. He was voted to his fourth straight Pro Bowl this past Tuesday.

"I want to let Marcel speak for himself, but I know he's disappointed and he doesn't think it's justified," Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said.

Fantasy Impact:

Reece, 30, can participate in all offseason and preseason practices and games next year. Reece had 30 catches and 10 run attempts this season. He has lost some playing time to Jamize Olawale. Reece has started seven games this season.

Thursday, December 24, 2015, 6:56pm

NFL Inactives - [Full Article]

Raiders Inactives

S Nate Allen
RB Roy Helu Jr.
CB Neiko Thorpe
LB John Lotulelei
OL Matt McCants
WR Rod Streater
TE Gabe Holmes

Thursday, December 24, 2015, 6:12pm

Packers RB Eddie Lacy (rib) took limited practice reps again Thursday. This is a new injury for Lacy who had a disappointing outing against the Raiders in Week 15. If he’s out, James Starks would move into our top 20.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015, 6:11pm

Packers RB Eddie Lacy (rib) took limited practice reps Wednesday. This is a new injury for Lacy who had a disappointing outing against the Raiders in Week 15.

TNF Injury Report: Chargers vs. Raiders

Wednesday, December 23, 2015, 5:31pm

NFL Communications - [Full Article]

San Diego Chargers

T King Dunlap (ankle), LB Kyle Emanuel (concussion), DT Sean Lissemore (shoulder)

TE Ladarius Green (ankle), WR Stevie Johnson (groin)

T Chris Hairston (abdomen), CB Steve Williams (hip)

Oakland Raiders

S Nate Allen (knee), DE Mario Edwards (neck)

CB Neiko Thorpe (neck)

WR Amari Cooper (foot), DE Khalil Mack (knee), WR Seth Roberts (abdomen), S Charles Woodson (shoulder)

Fantasy Impact:

Stevie Johnson was listed as doubtful last week, so this is an upgrade. He's not a great start after a long layoff, but would probably see 7-10 targets as the team's primary receiver. His return would put a dent in Dontrelle Inman's upside.

Monday, December 21, 2015, 5:02pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers may have found a new favorite target in wide receiver Jared Abbrederis. After targeting him three times in Sunday's 30-20 win over the Oakland Raiders, Rodgers wants Abbrederis to see the field more often.

Rodgers cited Abbrederis' route-running ability when lobbying for an increase in his playing time: He (Abbrederis) can get open. He’s a good route runner. He needs to be on the field more.

Fantasy Impact:

Abbrederis didn't play on offense until the second half of Sunday's game, when the Packers employed a four-receiver set. He caught all three of his targets, though, for a total of 33 yards. The former fifth-round draft pick hasn't been very active this season with only eight catches all year.

Sunday, December 20, 2015, 2:45pm

Raiders Inactives
Nate Allen SS
Roy Helu RB
Gabe Holmes TE
Matt McCants T
Leon Orr DT
Rod Streater WR
Neiko Thorpe CB

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