Raiders Fantasy News

Raiders QB Derek Carr not afraid to take risks

Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 8:38pm

East Bay Times - [Full Article]

Derek Carr and the Raiders' starting offense hasn't exactly lit it up in the preseason.

In seven possessions, the starters have produced two field goals. Carr has completed 60 percent of his passes, but for only 82 yards.

This week's game plan against the Tennessee Titans figures to be rather vanilla with the Raiders scheduled to see them again in Week 3 of the season. Carr's game plan will remain the same.

"I joke around a lot," Carr said. "Sometimes people are going to be mad at me for certain things in the preseason."

Carr is a risk-taker by nature, but particularly in the preseason. Take his interception in last week's game against the Green Bay Packers, for example. His deep shot to Amari Cooper was a 50-50 proposition at best that Packers cornerback Josh Hawkins came down with.

Fantasy Impact:

Carr is ranked 14th on our list and has a pair of good receivers in Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree and an emerging tight end in Clive Walford. The downfall to Carr is the Raiders invested in defense in the offseason so they may not have to throw as much. Still, Carr is worth considering as a second QB if your league requires that, and ranks ahead of guys like Matthew Stafford, Andy Dalton and Ryan Fitzpatrick.

Raiders WR Amari Cooper sits out practice

Tuesday, August 23, 2016, 7:08pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Oakland Raiders receiver Amari Cooper was a spectator at the beginning of practice Tuesday.

Fantasy Impact:

Cooper was in shorts and did not have his helmet while the team was in full pads. Cooper did, however, stretch with the team before position drills began. Cooper has three receptions for 27 yards this preseason, including a 20-yard catch in traffic at the Green Bay Packers last weekend. He did, however, come under scrutiny for not fully fighting for the ball on a long pass from Derek Carr against the Packers that was intercepted.

Cards WR Larry Fitzgerald dealing with minor MCL issue

Saturday, August 20, 2016, 1:14pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Cardinals receiver Larry Fitzgerald has a minor MCL issue, coach Bruce Arians told reporters after Friday’s preseason game against the Chargers. Fitzgerald played in the Week 1 preseason game against the Raiders.

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say the injury is not serious, although there were no other details. Fitzgerald has 22 days until the regular-season opener against the Patriots. But he should be good to go come Week 1, at least according to the story.

Eddie Lacy continues to look good

Saturday, August 20, 2016, 9:50am

ESPN - [Full Article]

So here's Packers RB Eddie Lacy after two games this exhibition season with similar numbers. In two games, Lacy's limited work resulted in 13 carries for 69 yards, a 5.3-yard average, and one touchdown. He played the first series last week against the Browns and gained 24 yards on four carries. He took only the first series Thursday against the Raiders and posted 45 yards on nine carries.

Lacy could get a longer stint in Friday's game at San Francisco, where quarterback Aaron Rodgers expects to play for the first -- and likely only -- time this preseason.

Fantasy Impact:

The story said, if the preseason is any indication -- and based on last year's results for Lacy alone, it often is not -- coach Mike McCarthy wants to establish the run with Lacy as his point man early on. But Lacy does look good after losing weight in the offseason. We have Lacy 12th in PPR league but think he has a chance to be a top-10 back they way things have been trending this offseason.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 4:47pm - [Full Article]

The San Francisco 49ers announced they have signed QB Christian Ponder to a one-year deal. In order to make room on the roster, the team has placed QB Thad Lewis on the Injured Reserve List.

Originally the 12th overall draft pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Minnesota Vikings, Ponder (6-2, 230) has appeared in 38 games (36 starts), completing 632 passes for 6,658 yards and 38 touchdowns, and 26 rushes for 639 yards and seven touchdowns, during his time in Minnesota (2011-14). Ponder signed with the Oakland Raiders on March 13, 2015, and spent training camp with the team before being released on September 5, 2015. He later signed with the Denver Broncos on November 25, 2015, where he was inactive for two games for Denver and later released on December 8, 2015.

Raiders RB DeAndre Washington thrives on mismatches

Tuesday, August 16, 2016, 10:40am - [Full Article]

It was a good debut for Raiders RB DeAndre Washington, whom the Raiders are leaning on to be a nice complimentary back to starter Latavius Murray. Washington finished with eight carries for 43 yards in the first preseason game also was the starting kick returner, taking the opening kickoff back 31 yards.

“I think it was a good start,” Washington said. “Your first NFL game, you’re just trying to get your feet wet a little bit.”

After losing two yards on his first carry and gaining them back on his second, his first flash came a drive later when he broke free for a 25-yard run. The offensive line gave him a big hole that he read correctly and then he was greeted by safety Marqui Christian. With a stutter step and a cut back to the left, he was past him for the big gain.

“Those guys definitely created a lane for me and I was just able to hit it,” Washington said. “All you can ask for, a one-on-one with a safety, and that’s what they bring us in here for, to make the safety miss.”

Fantasy Impact:

Washington also had a 32-yard catch and run in the game. The story pointed out few teams nowadays go with just one primary back, so the fact that Murray accumulated 73 percent of the Raiders’ rushing yards last season was a concern. It went on to say Oakland needs its overall running game to be more effective. The Raiders were 28th in rushing yards per game. It appears Washington will have a role in this offense which could cap Murray's fantasy value. This is nothing we haven't seen before from teams in the NFL. Still, Murray is 17th on our RB list with a late fourth-round ADP. He's a solid target at that point for those using the Zero-RB philosophy. Murray owners may want to also grab Washington later in drafts (16th round ADP)

Monday, August 15, 2016, 8:28pm - [Full Article]

The Green Bay Packers plan to sit their franchise quarterback for most of the preseason.

Last week Aaron Rodgers said he planned to participate in Green Bay's preseason tilt against the Oakland Raiders on Thursday. The QB backed up on those plans on Monday, according to ESPN.

Rodgers ran the scout team for the second straight day as former UCLA QB Brett Hundley worked with the first team. Rodgers had perhaps his best outing in camp going against the Packers' No. 1 defense, which probably gave the team even more inclination to sit their best player for a majority of the preseason.

"I would expect extended time in the third game," Rodgers said, per ESPN. "And probably not much to not play in the fourth game. So it's about conditioning at that point, and making sure you feel good by the time Week 1 rolls around."

Fantasy Impact:

Mike McCarthy hasn't shown his cards about Rodgers' status, but based on observers the QB is spending little time practicing with starters this week -- which serves as an indication that Rodgers plans to sit Thursday when the team takes on Oakland.

Jeff Janis' return is open-ended

Sunday, August 14, 2016, 1:26pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

All coach Mike McCarthy would say about Green Bay Packers receiver Jeff Janis is that Janis won’t play in Thursday’s preseason game against the Oakland Raiders.

Beyond that, the timeline for Janis’ return from his fractured right hand remains open ended.

“He won’t practice this week,” McCarthy said before Sunday’s practice. “I really haven’t talked to [team physician Dr.] Pat [McKenzie] as far as the specifics of his timeline and so forth. He will not be available this week.”

At the very least, it means Janis will miss half of the Packers’ preseason games. He did not play in Friday's opener against the Cleveland Browns, two days after he was injured in a practice drill.

Fantasy Impact:

Considering Janis has a broken bone in his hand, the expectation is that he will miss much more time, perhaps even the entire preseason, putting in question whether he would be available for the Sept. 11 regular-season opener at Jacksonville.

Andre Ellington back up to speed

Saturday, August 13, 2016, 3:18pm - [Full Article]

Andre Ellington has the pure talent to be a starting running back in the NFL, but with a long injury history and the emergence of David Johnson, that won’t be his role for the Cardinals in 2016.

Instead he will be a change-of-pace complement, an elusive athlete with home run capability. That was on display in Friday night’s 31-10 loss to the Raiders, as Ellington had three carries for 41 yards and a touchdown, including a 35-yard scamper in the second quarter.

Although it seems like a lifetime ago, Ellington was the projected starter heading into the 2015 season. A knee sprain and other ailments took their toll, but now he feels healthy and looks explosive.

Fantasy Impact:

Ellington admitted he was never fully healthy at the end of last season, but he has been impressive in training camp and the first preseason game, the story said. As the story also pointed out, he's set to be the change of pace back with Chris Johnson serving as the backup to David Johnson. Ellington just needs to stay healthy, but we're only projecting him for 19 catches this season and he's just 59th on our RB rankings.

Raiders Beat: TE Clive Walford 'easily could double' his receiving numbers

Thursday, August 11, 2016, 10:26am

SF Gate - [Full Article]

The ability of Raiders TE Clive Walford to attack defenses down the middle should take some of the pressure off receivers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. Walford had 28 catches for 329 yards and three touchdowns in an injury-riddled rookie season and easily could double those numbers this season.

“He has a lot of ability, so we’re looking for him to be a big part of what we do,” Musgrave said.

Fantasy Impact:

A 56-658-6 season would have made Walford the #12 TE in PPR formats (#9 in standard), so those are high expectations for the second-year tight end. He played at a 2.3-26.5-0.27 pace over the final 11 games. Those are solid TE2-type numbers from a rookie tight end, and rookie tight ends are notoriously disappointing. He’s playing in an ascending offense with an up-and-coming quarterback, so there’s potential here.

Monday, August 8, 2016, 6:35pm

CSN Mid-Atlantic - [Full Article]

Jay Gruden still isn't sure how much his starters will play in their preseason opener against the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday, but he does know which guys won't be playing at all when the Redskins head into the Georgia Dome.

Derek Carrier, Josh Doctson and Reggie Diggs have all been ruled out, according to the coach. So, too, has Jamison Crowder, who hasn't been practicing these last few sessions.

"I ruled Crowder out myself today," the head coach said in his afternoon press conference. "Those are the four off the top of my head."

RB Jalen Richard standing out for Raiders

Sunday, August 7, 2016, 8:38pm

East Bay Times - [Full Article]

Jalen Richard doesn't think the stars could've aligned any more perfectly for someone in his situation.

Richard, a running back out of Southern Miss, went undrafted and didn't even have any immediate bites to sign a free agent deal. But he got invited to try out with the Raiders at their rookie minicamp and impressed enough to get signed.

He's continued to turn enough heads that he could be making a serious run at the 53-man roster. And it's all been done with a supreme level of confidence.

Fantasy Impact:

The Raiders have an established starting running back in Latavius Murray and drafted DeAndre Washington in the fifth round. Taiwan Jones' role could be leaning mostly toward special teams. Particularly with Marcel Reece suspended for the first three games, there could be a spot for Richard, the story said.

Terrelle Pryor playing well at WR

Saturday, August 6, 2016, 9:07pm

News Herald - [Full Article]

There is no telling how far along — or how rich — Terrelle Pryor might be today had he given up the dream of being a quarterback and converted to wide receiver earlier in his career.

Hue Jackson, the Browns’ head coach, knew receiver was the better position for the 6-foot-4 former Buckeye. And Jackson should know, because this is the third team on which Pryor has played for him.

Jackson was the head coach in Oakland when the Raiders took Pryor in the supplemental draft in 2011. He was the Bengals’ offensive coordinator in 2015 when Pryor spent about six weeks trying to latch on as a backup to Andy Dalton. The Bengals released them after their minicamp last year.

Fantasy Impact:

The Browns claimed Pryor on waivers on June 22, 2015, after their offseason program was completed. He was impossibly behind when training camp began and early on he pulled a hamstring. He made the 53-man roster, was cut on Sept. 10 and then re-signed by the Browns Dec. 2. A year later, Pryor is playing like a starter. The thought of Pryor and Josh Gordon spread wide (when Gordon returns from his four-game suspension), with Corey Coleman in the slot, could give the Browns weapons they haven’t had on offense since the days of Kellen Winslow and Braylon Edwards in 2007, the story said.

Raiders formally release Roy Helu

Tuesday, August 2, 2016, 7:11pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

As expected, the Oakland Raiders formally released running back Roy Helu Jr. from the injured reserve list, where he was placed on Friday.

Helu, 27, underwent surgeries on both hips this offseason after rushing for 39 yards on 17 carries and catching nine passes for 75 yards and a touchdown in nine games in his lone season with Oakland.

“We hoped to get a little more last year out of him,” head coach Jack Del Rio said. “He elected to have some things done this year in the offseason, and at this point we’re going to move forward with the team.”

Fantasy Impact:

Helu was technically placed on IR in an earlier news item we had. But at this point, he's officially released. Fifth-round draft pick DeAndre Washington has assumed backup running back duties behind Latavius Murray, and already has had some positive press as the guy who will take over the RB2 role. Undrafted rookie Jalen Richard has also impressed early in camp as the No. 3 back.

Raiders waive Roy Helu

Friday, July 29, 2016, 5:37pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

The Raiders put running back Roy Helu on the physically unable to perform list at the start of camp because he had surgery on both hips this offseason, but it’s going to be a brief stay.

Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said Friday that the team has removed Helu from the 90-man roster entirely and replacing him with defensive tackle Derrick Lott.

Fantasy Impact:

Helu signed with the Raiders in March 2015, but he was hurt during training camp and wound up getting just 17 carries and nine receptions in nine appearances with the team. His hip problems suggested more of the same could be on tap this season and the Raiders will look elsewhere for backs to complement Latavius Murray. They have 2016 fifth-rounder DeAndre Washington, Taiwan Jones, George Atkinson and Jalen Richard on hand to compete for that role now. We had a story earlier that Washington could be the guy to win the job as the backup to Murray.

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