Raiders Fantasy News

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:09pm

Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Jones-Drew was running ahead of McFadden prior to the injury, but may be in a full-blown committee upon his return. The Raiders running game isn't strong enough to support one running back, much less two. MJD's only game thus far was against the impossible-to-run-on New York Jets, so there's still a chance he becomes fantasy relevant this season.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:09pm

Dolphins RB Knowshon Moreno (elbow) was ruled out for Week 4. Lamar Miller should see another big workload in a good matchup against the Raiders.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 7:09pm

Raiders WR Rod Streater (foot) did not practice Wednesday. Streater is expected to miss 4-5 weeks with a foot injury that will require minor surgery. James Jones continues to be the team’s de facto WR1, with Denarius Moore and Andre Holmes competing for snaps at the WR2 spot.

Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) could play this week

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 12:15pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew says that he feels well enough to take the next step and play against the Dolphins in Week Four. Jones-Drew admitted that the choice isn’t entirely up to him, but things are pointing in that direction and Jones-Drew is looking forward to renewing his partnership with Darren McFadden.

“Just trying to get on the field and help my man out,” Jones-Drew said, via NFL Media. “I feel we both do better if we both out there. So obviously he’s been taking the brunt of the carries and the brunt of the reps, so I want to get out there and try and give him a blow here and there and let him get his legs back underneath him so he can run.”

Fantasy Impact:

Jones-Drew was running ahead of McFadden prior to the injury, but may be in a full-blown committee upon his return. The Raiders running game isn't strong enough to support one running back, much less two. MJD's only game thus far was against the impossible-to-run-on New York Jets, so there's still a chance he becomes fantasy relevant this season.

Dolphins Beat: Joe Philbin 'isn't trying to motivate' QB Ryan Tannehill

Wednesday, September 24, 2014, 12:09pm

Sun-Sentinel - [Full Article]

Dolphins HC Joe Philbin isn’t trying to motivate Ryan Tannehill, or put Tannehill on notice, or give the Raiders reason to prepare for backup quarterback Matt Moore.

This is a policy issue.

Philbin doesn’t answer questions on injuries. He doesn’t answer questions about players who don’t participate in practice, whatever the reason. The standard answer on those questions is always something along the lines of, “I’ll be glad to discuss any player who participated in today’s practice.”

Philbin doesn’t answer questions who will start. He doesn’t answer questions about who will be on the 46-man gameday active roster. The standard answer to those two questions is always something along the lines of, “We’ll meet Friday night and determine who are the 46 players who give us the best chance to win on Sunday.”

That’s the way it’s been with Philbin for his two-plus seasons as coach. That’s the way it is now with Tannehill.

Fantasy Impact:

We believe Tannehill will be under center against the Raiders. As the article illustrates, Philbin's policy is to be evasive when asked questions about injuries, or who will start.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 5:52pm

Providence Journal - [Full Article]

The play happened at 1:36 of the second quarter. It was simple, really. Rob Gronkowski lined up on the left side of the line, next to Michael Hoomanawanui. When the ball was snapped, Gronkowski ran a short slant route and caught Tom Brady’s pass at the 26-yard line.

What proceeded from there was Gronkowski looking like the All-Pro tight end of old.

As the 25-year-old stomped down the sideline, he gained an additional 13 yards after his catch. The last five of those yards were the most impressive. Gronkowski plowed over any defender in sight. It took four defensive players — Charles Woodson, Carlos Rodgers, Kaluka Maiava and Khalil Mack — to bring him down.

Coming back from knee surgery isn’t easy, and Gronkowski has shown plenty of rust during the first three weeks of the season. But against the Raiders, the tight end showed that he’s trending upward.

“I think that Rob has definitely made some plays for us, and we certainly think that will continue, and hope that will continue,” offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels said. “We’ve tried to work him back into the game plan and to an overall level where he can contribute the most. I think each week, we’ve done a little bit more, and hopefully we can continue to do that. I think that anytime you’re talking about a player who is coming off of a situation like Gronk was, you just have to be smart and you do what you can do. I’ve been happy with the things that he’s done so far and hope to continue to add more as we go through the year.”

Fantasy Impact:

We reported Monday that Gronk's snaps were up in Week 3 from the previous two weeks, a pattern similar to last season when Gronk was coming back. He's still gets a high ranking every week on our TE list, and is worth starting due to his presence in the red zone, which seems to be part of his limited workload through the first three weeks. He seems to be trending up which is great news for owners.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014, 5:39pm - [Full Article]

For the second consecutive day, Dolphins coach Joe Philbin chose not to address his quarterback plans ahead of Miami's Week 4 matchup against the Oakland Raiders.

"At the end of the week, we're going to pick the 46 guys that give us the best chance to win the game in London," Philbin said Tuesday.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Monday there is legitimate talk the Dolphins might bench Ryan Tannehill for Matt Moore. Tannehill has struggled through three weeks and was unable to move the offense in Sunday's home loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Philbin said Monday he wanted to have a QB in place by the time the team leaves for London.

Philbin was asked if he felt it necessary to sit down with Tannehill after the coach was publicly noncommittal about his plans.

"I talk to him all the time. So we have multiple conversations," he said. "So again, I communicate with him frequently. And yeah, any kind of -- I don't usually get into personal conversations that we have."

Monday, September 22, 2014, 1:36pm

Palm Beach Post - [Full Article]

It would be a stunner if Matt Moore, not Ryan Tannehill, is the Dolphins starting quarterback Sunday against the Raiders.

But today — a day after the Dolphins lost 34-15 to Kansas City — Philbin publicly wouldn’t say for certain if Tannehill will be his starting quarterback against the Raiders.

Philbin said repeatedly at today’s press conference he will bring the best 46 players to London to play the Raiders. Philbin is rarely specific about who’s going to play but this is different. This is the confidence of his starting quarterback.

Phiblin was specifically asked if it hurts Tannehill but not saying for sure that he will start against the Raiders.

“That’s my answer I’m sticking to it,” Philbin said.

The last question to Philbin couldn’t have been more clear:

Will Tannehill start Sunday against the Raiders?

“We’ll decide our game plan before we leave to play Oakland,” Philbin said.

Fantasy Impact:

It sounds as if many of the beat writers would be shocked if there is a switch heading into this week's game, but the team is coming off a very bad loss to the Jamaal Charles-less Chiefs at home. It very well could be a final wake-up call in what should be a winable game for Tannehill and the Dolphins this week as they take on the Raiders.

Patriots increase Rob Gronkowski's workload

Monday, September 22, 2014, 9:06am

Boston Herald - [Full Article]

The Patriots ratcheted up Rob Gronkowski’s workload during yesterday’s 16-9 victory against the Oakland Raiders, and he had his best performance as a result.

The tight end caught three passes for a season-high 44 yards and the game’s lone touchdown, and he played in 39 of the team’s 71 offensive plays (54.9 percent), not including the final set of kneel-downs.

While Gronkowski’s usage decreased in Week 2, the lopsided margin against the Minnesota Vikings likely played a role. The Pats surely needed him in yesterday’s tight-collared affair, and he contributed with the biggest offensive play of the day.

Fantasy Impact:

Gronk's snaps are up from Week 1 - 38 plays, 44.2 percent of snaps - and Week 2 - 27, 41.5 percent. It was only a matter of time, and hopefully owners stayed patient with Gronk. He was still worth putting in lineups for his work in the red zone, and that certainly paid off in two of the first three weeks. Things should only get better for owners at least in terms of workload.

Rod Streater believed to have fractured foot

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 8:32pm

Bill Williamson on Twitter - [Full Article]

Raiders coach Dennis Allen said WR Rod Streater appear to have fractured foot injuries. Would very likely end his season.

Fantasy Impact:

He was started off in the second quarter and was in street clothes and crutches on the sidelines after that according to reports. James Jones and Denarius Moore probably move up a spot on the depth chart with Andre Holmes possibly seeing more action.

Vernon Davis officially OUT for 49ers

Sunday, September 21, 2014, 2:37pm

49ers Inactives
TE Vernon Davis
TE Vance McDonald
CB Tramaine Brock
DT Tank Carradine
RT Anthony Davis
WR Quinton Patton
C Marus Martin

Fantasy Impact:

Derek Carrier will start at TE for the 49ers.

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm

Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 3. Jones-Drew seems headed towards being active for Sunday’s game against the Patriots.

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm

Patriots WR Julian Edelman (back, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 3. Edelman is good to go for a matchup with the Raiders. He should continue to flourish, but if the game gets out of hand, he may not see much work in the second half.

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm

Raiders WR Rod Streater (hip, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 3. Streater might be able to play against the Patriots in Week 3, but given his iffy health, we wouldn’t recommend starting him this week.

Friday, September 19, 2014, 7:09pm

49ers TE Vernon Davis (ankle, knee, questionable) missed practice all week and is questionable for Week 3. Davis is looking like a no-go for Week 3, and with Vance McDonald also hurting, Derek Carrier will likely get the start. He was decent against the Bears, posting 3-41 on four targets.

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