Raiders Fantasy News

Saturday, November 15, 2014, 12:02am

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The Oakland Raiders have been sorely lacking a playmaker on offense most of the season, so it was welcomed news to see wide receiver Rod Streater working out with a trainer while the rest of the team practiced Friday.

He was placed on the injured reserve list Oct. 2 with a designation to return and subsequently underwent foot surgery.

Streater became eligible to return to practice Thursday but the team opted not to make the move just yet. Streater isn't eligible to come out of injured reserve list and play until Nov. 27 -- three days before the Raiders play in St. Louis.

Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:06pm

Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (foot, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 11. C.J. Anderson likely leads the Denver backfield in Week 11 after a strong showing against the Raiders. Montee Ball should make his return, but the team will likely choose to ease him into action since Anderson has played well.

Friday, November 14, 2014, 6:06pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 11. Mathews is expected to make his return this week in a great matchup with the Raiders. We’re not expecting he'll immediately get the 17.8 carries he averaged in 2013, but he should be good for 12-16 touches if things go well. Branden Oliver should take over the Danny Woodhead role in the offense.

Chargers want to 'be smart' about RB Ryan Mathews' workload in Week 11

Friday, November 14, 2014, 9:33am

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Chargers RB Ryan Mathews has not played since a Sept. 14 contest against the Seattle Seahawks because of an MCL knee sprain. It’s probably unfair to expect Mathews to carry the ball that many times in his first game back. However, with Mathews expected to return to the field on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders, offensive coordinator Frank Reich and running back coach Ollie Wilson will be working closely with the team’s training staff to gauge how Mathews is handling his workload during the game.

Ultimately head coach Mike McCoy has final say. Chargers head trainer James Collins has been closely monitoring Mathews during practice, making sure there’s no setback in his rehabilitation process.

"We have to find out how much he’s ready to take," Reich said. "And that starts with us at the head coaching level. The trainers and Ollie and I have kind of talked about getting a feel for him during the game, and how much he can go, and that’s Ryan being honest with us.

"But he’s a big time player on this team. We want him to play as much as he can, but we want to be smart about it as well."

Fantasy Impact:

We’re not expecting he'll immediately get the 17.8 carries he averaged in 2013, but he should be good for 12-16 touches if things go well. Branden Oliver should take over the Danny Woodhead role in the offense, and is a capable runner in his own right.

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6:29pm

Broncos RB Ronnie Hillman (foot) missed practice again Thursday. Hillman was called “day-to-day” by HC John Fox, though there are multiple reports that he’s going to miss 2-3 weeks, at least. C.J. Anderson likely leads the Denver backfield in Week 11 after a strong showing against the Raiders. Montee Ball should make his return, but the team will likely choose to ease him into action since Anderson has played well.

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 6:29pm

Chargers RB Ryan Mathews (knee) practiced fully Wednesday. Mathews is expected to make his return this week in a great matchup with the Raiders. We’re not expecting the 17.8 carries he averaged in 2013 immediately, but he should be good for 12-15 touches if things go well. Branden Oliver should take over the Danny Woodhead role in the offense.

Broncos Beat: C.J. Anderson is the team's 'best running back'

Thursday, November 13, 2014, 2:46am

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The Denver Post's Mike Klis on the Broncos' RB situation...

Montee Ball is going to play. I'm not sure if he starts. But he's going to play. Personally, I'd start C.J. Anderson. I think he's the Broncos' best running back. It's easy to make that claim this week but even when he was getting one or two carries a game it seemed like he was slashing for 5 yards or so.

I think Anderson has now shown enough that it's time to see what he can do. Some may wonder if he had his breakout game because it was against the Raiders. That's fair. But let's see.

Rookie Juwan Thompson would remain the No. 3 running back.

Fantasy Impact:

This is the opinion of a longtime Broncos beat writer, not of the team. We won't know what the team intends to do at the position until we see Anderson, Ball and Thompson in action, but our guess is that Anderson leads the way in Week 11 while the team eases Ball back into action. Anderson has run far better than Ball thus far -- 5.7 YPC for Anderson, 3.1 YPC for Ball -- but it's not an apples-to-apples comparison. The offensive line is blocking much better and Anderson did much of his damage against an inferior Oakland rush defense. Still, Anderson is worth a pickup as a Week 11 spot start with possible long-term upside.

Ryan Mathews expected to practice this week

Monday, November 10, 2014, 5:42pm

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Chargers every-down running back Ryan Mathews is expected to return and practice this week.

Having all the injured playmakers back should give the San Diego Chargers, losers of three straight, a boost on both sides of the ball. But don’t tell that to Chargers head coach Mike McCoy, who said the rest of the team has to play better in order for those injured players to have an impact on Sunday against the Oakland Raiders.

Ryan Mathews does not guarantee us 200 yards rushing,” McCoy said. “It’s the other 10 guys on the field that have to do their jobs better. We’ve talked about that as a football team. We ran the ball fairly well with No. 43 (Branden Oliver) back there plenty of times. We won five games without these guys."

Fantasy Impact:

Everyone seems to agree that Mathews will at least bring a physical presence back to the running game. Mathews could be eased back into a normal workload against the Raiders, but it seems reasonable to expect 15-18 carries a game for Mathews when he's back up to speed. Oliver could very well take on a Danny Woodhead-like role, but also proved a capable back to spell Mathews. Donald Brown was supposed to be that guy as the team looked to keep Mathews fresh for the playoffs. Mathews is certainly worth grabbing if he's still on your wire.

Ronnie Hillman (foot sprain) out at least two weeks

Monday, November 10, 2014, 4:39pm

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Broncos RB C.J. Anderson emerged just in time. RB Montee Ball is returning from injury just in time.

The Broncos will be without Ronnie Hillman for at least two weeks after the starting running back suffered a midfoot sprain in his left foot Sunday, according to an NFL source. Broncos coach John Fox confirmed the injury, but only said Hillman was day-to-day.

Hillman seemed to suffer the injury as he was attempting to catch a pass early in the Broncos’ 41-17 win against the Oakland Raiders. He limped off the field and had his foot ankle taped then returned to the game.

With Hillman ailing, Anderson had a breakout game, rushing for 90 yards and turning a short reception into an electrifying 51-yard touchdown. Ball has missed the past five games because of a groin injury but is expected to return this week to play against the St. Louis Rams.

Fantasy Impact:

Anderson could be in for a big workload this week assuming the team wants to ease Ball back into things against the Rams, which, on paper, the Broncos should be able to afford to do. Juwan Thompson and Kapri Bibbs are next up on the depth chart but one has to think Anderson and Ball get a majority of the work, with Anderson being the better play, at least in Week 11.

Broncos Beat: Ronnie Hillman sprains ankle

Monday, November 10, 2014, 9:56am

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Broncos tailback Ronnie Hillman was limping in the locker room after the game because of a sprained ankle.

Fantasy Impact:

Reports said he came out of the Week 10 game as a precaution and the Broncos reported no serious injuries from the contest, however it's a situation to monitor. Montee Ball participated in practice last week, and is on schedule to play next Sunday against the Rams in St. Louis the story said. C.J. Anderson stole the show against the Raiders, mostly in mop-up duty, but the Broncos suddenly have a crowded backfield.

Sunday, November 9, 2014, 2:44pm

Raiders Inactives
David Ausberry TE
Tony Bergstrom G
T.J. Carrie CB
Chimdi Chekwa DB
Gabe Jackson G
Matt McGloin QB
Carlos Rogers CB

Saturday, November 8, 2014, 2:22pm

Denver Post - [Full Article]

Ronnie Hillman remains the leader of the Broncos' running backs meeting room.

With Montee Ball close to returning from his groin injury — if not necessarily this Sunday at Oakland — Hillman will have to execute his pass protection better if he wants to hold off Ball, who impressed coach John Fox during his first set of practices this week since straining his groin Oct. 5 against the Arizona Cardinals.

"He reshaped his body a bit," Fox said. "He did have an earlier issue with an appendectomy. He's had some time here to get back to the weight and condition where he wanted to be, and that's been a positive."

Until Ball returns, Hillman is the starting running back. He ran the ball well in his first three starts, then last Sunday at New England was held to just 16 yards on 10 carries.

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say that at this point it would be a surprise if Ball played against the Raiders as he is listed as questionable on the injury report. Also, Broncos players coming off extended injuries historically practice for a week before getting lathered up to play in the following week's game. It would appear Ball is on pace to play next week at St. Louis, although the artificial surface at the Edward Jones Dome is not ideal for a player returning from a groin strain.

Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:15pm

Raiders WR Vincent Brown (hamstring, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 10.

Friday, November 7, 2014, 6:15pm

Raiders WR Kenbrell Thompkins (not injury related, probable) missed practice again Friday and is probable for Week 10.

Thursday, November 6, 2014, 6:28pm

Raiders RB Jamize Olawale (shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday.

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