Raiders Fantasy News

Monday, June 2, 2014, 7:48pm

Steve Corkran, Twitter - [Full Article]

Raiders third-year WR Juron Criner put on quite a show at practice today, snaring most everything that hit his hands, even when he was laying out.

Thursday, May 29, 2014, 2:05pm

Dan Graziano, Twitter - [Full Article]

Giants RB David Wilson says his next doctor appointment is Wednesday. He's hoping he can be cleared by doctors for contact then.

Fantasy Impact:

We're expecting Wilson to (at best) fill a change-of-pace role behind Rashad Jennings, who was terrific for the Raiders in a starting role last season.

Raiders claim Greg Little off of waivers

Monday, May 19, 2014, 11:18pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Oakland Raiders claimed wide receiver Greg Little off waivers Monday.

An inconsistent player whose flashes of excellence were often overshadowed by crucial drops and off-field drama, Little was released by the Cleveland Browns on Friday.

Fantasy Impact:

Little won't have any fantasy value behind Rod Streater, James Jones, Denarius Moore and Andre Holmes on the Raiders' depth chart. Unfortunately for Little, his best opportunity to produce was in Cleveland.

Payton: Brandin Cooks is 'versatile,' will be used in multiple spots

Monday, May 19, 2014, 11:32am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Saints WR Brandin Cooks seems destined for great things in New Orleans.

“Anytime a player is hand picked by Sean Payton to play offense at receiver, you’d better believe he’s gonna be something,” DC Rex Ryan said between practice sessions at the Saints’ rookie minicamp Saturday. “So I’m anxious to see him. I’m out here watching and it’s like, ‘Oooh.’ This guy opens your eyes.

“You can feel his speed. It’s something that [the late Raiders owner] Al Davis used to say. ‘Can you feel his speed?’ You can feel his speed. So I’m looking forward to seeing him. Because I know how Sean … they’re gonna create roles to get this guy involved, and it’s gonna be awesome.”

For now, the Saints’ first-round draft pick is simply lining up at the X receiver position while they install their playbook – which is typical for all players at this stage of the offseason.

“He is versatile,” HC Sean Payton said. “He’s obviously a receiver [first and foremost]. And I think we can line him up in the slot, line him up outside. [He has a] very good skill set with regards to acceleration, speed, catches the ball well. And I like his toughness.”

Fantasy Impact:

The Saints spread the ball around, but not only do they have to replace the departed Lance Moore, the team has to also replace the production of Darren Sproles in the receiving game. The two combined for 143 targets in 2013, so while we're expecting Kenny Stills to see a larger role, there are targets for the speedy Cooks as well.

Thursday, May 15, 2014, 11:15am

Vic Tafur, Twitter - [Full Article]

When Raiders HC Dennis Allen ran off "great RB depth" to SiriusXM, he mentioned Darren McFadden, Maurice Jones-Drew, Marcel Reece and then Kory Sheets before Latavius Murray.

Fantasy Impact:

Murray doesn't appear to be at the forefront of Allen's mind when discussing his RB corps, which may explain why the Raiders re-signed McFadden and signed Jones-Drew in free agency.

Sunday, May 4, 2014, 8:29pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

While TE Nick Kasa remains an unknown commodity, Raiders head coach Dennis Allen recently included Mychal Rivera in a list of foundation pieces.

Fantasy Impact:

Rivera was the #17 TE from Week 11 to Week 17, so he showed some signs of being fantasy relevant in the second half of the season.

Seahawks trade for Terrelle Pryor

Monday, April 21, 2014, 8:38pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Raiders trade Terrelle Pryor to the Seahawks, per league source.

Fantasy Impact:

Pryor fits in as the #2 or #3 QB, probably at #3 with Tarvaris Jackson already in Seattle. This is an interesting move by the Seahawks. Pryor is a terrific athlete and the team is hoping to mold him into a capable backup to Russell Wilson.

Giants signed Rashad Jennings to be the starter

Sunday, April 20, 2014, 11:02am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Giants beat writer Dan Graziano gives his take on the Giants backfield:

The Giants signed Rashad Jennings to be their starting running back. They believe he's ready at this stage of his career, after backing up guys like Maurice Jones-Drew in Jacksonville and Darren McFadden in Oakland, to handle a starter's workload. They believe he can catch the ball for them out of the backfield, that he can grind out yards between the tackles and that he's capable of delivering a big play. Assuming he picks up the blocking schemes and can help in pass protection, he's their guy.

That said, Wilson is still on the team, and if the 2012 first-round draft pick shows he's recovered from neck surgery, there is surely going to be a role for a player with his skills. The Giants are hearing good things about Wilson's recovery, but they know they can't count on him, so they signed Jennings and brought back Peyton Hillis in order to construct a backfield in case Wilson can't be a part of it.

I think their plan is for Jennings to get the bulk of the carries with Hillis as his backup, and if they are pleasantly surprised by Wilson's health and availability, they will find ways to work him into the offense. If healthy, he offers a lot.

Fantasy Impact:

Jennings was the #6 RB from Week 9 to Week 15 (when he was playing starter’s snaps for the Raiders) and that included a missed game against the Jets in Week 14. The team still believes in David Wilson, but Jennings is fully capable of winning the RB1 job outright. The Giants had a very difficult time running the ball in 2013, so they need to sort out the offensive line as well. Still, Jennings is a three-down back and has a relatively clear path to a starting gig. For a closer look at Jennings' potential workload and production, click here.

Sunday, April 20, 2014, 10:56am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Raiders beat writer Paul Gutierrez says that Darren McFadden has the inside track to be the team's RB1: "If healthy, and that's a big IF, Darren McFadden is the lead dog in the backfield, when you consider his home run potential and familiarity with the Raiders offense."

Bengals want to run the ball more

Wednesday, April 9, 2014, 1:26pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Hue Jackson is taking over as offensive coordinator after spending the 2013 season coaching Bengals running backs. In 2010, he was the offensive coordinator in Oakland before getting promoted to head coach in '11. The Bengals signed his quarterback from those two teams, Jason Campbell, last month in part to give Andy Dalton a veteran voice at the position that he hasn't really had throughout his career.

The hallmark of Jackson's Raiders scheme was running, and he has already vowed to do more of that in his new role with the Bengals in an effort of easing the pressure on Dalton.

"You have to have the threat of running the ball and the threat of being a physical unit in order to last for the duration of the season," Jackson said on the radio interview.

Fantasy Impact:

This is good news for Giovani Bernard and not so good news for the fantasy prospects of Dalton, A.J. Green and Marvin Jones. The Bengals were 12th in pass attempts in 2013 and it sounds as if that number (587) is going to drop in 2014.

Monday, April 7, 2014, 11:22am

Florida Times-Union - [Full Article]

The Jaguars feel Toby Gerhart be a back who can get more yards after contact (than Maurice Jones-Drew).

Wednesday, April 2, 2014, 1:58pm

Steelers.com - [Full Article]

The Steelers have signed wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey to a one-year contract, the team announced today.

Fantasy Impact:

A former seventh overall pick of the Raiders, he was on the Colts last year and actually won the WR2 job from T.Y. Hilton. Eventually, DHB fell on the depth chart and wasn't really heard from much of the second half. At best, he'll be behind Antonio Brown, Markus Wheaton and Lance Moore.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 8:44pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Guys like Curtis Painter, Charlie Whitehurst, Luke McCown and Derek Anderson found work, while free agent Josh Freeman is wondering what happened to his once-promising career.

The Oakland Raiders were Freeman's best bet before free agency, but they preferred Matt Schaub. Freeman might have to wait until after the draft to find a team.

Fantasy Impact:

Last year at this time Freeman was poised for a big year but it obviously never panned out.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 5:30pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

The New York Jets have signed free agent receiver-kick returner Jacoby Ford.

Ford saw limited action last season for Oakland, catching only 13 passes. He was used more on punt and kickoff returns, and figures to handle those chores for the Jets.

Fantasy Impact:

Ford could be used more out of the slot with Eric Decker and Jeremy Kerley likely to start on the outside. Ford, of course, has had injury issues most of his career. He has just three TDs in four seasons and likely won't be targeted in a lot of fantasy drafts.

Monday, March 31, 2014, 8:30pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Texans will draft one quarterback and "maybe two," HC Bill O'Brien told fans.

Although the Texans reportedly have been dangling the No. 1 overall pick in trade talks, the Houston Chronicle's John McClain has maintained they will draft a quarterback with their top selection.

Fantasy Impact:

O'Brien was speaking at a town hall meeting. The team recently signed Ryan Fitzpatrick and still has Case Keenum and T.J. Yates under contract. O'Brien worked miracles with Matt McGloin at Penn State in just a year, so the potential is there for him to turn any of the younger guys into a usable fantasy QB.

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