Raiders Fantasy News

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.

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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.

Sunday, March 30, 2014, 7:53pm

ESPN New York - [Full Article]

Unless they pull a 180, the Jets won't be a factor in the DeSean Jackson sweepstakes -- a smart move. He's not a fit for them.

They held internal discussions on Jackson, with offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg giving his blessing. Mornhinweg, who coached him with the Philadelphia Eagles, told people in the organization that Jackson -- known for his bad-boy reputation -- wouldn't be a problem in the locker room. That apparently wasn't enough to sway Idzik, who reportedly hadn't reached out to Jackson's agent as of Saturday.

Fantasy Impact:

Jackson is scheduled to visit Monday with the Washington Redskins. The Oakland Raiders might be interested as well. It's also been reported Sunday that the Bills are looking into Jackson. In another update, the Chiefs are reportedly out of the sweepstakes. Interesting that those with perhaps the closest ties to Jackson, like the Chiefs with Andy Reid and Jets with Michael Vick and Mornhinweg, seem to have distanced themselves from the WR...

Saturday, March 29, 2014, 2:28pm

Ian Rapoport on Twitter - [Full Article]

WR DeSean Jackson has a business decision. Curious to see if his heart makes it. Pre-release he put word out to Raiders of his interest in them.

Fantasy Impact:

As many as 6-7 teams are reportedly interested in Jackson, and we can make direct links to at least three of them - Jets, Chiefs and Raiders. Whichever team gets him lands a WR coming off a 1,300-yard season with 9 TDs and great speed, but it's the off-field issues that obviously got him to this point.

Maurice Jones-Drew signs with Raiders
Friday, March 28, 2014, 10:43am

San Jose Mercury News - [Full Article]

Maurice Jones-Drew has agreed to terms on a contract with the Raiders, according to a report late Thursday night by CSN Bay Area.

Jones-Drew, according to the report, is scheduled to have a physical on Friday morning. The report, citing two unnamed league sources, said a contract will be signed later in the day if no issues arise.

Jones-Drew, a De La Salle product, gives the Raiders a viable option in case oft-injured Darren McFadden stumbles.

Fantasy Impact:

Jones-Drew has been more durable and reliable than McFadden. He's missed just 14 games during his nine-year NFL career - 10 of those came in 2012 as a result of a foot injury, the story points out. But from a fantasy prospective, this makes the RB situation a bit of a mess in Oakland, because it's hard to imagine one taking on a pure backup role.

Packers looking for Jarrett Boykin to 'step up'
Thursday, March 27, 2014, 9:40am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Prior to free agency, coach Mike McCarthy suggested wide receiver Jarrett Boykin's emergence would make it easier for the Green Bay Packers to move on from James Jones.

Now that Jones is returning home to Oakland, McCarthy said he "fully expects" Boykin to "step up."

"I can't say enough about Boykin," McCarthy told reporters at the NFL Annual Meeting on Wednesday. "The young man is a heck of a player, he's done it the right way, special teams, he's performed every opportunity he's given."

Fantasy Impact:

Boykin has a great chance to be a valuable fantasy player this season playing the role of James Jones. Jones had a career-high 14 TDs in 2012 and last year had a career-high in receiving yards with 817 - a lot of that coming without Aaron Rodgers at QB, but also without Randall Cobb. Still, in the Green Bay offense, Boykin could have WR3 or WR4 potential in just about any format.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 6:30pm

Washington Post - [Full Article]

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers have signed free agent receiver Louis Murphy.

Murphy spent for the first three years of his career with the Oakland Raiders after being selected in the fourth round of the 2009 draft. He was traded to Carolina in 2012 and played for the New York Giants last season.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014, 2:04pm

CSN Bay Area - [Full Article]

A timetable for Terrelle Pryor’s departure from the Raiders is starting to emerge.

According to Alex Marvez of Fox Sports, teams have put “feelers” out regarding Pryor to gauge the trade market value for an athletic, albeit inconsistent quarterback who wants out of Oakland.

Fantasy Impact:

The Raiders are in no rush with no team activities in the near future, not until April 21. But the team wants him out before that so he's not a distraction. He could end up being released. Pryor ranks below newly-acquired Matt Schaub and Matt McGloin on the depth chart.

Raiders trade for Matt Schaub
Friday, March 21, 2014, 10:25am

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Oakland Raiders will trade a late-round pick in the 2014 NFL draft to the Houston Texans in exchange for quarterback Matt Schaub, a league source told ESPN.

Schaub, who has a $14.5 million salary-cap figure and a $10 million base salary for 2014, became expendable when the Texans signed former Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to a two-year deal Thursday night.

Not long after Houston acquired Fitzpatrick, Oakland made its final move on Schaub.

The Cleveland Browns had expressed some interest in Schaub, who could have been reunited with former offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan. But the Raiders wanted Schaub even more, according to a source.

The trade between Oakland and Houston, two teams scheduled to pick in the top five, could impact the 2014 draft and how high quarterbacks will be selected.

Fantasy Impact:

Given Schaub's play in 2013, he's hardly a savior at QB, but the Raiders now have a stopgap option as they try to find a franchise passer. Consider this a boost for Denarius Moore, Rod Streater and the freshly signed James Jones.

Latavius Murray 'in the mix' for a backup role in Oakland
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 11:47am

Contra Costa Times - [Full Article]

Darren McFadden is regarded as the lead back for now, with second-year player Latavius Murray and third-year players Kory Sheets and Jeremy Stewart in the mix for backup spots.

Fantasy Impact:

Murray will be an attractive pick in the later rounds given his potential and the chances that McFadden gets injured again during the course of the season. A McFadden/Murray combo should be a fairly cheap way to fill the RB2 spot on draft day, though there's no guarantee that the team's running game will be as productive now that Rashad Jennings is gone. He carried the load down the stretch in 2013.

James Jones signs with the Raiders
Monday, March 17, 2014, 6:10pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Raiders reached agreement with former Packers WR James Jones, per ESPN source.

Fantasy Impact:

This is not a particularly good landing spot for Jones, who seems to have had a chilly reception in free agency. The Raiders don't have a solid QB and it's not clear how Jones will fit in with incumbent starters Rod Streater and Denarius Moore. We'll have to wait to see how the Oakland depth chart shakes out before determining if Jones is even draftable heading into 2014.