Raiders Fantasy News

Saints expected to sign TE Jared Cook

Thursday, March 21, 2019, 11:44am

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

The Saints are expected to sign free agent TE Jared Cook, sources tell me and Tom Pelissero. One of the top free agents still out there, Cook gives QB Drew Brees an immediate big-time weapon.

Fantasy Impact:

This is a fantastic landing spot for Cook and he'll make a great addition to an already dangerous New Orleans receiving corps. Given the state of the tight end position, Cook has a great chance to finish in the top 10 again in 2019.

Raiders to sign WR Tyrell Williams

Wednesday, March 13, 2019, 2:32pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Former Chargers’ WR Tyrell Williams intends to sign with the Oakland Raiders, per source.

Fantasy Impact:

The Raiders now have a receiving corps of Antonio Brown, Williams and Jordy Nelson, so Derek Carr can't say he doesn't have enough weapons to throw to. Williams had a big sophomore season in 2016, catching 69 passes for 1,059 yards and seven touchdowns, but averaged just 42.0 catches for 691 yards and 4.5 touchdowns in his last two seasons. His production in 2016 came with Keenan Allen sidelined, but he played second-fiddle to Allen in 2017 and 2018. Williams will serve as a very capable downfield threat while Brown and Nelson work the rest of the field. Fantasy-wise, it's tough to see the Raiders supporting more than one bona fide fantasy starter at receiver unless Jon Gruden decides to crank up the team's passing volume.

Steelers trade WR Antonio Brown to the Raiders

Sunday, March 10, 2019, 12:41am

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

Antonio Brown has been traded to the Raiders, source confirms.

Fantasy Impact:

The source, it seems, was Brown himself, via his Twitter account. The move is great news for Derek Carr and the entire Oakland offense, but it's a significant downgrade for Brown. Carr is no Ben Roethlisberger and there may be growing pains in Oakland, especially given Jon Gruden's struggles to get the most out of Amari Cooper.

Gruden: Raiders QB Derek Carr 'is our franchise quarterback'

Thursday, February 28, 2019, 11:14am

Mike Jones - [Full Article]

Jon Gruden says he agrees with Mike Mayock’s stance that Derek Carr is a franchise quarterback. “Yes, he’s our franchise quarterback. Let me make that clear,” he says.

Fantasy Impact:

Carr was the No. 19 quarterback last year after finishing No. 21 the year before. The Raiders traded away Amari Cooper, so Carr is playing with a short deck in the passing game.

Bengals hire Brian Callahan as OC

Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 1:45pm

Michael Gehlken on Twitter - [Full Article]

Jon Gruden announces that Raiders QB coach Brian Callahan has accepted position as Bengals’ offensive coordinator.

Fantasy Impact:

Callahan is the son of Bill Callahan who is a veteran NFL coach. Brian Callahan also was the QB coach for the Lions before moving to the Raiders.

Bears hire Chuck Pagano to run the defense

Friday, January 11, 2019, 9:36pm

Chicago Tribune - [Full Article]

The Bears needed just two days to find their replacement after defensive coordinator Vic Fangio left to coach the Broncos.

Coach Matt Nagy announced Friday night he hired former Colts head coach Chuck Pagano to step into the team’s top defensive role. Pagano has 16 years of NFL coaching experience, most recently as the Colts coach from 2012-17.

Pagano, 58, was the Ravens defensive coordinator in 2011, when they went 12-4 and ranked third in total defense, third in points allowed, second against the run, fourth against the pass and third in sacks. Before that he served as defensive backs coach for the Ravens, Raiders and Browns.

Fantasy Impact:

As the story mentions, Pagano guided the Ravens to the No. 3 overall finish in 2011 before jetting to Indianapolis to take over the Colts. There, his defenses finished higher than No. 20 just once (in 2014) in six seasons. Otherwise, the defense was a perennial problem. Given all the talent on that side of the ball, the Bears should be fine defensively.

Raiders hire Mike Mayock as GM

Monday, December 31, 2018, 9:21am

Adam Schefter on Twitter - [Full Article]

Raiders are hiring NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock as their general manager, league sources tell ESPN. The announcement will be made as early as today.

Fantasy Impact:

The Raiders have the No. 4 overall pick in the draft, as well as the first-round picks belonging to the Cowboys and Bears.

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware is inactive

Sunday, December 30, 2018, 3:34pm

Raiders Inactives
Paul Butler TE
Rico Gafford WR
Keon Hatcher WR
Maurice Hurst DT
Denver Kirkland OG
Montrel Meander DB
Justin Murray OT

Chiefs Inactives
Eric Berry DB
Tanoh Kpassagnon LB
Kahlil McKenzie OG
James Murray C
Spencer Ware RB
Sammy Watkins WR
Deon Yelder TE

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware questionable for Week 17

Friday, December 28, 2018, 7:53pm

Chiefs official injury report

The Chiefs have listed Spencer Ware (hamstring) as questionable for Week 17 against the Raiders.

Fantasy Impact:

Ware practiced in full every day this week, so the expectation is he will play Sunday. The question is, how will Ware and Damien Williams split work? Ware has always been good when given the chance, but Williams has been sensational the last two weeks, totaling 263 yards and three scores. We have Williams ranked as a high-end RB1 and Ware in RB3 territory.

Friday, December 28, 2018, 6:29pm

Raiders TE Lee Smith (back) took full practice reps all week.

Friday, December 28, 2018, 6:29pm

Raiders TE Jared Cook (ribs) took limited practice reps all week.

Friday, December 28, 2018, 6:29pm

Raiders RB Keith Smith (calf) took full practice reps all week.

Friday, December 28, 2018, 6:29pm

Raiders RB Jalen Richard (ankle) took full practice reps again Friday.

Broncos RB Phillip Lindsay (wrist) hopeful to play Week 17

Tuesday, December 25, 2018, 12:33pm - [Full Article]

Running back Phillip Lindsay is optimistic that the injury he suffered to his right wrist is “probably just a sprain,” he said after the Broncos’ 27-14 loss to the Raiders.

He is scheduled to undergo an MRI on Tuesday, Head Coach Vance Joseph announced after the game.

Related players: Royce Freeman, Devontae Booker

Fantasy Impact:

Lindsay, who exited the game after a carry in the third quarter, said he would try to play in Week 17 against the Chargers, even though the Broncos don’t have playoff implications on the line. Freeman would likely have a bigger role in Week 17 if the Broncos hold out Lindsay.

Friday, December 21, 2018, 6:10pm

Raiders TE Lee Smith (back) took limited practice reps again Friday.