Raiders Fantasy News

Friday, October 9, 2015, 6:11pm

Broncos TE Owen Daniels (not injury related, probable) returned to take full practice reps Friday after missing practice Thursday and is probable for Week 5. He has a great matchup against the Raiders, who are last in the league in TE aFPA (by a wide margin).

Friday, October 9, 2015, 6:11pm

Ravens WR Steve L Smith (back, doubtful) missed practice again Friday and is doubtful for Week 5. Kamar Aiken is a Sneaky Start with Smith out. Last week, Aiken managed 5-77-1 against the Steelers, and he posted 5-89 on seven targets against the Raiders in Week 2.

Friday, October 9, 2015, 6:11pm

Raiders WR Michael Crabtree (ankle, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 5. The probable tag means that Crabtree will play, but it’s a tough matchup against a talented Denver defense.

Friday, October 9, 2015, 6:11pm

Raiders RB Latavius Murray (shoulder, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 5. The probable tag means that Murray’s injury isn’t much of a concern. It’s not a great matchup against Denver, but Murray remains a solid fantasy RB2 due to his high workload.

Friday, October 9, 2015, 6:11pm

Raiders RB Taiwan Jones (foot, out) missed practice all week and is out for Week 5.

Friday, October 9, 2015, 6:11pm

Broncos QB Peyton Manning (not injury related, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 5. Manning will be fine to face the Raiders.

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6:11pm

Raiders RB Taiwan Jones (foot) did not practice Wednesday.

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6:11pm

Redskins TE Jordan Reed (concussion, knee, ankle) missed practice again Thursday. Reed is probably going to miss Week 5 at the very least. Derek Carrier is a Sneaky Start in deeper leagues and/or TE-premium formats.

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6:11pm

Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas (neck) took limited practice reps Wednesday. There doesn’t seem to be any real concern that Thomas could miss Week 5. He should be fine to play against the Raiders.

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6:11pm

Ravens WR Steve L Smith (back) was added to the injury report Thursday after missing practice. Kamar Aiken is a Sneaky Start with Smith out. Last week, Aiken managed 5-77-1 against the Steelers, and he posted 5-89 on seven targets against the Raiders in Week 2.

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6:11pm

Raiders WR Michael Crabtree (ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Crabtree should be fine to play against the Broncos.

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6:11pm

Raiders RB Latavius Murray (shoulder) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Murray should be fine to face the Broncos. It’s not a good matchup, but he’s been involved in the passing game, so he can contribute in multiple ways.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, 6:19pm

Redskins TE Jordan Reed (concussion, knee, ankle) did not practice Wednesday. Reed is probably going to miss Week 5 at the very least. Derek Carrier is a Sneaky Start in deeper leagues and/or TE-premium formats.

Raiders still trust Latavius Murray

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, 9:05am

ESPN - [Full Article]

With the game on the line in the fourth quarter at Chicago on Sunday, Oakland Raiders starting tailback Latavius Murray -- a week after gaining 139 yards rushing -- was on the sideline.

The Raiders instead went with third-down back Roy Helu as the lead back on the final dive. Helu, who had scored a touchdown and made a few other plays, was stopped on a third-and-2 that forced Oakland to kick a field goal instead of going for a touchdown late in the game. The Raiders ended up losing, 22-20.

The absence of Murray was glaring in the key moment. The Raiders took him out after a rough day. Murray had 49 yards on 16 carries, he lost a fumble in the fourth quarter and he bobbled a pass that was intercepted in Oakland territory.

Still, Oakland coach Jack Del Rio was adamant Monday in saying Murray wasn’t benched. He said the team thought Helu was the best option for that situation.

“I would characterize it us as using the members of our football team in a fashion to give ourselves an opportunity to win the game,” Del Rio said. “We have different plays that we run with different players at different times of the game. So it wasn’t a benching. So that’s not accurate.”

Fantasy Impact:

The 6-foot-3, 228-pound Murray remains in Oakland’s mix and Del Rio said he believes he will back bounce back nicely. This may be a teaching tool for the young back as the Raiders also can't afford to give up on him. It could also mean Helu gets a few more snaps and touches going forward and may be a worthwhile own for Murray owners if his mistakes continue.

Friday, October 2, 2015, 6:45pm

Raiders RB Taiwan Jones (foot, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 4.

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