Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew announced via Twitter that he's retiring from the NFL.
Jones-Drew was a minor threat to Latavius Murray's upside in 2015, but now the path is clear. Murray rushed 82 times for 424 yards (a 5.2 YPC) and two touchdowns, including an incredible four-carry, 112-yard, two-TD performance against the Chiefs in Week 12. He still averaged a solid (if unspectacular) 4.0 YPC when that game is excluded. With good size (6'2", 223 lbs) and great speed (4.38 40-yard dash), Murray has all the physical tools to succeed at the position. He even showed solid hands with 17 receptions on 23 targets. Per beat writer Jerry McDonald, Murray will be “given every chance” to win the starting job, though the glut of running backs on the free agent market may lead to a veteran or two being brought in to shore up the Oakland RB corps.
OAK RB Maurice Jones-Drew - Week 17, 2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 17 – Maurice Jones-Drew at Denver Broncos
In three December games, Maurice Jones-Drew has two carries. With the veteran potentially playing the last game of his career on Sunday, maybe the Raiders will give him some touches for sentimental value, but fantasy players going for a championship have no reason to have a soft spot for Maurice.