Fantasy Football News & Views
Raiders | DeAndre Washington an asset on third down Tue May 3, 11:32 PM
Oakland Raiders RB DeAndre Washington will be an asset on third down and in passing situations, but general manager Reggie McKenzie said Washington is more than a third-down back. 'We think he's a complete back, and when he gets out in space, he can make you look silly.' McKenzie said. 'He can catch the ball, but he can run between the tackles as well as well as bouncing it outside. We think he's the total package as a runner. We really like him.'
|Footballguys view: We really love the pick of Washington late in the draft for the Raiders. He was an impressive player on film at Texas Tech, and he continued to impress earlier this year at the Senior Bowl. Washington is a smaller back, but he is not afraid to punch it up between the tackles. He's electric in the open field and can stack moves on top of moves as a runner in space. Washington will compete to be a change-of-pace back with the Raiders in 2016.|
Raiders | Clive Walford injured in accident Tue May 3, 12:23 PM
Oakland Raiders TE Clive Walford (knee) suffered a knee injury earlier this offseason in an all-terrain vehicle accident, according to sources. He is expected back for training camp, and one source said the injury may not be as bad as originally thought. It's unclear what his injury was, but indications are that he's weeks removed from surgery.
|Footballguys view: Ouch. Fantasy owners need to keep an eye on his recovery. Walford is one of our favorite young TEs in the league and could easily become a favorite target for QB Derek Carr.|
Clive Walford player page
Raiders | Several UDFAs head to Oakland Sat Apr 30, 11:19 PM
The Oakland Raiders agreed to terms with undrafted free-agents WR K.J. Brent (Wake Forest), DL James Crowser (Southern Utah), LB Perez Ford (Northern Illinois), WR Marvin Hall (Washington), DB Antonio Hamilton (South Carolina State), WR Johnny Holton (Cncinnati), DL Drew Iddings (South Dakota), OL Denver Kirkland (Arkansas), DT Darius Latham (Indiana), WR Max McCaffrey (Duke), OL Oni Omoile (Iowa State), RB Jalen Richard (Southern Mississippi), OL Terran Vaughn (Stephen F. Austin) and LB Kyrie Wilson (Fresno State) on undisclosed deals Saturday, April 30.
|Footballguys view: McCaffrey is the player to watch here. The son of former Denver Broncos WR Ed McCaffrey, Max displayed a ton of speed on film and at Duke's pro day. He was a standout player during the week of practice for the NFLPA game earlier this year, and McCaffrey has no problem regularly taking the top off the defense.|
Raiders | Ryan O'Malley added by silver and black Sat Apr 30, 10:04 PM
The Oakland Raiders signed undrafted free-agent TE Ryan O'Malley (Penn) to an undisclosed deal Saturday, April 30.Link to story
Raiders | Connor Cook motivated by slide Sat Apr 30, 01:28 PM
Oakland Raiders QB Connor Cook said watching other quarterbacks being selected ahead of him hurt him and will serve as motivation as he begins his NFL career.
|Footballguys view: Well, his career is going to start holding a clipboard in all likelihood. Cook has experience and produced in college, but character concerns have dogged him all draft season. Now he's lodged behind a locked in starter and will have few chances to show he deserves a shot somewhere as a starter at some point.|
Raiders | Oakland lands Connor Cook Sat Apr 30, 12:18 PM
The Oakland Raiders acquired the 100th pick in the fourth round of the 2016 NFL draft from the Cleveland Browns and selected Michigan State QB Connor Cook.
|Footballguys view: This is clearly a pick for the future, in the hopes they can flip him for picks or talent later. Cook has a lot of analysts split. On the one hand, he has the physical skills, but rumors of attitude and work ethic issues have dogged him. It's not a great place for him as he will not see the field for a long time, if ever, as he is behind Derek Carr and Matt McGloin. Raiders had other needs, but this pick was a decent value.|
Raiders | Jihad Ward does not need surgery Fri Apr 29, 09:35 PM
The Oakland Raiders do not believe DE Jihad Ward (knee), their second-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, will need arthroscopic surgery. At least two teams felt he would require surgery.
|Footballguys view: It's a bit shaky, but we think Ward is worth the risk. He's very raw but can play both end spots and has above average athleticism.|
Raiders | Karl Joseph should be ready for camp Fri Apr 29, 04:29 PM
Oakland Raiders SS Karl Joseph (knee) expects to be ready for the start of training camp. Joseph is expected to be paired with FS Reggie Nelson at safety.
|Footballguys view: The Raiders have a very nice secondary and are a team to watch coming into the 2016 NFL season, though they still have some "growing" to do.|
Raiders | Oakland takes Karl Joseph at No. 14 Thu Apr 28, 09:51 PM
The Oakland Raiders selected West Virginia SS Karl Joseph with the 14th overall pick in the 2016 NFL draft on Thursday, April 28.
|Footballguys view: The Raiders have, very stealthy-like, put together a solid secondary. Joseph is a great addition and has proven he can make plays in man coverage or play disciplined enough to be trusted on the back.|
Raiders | JaMarcus Russell wants another shot Tue Apr 26, 12:39 PM
Free-agent QB JaMarcus Russell (Raiders), who has been out of the league since 2009, reportedly sent letters to NFL teams last season seeking another chance. 'I am willing to lead the scout team for free for one year just to get experience in your system,' Russell wrote in a letter to Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, according to Sports Illustrated.
|Footballguys view: Good luck with that.|
JaMarcus Russell player page
Raiders | Myles Jack works out for Oakland Mon Apr 25, 07:41 PM
UCLA LB Myles Jack had a private workout with the Oakland Raiders Thursday, April 21.Link to story
Raiders | Siaosi Aiono draws Raiders' interest Sat Apr 23, 05:39 PM
Utah C/OG Siaosi Aiono has drawn serious interest from the Oakland Raiders.Link to story
Raiders| Re-sign several players Mon Apr 18, 03:17 PM
Oakland Raiders exclusive rights free-agents DL Denico Autry, LB Korey Toomer, DE Shelby Harris, TE Gabe Holmes and S Tevin McDonald re-signed to undisclosed deals Monday, April 18.Link to story
Raiders | Neiko Thorpe signs tender Thu Apr 14, 06:56 PM
Oakland Raiders CB Neiko Thorpe signed his one-year restricted free-agent tender Thursday, April 14.Link to story
Raiders | Matt McCants signs tender Wed Apr 13, 05:29 PM
Oakland Raiders OT Matt McCants signed his one-year restricted free-agent tender Wednesday, April 13.Link to story
Raiders | No guarantees beyond '16 for Donald Penn Wed Apr 6, 11:10 PM
Oakland Raiders OT Donald Penn will likely be judged on a year-to-year basis at 33 years old. He has a $5.5 million guaranteed deal for 2016, but no signing bonus and no money guaranteed for 2017 in his two-year deal signed in the offseason.Link to story
Raiders | Reggie Nelson agrees to deal Wed Apr 6, 07:27 PM
Free-agent FS Reggie Nelson (Bengals) agreed to a two-year deal with the Oakland Raiders Wednesday, April 6, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
Reggie Nelson player page
Raiders | Aldon Smith financials Tue Apr 5, 11:05 PM
Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders LB Aldon Smith's two-year contract calls for $250,000 for each game he is on the 53-man roster in 2016 and 2017.Link to story
Aldon Smith player page
Raiders | Andrew East signs Tue Apr 5, 04:50 PM
Free-agent LS Andrew East (Seahawks) signed an undisclosed deal with the Oakland Raiders Tuesday, April 5.Link to story
Raiders | Reggie Nelson to visit Mon Apr 4, 01:52 PM
Free-agent FS Reggie Nelson (Bengals) will meet with the Oakland Raiders Monday, April 4, or Tuesday, April 5, according to a source.Link to story
Reggie Nelson player page
Raiders | Aldon Smith agrees to terms Mon Apr 4, 01:44 PM
Free-agent LB Aldon Smith (Raiders) has reached a contract agreement with the Oakland Raiders Monday, April 4, according to a source. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Link to story
Aldon Smith player page
Raiders | Clive Walford's role to expand Thu Mar 31, 02:15 PM
Oakland Raiders TE Clive Walford's role is expected to be expanded in 2016.
|Footballguys view: We would like to see Walford get a little more action, as 50 targets was not enough. He split time with Mychal Rivera last season and was a little more dynamic than Rivera was and think his upside is more.|
Clive Walford player page
Raiders | Mychal Rivera available via trade? Thu Mar 31, 01:00 PM
Oakland Raiders TE Mychal Rivera is expected to be available in a trade as the NFL Draft approaches.
|Footballguys view: We think Clive Walford will get more work so Rivera would become second fiddle at that point and the Raiders would do well to look for value from him if they don't need him. Rivera has some skill and could be a solid TE2 for some team.|
Mychal Rivera player page
Raiders | Oakland doesn't have need for RB Thu Mar 31, 12:58 PM
Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said the Raiders don't have a glaring need for another running back with RB Latavius Murray in the picture. There has been talk this offseason that general manager Reggie Mackenzie is looking for help in the backfield. Oakland ranked 28th in the run with 91.1 yards per game and just 3.9 yards per carry in 2015. Del Rio said any new running back Oakland adds will have a chance to compete for carries. 'We would like to add somebody in the backfield at some point, but it's not like it's a glaring need,' Del Rio said. 'We do have a good player there.'
|Footballguys view: We agree. Murray is a good running back and we think he could continue to improve this year, certainly filled an RB2 role in fantasy football.|
Latavius Murray player page
Raiders | Mario Edwards could play Wed Mar 30, 05:36 PM
There is optimism that Oakland Raiders DE Mario Edwards Jr. (neck) could still be able to play in 2016 despite suffering a neck injury last season, according to head coach Jack Del Rio.
|Footballguys view: Edwards was seen a bit of a risky pick for an early second selection, but he really came on to form a dynamic duo with Khalil Mack before suffering the freak neck injury. While the team is expressing optimism, Edwards status is still up in the air.|
Mario Edwards Jr player page
Raiders | Aldon Smith still part of plans Mon Mar 21, 06:15 PM
Free-agent LB Aldon Smith (Raiders) is still in the Raiders' plans after he completes his one-year suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy.
|Footballguys view: General manager Reggie McKenzie said he is in no rush to re-sign Smith, though, as he wants to make sure Smith is making the correct off-field decisions first. McKenzie said the conversations with Smith have been good and it's encouraging to see him get his life right. Smith is eligible to be reinstated off the NFL's reserve/suspended list in mid-November.|
Aldon Smith player page
Raiders | Oakland unlikely to offer Tony Jefferson Sun Mar 20, 05:30 PM
Arizona Cardinals FS Tony Jefferson, a restricted free agent, is not likely to receive an offer from the Oakland Raiders.Link to story
Tony Jefferson player page
Raiders | Brynden Trawick re-signs Wed Mar 16, 06:26 PM
Oakland Raiders S Brynden Trawick re-signed an undisclosed deal with the Raiders Wednesday, March 16.Brynden Trawick player page
Raiders | Donald Penn lands two-year deal Wed Mar 16, 01:56 PM
Updating an earlier report, Free-agent OT Donald Penn (Raiders) agreed to a two-year, $14 million deal with the Oakland Raiders Wednesday, March 16. He'll receive around $7 million guaranteed in the first year of the deal.
|Footballguys view: The Raiders have the makings of a fantastic offensive line. Earlier this year, they added OG/OT Kelechi Osemele and he'll likely start at left guard next to Penn.|
Raiders | Donald Penn returning to Oakland Wed Mar 16, 08:16 AM
Free-agent OT Donald Penn (Raiders) will re-sign with the Oakland Raiders Wednesday, March 16, according to a source. His return likely means OT/OG Kelechi Osemele will play guard.Link to story
Raiders | Donald Penn open to Oakland reunion Wed Mar 16, 02:16 AM
Free-agent OT Donald Penn (Raiders) is open to a return to the Oakland Raiders, according to a source. However, there is a meaningful distance between the sides as far as his value is concerned.Link to story
Raiders | Andre Holmes re-signs with Oakland Tue Mar 15, 08:23 AM
Free-agent WR Andre Holmes (Raiders) re-signed with the Oakland Raiders Tuesday, March 15, on a one-year deal worth up to $3 million with $1 million guaranteed.
|Footballguys view: We're only interested in Holmes in super deep dynasty leagues. He'll compete as the Raiders WR4 behind Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree and Seth Roberts.|
Andre Holmes player page
Raiders | Sign Daren Bates Mon Mar 14, 03:43 PM
Free-agent LB Daren Bates (Rams) signed a one-year deal with the Oakland Raiders Monday, March 14. Financial terms were undisclosed.Link to story
Daren Bates player page
Raiders | Seth Roberts re-signs with Raiders Sun Mar 13, 02:28 PM
Oakland Raiders exclusive-rights free-agent WR Seth Roberts re-signed to an undisclosed contract Saturday, March 12.
|Footballguys view: Roberts is the team's speed slot receiver behind Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. As the passing game continues to grow with QB Derek Carr, Roberts should continue to play a similar role. Re-draft owners should leave Roberts on the waiver wire in standard leagues, while dynasty owners should roster him as he waits for a larger role.|
Raiders | Curtis Lofton cut Fri Mar 11, 07:18 PM
Oakland Raiders LB Curtis Lofton was released Friday, March 11.Curtis Lofton player page
Raiders | Trying to recruit Eric Weddle Fri Mar 11, 03:52 PM
Updating a previous report, new Oakland Raiders LB Bruce Irvin and CB Sean Smith are both making pitches for free-agent FS Eric Weddle (Chargers) to join them. 'I was talking to him before I even came up there,' Smith said on a conference call of Weddle, with whom he shares an agent. 'If we were to add Eric Weddle, this defense will be something special.'
|Footballguys view: The Raiders are putting together a nice defense with these offseason additions. Adding Weddle could help put their defense over the top. Weddle is one of the best remaining free agents available on the open market.|
Eric Weddle player page
Raiders | Oakland in on Eric Weddle Fri Mar 11, 02:49 PM
The Oakland Raiders are one of four teams that are interested in free-agent FS Eric Weddle (Chargers). Weddle is talking with teams now.Link to story
Eric Weddle player page
Raiders | Erin Henderson interests Raiders Fri Mar 11, 12:24 PM
Free-agent LB Erin Henderson (Jets) has drawn the Oakland Raiders' interest.Link to story
Erin Henderson player page
Raiders | Sean Smith signs with Raiders Thu Mar 10, 08:27 AM
Free-agent CB Sean Smith (Chiefs) signed a four-year, $40 million deal with the Oakland Raiders Thursday, March 10. The deal includes $20 million in guarantees.Link to story
Sean Smith player page
Raiders | More on Kelechi Osemele's deal Wed Mar 9, 11:35 AM
Updating previous reports, Oakland Raiders OG/OT Kelechi Osemele agreed to a five-year, $58.5 million deal that will pay him $36.6 million in the first three years. His $6.7 million base salary is fully guaranteed in 2017.Link to story
Raiders | More on Bruce Irvin deal Wed Mar 9, 11:15 AM
Updating an earlier report, Oakland Raiders LB Bruce Irvin's four-year deal is worth $37 million with $12.5 million in the first year.Link to story
Bruce Irvin player page
Raiders | Sean Smith draws Raiders' interest Wed Mar 9, 11:14 AM
Kansas City Chiefs impending free-agent CB Sean Smith is drawing interest from the Oakland Raiders with CB Janoris Jenkins (Rams) agreeing with the New York Giants. The Chiefs are still involved as well.Link to story
Sean Smith player page
Raiders | Bruce Irvin lands big deal Wed Mar 9, 10:16 AM
Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders LB Bruce Irvin agreed to a four-year deal worth up to $10 million per season with incentives, according to a league source.
|Footballguys view: Irvin is reunited with coach Ken Norton in Oakland. He's got the capability of lining up at multiple positions for a growing-in-ferocity Raiders defense. The Raiders have a ton of money to spend, and they have now done that with Irvin and Kelechi Osemele now added in free agency. They may now try to snare CB Sean Smith off the open market.|
Bruce Irvin player page
Raiders | Oakland in on Janoris Jenkins Tue Mar 8, 10:03 PM
The Oakland Raiders might be interested in free-agent CB Janoris Jenkins (Rams).Link to story
Janoris Jenkins player page
Raiders | Could pursue Sean Smith Tue Mar 8, 08:57 PM
Kansas City Chiefs impending free-agent CB Sean Smith is expected to hit the free-agent market. The Oakland Raiders could be an early favorite to sign him.Link to story
Sean Smith player page
Raiders | Kelechi Osemele has five-year deal Tue Mar 8, 12:38 PM
Updating previous reports, Oakland Raiders OG Kelechi Osemele's new deal is a five-year deal worth a maximum of $60 million. However, no contract can be officially signed until after the league year begins Wednesday, March 9. Osemele allowed just one sack and 10 quarterback hurries last year with the Baltimore Ravens.Link to story
Raiders | More on Kelechi Osemele deal Tue Mar 8, 12:30 PM
Updating earlier reports, Baltimore Ravens impending free-agent OG/OT Kelechi Osemele's deal agreed upon with the Oakland Raiders is worth $11.7 million per year with a max value of $12 million annually.Link to story
Raiders | Kelechi Osemele agrees to huge deal Tue Mar 8, 12:06 PM
Baltimore Ravens impending free-agent OG/OT Kelechi Osemele has agreed in principle with the Oakland Raiders Tuesday, March 8, on a deal that will pay him among the top five offensive linemen in the league. The deal is expected to average more than $11 million per season.Link to story
Raiders | Donald Penn likely to walk Tue Mar 8, 11:47 AM
Oakland Raiders impending free-agent OT Donald Penn is unlikely to re-sign with the Raiders with OG/OT Kelechi Osemele in agreement with the club.Link to story
Raiders | Kelechi Osemele agrees with Raiders Tue Mar 8, 10:13 AM
Baltimore Ravens impending free-agent OG/OT Kelechi Osemele has agreed in principle with the Oakland Raiders Tuesday, March 8. He's expected to sign when the free-agent market opens Wednesday, March 9.
|Footballguys view: The Raiders get arguably the best available offensive lineman, but the price they paid is hefty. Osemele has good natural talent and the ability to play inside at guard or outside at tackle. He's got a history of back and knee injuries that the team will need for him to put in his past.|