Fantasy Football News & Views
Raiders | Amari Cooper feeling comfortable Mon Jun 27, 11:15 PM
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper has received praise for his performance during the team's offseason program, and he has continued to build rapport with QB Derek Carr. He has appeared confident and comfortable this spring.
|Footballguys view: That's good news for the Raiders (and fantasy owners), but it's bad news for opponents. Cooper has the upside to be the best WR in the game today, and building better chemistry with Carr should only help him perform better in 2016. Last year, Cooper ranked 23rd at the WR position in standard-scoring leagues. This season we won't be surprised to see Cooper finish the year in the top 15. His current ADP is WR12 (2.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
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Raiders | DeAndre Washington might shine Thu Jun 23, 01:28 AM
Oakland Raiders RB DeAndre Washington spent some time with the first-team offense during the team's minicamp, although there has been nothing guaranteed about Washington's role going forward. Offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave see Washington as a player who can do a little bit of everything, plus help out on special teams.
|Footballguys view: The Raiders are not sold on Latavius Murray long-term, and maybe even short-term. Washington is a dynamic back with a lot of juice in his legs who could excel when the team spreads the field like his college offense did at Texas Tech. There is a chance that Washington pushes his way into a Giovani Bernard/Jeremy Hill arrangement with Murray this year, so take that into account when ranking Raiders backs.|
Raiders | Roy Helu expected to be ready for camp Thu Jun 23, 01:27 AM
Oakland Raiders RB Roy Helu (hip) did not participate in the team's offseason program as he recovered from offseason hip surgery, but head coach Jack Del Rio said Wednesday, June 22, that he expects Helu to be ready to go for training camp.
|Footballguys view: Helu will be fighting fifth-round pick DeAndre Washington for a receiving back role. While Helu has had his moments over the years, his inability to stay healthy has kept him from getting a long-term foothold in his backfield.|
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Raiders | Shilique Calhoun signed Sun Jun 19, 09:56 AM
The Oakland Raiders have signed LB Shilique Calhoun, their third-round selection in the 2016 NFL draft, to a four-year contract.
|Footballguys view: We love the upside that Calhoun has as a pass-rusher. Over the last three years at Michigan State, Calhoun had an outstanding 128 quarterback pressures and 26.5 sacks. He is expected to serve as a backup to LB Bruce Irvin as a rookie, but Calhoun has the ability to be an impact starter someday for the Raiders defense.|
Bruce Irvin player page
Raiders | Oakland exploring options in return game Thu Jun 16, 11:16 PM
Oakland Raiders CB T.J. Carrie is currently the frontrunner to return punts and RB Taiwan Jones is the favorite to return kickoffs, special teams coordinator Brad Seely said, but WR Joe Hansley, RB DeAndre Washington and WR Jaydon Mickens have also been receiving reps.
|Footballguys view: Jones should be able to get the job done. However, we want to see Washington touch the ball as much as possible. He could push Latavius Murray for touches as a RB, but Washington has the electric skill set to be a good returner as well.|
Taiwan Jones player page
Travis Carrie player page
Raiders | Austin Howard practices Tue Jun 14, 07:23 PM
Oakland Raiders OT Austin Howard (knee) was moving well with the Raiders' first team in his return to practice from a knee injury Tuesday, June 14.Link to story
Raiders | Derek Carr taking next step Sat Jun 11, 11:39 PM
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr is taking the next step and taking command of the offense, WR Michael Crabtree said.
|Footballguys view: We're excited about what the Raiders passing game could look like in 2016. Carr is the best QB in his division, and he's one of the most exciting young QBs in the game today. Fantasy owners should see Carr as a QB1, and his current ADP is QB10 (8.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Michael Crabtree player page
Derek Carr player page
Raiders | Khalil Mack can be more consistent Fri Jun 10, 06:33 PM
Oakland Raiders DE Khalil Mack recorded 15 sacks in 2015, but defensive coordinator Ken Norton Jr. said he wants to see Mack play more consistently this upcoming season.
|Footballguys view: He's not going to play Michael Schofield (Broncos) every week. Mack is a star in the league, but if he's more consistent then he'll be an even greater asset for the Raiders defense in 2016.|
Khalil Mack player page
Raiders | Derek Carr, Amari Cooper linking up Fri Jun 10, 06:08 PM
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr and WR Amari Cooper have shown good chemistry during organized team activities. The two players were not able to work together last season because Carr was recovering from an injury.
|Footballguys view: The Raiders are on the right track, and they'll certainly have a fantasy-relevant passing game in 2016. Carr is a low-end QB1 with upside, while Cooper is a low-end WR1 for fantasy owners.|
Derek Carr player page
Amari Cooper player page
Raiders | Marvin Hall joins Oakland Mon Jun 6, 09:51 PM
The Oakland Raiders signed undrafted free-agent WR Marvin Hall (University of Washington), the team announced Monday, June 6.Link to story
Raiders | Andre Debose waived Fri Jun 3, 04:34 PM
Oakland Raiders WR Andre Debose was waived Friday, June 3.
|Footballguys view: The Raiders put Debose on IR last week, but the injury was undisclosed. Coming back from an Achilles' injury suffered in the 2015 offseason, Debose could get a break with another team as a return man and reserve receiver.|
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Raiders | Gabe Jackson slides to right side Wed Jun 1, 10:14 PM
Oakland Raiders OG Gabe Jackson has exclusively played left guard in four years of college and two years with the team, but he will play right guard this season after the club signed OG Kelechi Osemele in the offseason and re-signed OT Donald Penn to play tackle. 'I think from our standpoint we're looking for the best combination, we feel he's got the power you really covet for a right guard,' head coach Jack Del Rio said Wednesday, June 1.Link to story
Raiders | Karl Joseph plays big Sun May 29, 11:39 PM
Oakland Raiders SS Karl Joseph plays bigger than he looks, according to LB Bruce Irvin, and Joseph said he has been learning a lot from Irvin as he recovers from a knee injury.
|Footballguys view: At 5'10" 205 pounds, Joseph can be an intimidating presence near the line of scrimmage. He reminds us of a combination between T.J. Ward (Broncos) and Darian Stewart (Broncos). Joseph can play close in run defense, but he also has the ability to turn and cover when needed.|
Bruce Irvin player page
Raiders | Waive Robert Herron Thu May 26, 05:36 PM
Oakland Raiders WR Robert Herron was waived Thursday, May 26.
|Footballguys view: Herron has been cut from two teams in two years, he's got a slot receiver build despite more frequently being asked to go deep in college. He's never found a role that fit at the pro level though.|
Raiders | Andre Debose placed on IR Wed May 25, 05:28 PM
Oakland Raiders WR Andre Debose (undisclosed) reverted to the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, May 25, after being waived/injured Tuesday, May 24.Link to story
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Raiders | Karl Joseph works on side Wed May 25, 12:33 AM
Oakland Raiders SS Karl Joseph (knee) worked on the sidelines during organized team activities Tuesday, May 24.
|Footballguys view: Joseph is one of our favorite safeties from this rookie class. He's an enforcer who can play close to the line of scrimmage, and he's got the coverage ability to stay with his man downfield. All reports indicate the rookie should be ready for training camp.|
Raiders | Menelik Watson participating in OTAs Tue May 24, 08:53 PM
Oakland Raiders OT Menelik Watson (Achilles') is participating in organized team activities after tearing his Achilles' tendon during the 2015 preseason.Link to story
Raiders | Mario Edwards participates in OTAs Tue May 24, 07:35 PM
Oakland Raiders LB Mario Edwards Jr. (neck) is participating in organized team activities Tuesday, May 24, after being medically cleared for football activities earlier this month.
|Footballguys view: Great news for the Raiders here. Edwards found out he was dealing with a genetic condition in his neck and a late-season injury last year put his future in the NFL in doubt. Neck injuries are nothing to take lightly, but now Edwards looks like he's ready to rock. The Raiders have the makings of a team who could surprise in 2016.|
Mario Edwards Jr player page
Raiders | Two players waived Tue May 24, 06:19 PM
Oakland Raiders WR Andre Debose (undisclosed) was waived/injured Tuesday, May 24. QB Garrett Gilbert was also waived.Andre Debose player page
Raiders | Clive Walford should be ready for camp Tue May 24, 04:48 PM
Oakland Raiders TE Clive Walford (knee) is expected to be cleared well before the beginning of training camp. He did not participate in organized team activities Tuesday, May 24.
|Footballguys view: All signs point to this whole "lacerated knee" thing as being quite minor. Walford is one of our favorite young TEs in the league. He's a TE2 for fantasy owners this year, but the upside to be a top-12 fantasy TE is there with the athletic Walford.|
Clive Walford player page
Raiders | Sign two wide receivers Tue May 24, 02:07 PM
Free-agent WRs Robert Herron (Dolphins) and Nathan Palmer (Bears) were signed by the Oakland Raiders Tuesday, May 24.
|Footballguys view: Herron is the player to watch here in super deep dynasty leagues. He's a sharp route-runner who has spent time with the Bucs and the Dolphins. Both are competing for a spot on the depth chart behind Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree.|
Nathan Palmer player page
Robert Herron player page
Raiders | Sign Jihad Ward Wed May 18, 04:26 PM
Oakland Raiders second-round pick DE Jihad Ward signed his four-year rookie contract Wednesday, May 18. Financial terms were undisclosed.Link to story
Raiders | Connor Cook impressing Sun May 15, 01:53 PM
Oakland Raiders QB Connor Cook will vie for the backup position with QB Matt McGloin. Cook impressed head coach Jack Del Rio at rookie minicamp. 'I think he's been outstanding,' Del Rio said. 'Obviously he is intelligent. He asks good questions. He's got arm talent. It's a matter of getting familiar [with] what we do and how we do it.'
|Footballguys view: Let's pump the brakes here. Cook fell to the fourth round for a reason--mainly accuracy problems and off-field concerns. At Michigan State, Cook never had 60 percent completions and even on passes from 1-10 yards he was the third-worst QB (in completion percentage) in this draft class. Dynasty owners are hording QBs, so Cook has been picked up in most deep dynasty leagues.|
Matt McGloin player page
Raiders | Karl Joseph not on the field Sat May 14, 11:05 AM
Oakland Raiders SS Karl Joseph (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, May 13, because he is recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
|Footballguys view: We're excited about this rookie. He's an enforcer who can roam the field and has a nose for the ball. Joseph said his rehab is on schedule and expects to be ready for training camp.|
Raiders | Jihad Ward practices Friday Sat May 14, 11:03 AM
Oakland Raiders DE Jihad Ward (knee) fully participated in practice Friday, May 13, and said he will not need another surgery on his knee.
|Footballguys view: Ward gives the Raiders yet another strong pass-rusher for their defense. He can get to the QB from either end spot, and Ward can even move inside to tackle on certain downs. The team will monitor him closely as they go through the offseason.|
Raiders | Sign Jaydon Mickens Thu May 12, 07:36 PM
Undrafted free-agent WR Jaydon Mickens (Washington) signed with the Oakland Raiders Thursday, May 12.Link to story
Raiders | Sign Greg Townsend Wed May 11, 06:34 PM
Undrafted free-agent DE Greg Townsend (Southern California) signed with the Oakland Raiders Wednesday, May 11.
Raiders | DeAndre Washington signs contract Tue May 10, 10:04 PM
The Oakland Raiders signed RB DeAndre Washington, the team's fifth-round draft pick, to a four-year contract Tuesday, May 10. The deal is worth $2,609,196, with a $269, 196 signing bonus. He was selected 143rd overall by the Raiders.
|Footballguys view: We love Washington as a sleeper back fantasy owners need to know about. The Raiders don't seem sold on Latavius Murray, and Washington should be able to prove himself as a runner and receiver out of the backfield. He's small (5'8") but a compact 205 pounds. Washington won't hesitate to run inside where he can get low to the ground and bounce off would-be tacklers. He's also a dangerous player in space. We're excited about his upside, and we'll be watching the rookie closely in the preseason.|
Raiders | Sign several rookies Tue May 10, 08:16 PM
Undrafted free-agents WR K.J. Brent (Wake Forest), C Ross Burbank (Virginia), DB Kenneth Durden (Youngstown State) and DB Tony McRae (North Carolina A and T) were signed by the Oakland Raiders Tuesday, May 10.
Raiders | Karl Joseph signs Tue May 10, 03:11 PM
Oakland Raiders rookie SS Karl Joseph signed his four-year rookie deal Monday, May 9. Financial terms were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Watch Joseph show up for the Raiders this year. The WVU prospect can roam in coverage, he's not afraid of run support and he can be an intimidating player on defense.|
Raiders | Karl Joseph likely to start Tue May 10, 01:14 AM
Oakland Raiders SS Karl Joseph (knee) is a hard hitting strong safety with soft hands. As long as he is fully healed from a knee injury which limited him to four games last season, he has the chance to start immediately. Joseph is a 'perfect fit for what we want to accomplish here,' assistant defensive backs coach Rod Woodson said Monday, May 9.
|Footballguys view: Joseph plays a little bit like a combination of T.J. Ward (Broncos) and Darian Stewart (also, Broncos). The rookie from WVU has no problem playing close to the line of scrimmage and excelling as a run defender. He is also rangy and can make plays in coverage. Some think the Raiders picked Joseph a little too high in the first round, but we like the pick.|
Raiders | Damontre Moore signs Mon May 9, 07:11 PM
Free-agent DE Damontre Moore (Dolphins) signed with the Oakland Raiders Monday, May 9. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.Damontre Moore player page
Raiders | Mario Edwards cleared Fri May 6, 01:37 PM
Oakland Raiders DE Mario Edwards Jr. (neck) posted on social media that he has been medically cleared to return to football Friday, May 6.
|Footballguys view: Edwards broke out last year and then came down with this neck issue that seemed to threaten his availability indefinitely. This is great news for a Raiders team that has had a great offseason.|
Mario Edwards Jr player page
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