Fantasy Football News & Views
Raiders | Darren Waller enjoyed stellar spring Fri Jun 21, 04:01 PM
Oakland Raiders TE Darren Waller was 'one of our most impressive players (since he joined the team off the Baltimore Ravens' practice squad late last season),' according to head coach Jon Gruden.'When you put the pads on three, four, five days in a row up in Napa, I think that will be a better indication. He's got a lot to prove. He's a young player who is a converted wide receiver; don't forget that. He's not been brought up as a tight end, but he has made a lot of progress. ... He's got some big shoes to fill, I know he respects that, but he's versatile, he's smart, he's fast. He wants to do good, he's a great kid,' Gruden said.
|Footballguys view: Waller was a size/speed receiver at Georgia Tech in a long line that included Calvin Johnson and Demaryius Thomas. He has had suspensions and a position change, but could be relevant at a position with only a few reliable options. We'll be watching him in training camp.|
Darren Waller player page
Raiders | Johnathan Abram finalizes rookie deal Tue Jun 18, 07:39 PM
Oakland Raiders S Johnathan Abram signed his rookie contract Tuesday, June 18. Abram was the Raiders' 27th overall pick of April's draft.Link to story
Raiders | Trayvon Mullen puts pen to paper Tue Jun 18, 04:19 PM
Oakland Raiders second-round CB Trayvon Mullen (Clemson) signed his four-year rookie contract Tuesday, June 18. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.Link to story
Raiders | Clelin Ferrell inks rookie pact Tue Jun 18, 02:12 PM
Oakland Raiders first-round DE Clelin Ferrell signed his four-year rookie contract with the team Tuesday, June 18. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Ferrell was always going to be a first-round pick based on what he did during his college career at Clemson (21 sacks over the last two seasons), but most considered it a reach when the Raiders made him a surprise pick at No. 4 overall. He is a solid defensive end who can rush the passer due to his long arms, strength, and multiple moves to get after the quarterback.|
Raiders | Arden Key had surgery Wed Jun 12, 03:36 PM
Oakland Raiders DE Arden Key (shoulder) said he underwent shoulder surgery in January.
|Footballguys view: Key was supposed to be a big part of the Raiders pass rush as a rookie in 2018, but in 16 games (10 starts) he only had 1.0 sack. The shoulder surgery is being declared as only a clean-up procedure. We'll see if Key can perform better in year two of his pro career.|
Arden Key player page
Raiders | Denzelle Good still sidelined Tue Jun 11, 07:02 PM
Oakland Raiders OG Denzelle Good (undisclosed) did not participate in practice Tuesday, June 11. Good missed a majority of the offseason workouts because of an injury.Link to story
Raiders | Oakland adds two, subtracts two Tue Jun 11, 04:53 PM
Free-agent WR Montay Crockett (Jaguars) and CB Isaiah Langley signed undisclosed contracts with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday, June 11. DBs Makinton Dorleant and Montrel Meander were waived in corresponding moves.
|Footballguys view: Undrafted out of Georgia Southern in 2017, Crockett has already bounced around to a few different teams. He also spent some time with the Atlanta Legends of the now-defunct AAF. Crockett is known for his 4.3 speed but clearly hasn't impressed enough to stay with a team...and he will be a long-shot to make the Raiders 53-man roster.|
Raiders | Ryan Yurachek gets settlement Fri Jun 7, 02:55 AM
Oakland Raiders FB Ryan Yurachek (undisclosed) was released from the team's Reserve/Injured list with an injury settlement on Thursday, June 6.
|Footballguys view: Yurachek originally caught on with the Saints as a UDFA last year, but was cut during the summer and ended up on the Raiders practice squad. He was a prolific passcatcher (for a fullback) at Marshall in college, but was facing a hard road to make the team as the third fullback.|
Raiders | Luke Willson showing off hands Thu Jun 6, 09:37 PM
Oakland Raiders TE Luke Willson has impressed with his receiving skills during spring practices, according to Vic Tafur of The Athletic.
|Footballguys view: Willson is a good receiver, we just haven't seen as much as we could have during his pro career. He's been in the league since 2013 and his career high in catches is only 22 back in 2014. The Raiders let Jared Cook move on in free agency, so they are looking for a new starting tight end. Willson will be in the mix.|
Luke Willson player page
Raiders | Ryan Grant among starters Thu Jun 6, 09:36 PM
Oakland Raiders WR Ryan Grant has been working with the first-team offense in three-receiver sets during spring practices.
|Footballguys view: Grant played for Jon Gruden's brother, Jay Gruden, when he was with Washington. He's a seasoned veteran who has never really played up to his potential. The Raiders have Antonio Brown and Tyrell Williams to be the starters, so the team is going to look at Grant (or Hunter Renfrow) as an option for the No. 3 receiver.|
Ryan Grant player page
Raiders | Paul Butler working with starters Thu Jun 6, 09:33 PM
Oakland Raiders TE Paul Butler has been working with the first-team offense during spring practices.
|Footballguys view: Butler was undrafted in 2018 out of California University of Pennsylvania. He participated in the Raiders 2018 rookie minicamp on a tryout basis and eventually earned a spot on their practice squad. Butler was signed to the active roster at the end of the 2018 season, but he did not play a down as a rookie. The Raiders let Jared Cook go in free agency, and they are trying to find their next starting tight end. Butler must be doing something to impress since he's working with the first team...we'll monitor his progress in training camp and the preseason.|
Raiders | Ryan Yurachek to IR Fri May 31, 02:29 AM
Oakland Raiders FB Ryan Yurachek (undisclosed) cleared waivers and reverted to Injured Reserve on Thursday, May 30.Link to story
Raiders | Oakland parts ways with Ryan Yurachek Thu May 30, 05:17 PM
Oakland Raiders FB Ryan Yurachek was waived with an injury designation Wednesday, May 29.Link to story
Raiders | Oakland lands D.J. Killings Thu May 30, 05:04 PM
Free-agent CB D.J. Killings (Colts) signed an undisclosed contract with the Oakland Raiders on Thursday, May 30.Link to story
Raiders | Ryan Yurachek let go Wed May 29, 05:26 PM
Oakland Raiders FB Ryan Yurachek (undisclosed) was waived/injured Wednesday, May 29.Link to story
Raiders | Josh Jacobs gets first-team reps Wed May 29, 01:59 AM
Oakland Raiders RB Josh Jacobs (hamstring) received some first-team reps on Tuesday, May 28, as the team continues to ease him back into action during OTAs following a hamstring injury.
|Footballguys view: Jacobs is the player to watch in the Raiders backfield. Veteran Doug Martin returned to the team but we think Jacobs earns a majority of the work if he performs well in training camp and the preseason. Fantasy GMs are anxiously waiting for Jacobs to do his thing in 2019. Jacobs has a current ADP of RB17 (3.06) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Raiders | Richie Incognito a likely starter Wed May 29, 01:53 AM
Oakland Raiders OG Richie Incognito is the favorite to start at left guard, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Michael Gehlken, who adds that OL Denzelle Good is also a possibility.Link to story
Raiders | Darren Waller making early impression Tue May 28, 11:43 PM
Oakland Raiders TE Darren Waller is the main reason why the team was content to let Jared Cook leave in free agency, and Waller has 'responded well to a golden opportunity to kick-start his career' so far during organized team activities, according to NBC Sports Bay Area's Scott Bair.
|Footballguys view: The Raiders let Jared Cook go in free agency this offseason, so they're looking for a new lead tight end. Waller is a converted wide receiver who creates mismatch problems any time he's on the field. We'll be monitoring the news about him coming out of Oakland and have been watching Waller in dynasty formats for some time. Veteran Luke Willson and rookie Foster Moreau will compete with Waller for snaps/targets in 2019.|
Darren Waller player page
Raiders | Chaz Green released by Oakland Tue May 28, 01:27 PM
Oakland Raiders OL Chaz Green was released Tuesday, May 28.Link to story
Raiders | Richie Incognito headed to Raiders Tue May 28, 09:58 AM
Free-agent OG Richie Incognito (Bills) will sign a one-year deal with the Oakland Raiders Tuesday, May 28. Financial terms weren't disclosed.
|Footballguys view: The Raiders need help at left guard and that's why they're turning to a soon-to-be 36-year old who spent the 2018 season out of the league. If he can return to form and play like he did in 2017 for the Bills, Incognito could still be a solid starter. Oh yeah, he needs to stay out of the trouble that has always seemed to follow him as a pro. No word yet on whether or not the NFL is going to punish Incognito for his off-field issues last year.|
Raiders | Keelan Doss turning heads Fri May 24, 04:08 PM
Oakland Raiders WR Keelan Doss has impressed both head coach Jon Gruden and Derek Carr during offseason practices, according to NBC Sports Bay Area's Josh Schrock.
|Footballguys view: Doss was a standout player in college at UC Davis. He went undrafted in 2019 and the Raiders might've gotten a steal here. He's not the fastest or strongest receiver, but Doss wins with savvy in his routes and good hands. We'll monitor him in deep dynasty formats.|
Raiders | Tyrell Williams making impression Fri May 24, 01:56 PM
Oakland Raiders WR Tyrell Williams has impressed with his speed and route-running so far in OTAs.
|Footballguys view: No surprise here. Williams is an impressive player due to his size/speed combination. All the attention (positive and negative) has been on the Raiders acquisition of Antonio Brown...and for good reason. However, it's unwise to forget about Williams. He was a great get for them in free agency and has big-game upside (but perhaps not consistency) for Fantasy GMs in 2019. Williams has a current ADP of WR51 (11.08) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Tyrell Williams player page
Raiders | Landry Jones cut Wed May 22, 05:14 PM
Oakland Raiders QB Landry Jones was released Wednesday, May 22.
|Footballguys view: The Raiders are fine with Mike Glennon and Nathan Peterman as backups behind starter Derek Carr. Jones came into the league as a fourth-round pick for the Steelers in the 2013 NFL draft. He's a backup at best and might latch on with a team looking for a camp arm or depth at the position.|
Landry Jones player page
Raiders | Antonio Brown back at practice Wed May 22, 02:34 PM
Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown is participating in practice Wednesday, May 22.
|Footballguys view: Brown missed the first day of OTAs. That was not a concern for Raiders head coach Jon Gruden who said this after practice on Tuesday. "He's not here today, hopefully we'll see him here in the next couple days," Gruden said. "[Brown's] been working extremely hard learning our offense and I'm really excited to get him out here, but in the meantime we have plenty of balls to throw and plenty of receivers to throw to." He's back now and Gruden is excited.|
Antonio Brown player page
Raiders | Erik Swoope joins Oakland Tue May 21, 08:50 PM
Free-agent TE Erik Swoope (Colts) agreed to terms with the Oakland Raiders Tuesday, May 21. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Swoope has been a favorite of Fantasy GMs who play in crazy deep dynasty leagues for some time. He's a former basketball player from the University of Miami who never played college football. Swoope was picked up the Colts as a UDFA back in 2014, but he got waived near the end of 2018. He was picked up by the Saints the next day but only lasted there 24 hours as he failed his physical. Swoope has been on the market ever since. The Raiders don't have a proven room at tight end, so Swoope is a player to monitor during training camp.|
Erik Swoope player page
Raiders | Antonio Brown not at workouts Tue May 21, 07:30 PM
Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown was not present during practice Tuesday, May 21.
|Footballguys view: The Raiders knew Brown was going to do his own thing during OTAs and voluntary minicamp. When the work becomes mandatory, Brown will be there with his new teammates. Reports have also come out that Brown won't participate in the preseason much if at all. Fantasy GMs aren't worried about either one of these news items and are still taking Brown at WR7 (2.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.|
Antonio Brown player page
Raiders | Brandon Marshall healthy Fri May 17, 07:28 PM
Oakland Raiders LB Brandon M. Marshall (knee) said he has completely recovered from the knee injury he dealt with this past season.Link to story
Brandon Marshall player page
Raiders | Jalin Marshall cut loose Thu May 9, 04:50 PM
Oakland Raiders WR Jalin Marshall was released Thursday, May 9.Link to story
Jalin Marshall player page
Raiders | Jalin Marshall inks deal with Oakland Tue May 7, 02:52 PM
Free-agent WR Jalin Marshall (AAF) signed a one-year contract with the Oakland Raiders on Tuesday, May 7. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Marshall was originally undrafted out of Ohio State in 2016. He latched on with the Jets, primarily contributing on special teams. Marshall gets a shot with the Raiders now and their revamped WR corps. He's a long-shot to make the roster to be sure, but he could carry the momentum over he had from the AAF to an end-of-the-depth-chart spot in Oakland.|
Jalin Marshall player page
Raiders | Jamar McGloster let go Mon May 6, 10:06 PM
Oakland Raiders OT Jamar McGloster was waived Monday, May 6.Link to story
Raiders | Richie Incognito leaves without deal Mon May 6, 08:12 PM
Free-agent OG Richie Incognito (Bills) left his workout with the Oakland Raiders Monday, May 6, without a contract, but the two sides could reach a deal later in the offseason.Link to story
Raiders | Mutual interest between OAK, Richie Incognito Mon May 6, 06:46 PM
Free-agent OG Richie Incognito (Bills) is still in Oakland after his workout with the Oakland Raiders Monday, May 6, and the two sides are interested in a contract agreement, according to sources.Link to story
Raiders | Eddy Pineiro dealt to Chicago Mon May 6, 04:43 PM
Oakland Raiders PK Eddy Pineiro was traded to the Chicago Bears for a conditional seventh-round pick Monday, May 6.Link to story
Raiders | Oakland swaps out punters Mon May 6, 02:41 PM
Free-agent P A.J. Cole was signed by the Oakland Raiders after impressing special teams coordinator Rich Bisaccia over the weekend at rookie minicamp, according to Michael Gehlken of the Las Vegas Review-Journal. P Drew Kaser was waived to make room on the roster for him.Link to story
Raiders | Richie Incognito gets a look by Oakland Mon May 6, 01:33 PM
Free-agent OG Richie Incognito (Bills) will workout Monday, May 6, for the Oakland Raiders. Incognito, 35, did not play in 2018 after retiring, unretiring and being cut by the Buffalo Bills.Link to story
Raiders | Utility role for Hunter Renfrow Sun May 5, 08:49 PM
Oakland Raiders WR Hunter Renfrow is going to be more than a slot receiver, according to head coach Jon Gruden. 'He's going to have to move to the right, to the left, inside, outside, go in motion, do it all,' Gruden said.
|Footballguys view: During his college days at Clemson, Renfrow was a standout player who many felt could transition to a good starting slot receiver in the pros. It sounds like the Raiders may have more plans for the rookie than just playing the slot. They are stacked in front of Renfrow on the depth chart, so we'll just be monitoring him in dynasty formats.|
Raiders | Brandon Parker to be used in reserve role Sun May 5, 08:28 AM
Oakland Raiders OT Brandon Parker is considered to be the team's swing tackle on the depth chart, despite starting 12 games at right tackle during the 2018 season.Link to story
Raiders | Denzelle Good listed as starting left guard Sun May 5, 08:19 AM
Updating previous reports, Oakland Raiders OG Denzelle Good is pencilled in as the team's starting left guard, although head coach Jon Gruden expects there to be competition for the position. OGs Chaz Green and Jordan Devey could be among the other internal options to play left guard.Link to story
Raiders | OAK hasn't named starting left guard Sat May 4, 08:15 AM
Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said the team will have an open competition for the starting left guard job.Link to story
Raiders | Gabe Jackson not changing positions Sat May 4, 08:02 AM
Oakland Raiders OG Gabe Jackson will remain at right guard, according to head coach Jon Gruden.Link to story
Raiders | Keelan Doss eyeing roster spot Fri May 3, 10:19 PM
Oakland Raiders WR Keelan Doss said head coach Jon Gruden told him that he has a good chance to make the 53-man roster.
|Footballguys view: Doss was picked up as an undrafted free agent out of UC-Davis after the 2019 NFL draft. He's likely going to be a big slot in the NFL. He's not the fastest wide receiver out there, but measuring at 6'2" 211 pounds Doss does a good job of making contested catches.|
Raiders | Antonio Brown to sit preseason Fri May 3, 09:18 PM
Oakland Raiders WR Antonio Brown won't play at all in the preseason, according to head coach Jon Gruden.
|Footballguys view: It would be nice to see a bit of Brown in the preseason so he can develop in-game chemistry with QB Derek Carr. The Raiders might change their mind later in the summer, but for now don't expect to see Brown in exhibition games.|
Antonio Brown player page
Raiders | Maxx Crosby signs deal Fri May 3, 08:32 PM
Oakland Raiders fourth-round draft choice DE Maxx Crosby signed a four-year contract with the Raiders Thursday, May 2. Financial terms were not disclosed.Link to story
Raiders | Isaiah Crowell placed on IR Fri May 3, 05:45 PM
Oakland Raiders RB Isaiah Crowell (Achilles) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Friday, May 3.
|Footballguys view: Crowell only signed a one-year deal with the Raiders just a little over a month ago. He'll hit the open market next offseason coming off a major injury and might struggle to garner interest.|
Isaiah Crowell player page
Raiders | Karl Joseph's option to be declined Thu May 2, 11:37 PM
Oakland Raiders SS Karl Joseph is not expected to have his fifth-year option exercised.Link to story
Karl Joseph player page
Raiders | Oakland signs three draft picks Thu May 2, 05:31 PM
Oakland Raiders fourth-round CB Isaiah Johnson, fifth-round WR Hunter Renfrow and seventh-round DE Quinton Bell signed their four-year rookie contracts Thursday, May 2. Financial terms of the deals were not immediately disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Renfrow reminds us of former Ravens/Colts/Broncos WR Brandon Stokley. Like Stokley, Renfrow has good quickness and make-you-miss ability after the catch. We'll monitor Renfrow in dynasty formats.|
Raiders | Oakland parts with Lee Smith Thu May 2, 05:07 PM
Oakland Raiders TE Lee Smith was released Thursday, May 2, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: When they drafted Foster Moreau (LSU) in the 2019 NFL draft, it meant someone from the tight end room had to go. That's Smith, a big-bodied veteran known mostly as a blocker.|
Lee Smith player page
Raiders | Foster Moreau inks four-year pact Thu May 2, 04:37 PM
Oakland Raiders fourth-round TE Foster Moreau agreed to terms on a four-year contract Thursday, May 2. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.
|Footballguys view: Moreau is a player we'll add in deep dynasty. He showed sneaky athleticism at the Senior Bowl earlier this year and might have his best football still in front of him.|
Raiders | Foster Moreau agrees to deal Thu May 2, 12:29 PM
Oakland Raiders TE Foster Moreau, a rookie fourth-round draft pick, agreed to a four-year contract with the team Thursday, May 2. Terms of the deal were not available.
|Footballguys view: Moreau is one of the most intriguing mid-round tight ends from the 2019 NFL draft. He's sneaky athletic, uses his body well to position himself correctly on contested passes and has strong hands. The Raiders moved on from Jared Cook after one season, so Moreau has a chance to get some playing time in 2019. We'll see Luke Willson compete for the top spot, but he could be pushed by the rookie.|
Raiders | Marshawn Lynch open to returning Wed May 1, 05:30 PM
Retired RB Marshawn Lynch is willing to play for the Oakland Raiders if they want to sign him, according to a source.
|Footballguys view: Of course he is. We'd love it if Lynch came back, and the Raiders may want to consider it now that Isaiah Crowell has been lost for the season. They did sign Doug Martin on Wednesday, so Lynch will likely have to wait.|
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