Latavius Murray - RBPosted 10/6/15 7:55pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray still has the confidence of head coach Jack Del Rio, despite a rough outing in Week 4 against the Chicago Bears. Murray accounted for two turnovers for Oakland, but Del Rio still believes in his young running back. 'I remain confident. We have some good young players. None of us are perfect. We all are capable of making mistakes,' Del Rio said. 'I think the sooner you own up to mistakes, the quicker you can put them behind you and move forward.'
Huddle Up: With 61 yards and a lost fumble on 19 touches, Week 4 definitely was a struggle for Murray, not to mention his worst outing of the season, but only three players -- Matt Forte, Adrian Peterson and Devonta Freeman have more touches than Murray's 82 so trust the volume and better games are sure to come.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 10/4/15 9:46pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray was benched late in a 22-20 loss to the Chicago Bears in Week 4. He finished with 16 carries for 49 yards and three catches for 12 yards and lost a fumble.
Huddle Up: Murray had a tough day. He muffed a pass that led to an interception and he fumbled that led to a benching. Fantasy owners shouldn't be concerned though. Murray is the Raiders' lead back. Just chalk it up to a bad day.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 9/29/15 11:20pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper has gained at least 100 yards in each of his last two games. The last Oakland receiver to gain at least 100 yards in back-to-back games was WR Randy Moss in 2005.
Huddle Up: Unlike last season's wideout class, Cooper is one of the few rookie WRs doing much of anything let alone ranking among the top 20, and he should only keep improving by the game. He's not only one of the top players in dynasty leagues, but he's a legit WR2 with ample upside going forward this season.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 9/16/15 8:16am ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (thumb) looks to be in 'good shape' as far as practicing and playing in Week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens, head coach Jack Del Rio said Tuesday, Sept. 15. Carr left the Week 1 game against the Cincinnati Bengals, but X-rays on his thumb were negative and he was diagnosed with a bruise.
Huddle Up: The good news is that Oakland's franchise QB looks like he'll be good to go for Week 2. The bad news is he'll face a Ravens defense that just shut out Peyton Manning.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 9/16/15 3:40pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (hand) threw in practice Wednesday, Sept. 16 and has given head coach Jack Del Rio optimism that Carr will play in Week 2.
Huddle Up: Carr missed the second half of the opener with a hand injury, but looks like he'll start Sunday against the Ravens. Check in on his practice progress the rest of the week to make sure.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 9/16/15 8:38pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (hand) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, Sept. 16, according to head coach Jack Del Rio. Del Rio expects Carr to be able to play in Week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens.
Huddle Up: Carr is expected to start but he has a tough matchup against a Ravens defense even without Terrell Suggs. He's not a recommended fantasy play for Week 2.
Brice Butler - WRPosted 9/15/15 6:53pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Brice Butler was traded to the Dallas Cowboys in exchange for an undisclosed draft pick Tuesday, Sept. 15.
Huddle Up: The 6-3, 205-pound Butler, a 2013 seventh-round pick who has caught 30 passes for 383 yards and a pair of TDs over the last two seasons, gives the Cowboys' Dez Bryant-less WR corps some added size, but it'll take a few weeks for him to acclimate to his new team and it's hard to envision him having any consistent usable fantasy value even when he does get up to speed.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 9/14/15 3:52pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (thumb) suffered a bruised thumb during the team's Week 1 game against the Cincinnati Bengals. X-rays on Carr's thumb were negative, and the team is waiting on his MRI results. His status for Week 2 will depend on the swelling in his thumb.
Huddle Up: It would obviously be better for Amari Cooper owners if Carr plays. If he can't, Matt McGloin or someone the Raiders bring in will be under center Sunday against the Ravens.
Matt McGloin - QBPosted 9/14/15 4:34pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (thumb) is not expected to play in Week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens, according to sources. Carr was replaced by QB Matt McGloin after injuring his hand in Week 1. Carr completed seven of 12 passes for 61 yards against the Cincinnati Bengals before being hurt.
Huddle Up: Regardless of who starts at quarterback for the Raiders, Amari Cooper's fantasy value takes a big hit. He'll be an iffy WR3 at best versus a tough Ravens' defense.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 9/14/15 9:31pm ET
Updating previous reports, Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr's (thumb) tests showed 'nothing serious' with his hand, but head coach Jack Del Rio doesn't know if Carr will be able to play in Week 2 against the Baltimore Ravens. However, Del Rio said the team is 'relieved,' and the swelling in Carr's hand has already started going down. The Raiders don't have any plans of adding another quarterback.
Huddle Up: Carr got off to a 7-of-12, 61-yard start before departing, and signs are already pointing to his return in Week 2. See what happens in practice this week.
Roy Helu - RBPosted 9/9/15 4:05pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Roy Helu is listed as the No. 3 running back behind RBs Latavius Murray and Taiwan Jones.
Huddle Up: Most everyone has assumed the ex-D.C. player Helu would be the main backup behind Murray, but perhaps we should've asked offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave, who is said to be enamored with Jones' speed and wants to get him more involved in the offense after he served primarily as a kick returner in recent seasons. The bottom line is that there isn't likely a clear Murray handcuff at this time until the situation clarifies.
Mychal Rivera - TEPosted 9/8/15 5:51pm ET
Oakland Raiders TE Mychal Rivera is listed as the starting tight end on the Raiders' depth chart.
Huddle Up: Many thought rookie third-round pick Clive Walford, but he's actually listed third with free-agent signee Lee Smith holding down the No. 2 spot. Meanwhile, Rivera -- who had 58 receptions for 534 yards and four TDs last season -- is a sneaky low-end TE1 play this Sunday against the visiting Bengals.
Sio Moore - LBPosted 9/4/15 9:54pm ET
Oakland Raiders LB Sio Moore was acquired by the Indianapolis Colts Friday, Sept. 4, in exchange for a late-round pick in 2016.
Huddle Up: Moore has recorded 140 tackles and 7.5 sacks in his first two seasons but didn't fit into new coach Jack Del Rio's plans. Moore can play inside and outside linebacker. He should help upgrade the Colts' defense.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 8/31/15 8:32am ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper had four catches for 62 yards in a preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Aug. 30.
Huddle Up: Cooper has looked every bit the first-round pick and franchise receiver the Raiders hoped they were drafting. He'll endure a difficult schedule (assuming opposing teams use their top cover corner on him and not Michael Crabtree), but that looks to be the only blemish in a promising rookie campaign.
Menelik Watson - OTPosted 8/31/15 8:34am ET
Oakland Raiders OT Menelik Watson (Achilles') said on Twitter that he is out for the season with a ruptured Achilles.
Huddle Up: Watson's loss is a blow to the rejuvenated Raiders offense, though they do have an experienced replacement in Austin Howard.
Trent Richardson - RBPosted 8/31/15 10:17pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Trent Richardson was released Monday, Aug. 31.
Huddle Up: Hardly a surprise but still shocking at the rapid demise of the third-overall pick in 2012. And with Roy Helu more of a third-down back, undrafted rookie Michael Dyer will serve as Latavius Murray's backup for now, but don't be surprised if the Raiders add a veteran here soon. (How would Fred Jackson look in Silver & Black?)
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 8/28/15 12:04am ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray has been working on his hands in order to improve as a receiver and make himself an all-around player.
Huddle Up: Murray caught 17 of his 23 targets a year ago for 143 yards, but offseason-addition Roy Helu -- if he ever gets healthy -- projects as the Silver & Black's main pass-catching back. Still, if Murray displays improved hands early, he could see a solid share of the third-down snaps.
Roy Helu - RBPosted 8/26/15 4:49pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Roy Helu returned to practice Wednesday, Aug. 26 after sitting out nearly three weeks with a hamstring strain.
Huddle Up: Helu still projects as the Silver & Black's No. 2/pass-catching back, complementing starter Latavius Murray, but let's see how his hammy holds up over the next few weeks.
Andre Holmes - WRPosted 8/19/15 5:27pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Andre Holmes suffered a fractured hand during practice Sunday, Aug. 16, and is expected to be sidelined for three to four weeks, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Holmes, who hit career highs with 47 receptions for 693 yards and 4 TDs last season, is battling for a reserve WR role in back of Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree and this certainly won't help his cause.
Clive Walford - TEPosted 8/17/15 9:53am ET
Oakland Raiders TE Clive Walford had two catches for 28 yards, including a 22-yard reception, in a preseason game against the St. Louis Rams Friday, Aug. 14.
Huddle Up: The Raiders are extremely high on Walford and his potential contributions to their new-look offense, and he certainly did not disappoint in the preseason opener. A word of caution, though, regarding rookie tight ends: they rarely deliver consistent fantasy assistance in their first NFL season. Best treat Walford as a backup with considerable upside.
Rod Streater - WRPosted 8/16/15 6:35pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Rod Streater (undisclosed) was activated from the Non-Football Injury list Sunday, Aug. 16 and practiced with the team.
Huddle Up: Streater led the Silver & Black in receiving (60-888-4) in 2013 and then started the first three games last season before a broken foot ended his season. If all goes well with his continued recovery, he should be the team's No. 3 WR behind newcomers Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree.
Clive Walford - TEPosted 8/11/15 11:42pm ET
Oakland Raiders TE Clive Walford (hamstring) returned to practice Tuesday, Aug. 11, after missing the first nine days of practice.
Huddle Up: The Raiders still have high hopes for the third-round pick, but he'll now need to spend most of the exhibition season getting caught up.
Trent Richardson - RBPosted 8/10/15 3:50pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Trent Richardson is listed as the backup behind RB Latavius Murray.
Huddle Up: Richardson is listed as the No. 2 right now but Roy Helu is going to play on passing downs. Richardson needs to impress this preseason just to solidify a spot on the final roster.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 8/7/15 9:39am ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper was praised by offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave for his hard work in drills and attention in meetings. 'I know we have a good one there, so we're thankful to have him,' Musgrave said Thursday, Aug. 6.
Huddle Up: Cooper has been every bit as good as advertised thus far in Oakland. If any rookie receiver is to live up to the legacy of last year's class, to certainly looks as if Cooper is the one.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 8/6/15 2:27pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray has taken all of the first-team repetitions and has looked powerful running, according to beat writer Vic Tafur. 'The biggest improvement has been in his explosiveness and his conditioning,' Murray's trainer Vinny Scollo told Syracuse.com. 'Last year, we really had to taper the workouts and work around his injury. This year, his conditioning, his wind, is 100 percent there.'
Huddle Up: Murray tantalized fantasy GMs with his late-season showing in 2014, and he currently owns a late-sixth-round ADP (59), going 19th overall among all RBs, so there is some value to be had if he winds up being the Silver & Black's no-doubt No. 1 for the season.
Michael Crabtree - WRPosted 8/6/15 11:50pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr is building on-field chemistry with WR Michael Crabtree, according to offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave. 'He [Crabtree] and Derek [Carr] have definitely established a rapport in the short time they've been together. We love the fact that they're making plays in practice, because we want to play the same way in the game. They're working hard. They work hard together. I'm glad that Michael's part of our team,' said Musgrave.
Huddle Up: Rookie first-round pick Amari Cooper has received most of the pub and accolades so far in the Silver & Black camp, but don't forget about Crabtree, the former No. 1 WR across the bay who posted a 68-698-4 line last season despite being less than a year removed from an Achilles' tear and playing in an overall sputtering offense.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 8/5/15 12:26am ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr may look to throw more downfield this year due to new WRs Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, a new coaching staff and a more solid offensive line.
Huddle Up: Yeah, count on that happening one way or another as Carr easily finished with a league-worst 5.46 yards per attempt last season as a rookie, throwing for 3,270 yards on 599 passes.
Trent Richardson - RBPosted 8/2/15 11:17pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Trent Richardson is likely competing with undrafted rookie RB Michael Dyer for a spot on the 53-man roster, and NFL.com's Ian Rapoport puts Richardson's chances of making the final roster at 50-50.
Huddle Up: In a word: Yikes! If T-Rich hasn't reached rock bottom yet, he's getting awfully close.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 8/1/15 12:07am ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray said he understands how important it is for him to perform well in 2015. 'I know the success I've had doesnt matter,' Murray said Friday, July 31. 'What matters now is what I [do going] forward and what I do this upcoming season, this upcoming training camp. Again, do anything I can just to get better and help the team.'
Huddle Up: Murray flashed potential late last season when he got an opportunity and fantasy owners are hoping he'll become the Raiders' primary ball carrier this year. Roy Helu is in the mix for touches too but Murray should dominate the early down work. He currently has a fourth round ADP.
Trent Richardson - RBPosted 7/31/15 7:12pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Trent Richardson (undisclosed) was placed on the Active/Non-Football Injury list Friday, July 31.
Huddle Up: A reason wasn't given but there's a possibility Richardson failed his conditioning test. It would be a bad sign for his chances of making the Raiders' roster. Reports earlier this week said Richardson didn't look good early in camp. It seems unthinkable but a former first-round pick who was then traded for a first-round pick may be done at the age of 25.
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