Amari Cooper - WRPosted 7/25/16 8:42am ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper said he has a better idea of where QB Derek Carr wants to go with the football this season, and Carr said he is able to throw the ball to Cooper earlier because he knows where Cooper will be. Cooper has appeared more relaxed this season, and retired WR Jerry Rice said Cooper's attitude will help him avoid the drops that hurt him at times as a rookie.
Huddle Up: Sounds like things are lining up for Cooper to take the next step, building on a solid rookie season and teaming with Carr to present one of the league's up-and-coming tandems.
George Atkinson III - RBPosted 7/18/16 9:42am ET
Oakland Raiders RB George Atkinson III impressed with his straight-line speed and explosiveness during offseason workouts, and he will have a chance to earn more reps in training camp.
Huddle Up: The expectation is that rookie DeAndre Washington is slotted for primary backup duty behind Latavius Murray, so he'll be Atkinson's primary competition for that job. And according to most depth charts Atkinson will also have to go through Taiwan Jones, Marcel Reese, Roy Helu and Jamize Olawale to get touches so he'll have to continue impressing just to make the team.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 7/7/16 7:41pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr is more polished and isn't a gunslinger, according to former QB Brett Favre.
Huddle Up: In his second season, Carr finished with 339 fantasy points -- 13th among QBs -- and with that year of chemistry established with wideouts Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree, don't be surprised to see Carr crack the QB1 ranks this season. He's certainly someone to keep an eye on if you wait to draft a QB.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 6/28/16 4:04pm ET
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.
Huddle Up: Cooper struggled down the home stretch last season, but his talent and potential are undeniable and he still should be drafted as a low-end WR1/high-end WR2 this summer.
DeAndre Washington - RBPosted 6/23/16 1:23pm ET
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.
Huddle Up: Latavius Murray finished fourth in the league with 307 offensive touches, but the Silver & Black didn't exactly seemed thrilled with a the quality and consistency of Murray's work and that's where Washington, the team's fifth-round pick, fits in as a ready-to-step-in backup and/or change-of-pace option.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 6/11/16 11:46am ET
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.
Huddle Up: No surprise that Carr and Cooper are hooking up. Any extra chemistry they can develop heading into September will only improve both of their fantasy prospects.
Clive Walford - TEPosted 5/25/16 10:14am ET
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.
Huddle Up: Bigger things are expected of Walford, and him getting on the field as soon as possible will help in that regard. It will also help fantasy owners put a little more faith in him.
Connor Cook - QBPosted 5/15/16 11:03pm ET
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.'
Huddle Up: Cook, the Raiders' surprise fourth-round pick may very well end up with the backup gig, but even his dynasty-league value is low with a young and rising QB ahead of him in Derek Carr.
Clive Walford - TEPosted 5/3/16 3:29pm ET
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.
Huddle Up: Scary news -- particularly after the death of the Ravens' Tray Walker in a dirt-bike accident earlier this offseason -- but it sounds like Walford escaped serious injury. The Raiders really have not made any corresponding moves in free agency or the draft, either, so it appears they are planning to their starting tight end on the field in training camp and the preseason.
Clive Walford - TEPosted 3/31/16 3:50pm ET
Oakland Raiders TE Clive Walford's role is expected to be expanded in 2016.
Huddle Up: As a rookie third-round pick last season, Walford finished second among Oakland tight ends with 28 catches, but did lead the position with 329 yards and three TDs. In any case, the Raiders saw enough that fellow TE Mychal Rivera (32-280-1) is reportedly now on the trading block.
Andre Holmes - WRPosted 3/15/16 10:17am ET
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.
Huddle Up: Holmes flashed a bit a couple seasons ago but was pushed to the back burner by Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree last season. He's a depth guy in the Oakland receiver rotation--not an easy place from which to be fantasy-relevant.
Rod Streater - WRPosted 3/13/16 2:29pm ET
Free-agent WR Rod Streater (Raiders) signed a one-year deal worth up to $4.8 million with the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday, March 12.
Huddle Up: Streater caught 60 passes for 888 yards and four TDs to pace the Raiders in 2013 but a foot injury and the Silver & Black's personnel additions at the position resulted in only a combined 10 catches for 92 yards and one score over the last two seasons which means Streater will be vying for playing time with the likes of Albert Wilson, Chris Conley and Jason Avant opposite No. 1 WR Jeremy Maclin.
Seth Roberts - WRPosted 3/13/16 2:54pm ET
Oakland Raiders exclusive-rights free-agent WR Seth Roberts has been re-signed to an undisclosed contract.
Huddle Up: The undrafted rookie established himself as the Silver & Black's No. 3 WR with 32 catches for 480 yards and five TDs last season, and certainly is a wideout to watch in deeper leagues or in the event that Amari Cooper or Michael Crabtree goes down.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 2/25/16 11:32pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray could be more efficient in 2016 with a lighter workload. Head coach Jack Del Rio said Murray is still growing as a player and he can still work on some things that will make him even better next season.
Huddle Up: Murray finished fourth in the league with 307 touches -- 208 more than he had in his first two seasons combined -- but he averaged only 4.23 yards per touch and scored six total TDs, giving credence to Del Rio's reasoning.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 2/14/16 11:51pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr's 53 touchdown passes through his first two seasons are second only to retired QB Dan Marino's record of 68 touchdown passes.
Huddle Up: Carr tossed 32 of those 53 TD passes this past season as he took a big step forward and finished seventh in the league overall. Don't bet against further strides in 2016.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 2/12/16 10:16pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray could have company in the backfield in 2016. ESPN's Adam Caplan believes the Raiders will be looking to add running back depth in the offseason.
Huddle Up: Murray, who finished with 1,066 yards and six TDs on 266 carries, certainly had a monopoly in the Silver & Black's backfield this past season, accounting for 79.9 percent of the team's 333 RB rushes. Look for the Raiders to add a back to lighten the load.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 1/28/16 4:33pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper nearly was shut down in December due to a foot injury. General manager Reggie McKenzie said Wednesday, Dec. 27, that he was impressed how the rookie toughed it out and finished the season.
Huddle Up: While Cooper's toughness is indeed admirable, it wasn't of much help to his fantasy owners as he had two or fewer catches and 20 or fewer yards in three of his five games in December with only one -- a 6-120-2 outing against the Packers -- reaching double-digit fantasy points.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 1/1/16 10:26pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper (foot) fully participate in practice Friday, Jan. 1, and is listed as probable for the Week 17 game against the Kansas City Chiefs.
Huddle Up: Cooper was hindered last week but appears to be healthier for the Raiders' season finale against the Chiefs. He's a WR3 for Week 17.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 12/31/15 9:49pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper (foot) was limited during practice Thursday, Dec. 31.
Huddle Up: Cooper is still dealing with the foot issue that helped limit him to two catches for 10 yards in Week 16, and even if he does play again Sunday in K.C., consider him a risky fantasy play at best.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 12/30/15 9:10pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper (foot) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 30.
Huddle Up: Cooper was obviously limited last week against the Chargers. If you're still playing fantasy this week, Cooper makes for a risky WR3 versus the Chiefs.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 12/25/15 1:23am ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper finished with two catches on three targets for 10 yards in a 23-20 win over the San Diego Chargers in Week 16.
Huddle Up: Hampered by a foot issue on a short week, Cooper delivered his second dud in the last three weeks -- sandwiched around his best fantasy outing (6-120-2) in Week 15.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 12/25/15 1:23am ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray carried the ball 19 times for 79 yards and a touchdown and five catches for 38 yards in a 23-20 win over the San Diego Chargers in Week 16.
Huddle Up: Murray took advantage of the plus-matchup against the Chargers' D, topping 100 total yards for the first time since Week 8 and finding the end zone for the first time since Week 13.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 12/22/15 10:37pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper (foot) was limited in practice for the second straight day Tuesday, Dec. 22.
Huddle Up: It's a tight turnaround with the short week but there's been no indication that Cooper is in any danger of missing Thursday night's clash with the Chargers coming off perhaps his best game (6-120-2) of the season.
Michael Crabtree - WRPosted 12/21/15 2:33pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree (concussion) was evaluated for a concussion in the Week 15 loss to the Green Bay Packers.
Huddle Up: Crabtree will have to pass the concussion tests in order to be cleared for Sunday. If he can't play, Seth Roberts will see an increased role against the Chargers.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 11/17/15 4:22pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray hasn't scored in four weeks and has only averaged 85.6 rushing yards the last three weeks. He could bounce back this week, though, against a Detroit Lions defense allowing 103.6 rushing yards and more than one rushing touchdown per game on the year.
Huddle Up: Murray is the rare RB with a steady weekly workload, getting at least 16 touches in every game this season, and should be regarded as a low-end RB1 going forward.
Aldon Smith - LBPosted 11/17/15 8:16pm ET
Oakland Raiders LB Aldon Smith has been suspended one year for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. Smith will not be let go in spite of the suspension, according to a source, as the Raiders have been expecting Smith's ban.
Huddle Up: Smith's off-field legal issues have been piling up for a few years now, and they led to his release from the 49ers this preseason. Smith ranks second on the team with 3.5 sacks, and his absence obviously will hurt the Silver & Black pass rush which had been utilizing Smith and Khalili Mack as bookend edge rushers.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 11/13/15 12:14am ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray said he is not dealing with any concussion symptoms and is making progress after his limited practice Thursday, Nov. 12, but he is not sure if he will be able to play against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 10.
Huddle Up: It's been a rough last five games for Murray, who's been in and out of the lineup due to health and performance issues. As for his upcoming status for Sunday, we should definitely know more on Friday.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 11/13/15 3:56pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray (concussion) is at practice Friday, Nov. 13, and looks like he'll be able to play in Week 10, barring setbacks.
Huddle Up: Murray has steadily progressed throughout the practice week, going from out (Wednesday) to limited (Thursday) to full participation (Friday). As long as he receives the final concussion clearance, he'll be a RB2/flex option against the Vikings on Sunday.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 11/13/15 8:14pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper (quadriceps) and RB Latavius Murray (concussion) are both listed as probable for Week 10 against the Minnesota Vikings. Both players were full participants in practice Friday, Nov. 13.
Huddle Up: Murray was the one in real question but it looks like he's good to go against the Vikings. Cooper is a WR1, while Murray is an RB2 this week versus Minnesota.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 11/12/15 9:13am ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray (concussion) did not participate in practice Wednesday, Nov. 11.
Huddle Up: Murray needs to work through the league's concussion protocol in order to be available for this weekend's tilt with the Vikings. We'll track the situation and update his projections and the Start/Bench Tool accordingly.
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