Derek Carr - QBPosted 12/18/14 10:12am ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (thumb) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Dec. 17.
Huddle Up: There's been no indication Carr might miss this week's contest due to the injury, but it's not as if the Raiders are playing for anything so maybe they'll give him the week off to heal.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 12/5/14 2:18pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray had 112 yards and two touchdowns on just four carries against the Kansas City Chiefs, and the team is excited about what he can provide them down the stretch. "I love the way Latavius runs the football," interim head coach Tony Sparano said. "I like what I've seen, but I've seen (14) carries. I want to see more of them. I'm curious, too. I'm curious just like the fans are curious." Despite Sparano's curiosity, he stated that Murray won't immediately be a workhorse back in Week 14 against the San Francisco 49ers.
Huddle Up: Yeah, Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew will still be involved, but if you've been waiting on Murray and have some RB question marks this week, put him in your lineup and roll with the upside.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 12/4/14 10:28am ET
Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray (concussion) has been cleared to play in Week 14 against the San Francisco 49ers after missing the previous game due to a concussion. However, according to interim head coach Tony Sporano Murray won't be the team's workhorse down the stretch.
Huddle Up: Great news about Murray being available this week, but there's no reason the Raiders should be giving carries to anyone else as they attempt to evaluate Murray heading into next season. Misguided decisions like this will likely keep the "interim" in Sporano's job title until the Raiders find someone else with the wherewithal to put Oakland's best playmakers on the field in lieu of retreads like Darren McFadden.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 12/3/14 12:29am ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr will remain the team's starting quarterback, according to head coach Tony Sparano. Carr was pulled from the Week 13 contest versus the St. Louis Rams early in the fourth quarter.
Huddle Up: The other options are Matt Schaub and Matt McGloin and those ships sailed a long time ago. And with the Raiders certainly not playing for much of anything (again) the rest of the way, it wouldn't make any sense to not keep the rookie in to learn under fire.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 12/3/14 6:19pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray (concussion) returned to practice Wednesday, Dec. 3, perhaps indicating that he has been fully cleared from the concussion he suffered in Week 12.
Huddle Up: Keep monitoring this throughout the week, but for the moment he looks on track to play against the Niners on Sunday.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 12/3/14 8:47pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray (concussion) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Dec. 3.
Huddle Up: Murray has been cleared to play for Week 14. However, Tony Sparano said he won't be used as a workhorse for the rest of the season. It's hard to believe Sparano has a career .441 winning percentage as a head coach. Apparently instead of getting a better look at Murray, Sparano wants to watch washed up Maurice Jones-Drew run for 2.2 yards per carry. Start Murray but keep your expectations in check.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 11/28/14 5:54pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray will not play in Week 13 after failing the final test of the concussion protocol Friday, Nov. 28.
Huddle Up: Despite the extra few days of recovery time, Murray will be unable to go Sunday in St. Louis, leaving the RB duties to the non-productive Darren McFadden-Maurice Jones-Drew duo.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 11/27/14 5:55pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray (concussion) was limited during practice Thursday, Nov. 27.
Huddle Up: The outlook remains positive for Murray, but he still has one more step to pass in the concussion protocol. That decision likely will come Friday.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 11/26/14 4:05pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray (concussion) was back at practice Wednesday, Nov. 25, though his participation status was undisclosed.
Huddle Up: He's still not in the clear yet, but it's a solid sign pointing toward Murray playing this Sunday in St. Louis.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 11/25/14 3:49pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray (concussion) will undergo baseline testing for his concussion Tuesday, Nov. 25, according to a league source. He is feeling good, but he must go through the league's concussion protocol before being cleared for Week 13 against the St. Louis Rams.
Huddle Up: The extra couple days of recovery time might make all the difference for Murray, who's one of this week's hottest waiver-wire commodities.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 11/24/14 4:26pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray (concussion) is not participating in practice Monday, Nov. 24.
Huddle Up: Murray is going through the NFL's concussion protocol. He should be the Raiders top back once he's cleared to play. Murray is the top waiver wire pickup this week if he's still available.
Marcel Reece - RBPosted 11/22/14 7:26pm ET
Oakland Raiders FB Marcel Reece earned more carries after his performance in Week 12 Thursday, Nov. 20. Reece rushed for 46 yards during a crucial 17-play, 80-yard drive late in the game. Interim head coach Tony Sparano said he could envision using Reece as the primary running back again.
Huddle Up: Reece and Latavius Murray have likely passed struggling veterans Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew on the depth chart. Murray ran for 112 yards and two scores on just four carries Thursday but suffered a concussion. Reece has performed well in spot starts in the past. He's a solid waiver wire addition next week.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 11/21/14 1:51am ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray left in the second quarter of the game Thursday, Nov. 20 with a possible concussion and didn't return. He finished with a game- and career-high 112 rushing yards and two touchdowns on four carries.
Huddle Up: Murray, a 2013 sixth-round pick, has shown recent flashes and burst out in a big way, thanks mainly to his 90-yard scoring burst early in the second quarter that propelled the Silver & Black toward snapping their 16-game losing streak. Murray suffered his injury on a helmet-to-helmet shot on a run soon after, but he's likely earned himself the lead RB role going forward given the disappointing seasons Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden have had for the league's worst rushing team. That is, of course, if the injury isn't anything more serious than a typical concussion. McFadden rushed for 29 yards on 12 carries in the game, while the ghost of MJD had three rushes for minus-1.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 11/21/14 11:12am ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray (concussion) has earned himself a larger role in the offense, according to interim head coach Tony Sparano. His concussion, obviously, will dictate when that plan will be put into motion. 'The way he ran the ball today he earned more snaps, no doubt about it,' Sparano said. 'We just have to see how he comes out of this thing.'
Huddle Up: There is no logical reason for the Raiders to give carries to any back other than Murray once he's back from his concussion. Neither Darren McFadden nor Maurice Jones-Drew are in the club's future, so why not see what Murray brings to the table and get a good look at what the club needs to add around offensive cornerstones Derek Carr, Andre Holmes, and Murray?
Derek Carr - QBPosted 11/18/14 6:08pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (quadriceps) was limited in practiceTuesday, Nov. 18.
Huddle Up: The rookie was listed as limited for the second straight day, but there's been no indication that he's in any danger of missing Thursday night's game against the Chiefs.
Andre Holmes - WRPosted 11/10/14 7:48pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Andre Holmes was not even targeted in the team's Week 10 loss to the Denver Broncos.
Huddle Up: A crushing turn of events for those fantasy GMs who started Holmes on Sunday, especially considering Derek Carr threw 47 passes Sunday. The wideout had been targeted 37 times over the previous 5 games, and Week 10 might be best chalked up as a simple anomaly.
Brice Butler - WRPosted 10/23/14 4:23pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Brice Butler could receive more playing time moving forward after making a big play in each of the last two weeks. Butler said he has not lobbied for more playing time but hopes his play speaks for itself.
Huddle Up: Butler has certainly flashed over the last 2 weeks with 119 yards and a TD on 4 catches, but there's just limited room for individual upside in the Raiders' offense with rookie Derek Carr throwing to a number of similarly-talented wideouts in Butler, James Jones, Andre Holmes and Denarius Moore.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 10/16/14 9:58am ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (ankle, knee) was listed as a limited participant in practice Wednesday, Oct. 15.
Huddle Up: Carr's ankle injury limited his practice work last week, but he showed up on Sunday and threw four TDs. The Raiders are being cautious, but there's no reason to think he won't answer the bell again this week.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 10/16/14 6:44pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (ankle, knee) participated fully in practice Thursday, Oct. 16.
Huddle Up: The rookie will be good to go Sunday as he looks for a second straight strong fantasy outing after throwing for a season-high 282 yards and 4 scores last Sunday against the Chargers.
Darren McFadden - RBPosted 10/14/14 11:37pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden carried the ball on 14 of the team's 20 rush attempts in Week 6, and interim coach Tony Sparano said he wants to emphasize the run going forward.
Huddle Up: As long as -- or if -- he can remain healthy and the Raiders don't keep falling too far behind and remain committed to the run, McFadden could find himself with some sneaky value as a low-end RB3/flex option.
Denarius Moore - WRPosted 10/9/14 8:58am ET
Oakland Raiders WR Denarius Moore, who was inactive in the team's last game in Week 4, will get a clean slate, interim head coach Tony Sparano said Wednesday, Oct. 8.
Huddle Up: Hooray for Moore and his clean slate, but at this juncture he's behind James Jones, Andre Holmes and maybe even Vincent Brown in the Oakland receiver rotation. We'll see how quickly he reascends the depth chart.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 10/9/14 8:00pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (ankle, knee) was a limited participant in practice Thursday, Oct. 9.
Huddle Up: The rookie has been limited coming off the bye week, but he has told ESPN he plans to play Sunday against the Chargers.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 10/1/14 8:56pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (ankle, knee) said he expects to play against the San Diego Chargers in Week 6 following the team's bye week.
Huddle Up: Carr has played decent this year given the circumstances. However, the rookie remains a low end QB2 in Oakland's mess of an offense.
Maurice Jones-Drew - RBPosted 9/29/14 10:17am ET
Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) was active in Week 4 against the Miami Dolphins in London, but he was limited to just two carries for one yard and he had two catches for two yards.
Huddle Up: Darren McFadden saw the heavy duty for Oakland in their blowout loss in London. The Raiders are on the bye this week, so MJD will be another week removed from hand surgery when Oakland begins prep for their next game.
Darren McFadden - RBPosted 9/27/14 12:23am ET
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden is expected to make a third straight start in Week 4 against the Miami Dolphins in London, head coach Dennis Allen said Friday, Sept. 26.
Huddle Up: Despite starting, McFadden is nothing more than a low-end flex play.
Andre Holmes - WRPosted 9/25/14 10:31am ET
Oakland Raiders WR Andre Holmes might get a chance to play more with WR Rod Streater (foot) sidelined. 'We've got confidence in Andre, when we put him in the game, will go out and make some plays for us,' head coach Dennis Allen said. 'He made a couple plays for us in the game the other day.' QB Derek Carr said he likes his chemistry with Holmes.
Huddle Up: Holmes is perhaps the most athletic playmaker among Oakland's wideouts; running as WR2 to James Jones would give Derek Carr some intriguing downfield options.
Maurice Jones-Drew - RBPosted 9/24/14 4:21pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) said Wednesday, Sept. 24, on NFL Network's NFL AM, he will play in Week 4 against the Miami Dolphins.
Huddle Up: MJD has missed the past two games, and it's still unclear if he'll return to his starting role or spell Darren McFadden. Unless you don't have another option, MJD is probably best kept on your bench until the roles get sorted out in the Raiders' backfield.
Tyvon Branch - SPosted 9/24/14 4:32pm ET
Oakland Raiders SS Tyvon Branch will be placed on the Reserve/Injured list after undergoing surgery for a fracture in his foot, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The winless Raiders just can't catch a break with one of their top defensive players apparently shelved for the remainder of the season.
Rod Streater - WRPosted 9/22/14 10:41am ET
Oakland Raiders WR Rod Streater (foot) suffered a fractured foot during his team's 16-9 loss to the New England Patriots Sunday, Sept. 21. Streater was wearing a walking boot and was on crutches following the game.
Huddle Up: Streater's expected absence opens the door for James Jones and Andre Holmes to get more looks in Oakland.
Darren McFadden - RBPosted 9/20/14 1:43pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Darren McFadden is expected to receive a heavy workload even if RB Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) is active for Week 3.
Huddle Up: It's a good news, bad news scenario. It's great that McFadden will get most of the work but he's nothing more than a low-end flex option right now for fantasy owners in the Raiders struggling offense.
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