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.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 11/11/15 9:43pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper (quadriceps) was on the field for the early part of practice Wednesday, Nov. 11, but was listed as did not participate on the injury report.
Huddle Up: Cooper was injured early on in practice. Fantasy owners will have to wait for an update on his status, but hopefully it's nothing too serious.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 11/10/15 11:44pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray is showing positive signs as he goes through the concussion protocol, according to head coach Jack Del Rio who hopes to have Murray back for Week 10.
Huddle Up: The league's sixth-leading rusher, Murray has yet to miss a game this season, but we all know the concussion drill and we'll have to monitor practice reports coming out of the East Bay for the rest of the week.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 11/2/15 9:22am ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr completed 23 of 36 passes for 333 yards and four touchdowns in a 34-20 win over the New York Jets in Week 8.
Huddle Up: Carr was impressive against a tough, albeit banged-up, Jets defense and is firmly establishing himself as the franchise quarterback the Raiders have sought for so long.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 10/28/15 2:24pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr has improved his deep passing game this year, throwing six touchdowns on passes 20 yards or deeper, which is tied for the NFL lead. Carr struggled with the deep ball in his rookie season.
Huddle Up: Some better weaponry -- most notably stud rookie WR Amari Cooper -- certainly has helped, and he should be viewed as a QB2 with upside going forward.
Clive Walford - TEPosted 10/27/15 12:36pm ET
Oakland Raiders TE Clive Walford received a season-high 28 offensive snaps in the team's Week 7 game. Head coach Jack Del Rio said Walford will be more involved as the season goes on.
Huddle Up: The rookie third-round pick only has three receptions on three targets the last two games but has shown a flair for the big play, averaging 25 yards per catch, including his 23-yard scoring reception Sunday in San Diego. He's not getting enough work to be a standard-league starter right now, but he's an intriguing deeper-league option if you need TE help.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 10/27/15 3:51pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper is fifth in rookie history with 500-plus yards through his first six games, and he's the third player to accomplish that since 1970. Cooper will set the Raiders franchise record for 100-yard receiving games by a rookie with just one more this year. 'He's amazing, he's awesome and he's one of the best in this league,' QB Derek Carr said. 'Obviously because he's a rookie and hasn't done it for a certain amount of time people won't say that but he's one of the best.'
Huddle Up: Cooper has lived up to the summer hype and then some, recording either 100 yards or catching a TD in four of his last five games. We's a high-end WR2 -- with upside -- for the remainder of the season.
Clive Walford - TEPosted 10/26/15 9:11am ET
Oakland Raiders TE Clive Walford posted two receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown in the Week 7 game against the San Diego Chargers.
Huddle Up: The Raiders continue to talk up Walford, and while 2-42-1 isn't a gaudy stat line it shows he's definitely on David Carr's radar. Consider him a viable bye week plug-in with upside going forward.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 10/21/15 8:40pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray (shoulder) participated fully in practice Wednesday, Oct. 21.
Huddle Up: Murray looks to be fully recovered from a shoulder injury that bothered him before the bye week. He's an RB2 against the Chargers this week.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 10/20/15 4:27pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray (shoulder) appears healthy and ready to play in Week 7 after the bye. Murray had 28 touches for a combined 88 yards the last two games after a career-high 139 yards in Week 3. 'It's timing,' said head coach Jack Del Rio. 'You're working on double teams and being able to come off and just some of the little nuances that make the running game go where you do it a little bit better and it turns into an eight-yard gain instead of a three or four-yard gain. It's what you're after - creating the space and the opportunity for our backs. We've had some examples when we've done it pretty well and we haven't been quite as good as we looked to be. The encouraging thing is we've converted enough on third down to have enough opportunities. If you're getting 25, 26 runs in a game you're getting a decent amount of opportunities to run it, so, that's a positive.'
Huddle Up: It was a tough two weeks leading into the bye for Murray owners, but he's still a solid RB piece to have given the lack of the other true starting-RB options in Oakland. He also is coming back to a rather favorable matchup this week against a Chargers' D which is surrendering the most fantasy points in the league to opposing backs.
Justin Tuck - DEPosted 10/15/15 5:46pm ET
Oakland Raiders DE Justin Tuck will be placed on season-ending Injured Reserve with a torn pectoral muscle. He's expected to have surgery in the coming days.
Huddle Up: Tough luck for the Raiders and Tuck, who had recorded 14 total tackles and a sack in five games.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 10/9/15 8:54pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray (shoulder) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 9, and is listed as probable for the Week 5 game against the Denver Broncos.
Huddle Up: Murray was dealing with a minor shoulder injury but he was never really in danger of missing Sunday's game. He'll be an RB versus Denver's tough defense.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 10/7/15 10:40pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray (shoulder) was limited during practice Wednesday, Oct. 7.
Huddle Up: Murray is expected to play Sunday but he has a tough matchup against the Broncos. He'll be a mid-range RB2 this week.
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.
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