Amari Cooper - WRPosted 7/13/17 2:16pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper caught only five passes in the red zone last year, none of them resulting in a touchdown.
Huddle Up: Cooper does the majority of his work in between the 20s. The main knock against him is that he doesn't produce close to the end zone, an area in which his counterpart, Michael Crabtree, has excelled. If the third-year receiver can add a little more scoring to his game, he should enter WR1 territory this season.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 6/22/17 5:29am ET
Updating previous reports, Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr has a deal in place with the Raiders, and only language remains. It could be finalized this week. Carr could choose to backload the deal because there is no state tax in Nevada and California's tax rate is 13.3 percent. Doing so would save him millions.
Huddle Up: Carr has about as much hype as anyone in fantasy circles, and he was great last season before his leg injury. However, it's premature to put him in the elite QB1 category. He's a nice consolation if you miss out on the first three or four.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 6/22/17 7:22am ET
Updating an earlier report, Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr agreed to a five-year, $125 million extension Thursday, June 22, according to sources. The deal makes him the highest-paid player in NFL history on an average annual basis.
Huddle Up: Carr has had two really good years in a row. At 26, with a good supporting cast around him, he looks poised to take the next step. However, he's not in the cream of the crop in fantasy yet. When the top signal-callers come off the board, Carr is an excellent fallback.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 6/15/17 11:32pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Cordarrelle Patterson has been a 'revelation' as a receiver thus far, according to ESPN's Paul Gutierrez, who indicated Patterson has displayed his playmaking ability throughout OTAs and minicamp.
Huddle Up: Patterson is arguably the top kick returner in the NFL, but that explosiveness never translated on offense with the Vikings. If the light finally comes on for the former first-rounder, opportunities could abound with nobody locked in at receiver beyond Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. Keep an eye on him this preseason.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 6/9/17 3:06pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr has a chance to receive $25 million per season in a contract extension, in the opinion of NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Huddle Up: Carr is looking to sign an extension before the start of training camp, so owners will need to keep an eye on the situation over the next few weeks. Carr was one of the better quarterbacks in 2016 before he suffered his injury and will have a solid group of pass catchers again this season. Carr should be considered a No. 1 quarterback in all leagues.
Jared Cook - TEPosted 6/2/17 7:44pm ET
Oakland Raiders TE Jared Cook will be a matchup problem over the middle and help create space for the rest of the offensive playmakers, according to quarterbacks coach Todd Downing. 'He's a matchup nightmare for linebackers and most safeties,' Downing said. 'He really brings a sense in the passing game of a mismatch that we can count on week in and week out.'
Huddle Up: There is no denying that Cook has the physical tools to be a weapon in the passing game, but consistent production has eluded him throughout his career. Consider him a high-upside TE2.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 5/30/17 2:29pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr said he will play out the 2016 season even if a contract extension is not agreed upon before the start of the season. Carr added that he doesn't want the extension to be a distraction this year. The quarterback's hope is that an extension will be done by training camp.
Huddle Up: Despite not yet finishing as a QB1 in his young career, Carr should be in the QB1 conversation. He throws behind one of the better offensive lines in the game, has Marshawn Lynch to provide a respectable running game and throws to arguably the best receiving duo in the NFL in Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. View Carr as a low-end QB1 heading into 2017.
Marshawn Lynch - RBPosted 5/25/17 6:25am ET
Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch isn't participating in organized team activities, but he has been present this week getting acquainted with teammates.
Huddle Up: Some rust should be expected of Lynch after a one-year hiatus and missing half of the previous season due to injury. He should still see enough volume on first and second downs to be a low-end RB2 in fantasy.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 5/25/17 6:35pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper said he can have 'a lot more production' and is working to be 'dominant' this season.
Huddle Up: Cooper has topped 1,000 years in his first two years in the league, hauling in 155 passes. There is every reason to expect that his best is yet to come, and he should be drafted as a WR1.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 5/22/17 11:57am ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr is confident that his agent and the Raiders will have a contract extension agreed upon before training camp begins.
Huddle Up: Carr won't need an extension until next offseason, but why wait? He's officially one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL after just three seasons. His touchdown to interception ratio is superb (81:31) and he has one of the better wide receivers duos to work with in Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. All in all, Carr is ideal for drafting as a low-end QB1.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 5/20/17 10:05am ET
Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie said the team expects WR Amari Cooper to make a big leap in his play in 2017. McKenzie said Cooper played well early in the 2016 season but struggled a bit at the end of the season.
Huddle Up: Cooper finished this past season with 1,153 yards and five touchdowns but was held to under 50 yards in five of his last seven games. He struggled with Derek Carr sidelined for the last few weeks of the season, but Carr will be ready for 2017. Cooper will be a big part of the passing game this season and can be a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Marshawn Lynch - RBPosted 5/19/17 8:32pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch is making progress on the field and has 'meshed very well' with the rest of the team, general manager Reggie McKenzie said Thursday, May 18.
Huddle Up: Lynch is slated to lead Oakland's backfield, and while he isn't a sure thing coming back from a one-year layoff, he has enough upside to draft as a RB2.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 5/18/17 7:30pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr wants to work out a contract extension this offseason, and general manager Reggie McKenzie said he is confident that a deal will be agreed upon. 'We're going to do everything to make sure this contract gets done,' McKenzie said.
Huddle Up: After firing 28 touchdown passes last season, Carr looks like a safe bet to deliver QB1 production in 2017.
Elijah Hood - RBPosted 5/12/17 6:51pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Elijah Hood turned the heads of the offensive staff during rookie minicamp.
Huddle Up: Hood could be worth a speculative stash, especially in keeper formats. As a bigger back, he could be next in line for carries on early downs and in the red zone if something happens to Marshawn Lynch.
Marshawn Lynch - RBPosted 5/5/17 8:50pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch is showing 'authentic passion' during workouts, according to head coach Jack Del Rio.
Huddle Up: Lynch should step into the lead role in Oakland's backfield, and with one of the best offensive lines in front of him, RB2 production isn't out of the question.
Marshawn Lynch - RBPosted 5/4/17 8:03pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch has joined the offseason training program and has taken part in individual position drills.
Huddle Up: Lynch should lead Oakland's backfield and handle most of the carries near the goal line. Behind a stout offensive line, he is worth a look as a low-end RB2.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 5/3/17 5:06pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr will begin contract extension talks with the Raiders in the near future, according to general manager Reggie McKenzie.
Huddle Up: Carr probably will agree to an extension at some point this offseason. He is coming off a 2016 season where he threw for 3,937 yards and 28 touchdowns. Carr will have solid options to throw to in the passing game and can be a No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues if he is healthy.
Marshawn Lynch - RBPosted 4/26/17 5:29am ET
Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch has agreed to a one-year deal with the Oakland Raiders Wednesday, April 26, and the two teams have agreed to compensation, according to sources. The NFL draft compensation will be a swap of late-round picks in 2018. The deal and swap are contingent on Lynch passing a physical. The one-year deal has a $3 million base salary with a chance to earn $2 million more if he reaches 1,000 yards. The max value of the contract is $8.5 million.
Huddle Up: The last we saw of Beast Mode, he rushed for just 417 yards and three scores on 111 attempts in an injury-riddled 2015. He just turned 31 and could still approach the 1,000-yard plateau. However, his upside in fantasy is minimal as an aging RB2.
Marshawn Lynch - RBPosted 4/26/17 7:47am ET
Updating earlier reports, Seattle Seahawks RB Marshawn Lynch's rights are headed to the Oakland Raiders, along with a sixth-round pick in 2018, for a fifth-round pick from the Raiders in 2018.
Huddle Up: Lynch, now 31, has been out of the game for a full year and missed half the year due to injuries in 2015. He has an incentive-laden deal and could still reach 1,000 yards. He's a RB2 possibility in fantasy.
Marshawn Lynch - RBPosted 4/26/17 11:13am ET
Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch is expected to be on the field for first and second downs with the Raiders. RB DeAndre Washington, RB Jalen Richard and FB Jamize Olawale are expected to see time on third down.
Huddle Up: Lynch should receive most of the carries for the Raiders in 2017 and likely will not receive many targets in the passing game. He should be considered a No. 2 or No. 3 running back in most leagues but will have more value in standard leagues.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 4/21/17 12:30pm ET
Oakland Raiders general manager Reggie McKenzie is optimistic about getting an extension for QB Derek Carr done before training camp, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur.
Huddle Up: Carr echoed similar thoughts last week, so this should get done in a timely fashion. The 26-year-old missed the tail end of last season with a broken fibula but has been a full participant at OTAs. At the moment, he slots in as a midrange fantasy QB1 with upside.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 4/18/17 6:22pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr's (leg) surgically-repaired right fibula is healed enough to the point that he's able to be a full participant in the team's offseason training program, which began Monday, April 17. 'I've been running, jumping, throwing, cutting, everything,' Carr said. 'So I'm ready to rock. I'm ready to do absolutely everything. I did everything my teammates did today. I'll do everything my teammates will do tomorrow.'
Huddle Up: Carr enjoyed an MVP-caliber season in 2017, registering 3,937 passing yards to go with a terrific 28/6 TD/INT ratio in 15 games. Overall, he finished with a shiny 96.7 QB rating, and it looks like he might be in a position to pick up where he left off based on his health going into OTAs. Carr looks like he can be fully trusted again as a QB1 entering the new campaign.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 4/17/17 11:11am ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr may receive a contract extension this offseason.
Huddle Up: There's no question Carr deserves an extension after solidifying himself as the quarterback of the future for the Raiders. Extension or no extension, one can expect about 4,000 yards and 30 touchdowns from Carr this season, putting him in low-end QB1 to high-end QB2 territory.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 3/27/17 5:41pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (leg) will be able to fully participate in the offseason workouts, according to general manager Reggie McKenzie.
Huddle Up: Carr could still be limited during offseason workouts even if he is 100 percent but should be a full participant during training camp. He finished the 2016 season with 3,937 yards and 28 touchdowns and can be a No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues next season.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 3/18/17 7:26pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Cordarrelle Patterson has been trying to recruit free-agent RB Adrian Peterson via Twitter, telling Peterson to 'join the dark side.'
Huddle Up: Patterson was teammates with Peterson in Minnesota, but as of now, there is no evidence that the Oakland front office is pursuing Peterson. Wherever Peterson plays in 2017, you can't expect him to be more than a low-end RB2.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 3/16/17 12:08am ET
Free-agent RB Latavius Murray (Raiders) agreed to terms on a three-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings on Thursday, March 16. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but ESPN's Field Yates reports the contract can be voided after one season.
Huddle Up: The signing all but closes the door on a potential return for Adrian Peterson and is perhaps the best landing spot for Murray, who spent most of 2016 sharing touches in the Oakland Raiders' backfield. Murray should have a clear path to 200-plus carries and be a low-end fantasy RB2 with Minnesota, while Jerick McKinnon should retain potential low-end flex value as the likely passing-down back.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 3/16/17 8:23am ET
Updating an earlier report, Minnesota Vikings RB Latavius Murray received a three-year, $15 million deal, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Murray fits the offense better than Adrian Peterson, and he's a two-way threat that should help Sam Bradford in check-down situations. Murray will probably have to share some of those third-down reps with Jerick McKinnon, and Murray has been a bit brittle. However, he has upside in the offense with a heavy workload and has RB2 bang for the buck.
Michael Crabtree - WRPosted 3/16/17 4:57pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree has registered at least 900 receiving yards in back-to-back years for the first time in his career. In addition, he also finished with more than 80 receptions in consecutive seasons for the first time as well. It's also worth noting that since joining the Raiders, Crabtree has been targeted more in the 2015 and 2016 seasons than in any other year.
Huddle Up: Crabtree will be entering his age-30 campaign in 2017, but it appears he's been playing better as he gets older with age. During his six years in San Francisco, the former first-round draft pick had just one season with 80-plus catches, as well as only one in which he scored more than six times, but he's accomplished both those feats during his two years with the Raiders. As long as QB Derek Carr can stay healthy, Crabtree should be looking at a similar stat line ahead.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 3/14/17 11:42am ET
Free-agent RB Latavius Murray (Raiders) is visiting the Minnesota Vikings Tuesday, March 14.
Huddle Up: Minnesota missed out on signing Eddie Lacy, and Murray may be next on the list of coveted replacements for Adrian Peterson. The Vikings' offensive line needs some work, so this would be a downgrade for Murray from his prospects with Oakland. In short, he has RB2 upside but is a mildly risky third fantasy rusher if he winds up in the Twin Cities.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 3/11/17 2:47pm ET
Free-agent RB Latavius Murray (Raiders) is scheduled to meet with the Jacksonville Jaguars Monday, March 13, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The Jaguars have Chris Ivory and T.J. Yeldon on the roster, but Murray could be the lead back if he signs with Jacksonville. Murray probably will have to join a running back committee no matter where he signs but could be a No. 3 fantasy back if he leads his team in carries.
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