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.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 3/9/17 1:38pm ET
Free-agent RB Latavius Murray (Raiders) is scheduled to meet with the Seattle Seahawks.
Huddle Up: The Seahawks have Thomas Rawls on the roster but could also use another option in their running game. Murray may look at other options but probably would not start if he decides to sign with the Seahawks. Owners probably could consider Murray a No. 3 running back if he signs with Seattle. C.J. Prosise has the most fantasy upside among the Seahawks backs because of his role as a third-down back and can be a No. 3 or No. 4 fantasy option.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 3/8/17 7:47pm ET
Oakland Raiders impending free-agent RB Latavius Murray is unlikely to return to the team, with 'all signs indicating' he won't be back, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur.
Huddle Up: The Raiders haven't made much of an effort to bring him back, mostly because they believe he left too many yards on the field and didn't show enough elusiveness. For now, it is good news for DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard, although Oakland is fully expected to bring in a power back this offseason. That player - whether it be a free-agent like Adrian Peterson or a rookie like Oklahoma's Samaje Perine - will be walking into a situation in which he should immediate assume RB2 value.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 2/28/17 10:18pm ET
The Minnesota Vikings have exhibited 'a good deal of interest' in Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray, according to 'several sources.'
Huddle Up: Although the former sixth-round draft pick averaged just four yards per carry for the second straight campaign, Murray did score a career-high 12 touchdowns and would be a fine option to replace Adrian Peterson. His value might receive an uptick, even if just slightly, if he were to end up in Minnesota, where he would unquestionably also become one of Sam Bradford's most dependable targets in the passing game as well.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 2/27/17 4:58pm ET
Oakland Raiders impending free-agent RB Latavius Murray is not expected to be an option for the Washington Redskins during free agency, in the opinion of CSNMidAtlantic.com's Rich Tandler.
Huddle Up: Murray is not expected to return to the Raiders but should receive interest from a few teams during free agency. He may not be able to find a starting job but should have a solid role with a team in 2017. He probably should be considered a No. 3 fantasy running back at this point. Rob Kelley likely will be the starter for the Redskins and can be considered a No. 2 or No. 3 back for fantasy owners.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 2/26/17 8:48am ET
Although the Oakland Raiders are expected to let RB Latavius Murray reach free agency, the door will remain open for a possible return to the organization after he tests the market, according to a source.
Huddle Up: The 27-year-old Murray had 788 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns in 14 regular-season games last year and should be viewed as a RB2 in most fantasy formats. If he does not return to Oakland, expect the Raiders to use a committee of DeAndre Washington, Jalen Richard and Taiwan Jones in the backfield in 2017.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 2/26/17 11:43am ET
Impending free-agent RB Latavius Murray is unlikely to return to the Oakland Raiders when he officially hits the open market next month.
Huddle Up: An earlier report suggested 'the door will remain open' for Murray to return, but the fact the Raiders are willing to let the market set his price means the odds of that are slim. Murray is not a difference-making talent, but he's a capable power back with 74 catches over the last two seasons despite losing a ton of reps to DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard in 2016. Teams like the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers could be interested if his financial demands aren't too high.
DeAndre Washington - RBPosted 2/26/17 7:18pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB DeAndre Washington averaged 5.4 yards per carry in 2016 and was tied for sixth in the NFL with seven runs of 20-plus yards on 87 carries.
Huddle Up: Washington showed intriguing potential in limited action. If Latavius Murray signs elsewhere this offseason, Washington's fantasy value should skyrocket.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 2/22/17 11:19am ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (leg) said he is close to fully recovered from the fractured fibula he suffered during the regular season, according to OT Donald Penn.
Huddle Up: Carr could be limited during some of the offseason workouts but should be a full participant when training camp starts. He was tied for seventh in the NFL with his 28 touchdowns and finished with 3,937 yards and only six interceptions. He will have several weapons to work with in the passing game and can be a No. 1 quarterback in fantasy leagues.
Michael Crabtree - WRPosted 2/19/17 1:08pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree recorded 609 yards and five touchdowns on the road this past season. He recorded 394 yards and three touchdowns at home.
Huddle Up: Crabtree was able to surpass the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in four years in 2016 and posted a career-high 89 receptions. He will continue to be part of one of the better offenses in the NFL and can be considered a No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 2/19/17 6:07pm ET
Oakland Raiders impending free-agent RB Latavius Murray will have interest from multiple teams, according to ESPN's Adam Caplan, and Caplan believes the market for Murray could make it difficult for Oakland to re-sign him.
Huddle Up: Murray has been the workhorse for Oakland the last two years, and if he returns, he should be a high-floor, volume-based RB2.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 2/16/17 10:46am ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr will have a voice in the game planning, according to new offensive coordinator Todd Downing, who was promoted from quarterbacks coach after former offensive coordinator Bill Musgrave's contract expired. 'There's been a lot made about his command at the line of scrimmage. There's certainly going to be opportunities for Derek to do that,' Downing said. '... Where I see him needing a little bit more command is just being able to share his thoughts of game plans. Being a student of the game, as he already is, but vocalize what he likes and doesn't like. I think my relationship with him is something that's going to give him the opportunity to voice his opinions. I look forward to him really taking charge of expressing his thoughts on the offense.'
Huddle Up: Carr was in the conversation of NFL MVP before breaking his leg, and with few changes expected in the system, there is little reason to doubt he can have another special season. Carr is a rock-solid No. 1 fantasy quarterback.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 2/13/17 1:35pm ET
Oakland Raiders impending free-agent RB Latavius Murray is not expected to be re-signed, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Huddle Up: The Raiders have a deep backfield as is and they can afford to let Murray go even with his recent success. DeAndre Washington, Jalen Richard and Taiwan Jones will make up the Raiders' backfield for now. Washington has the most promise, but this should end up as a committee.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 1/30/17 3:33pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray recorded less carries and receptions in 2016 than he did in 2015. Murray had 195 carries and 33 receptions this season while recording 266 carries and 41 receptions in 2015.
Huddle Up: Murray will be an unrestricted free agent this offseason, so there is a chance he will be playing for a new team in 2017. He finished in the top five in touchdowns with 12 and may be able to find a starting job with a team. He can be considered a No. 2 or No. 3 running back in fantasy leagues depending on his offensive role.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 1/24/17 2:16pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr could be in negotiations for a contract extension in the near future, according to general manager Reggie McKenzie. Carr is heading into a contract year in 2017.
Huddle Up: Carr is the future of the Raiders on offense, so it would behoove Oakland to sign him to a long-term deal sooner rather than later. As long as he fully recovers from his broken fibula, he'll be a QB1 option for 2017 fantasy drafts.
Khalil Mack - DEPosted 1/20/17 7:56am ET
Oakland Raiders DE Khalil Mack will have discussions on a contract extension this offseason, according to general manager Reggie McKenzie. Mack's contract expires after the 2017 season, and he could be retained on a one-year extension that could exceed $13 million.
Huddle Up: With J.J. Watt (back) going down, Mack was one of the best defensive linemen in fantasy this season in leagues that he qualified there instead of linebacker. He'll be a top option in drafts again next season.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 1/20/17 7:43am ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr will have discussions on a contract extension this offseason, according to general manager Reggie McKenzie. Carr will be in the final year of his contract in 2017, and there is no fifth-year option on him.
Huddle Up: Carr's numbers this season are pretty close to his sophomore season in 2015, but the exception is that he cut his interceptions in half. His completion percentage was up a tick to 63.8%. He'll be a midrange QB1 option in fantasy drafts.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 1/8/17 10:43pm ET
The agent for Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray has had talks with the team about a contract extension. Murray has said he'd like to stay with the team that drafted him.
Huddle Up: Murray should stay a decent RB2 candidate if he stays in Oakland. He had a quiet day in the NFL Wild Card game against the Houston Texans, but one game doesn't ruin a player's contract plans.
Michael Crabtree - WRPosted 1/7/17 12:33pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree (ankle) is officially active for the Wild Card playoff game against the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: Crabtree should be in the starting lineup against the Texans and will see a decent amount of targets during the game. He can be considered a No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues even though the team is starting their third-string quarterback.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 1/7/17 12:30pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper (shoulder) is officially active for the Wild Card playoff game against the Houston Texans.
Huddle Up: Cooper has been fairly quiet over the last several weeks but should continue to have a solid role in the passing game. His fantasy value probably takes a hit because of the team's quarterback situation, but he can still be considered a No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Michael Crabtree - WRPosted 1/7/17 4:35pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree (head) left the Wild Card playoff game Saturday, Jan. 7, in the fourth quarter to be evaluated for a concussion.
Huddle Up: Andre Holmes formed a connection with quarterback Connor Cook almost immediately after Crabtree departed and seems likely to play out the rest of the game with Crabtree unlikely to return.
Latavius Murray - RBPosted 1/7/17 5:10pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Latavius Murray finished with 12 carries for 39 yards and a touchdown and one catch for 12 yards in a 27-14 loss to the Houston Texans Saturday, Jan. 7.
Huddle Up: Murray is slated to be a free agent this offseason, but assuming he ends up back in Oakland, he should continue to be a volume-based RB2.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 1/7/17 5:16pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper finished with two catches for 10 yards on 10 targets in a 27-14 loss to the Houston Texans Saturday, Jan. 7.
Huddle Up: With third-string quarterback Connor Cook under center, it's tough to blame Cooper for laying an egg. He is one of the best young receivers in the game and should be a WR1 in 2017.
Michael Crabtree - WRPosted 1/7/17 5:38pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree (concussion) sustained a concussion in a 27-14 loss to the Houston Texans Saturday, Jan. 7.
Huddle Up: Crabtree has 174 catches, 1,925 yards and 17 scores in two years with Oakland, and he should be a quality WR2 in 2017.
Connor Cook - QBPosted 1/7/17 6:03pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Connor Cook completed 18 of his 45 passes for 161 yards, a touchdown and three interceptions in a 27-14 loss to the Houston Texans Saturday, Jan. 7.
Huddle Up: The odds were stacked against Cook, and he looked actually like you would expect a third-stringer thrown into the fire would look. Derek Carr should be healthy and back under center for Oakland for the start of the 2017 season, and he can be drafted as a QB1.
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