Amari Cooper - WRPosted 4/23/18 12:10pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper's fifth-year option was officially exercised Monday, April 23. His contract is now extended through 2019.
Huddle Up: Cooper is coming off a disappointing season, but his ceiling remains in low-end WR1 to high-end WR2 territory.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 4/22/18 6:29pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper is expected to have his fifth-year option picked up soon, according to a source.
Huddle Up: After back-to-back 1,000-yard campaigns to begin his career, Cooper finished with just 680 yards last season. Injuries were apparently part of the problem, and as the clear go-to target in Oakland's passing game, Cooper could rebound in 2018 and recapture his WR2 form.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 4/20/18 2:50pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper's agent has been in contact with the Raiders about Cooper's contract situation, according to general manager Reggie McKenzie. The Raiders will have to decide this offseason whether to exercise the fifth-year option in Cooper's contract.
Huddle Up: Cooper is coming off a disappointing 2017 season but can still be one of the better receivers in the NFL. He should be the top targets in the Raiders' passing game next season and has a chance to be a No. 2 fantasy receiver.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 4/2/18 7:03pm ET
Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden reiterated his plans on WR Amari Cooper being a central figure of the offense this season Monday, April 2, and went one step further by suggesting Cooper reminds him of a 'young Tim Brown.' 'I said it when he came out of Alabama, that he reminded me of a young Tim Brown. He has that type of game speed. He's elusive, and has a wide range of routes he can run. ? We're going to make him the main vein of our passing offense and move him around a lot,' Gruden said.
Huddle Up: Gruden has a history of getting production from his top wideout despite working with different types (Michael Clayton, Joey Galloway, Antonio Bryant, Keenan McCardell and Keyshawn Johnson during his time with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers alone). With an injury-plagued season hopefully behind him, Cooper is a prime rebound candidate in 2018 and should be drafted as a low-end WR1.
Jon Gruden - HCPosted 3/31/18 7:42pm ET
Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said he likes the way the Kansas City Chiefs utilize three tight ends. 'It's a great package to have,' Gruden said. 'You can run out the clock. You can hand the ball off on the goal line.'
Huddle Up: Jared Cook had a solid 2017 season, finishing seventh in receiving yards among tight ends. He would likely be the biggest beneficiary if the Raiders utilize the position even more in 2018 and could be a low-end TE1.
Marshawn Lynch - RBPosted 3/21/18 5:32am ET
Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch restructured his contract Saturday, March 17, and its base value is worth $5.5 million with $4.5 million guaranteed. He can earn up to $9.25 million with incentives.
Huddle Up: Lynch had moments last season, but the team just added Doug Martin. The two offset each other to a degree, and Lynch is an RB3 in fantasy with minimal upside since he doesn't catch a lot of passes.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 3/18/18 3:33pm ET
The Oakland Raiders are trading WR Cordarrelle Patterson to the New England Patriots, a source confirmed Sunday, March 18. It's uncertain what is headed back to the Raiders as compensation.
Huddle Up: He'll likely take over as the primary kick return man in Foxboro, although he could make a splash as a receiver working with Tom Brady as well. At this point, Patterson would only be worth a look as a deep sleeper in larger formats, but he is a player worth monitoring in training camp and the preseason.
Marshawn Lynch - RBPosted 3/17/18 2:07pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch will receive his $1 million bonus Sunday, March 18, and will remain with the team, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Lynch likely will continue to be the starting running back for the Raiders but could lose some touches to Doug Martin. Lynch can be at least a No. 3 running back in standard leagues in 2018.
Michael Crabtree - WRPosted 3/16/18 5:17am ET
Free-agent WR Michael Crabtree (Raiders) will visit the Baltimore Ravens Friday, March 16.
Huddle Up: Crabtree can be a solid WR3 in PPR, but he'll need volume targets to reach that. He has some bust potential.
Michael Crabtree - WRPosted 3/16/18 3:28pm ET
The Baltimore Ravens reached an agreement with free-agent WR Michael Crabtree (Raiders) on a three-year contract on Friday, March 16, according to a source. Financial details were undisclosed.
Huddle Up: Crabtree takes the place of Ryan Grant, who had his deal nullified due to a medical issue. The veteran receiver is probably a better addition than Grant anyway, as the latter never had a 100-yard game. Crabtree is likely to slot as the No. 1 receiver in Baltimore, and he'll be a solid WR3 or flex fantasy option in 2018.
Michael Crabtree - WRPosted 3/15/18 12:55pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree was released Thursday, March 15, according to a source.
Huddle Up: This move was expected under the condition that the Raiders would be signing Jordy Nelson, so look for that to come to fruition soon. Crabtree will have teams interested in him but is at the point in his career where he can't be drafted as more than a WR3.
Michael Crabtree - WRPosted 3/13/18 7:38pm ET
The Oakland Raiders might release WR Michael Crabtree if they are able to land free-agent WR Jordy Nelson. If the Raiders release Crabtree it would result in more than $7 million in cash and cap savings.
Huddle Up: Adding Nelson to a mix with Crabtree and Amari Cooper would be intriguing and an upgrade. Adding Nelson to replace Crabtree seems like a lateral move, at best, and perhaps a downgrade given his diminished skills last season. True, Aaron Rodgers was out for nine games in Green Bay, affecting the receiving corps. But Nelson wasn't that great even with Rodgers under center.
Marshawn Lynch - RBPosted 3/1/18 5:50pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch and WR Michael Crabtree are not guaranteed roster spots next season because the team is uncomfortable with their 2018 salaries, according to sources. Lynch is scheduled to make $4 million in salary next season with the chance to make another $4 million in bonuses. Crabtree is scheduled to make $7 million with a chance for $1.05 million in bonuses. The team may look to restructure the contracts.
Huddle Up: Owners should monitor the situation during the next few weeks to see if Lynch and Crabtree will stay with the Raiders. Lynch could be a No. 2 or No. 3 running back in standard leagues if he is not released, while Crabtree could be a late-round option in drafts.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 2/28/18 10:12am ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper will be the focal point of Oakland's offense in 2018, according to head coach Jon Gruden.
Huddle Up: Cooper had a disappointing 2017 campaign, but his talent and potential are undeniable, as Gruden has apparently noticed. If Cooper can stay healthy and if Gruden's words come to fruition, there's no reason why Cooper can't be a No. 1 fantasy wide receiver.
Michael Crabtree - WRPosted 2/27/18 7:20pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree has met with head coach Jon Gruden in the past month, and the expectation is Crabtree will return for the 2018 season.
Huddle Up: Crabtree was rumored to be a cut candidate given his rough finish to last season and the fact his $7.5 million in salary and bonuses isn't guaranteed for next season, but the meeting with Gruden must have gone pretty well. Given how well Gruden schemes his key players open, Crabtree should bounce back nicely in 2018.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 2/16/18 11:08am ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper battled an assortment of injuries all season, quarterback Derek Carr told Sirius XM Radio on Friday, Feb. 16. 'He would never say it to you, but I'll say it to you to have his back. That man was out there giving anything he could and, honestly, a lot of guys probably wouldn't have played with what he had,' Carr said.
Huddle Up: This should not come as a surprise, as he began the season with a leg/knee injury before dealing with an ankle issue and concussion late. Cooper played so far below the standard he set in his first two seasons that injuries almost had to play a major role in his disappointing season. Especially with Jon Gruden calling the shots on offense now, Cooper is a prime rebound candidate in 2018.
Michael Crabtree - WRPosted 2/16/18 6:56pm ET
Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said one of his goals this year is to 'get the best' out of WR Michael Crabtree.
Huddle Up: Crabtree's numbers slipped a bit last year, but he still managed at least eight touchdowns for the third year in a row. He should be a solid bench option with WR3 potential in 2018.
Sebastian Janikowski - PKPosted 2/14/18 2:27pm ET
Oakland Raiders impending free-agent PK Sebastian Janikowski has been informed that the Raiders likely will not re-sign him this offseason, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Janikowski missed most of the 2017 season because an injury but should be able to find a new team this offseason. He probably would be considered a low-end No. 1 kicker in deeper leagues if he signs with another team.
Giorgio Tavecchio - PKPosted 2/14/18 2:42pm ET
Oakland Raiders exclusive rights free-agent PK Giorgio Tavecchio is expected to receive a tender offer this offseason.
Huddle Up: Tavecchio played well this season after joining the Raiders and will be the leading candidate for the job next season. He has the chance to be a low-end No. 1 kicker in deeper fantasy leagues.
Marshawn Lynch - RBPosted 2/14/18 9:39pm ET
Oakland Raiders head coach Jon Gruden said that he doesn't know if RB Marshawn Lynch will be on the roster in the upcoming season, but added that 'right now, he's our leading ball-carrier, he's our back, and we're counting on him.' Gruden also mentioned: 'Hopefully we get an opportunity to work together.'
Huddle Up: Lynch is going to be entering his age-32 season in 2018, but he showed this past year that he can still be an effective and durable tailback. Playing in all but one game in his first campaign with the Raiders, Lynch tallied 891 yards on 207 carries -- good for a 4.3 yards-per-carry mark -- and logged seven touchdowns on the ground. He'll be an RB2 if his situation remains the same.
Marshawn Lynch - RBPosted 2/9/18 3:22pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch has met with head coach Jon Gruden on several occasions since the team hired Gruden, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Lynch finished this season with 891 yards and seven touchdowns and could be the starting running back next season. He can be considered a low-end No. 2 running back or a No. 3 back in standard leagues next season.
Marshawn Lynch - RBPosted 1/24/18 8:31pm ET
The Oakland Raiders are 'undecided' on whether or not they will retain RB Marshawn Lynch, who has one year remaining on his contract. 'I'd be doing Marshawn (Lynch) a disservice if I were to comment on what I thought of his play this previous season,' said offensive coordinator Greg Olson. 'Until we sit down, like I said, and do a real thorough evaluation and watching every carry that he's had and every catch opportunity to catch the football or run with the football, I really would not be making an educated comment on something like that right now.'
Huddle Up: Although he'll be 32-years-old next season, the former Seahawk and Bill exhibited that he still has something left in the tank, rushing for 891 yards and seven touchdowns on 207 carries. In addition, his base salary in 2018 would be affordable, making him a fine option to lean on as it concerns the ground game. Lynch could once again be a valuable piece on fantasy rosters depending on his role.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 1/23/18 11:17am ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (back) admitted that a back injury suffered in Week 4 did impact his play throughout the course of the season. 'Injuries will never be something I talk about, especially during the season, but since it's after the season, the [back issue] was one of those things that was there,' Carr said. The fourth-year quarterback suffered three transverse process fractures and said he wanted to deal with the injury instead of using it as an excuse.
Huddle Up: Carr's determination and toughness are admirable, but one wonders just how much the injury affected his play. At full health Carr is no more than a fringe QB1, but drafting him as a QB2 is on the safe side.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 1/18/18 10:20am ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr was given high praise from new offensive coordinator Greg Olson. Olson opined that Carr's football intelligence is 'off the charts' and spoke highly of the quarterback's physical talent, accuracy and quick release.
Huddle Up: It's encouraging for an offensive coordinator to speak fondly of his quarterback, but Carr has largely disappointed in fantasy circles, particularly in 2017. There is a good opportunity for a fresh start, though, with a new coaching staff. Oakland still has one of the best offensive lines and receiver duos in football. For now, view Carr as a high-end QB2 with QB1 upside.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 1/4/18 6:27pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr's personality may not mesh well with Jon Gruden's style if Gruden becomes the head coach of the Oakland Raiders, according to a league source.
Huddle Up: Carr took a step backwards in 2017 and was one of the bigger disappointments in fantasy circles. If Gruden does become the coach, his tough love could bring out the best in Carr. He shouldn't be drafted as a QB1 next year, but Carr could be a nice buy-low candidate as a QB2.
Michael Crabtree - WRPosted 12/31/17 9:38am ET
Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree is expected to be released after the season, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Crabtree is entering Week 17 with 601 yards and eight touchdowns this season and should receive some interest if he becomes a free agent. He has a chance to be a No. 4 or No. 5 receiver for owners in 2018 depending on his team.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 12/29/17 4:40pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Cordarrelle Patterson (hip) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 29, and is not on the injury report for Week 17.
Huddle Up: Patterson has not been much of a factor in the passing game over the last three weeks and can be avoided in all fantasy leagues in Week 17.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 12/29/17 4:32pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 29, and is not on the injury report for Week 17.
Huddle Up: Cooper is coming off a solid Week 16 performance where he posted 66 yards and a touchdown. He will be facing a solid Los Angeles Chargers defense but has a chance to be a No. 3 fantasy receiver for owners.
Jared Cook - TEPosted 12/29/17 4:46pm ET
Oakland Raiders TE Jared Cook (wrist) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 29, and is not on the injury report for Week 17.
Huddle Up: Cook has been held to two or fewer catches in five of his last six games and has under 40 yards in all five of those games. Owners probably can find better options for their lineups and can avoid Cook.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 12/28/17 4:21pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper (ankle) was a limited participant in practice for the second straight day Thursday, Dec. 28.
Huddle Up: Shockingly, Cooper's 66 receiving yards last week were the second-most he's logged in a game this season. He also had a touchdown to go with that, so perhaps the former No. 4 overall draft pick is looking to end his lackluster year strong. If he plays, he has fine WR2 potential in a matchup opposite the Chargers that could feature a healthy amount of points on the scoreboard.
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