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The Oakland Raiders lead the NFL in turnover differential at +18.
The Oakland defense has slowly improved over the course of the 2016 season and has forced multiple turnovers in seven consecutive games. "You just know that if you do things right, you practice a certain way, and you have a certain amount of players and the guys come in with the right work ethic, you know what the result’s going to be," said DC Ken Norton Jr. about his team's improvement. The Raiders D/ST will be a mid-tier fantasy option in Week 17 on the road at Denver. Fri, Dec 30, 2016 12:21:00 PM

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The Oakland defense has recorded multiple turnovers in four consecutive games.

The Raiders D/ST has racked up 10 sacks in those same four games, producing at least seven fantasy points in each contest. Oakland went 4-0 on the four-game homestand, and their defense is beginning to show signs of life after a sluggish start to the season. The Raiders D/ST will be a mid-range fantasy option in Week 14 at Arrowhead Stadium against the Chiefs, who have turned the ball over just 11 times in 2016.
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 01:45:00 PM

The Oakland Raiders will face Houston and struggling QB Brock Osweiler in Mexico City on Monday night.

The Raiders and Texans will put the finishing touches on the 2016 NFL International Series when they meet at Estadio Azteca in Mexico City on Monday night. The Raiders D/ST has seen improvement in recent weeks and is a prime Week 11 streaming option against Houston QB Brock Osweiler, who has averaged just 173.8 passing yards per game in his last five outings and has topped 7.0 YPA only once in 2016.
Wed, Nov 16, 2016 05:17:00 PM

Oakland has ruled DT Stacy McGee out for Week 8 with a knee injury.

McGee has 2.5 of the Raiders' nine sacks this season and will be missed on Sunday when Oakland travels to Tampa Bay. "Stacy has been playing really good football for us," Raiders coach Jack Del Rio said. "He’s banged up this week. I think more likely next week for us with him." The loss of McGee could create an issue for Oakland's 28th-ranked run defense, leaving the Raiders D/ST outside of starting consideration in fantasy leagues this week.
Sat, Oct 29, 2016 02:04:00 PM

The Oakland defense is last in the NFL in pass defense, surrendering 330.6 passing yards per game.

The latest quarterback to torch the Oakland secondary was Philip Rivers, who racked up 359 yards and a whopping 11.0 yards per pass attempt. Oakland's schedule lightens up a bit in coming weeks but this group is better left on the waiver wire and isn't a recommended Week 6 fantasy option against Kansas City.
Fri, Oct 14, 2016 06:47:00 PM

The Oakland defense turned in an improved performance in Week 3, sparked by rookie SS Karl Joseph.

The Raiders finally installed Joseph in the starting lineup in Week 3, and the rookie responded with a team-high 10 tackles. After getting destroyed in consecutive games to begin the season, the Oakland defense held Tennessee to just 10 points while forcing three turnovers. The Raiders D/ST isn't an advised fantasy option in Week 4 at Baltimore, but this group has plenty of talent and should round into shape shortly.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 03:41:00 PM

Raiders CB Sean Smith allowed 172 yards and a touchdown on three receptions in Week 1 at New Orleans.

The dagger was a 98-yard score from Drew Brees to Brandin Cooks that resulted in Smith being benched by coach Jack Del Rio. "It was getting bad out there. I was costing our team points and Coach (Del Rio) did what he had to do," Smith said on Tuesday. The Oakland defense was solidified over the offseason with numerous high-profile signings like Smith, but the group was hammered in Week 1 by the Saints. The Raiders D/ST will be a low-end top-12 fantasy options at home against Atlanta in Week 2.
Wed, Sep 14, 2016 08:38:00 PM

The Oakland defense will face the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 17, who have turned the ball over just 13 times in 15 games this season.

The Kansas City turnover total is the lowest mark among all 32 NFL teams, and interestingly five of those giveaways came in Week 2 against Denver. The Oakland defense has forced multiple turnovers in four of the last five weeks, but will have a hard time prying the ball from Alex Smith on Sunday. The Raiders D/ST is a middling Week 17 fantasy option on the road at Arrowhead Stadium.
Thu, Dec 31, 2015 11:14:00 PM

The Raiders will play without DL Mario Edwards (neck) on Thursday, and the rookie will miss the remainder of the season.

Edwards was injured in Week 15 against Green Bay and has been placed on injured reserve. "He had a significant injury, and we need to make sure we do what’s best for him first," head coach Jack Del Rio said. The Oakland defense has had success rushing the passer in recent weeks, stacking up 19 sacks in their five outings, and will look to keep their defensive front rolling without Edwards this week when they host San Diego. The Raiders D/ST will be a mid-tier fantasy option in Week 16.
Thu, Dec 24, 2015 02:46:00 AM

The Oakland defense has recorded 19 sacks over the last five weeks, leading all NFL defenses in that span.

The Raiders sacked Denver QB Brock Osweiler five times in Week 14, with LB Khalil Mack responsible for each sack in a phenomenal performance. The Oakland defense has been improving in recent weeks and hosts Green Bay in Week 15, who has allowed 31 sacks in 2015. The Raiders D/ST will be a middling fantasy option against Aaron Rodgers and company.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 12:43:00 AM

Kansas City QB Alex Smith is 5-1 in his career against the Oakland Raiders, with 14 touchdown passes to just one interception.

This nugget comes courtesy of CNS Bay Area, and sheds light on the importance of turnovers for the Oakland defense this week when they host the Chiefs. "He’s a good quarterback. He’ll beat you with his feet. He’ll beat you with his arm. He’s poised. He hasn’t turned the ball over. That typically leads to good football," said Oakland coach Jack Del Rio. Oakland has forced just two turnovers over the last three weeks and will need turn things around on Sunday. The Raiders D/ST is not an advisable Week 13 fantasy option.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 02:07:00 PM

The Oakland defense has surrendered 189.0 rushing yards and 28.7 points per game over the last three weeks.

The brutal defensive performances have continued a season-long trend for Oakland and leave the Raiders D/ST miles from the fantasy radar. Week 12 will see Oakland travel to Tennessee, where the Raiders D/ST will not be a recommended fantasy option.
Sun, Nov 29, 2015 12:28:00 AM

The Oakland Raiders travel to Detroit in Week 11 to face the Lions, who lead the NFL in turnovers.

Detroit has coughed up the ball 21 times in nine games and is the owner of the NFL's worst running game, averaging just 66.9 yards on the ground each week. The Oakland secondary has struggled this season, but this group will be worth a look in fantasy leagues this week as a potential streaming target in hopes that they can capitalize on Detroit's turnover-prone ways.
Sun, Nov 22, 2015 03:05:00 AM

The Oakland Raiders will host the Minnesota Vikings in Week 10, who could be without starting QB Teddy Bridgewater (concussion).

Oakland has a miserable pass defense, but the Raiders D/ST could creep into streaming territory if Minnesota backup Shaun Hill is forced to start. Bridgewater's Week 10 status won't be officially announced until later this week, but the situation should be monitored as details surface. For now, the Raiders D/ST is a bottom-tier option for Week 10 but they would receive a bump if Hill is under center for the Vikings.
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 04:59:00 AM

The Oakland defense is preparing to face New York Jets running back Chris Ivory, who is one of seven NFL backs with 500 or more rushing yards this season.

The Jets are the NFL's third-best rushing team, piling up 136.5 yards on the ground each week, and the Raiders are aware of Ivory's toughness. "We all have to get to the ball and swarm tackle him, because he has an ability to break tackles. He gives all the effort he can," said Oakland LB Curtis Lofton. The Raiders D/ST has been surprisingly stout against the run this season but will be just outside the top-12 fantasy D/ST options this week.
Sat, Oct 31, 2015 06:07:00 PM

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