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Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano believes the team needs to get Maurice Jones-Drew more carries.

We'd argue just the opposite, as a washed-up MJD has averaged a pathetic 2.66 yards on his 18 carries this season. Granted, that's an extremely small sample size, but there's simply no juice left in Jones-Drew's legs. Darren McFadden is the Raiders' best back, while Latavius Murray and FB Marcel Reece are both more deserving of bigger workloads than MJD. It's a mystery why the noncompetitive Raiders have mothballed Murray, their only young runner.
Oct 23 - 6:29 PM

Browns coach Mike Pettine noted that Raiders WR Brice Butler "jumps off the tape."

We've noticed the same thing. Butler was spectacular in the preseason, catching 13 passes for 206 yards with four touchdowns. He's also starting to earn a bigger role in the regular season, as evidenced by his nine targets over the last three weeks. Butler, a 2013 seventh-round pick, should be owned in Dynasty formats.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 23 - 12:52 PM

Raiders OLB LaMarr Woodley is expected to miss the rest of the season with a torn biceps muscle.

He won't be missed. Woodley was a complete non-factor in six games for the Raiders, managing five tackles and zero sacks. Dating back to the 2009 season, Woodley's sack totals in chronological order are 13.5, 10, 9, 4, 5, and 0. GM Reggie McKenzie signed Woodley to a two-year, $12 million deal this past March. Only the Titans and Raiders -- two of the worst-run organizations in pro sports -- had interest after the Steelers cut him this past spring. Woodley figures to be released by Oakland in the offseason.
Oct 22 - 8:32 PM

Raiders OLB LaMarr Woodley is dealing with a potentially serious biceps injury.

Anyone notice he was playing? Although Woodley has appeared in all six Raiders games this year, starting five, he has zero sacks and five tackles, and has graded out negatively as both a pass rusher and run defender according to Pro Football Focus. He's just another whiff by GM Reggie McKenzie.
Oct 22 - 8:15 PM

Raiders S Usama Young is done for the season with tears to his ACL and MCL.

The Raiders will turn to liability Brandian Ross opposite Charles Woodson the rest of the way. An already weak secondary gets weaker with Young's loss. He was playing well as a deep safety in the back of DC Jason Tarver's 3-4 scheme.
Oct 20 - 5:44 PM

Raiders S Usama Young suffered a serious knee injury in Sunday's Week 7 loss to the Cardinals.

Young as carted off in the third quarter and coach Tony Sparano said the prognosis "probably won't be great." Young was only starting because of Tyvon Branch's season-ending foot injury sustained in Week 3. The next man up would be Brandian Ross.
Source: ESPN.com
Oct 19 - 10:55 PM

Maurice Jones-Drew managed six yards on three carries in the Raiders' Week 7 loss to the Cardinals.

MJD was not targeted and saw the three touches compared to Darren McFadden's 18. If DMC were to get injured, we'd prefer to take a fantasy flier on Latavius Murray rather than Jones-Drew, who is 100-percent washed up.
Oct 19 - 8:18 PM

Darren McFadden rushed for 48 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries and caught four passes for seven yards in the Raiders' Week 7 loss to Arizona.

Continuing to operate as Oakland's clear-feature back ahead of Maurice Jones-Drew, McFadden handled the 18 touches to MJD's three. Latavius Murray remained uninvolved. McFadden's light usage in the passing game continues to perplex -- it's one of his strengths -- but he's getting enough work on a weekly basis for flex consideration. DMC will ascend to RB2/flex value in Week 8 against a Browns defense that coughed up Denard Robinson's career day in Week 7.
Oct 19 - 8:15 PM

Andre Holmes secured 3-of-5 targets for 34 yards in the Raiders' Week 7 loss to the Cardinals.

Holmes had an ugly early-game drop on a pass that would've gone for about 15 yards in Patrick Peterson's coverage. He did draw a 13-yard pass interference flag on Peterson in the third quarter. Holmes' first reception went for 18 yards down the left sideline just in front of Cardinals RCB Antonio Cromartie. He caught his second ball on a wide receiver screen, gaining three. There will be better days ahead for Holmes, but the Raiders are quarterbacked by a rookie and will have pass-game ups and downs. Holmes will be a WR3 in Week 8 against the Browns.
Oct 19 - 8:10 PM

Raiders TE Mychal Rivera secured his lone target for 18 yards in Sunday's Week 7 loss to the Cardinals.

Just a checkdown-possession-type option in the Raiders' vertical offense, Rivera has yet to clear 40 receiving yards in any game this year. He isn't even a viable TE2 in fantasy football leagues.
Oct 19 - 7:53 PM

Raiders WR Brice Butler secured his lone target for 55 yards in Sunday's Week 7 loss to Arizona.

Rotating with Denarius Moore behind Andre Holmes and James Jones, Butler hauled in a 55-yard bomb to set up Darren McFadden's one-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Although Butler is big and fast and sometimes flashes big-play ability, he doesn't get nearly enough usage to be even a WR6 in fantasy leagues.
Oct 19 - 7:50 PM

James Jones secured 4-of-8 targets for 35 yards in the Raiders' Week 7 loss to the Cardinals.

Matched up frequently with Patrick Peterson, Jones was limited to short receptions beyond an 18-yarder over the middle. The 30-year-old continues to start opposite Andre Holmes. Jones is typically a low-upside WR3 option. He won't be a recommended start against Joe Haden's Browns in Week 8.
Oct 19 - 7:47 PM

Denarius Moore secured his lone target for 13 yards in Week 7 against the Cardinals.

Now rotating with Brice Butler behind Andre Holmes and James Jones, Moore made a third-quarter appearance on a 13-yard reception. Dynasty owners can consider holding Moore because he is an impending free agent and might land somewhere better next year, but he obviously carries zero re-draft value.
Oct 19 - 7:43 PM

Raiders declared WR Vincent Brown, QB Matt McGloin, CB Keith McGill, FB Marcel Reece, OL Khalif Barnes, G Tony Bergstrom, and DE Justin Tuck inactive for Week 7 against the Chargers.

Oft-injured throughout his San Diego career, Brown has now missed back-to-back games with a hamstring injury in Oakland.
Oct 19 - 3:01 PM

Derek Carr (ankle, knee) is listed as probable for Week 7.

Carr was limited on Wednesday, but didn't miss any practice time this week. He'll be a low-end QB2 against the Cardinals.
Oct 17 - 6:22 PM


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