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.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 12/28/17 4:38pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Cordarrelle Patterson (hip) was limited in practice for the second consecutive day Thursday, Dec. 28.
Huddle Up: Patterson showed some flashes weeks ago when Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree were both out, but since then, he's been someone to avoid, having recorded a whopping 22 yards combined over his last three games. He shouldn't be plugged in for any format.
Jared Cook - TEPosted 12/28/17 4:31pm ET
Oakland Raiders TE Jared Cook (wrist) was limited in practice for the second straight day Thursday, Dec. 28.
Huddle Up: Cook has failed to reach 20 receiving yards in four of his last five games, and over his last two, he's totaled just three catches for 32 yards. Thus, even if he's out there on Sunday, he's not worth the trouble in Oakland's final game of the season, especially given Derek Carr's weak play as of late.
Jared Cook - TEPosted 12/27/17 4:34pm ET
Oakland Raiders TE Jared Cook (wrist) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 27.
Huddle Up: Cook has been held to under 20 yards in four of the last five games and has been targeted only six times in the last two games. Owners should be able to find better options to use this week.
Cordarrelle Patterson - WRPosted 12/27/17 4:32pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Cordarrelle Patterson (hip) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 27.
Huddle Up: Patterson has been limited to 22 yards combined in the last three games and should be avoided in all fantasy leagues.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 12/27/17 4:20pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper (ankle) was limited during practice Wednesday, Dec. 27.
Huddle Up: Cooper should be able to play in Week 17 as long as he does not suffer a setback during the week. He has caught a touchdown in three of the last four games and could be a flex option in some fantasy leagues.
Michael Crabtree - WRPosted 12/27/17 6:40pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree (hamstring) dealt with a hamstring injury late in the club's Week 16 game Monday, Dec. 25, opposite the Philadelphia Eagles, according to head coach Jack Del Rio. It also affected his workload as a result.
Huddle Up: Well, this explains Crabtree's heartbreaking goose egg in the game, although owners probably don't want to hear anything further after the nine-year veteran's disastrous performance cost countless fantasy championships across the country. Nonetheless, Crabtree is still a WR2 option going into the season finale, especially after he generated a whopping 41 targets over his three outings prior to Week 16.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 12/25/17 4:19pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper (ankle) is officially active for the team's Week 16 game.
Huddle Up: Cooper had one outstanding game earlier this season but has been quiet for much of the season. He could be a flex option in most leagues, but owners should not expect a big game against a solid Philadelphia Eagles defense.
Derek Carr - QBPosted 12/25/17 9:12pm ET
Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr completed 15-of-29 passes for 147 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions in the team's Week 16 defeat Monday, Dec. 25, versus the Philadelphia Eagles. He also added three rushing yards on three carries.
Huddle Up: Yikes, this was arguably Carr's worst performance of the entire season, and it couldn't come at a worse time for owners who were electing to start him in fantasy championship matchups. Even with an upgrade in Oakland's running game this year, Carr took a notable step backwards after two terrific campaigns that led to a lot of people backing him. He certainly won't be a recommended QB1 going into 2018.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 12/25/17 9:22pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper caught three of four targets for 66 yards and a touchdown in the team's Week 16 loss Monday, Dec. 25, versus the Philadelphia Eagles.
Huddle Up: While he's certainly been having a down year, Cooper actually evened his season high in touchdowns, with tonight's score being his sixth of the campaign. Other than that, Cooper has let everyone down who drafted him as a WR1 or WR2, averaging only a little more than 40 yards per game. He definitely won't be worth an early pick in '18.
Marshawn Lynch - RBPosted 12/25/17 9:21pm ET
Oakland Raiders RB Marshawn Lynch racked up 95 rushing yards on 25 carries in the team's Week 16 loss Monday, Dec. 25, opposite the Philadelphia Eagles. He also lost a fumble.
Huddle Up: The Raiders' rushing attack actually lost three fumbles tonight, with Lynch being responsible for one of those. Even so, he contributed a solid effort on the ground despite not being able to get into the end zone. He'll continue serving as a serviceable RB2 in the season finale next week.
Michael Crabtree - WRPosted 12/25/17 9:50pm ET
Oakland Raiders WR Michael Crabtree failed to haul in any of his three targets, finishing with zero yards in the team's Week 16 defeat Monday, Dec. 25, against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Huddle Up: Ouch. Owners who were relying on Crabtree to potentially deliver a fantasy championship were gifted coal in a cruel twist of fate, especially after how the veteran wide-out totaled a whopping 20 catches over his previous three games. The Raiders offense was just way off tonight, and one of the results of that was Crabtree's heartbreaking goose egg.
Jared Cook - TEPosted 12/25/17 10:20pm ET
Oakland Raiders TE Jared Cook finished with just one catch on two targets for 15 yards in the club's Week 16 loss Monday, Dec. 25, against the Philadelphia Eagles.
Huddle Up: Cook has proven to be one of the more volatile tight ends in fantasy this season, and obviously, this disastrous performance registered on the lower end of the spectrum. Quarterback Derek Carr had arguably his worst game of the year, though, so not all of the blame can be put on Cook for his own off night.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 12/23/17 11:24am ET
Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper (ankle) is participating in practice Saturday, Dec. 23.
Huddle Up: Cooper appears to be on track to play against the Philadelphia Eagles this week. He has been fairly quiet in most of his games this season but does have two touchdowns in his last three games. He could be a No. 3 receiver or flex option in leagues this week but is not a must-start option.
Amari Cooper - WRPosted 12/23/17 12:24pm ET
Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper (ankle) was limited during practice Saturday, Dec. 23, and is listed as questionable for Week 16.
Huddle Up: Cooper appears to have a good chance to play this week, but owners will need to check the inactive list to make sure. He could be a No. 3 or flex option in most fantasy leagues but can also be benched if owners have better options available.
Jared Cook - TEPosted 12/23/17 12:52pm ET
Oakland Raiders TE Jared Cook (wrist) fully participated in practice Saturday, Dec. 23, and are not on the injury report for Week 16.
Huddle Up: Cook has been targeted at least five times in seven of the last eight games but has posted at least 50 yards in only four of those games. He has a chance to be a low-end No. 1 tight end in deeper leagues, but owners in most leagues should have better options available.
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