(12/14/14) The Raiders, who went from allowing 52 points to the Rams in Week 13 to allowing 13 to the 49ers in Week 14, were back to normal Week 15 at the Chiefs, allowing 31 points on 388 yards. They had one sack and one fumble recovery. Their five sacks in Week 14 gave them more than two for the first time all season.
The Raiders DST has been one of the least helpful units in Fantasy this season, only twice scoring double-digit Fantasy points in standard CBSSports.com leagues. It has an OK matchup Week 16 against Buffalo, but after it showed it's true colors in this one, you should probably avoid it in Fantasy.
Raiders announce LB Sio Moore will sit out Kansas City game
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/13/14) The Raiders announced Saturday that linebacker Sio Moorewill not play Week 15 against Kansas City because of a hip injury, per the Bay Area News Group. Moore was listed as questionable leading up to Sunday's game. He has totaled 90 tackles, three sacks and one forced fumble through 11 games played.
His next opportunity to play will come Week 16 against Buffalo.
Raiders make several roster moves prior to Week 15
(12/8/14) The Raiders had far and away their best defensive performance of the season Week 14 against San Francisco, allowing 13 points on 248 yards. They also five sacks and two interceptions. They entered the game with 13 and five on the year.
The 49ers have had inconsistencies on offense this season, but especially lately, scoring less than 20 points in six of their last seven games, so you can chalk up this performance as that more than any improvement for the Raiders themselves. The Raiders DST remains a bottom-of-the-barrel Fantasy option for Week 15 at Kansas City.
Raiders defense dominated in blowout
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(11/30/14) The Raiders DST unit flailed their way to another poor showing in Week 13, a 52-0 loss to the Rams.
The Rams racked up 348 yards of offense on just 49 total plays, as they took advantage of the Raiders' defense for a series of quick-strike drives early. The Raiders ended up forcing no turnovers in the game, while sacking quarterback Shaun Hill just once in the blowout.
The Raiders DST unit has failed to log double digits in Fantasy scoring in each of their games since Week 1, when they had just 10. That streak will probably stay alive in Week 14, with the 49ers on the schedule.
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The Raiders DST had more Fantasy points in a standard league than the Bears, Jets and Texans in 2013, which most years would be a great thing. But last year, it only put the Raiders at No. 25, which said more about the failures of those other teams than the Raiders having success. Oakland was second-worst in the NFL with just nine interceptions, and the Raiders had just 39 sacks, 13 rumble recoveries and four defensive touchdowns. The Raiders tried to upgrade their pass rush with the additions of rookie Khalil Mack, LaMarr Woodley, Justin Tuck and Antonio Smith, but they also lost Lamarr Houston to Chicago. Charles Woodson is back as a free agent, and we hope to see Tyvon Branch (ankle) back at 100 percent, which would allow the Raiders DST make more plays this season. That said, they have to prove themselves first before Fantasy owners can trust them. Ignore them in all leagues on Draft Day and just add them off waivers if they start out the season playing well.