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Height/Weight: 6-4/210 | Birthdate: 6/16/1988 | Birthplace: Bartlett, IL, USA | Team: Oakland | College: Hillsdale | NFL Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 18/2 | Average Draft Position: 163.40
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Kenbrell Thompkins leads Raiders receivers in Week 16 win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/21/2014) Raiders wide receiver Kenbrell Thompkins led his team with five receptions and 90 yards in Sunday's 26-24 win over the Bills in Week 16.

Thompkins' highlights have ben few and far between this season, but he was able to haul in a 50-yard reception on third-and-13 late in the first quarter to set his team up with first-and-goal. The Raiders would score their first touchdown of the game two plays later. Thompkins came into the game just just 170 yards on 15 receptions.

Receiver Andre Holmes also came through with a big play in the win, hauling in a 51-yard pass late in the fourth quarter on another third-and-long play. The Raiders scored a key touchdown four plays later. Holmes finished with 73 yards on three receptions.

Two Raiders managed to catch touchdowns in the victory, and for both players, it was their only catch of the game. Wide receiver James Jones hauled in a wide-open three-yard touchdown early in the second quarter, while fullback Jamize Olawale scored the decisive one-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter.

The Raiders have a trip to Denver to face the Broncos on tap in Week 17.


James Jones, Andre Holmes strengthened by numbers


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/14/2014) After weeks of contributing next to nothing, Raiders wide receivers James Jones and Andre Holmes suddenly put up relevant numbers Week 15 at Kansas City, the former delivering eight catches for 57 yards and a touchdown and the latter providing five catches for 70 yards.

Jones had averaged 4.3 catches for 27.3 yards in his previous six games. Holmes had averaged 2.3 for 28.0 during that same stretch. Incidentally, the last time either of them was relevant was Week 8 at Cleveland, when rookie quarterback Derek Carr threw for 328 yards.

So what did this game have in common with that one? In both, Carr attempted more than 50 passes. At least for Week 15, that meant both Jones and Holmes got ample opportunity to contribute, each finishing with double-digit targets.

So what caused Carr to throw so much, and how can we know when it'll happen again? Ah, that's the question. The Chiefs have actually been one of the more difficult teams to throw against, as have the Browns, and though the Raiders fell behind in both games, giving them more incentive to pass, that's kind of what they do every week.

As with most scenarios involving a rookie quarterback -- or the Raiders, for that matter -- it's going to be too unpredictable for you to count on it in Fantasy. Leave Jones and Holmes for deeper leagues.


WR Andre Holmes among Raiders cleared Week 15


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/14/2014) Raiders wideout Andre Holmes (shoulder) is active for the game at Kansas City after being listed as probable. Other injured Raiders suiting up include cornerback Tarell Brown (foot, ankle), cornerback Chimdi Chekwa (shoulder), defensive tackle Pat Sims (shoulder) and cornerback Neiko Thorpe (hand).

Holmes has 37 catches for 540 yards and four touchdowns.


Raiders' Denarius Moore to miss third straight game against Chiefs


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(12/12/2014) Raiders wide receiver Denarius Moore will miss his third consecutive game with ankle and knee injuries. Moore, who has 12 catches for 115 yards on the year, has played in 10 games for Oakland. 

Also out for the Raiders is Larry Asante, Brian Leonhardt and Menelik Watson.

Sio Moore, Tarell Brown, and Pat Sims are all questionable while Chimdi Chekwa, Andre Holmes and Neiko Thorpe are probable. 


Raiders backup pass catchers do little Week 14


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(12/7/2014) The Raiders backup pass catchers didn't do much Week 14 against the 49ers. 

Andre Holmes picked up two receptions for 38 yards. He finished third in receiving yards during the contest. Vincent Brown caught one pass, gaining 20 yards. James Jones managed two receptions. He finished with 11 yards. Offensive tackle Donald Penn was the big star, however. He hauled in a 3 yard touchdown from Derek Carr in the second quarter. It was Penn's only catch of the game. 

The group will look for more Week 15 against the Chiefs. 


Raiders' passing game yields little Week 13


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(11/30/2014) The Raiders threw for 183 yards with three interceptions in their 52-0 loss at St. Louis, so there wasn't a lot of production to go around. Wideout Andre Holmes caught three of six targets for 28 yards, and wideout Kenbrell Thompkins hauled in two of five targets for 28 yards.

Receiver Brice Butler secured both his targets for 27 yards. Tight end Mychal Rivera caught three of eight targets for 21 yards, and wideout Vincent Brown had a 10-yard grab.

They'll all play the 49ers in Week 14.


Andre Holmes leads Raiders with 55 receiving yards in Week 12


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(11/20/2014) Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes caught five of his 10 targets for a team-high 55 receiving yards in his team's 24-20 win over the Chiefs in Week 12.

Holmes broke off a 37-yard gain late in the third quarter to pick up a first down on a second-and-20, but his other receptions were short and didn't make much of an impact, with none of his other catches earning his team a first down. He'll look to build upon his performance in a Week 13 matchup against the Rams.


Raiders WR Andre Holmes held without a catch Week 10


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/9/2014) Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes made his sixth straight start Week 10 vs. Denver. However, he was held without a catch for the first time since the season opener.

Holmes was targeted once in a 41-17 loss. He has just two catches for 28 yards and no touchdowns in his last two games.

The Raiders are back in action Week 11 at San Diego. Holmes had a season-high 121 yards and two touchdowns on four catches in Week 6 against San Diego.


Coverage to blame for Andre Holmes' inconsistencies


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(11/3/2014) Looks like Andre Holmes has a bit of an on-again, off-again pattern working. But while the Cardinals' Patrick Peterson was to blame for his struggles in Week 7, the Seahawks' Richard Sherman had a major say on his performance in Week 9, even intercepting a pass that was intended for him in the second quarter.

As he's shown in the other two of his last four games, you'll be glad you have Holmes when he's not facing an elite cover guy. Unfortunately, the Broncos are coming to town in Week 10, and Aqib Talib has a bit of a reputation himself.

Still, teams generally put up decent passing numbers against the Broncos since they're so often playing from behind. Both Julian Edelman and Brandon LaFell fared well against them in Week 9 -- and that was with the Patriots leading most of the game.

Holmes isn't an automatic sit with this matchup, but he isn't a definite start either. He's probably best suited as a fill-in flex option in standard 12-team leagues, provided your usual one is on bye.


Raiders receivers do little Week 9


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(11/2/2014) The Raiders backup receivers did little Week 9 against the Seahawks.

Andre Holmes hauled in two passes for 28 yards during the contest. He finished third on the team in receiving. Brice Butler also had two receptions, gaining 20 yards. James Jones grabbed three passes, but gained just 18 yards. Running back Latavius Murray caught two balls for 12 yards. Kenbrell Thompkins caught one pass, gaining 8 yards.

They'll look for more Week 10 against the Broncos. 


Raiders WRs Holmes, Jones, combine for 131 yards Sunday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Raiders wideouts Andre Holmes and James Jones were targeted a combined 18 times Sunday in Cleveland and came down with 11 receptions between them.

Holmes was a bit more productive with five catches for 69 yards and a meaningless touchdown with seven seconds remaining in the game in which he snagged a screen and sprinted 10 yards into the end zone. Jones added six catches for 62 yards.

The pair will try again next Sunday in Seattle.


Andre Holmes comes back down to earth


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/20/2014) Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes, who blew up for 121 yards and two touchdowns Week 6 against San Diego, took a long time to get going Week 7 against Arizona, catching his first pass about midway through the fourth quarter. Not surprisingly, he finished with just three catches for 34 yards. 

It's not like he was invisible before then. He nearly had a great catch on a long pass along the sidelines in the second quarter, but it was ruled incomplete. He did have only two targets apart from his three receptions, though.

Clearly, it was a disappointing showing, but it's not like quarterback Derek Carr forgot about him. Only James Jones and Darren McFadden had more targets, tying for the team lead with eight. Holmes spent much of the game covered by Patrick Peterson, who remains one of the better cornerbacks in the NFL. Holmes still has incredible play-making ability and will have better days.

But this performance shows why you can't trust him on an every-week basis yet. His matchup Week 8 against Cleveland is another tricky one because of cornerback Joe Haden, who has struggled at times this season but limited the Jaguars' Cecil Shorts to three catches for 12 yards in Week 7. You might want to leave Holmes on your bench for this one.


Raiders backup pass catchers don't amount to much Week 7


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) The Raiders backup pass catchers didn't do all that much Week 7 against the Cardinals.

Brice Butler led the team in receiving, but all of it came on a long catch. In the second quarter, Derek Carr found Butler on a deep pass over the middle that went for 55 yards. It was Butler's only catch of the game.

Andre Holmes had three catches, gaining 34 yards. Mychal Rivera picked up one reception, gaining 18 yards. Denarius Moore also caught one ball, gaining 13 yards. Jamize Olawale gained 7 yards on his only reception of the game. Brian Leonhardt also caught one pass, gaining 4 yards. 

They will take on the Browns Week 8.


Emerging WR Andre Holmes bringing high hopes to Raiders


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/16/2014) The Raiders are hoping that wide receiver Andre Holmes is a late bloomer. Though he has been in the league since 2011, he has only recently begun showing glimplses of his potential.

The 26-year-old Holmes, who finally emerged to catch 25 passes for 431 yards for Oakland last season, is far exceeding that pace in 2014, thanks greatly to a Week 6 performance against San Diego in which he caught four passes for 121 yards and two touchdowns. Included was a 77-yard strike from Derek Carr on the third play of the game. He has 15 receptions for 269 yards on the year.

"I hope he can become a guy that the quarterback continues to feel really comfortable with," Tony Sparano told ESPN.com. "The catches that he's made since he's been here have been those kind of catches, contested catches, down the field, ball is in the air and he's jumping over somebody; he's really making the hard catch."

Holmes, however, has struggled with dependability. He also had two drops against the Chargers.


Not a big enough role for Brice Butler


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/14/2014) Raiders wide receiver Brice Butler made his presence known in Week 6 against San Diego, catching three passes for 64 yards and a touchdown. But in terms of targets, he was still the third wheel in a receiving corps led by Andre Holmes and James Jones.

And that was on a career day for rookie quarterback Derek Carr.

Carr won't always be so good, and the big plays won't always be so easy to come by. Remember, 47 of Butler's yards came on his touchdown grab in the third quarter. Remove it from the equation, and he was the same peripheral contributor he has been all season.

Jamey Eisenberg doesn't rank Butler especially high in his Playing the Waiver Wire column, and I agree with that assessment. He doesn't have a big enough role in a consistently prolific passing attack.


Andre Holmes good with any quarterback


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/13/2014) Ever since he blew up with Matt McGloin under center for the last quarter-plus of Week 4 against the Dolphins, I've made a big deal about how good Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes is with the backup quarterback, even lamenting the quick return of starter Derek Carr Week 6 against San Diego.

Turns out McGloin isn't the key to Holmes' success.

Holmes and Carr were in sync right away, hooking up on a 77-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Holmes simply beat the defense, and Carr lobbed it to him for what turned out to be an easy score. The two then connected for a 6-yard touchdown in the back of the end zone in the fourth quarter.

Holmes led the Raiders with 121 receiving yards, but of course, most of them came on that first touchdown. Perhaps even more interesting, then, he led the team with eight targets.

He's shown flashes in the past but hasn't gotten the opportunity to make the most of them. Now that has it, he's worth adding across the board in Fantasy.


Raiders WR Andre Holmes scores two touchdowns in losing effort


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes scored a pair of touchdowns in a Week 6 defeat to San Diego on Sunday.

Holmes got off to a fast start, becoming the eighth Oakland player to surpass 100-plus yards in the first half since the franchise moved to Oakland in 1995, thanks to a 77-yard touchdown reception on the opening drive of the game. He caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Derek Carr in the fourth quarter.

Holmes was targeted eight times and finished with four catches for 121 yards and two scores in a 31-28 defeat. He has 15 catches for 269 yards and three scores this season. He'll look to build off that performance Week 7 at home against Arizona.


Wait and see on Andre Holmes


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/9/2014) Between the addition of Kenbrell Thompkins and the growing belief that Derek Carr will be able to play through his ankle and knee injuries, Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes is looking less like the sleeper he did coming out of Week 4 against Miami.

In that game, he caught five passes for 74 yards and a touchdown, but seven of his 12 targets came in the little more than one quarter of play with Matt McGloin under center -- the same quarterback responsible for Holmes' career-best 136-yard game last year.

Holmes didn't appear to have the same rapport with Carr, and the only reason he got so much playing time at all was because Rod Streater went down in Week 3. Thompkins adds more competition to the mix.

Holmes doesn't have such a great matchup in Week 6 anyway -- the Chargers rank second against the pass, allowing 194.8 yards per game -- so you should wait and see how things play out for him before turning to him in Fantasy.


Andre Holmes relishes new role


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/28/2014) As expected, Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes stepped up in the absence of Rod Streater Week 4 against Miami, delivering the second-best performance of his career with five catches for 74 yards and a touchdown. It wasn't quite the seven catches for 136 yards he had on Thanksgiving Day last year, but it was enough for you give him a long look on the waiver wire, especially since Streater's injury has the potential to be a season-ender.

Better yet, Holmes' 12 targets doubled up anyone else on the team, and seven of those targets came in the little more than one quarter of play with Matt McGloin under center. In other words, Derek Carr's knee and ankle injuries may further improve Holmes' value. McGloin was at quarterback on Thanksgiving Day last year.


Andre Holmes scores first touchdown of the season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/28/2014) Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes found the end zone for the first time this season in a Week 4 loss to the Dolphins at Wembley Stadium in London.

Holmes came down with a 22-yard pass from Matt McGloin in the fourth quarter. Seven of his 12 targets on night came from McGloin. The other five came from Derek Carr, who went down with an injury. Holmes finished with five receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown, averaging 14.8 yards per grab in a 38-14 defeat.

The Raiders have a bye next week before hosting the Chargers in Week 6.


Andre Holmes worth monitoring


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/25/2014) Reports this week have suggested Andre Holmes could play a significant role with Rod Streater sidelined by a broken foot, and that could be a meaningful tradeoff in Fantasy. While Streater was an OK matchups type, Holmes' impressive reach gives him the chance to be an impact player.

It's hardly a certainty, especially with unheralded rookie Derek Carr throwing him the ball, but Holmes already showed what he brings to the table on Thanksgiving Day last year, catching 11 passes for 136 yards and a touchdown. Streater wasn't sidelined for that game, but Denarius Moore was.

Streater had at least 50 yards receiving each of the next three games, some of them with Moore back in the lineup, but he's hardly been a factor through three games this season.

The Raiders may not need to rely on their passing game heavily Week 4 against the Dolphins, but Holmes' role in that game should give you some idea what to expect from him the rest of the way.


Andre Holmes ready for a 'bigger role' on offense


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes hasn't made much of an impact on offense through the first three games, totaling six catches for 74 yards and no touchdowns. However, with wide receiver Rod Streater out multiple weeks due to injury, Holmes is ready to step up.

"I’m really excited about the prospects of having a bigger role in the offense," Holmes said, per CSNBayArea.com. "It’ll obviously be tough without Rod, but we have talent and a good quarterback to work with. I think this passing game will continue to grow and continue to improve."

Raiders coach Dennis Allen said the team has "confidence" in Holmes to make plays. His rapport with rookie quarterback Derek Carr also seems to be improving.

"I love throwing to Andre," Carr said. "He’s such a big target, I can miss wherever I want and it’ll still look like a good ball and you guys will pat me on the back. He’s just a fun guy to throw to because of how big he is. With how big he is, he can get in and out of his breaks like he’s 5-foot-11, which is rare. Usually with taller guys, it’s hard for them to drop their hips and get out of breaks but he does it really well. Just the type of player he is is what makes me excited about him playing."


Four Raiders make small contributions


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/21/2014) Raiders running back Latavius Murray, wide receiver Andre Holmes, tight end Brian Leonhardt and running back Jamize Olawale contributed little statistically Week 3 at New England. Murray ran three times for 1 yard, and Holmes, Leonhardt and Olawale each caught a pass for 29, 7 and 4 yards, respectively.

Andre Holmes gets a bunch of looks late in a Week 2 loss


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/14/2014) Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes caught his first pass of the season and finished as the team's second-leading receiver in a Week 2 loss to the Texans on Sunday.

Holmes was limited to one grab for a gain of 7 yards in the first half. He bounced back with catches for 12, 15, 6 and 5 yards, all of which came on the final drive of the game for the Raiders. He was targeted seven times and finished with five catches for 45 yards, averaging 9.0 yards per grab in a 30-14 defeat.

The Raiders will travel to New England for a Week 3 showdown against the Patriots.


James Jones, Rod Streater named Week 3 preseason starters


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/19/2014) Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson revealed Tuesday that James Jones and Rod Streater will be the team's starting wide receivers for Friday's preseason game against Green Bay, Comcast SportsNet California reports.

The designation is notable in that most teams use the third preseason game as a dry run for the regular season. Jones started over Andre Holmes in the Raiders' last preseason game as well but caught just two of his seven targets for 42 yards.