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18 Andre Holmes WR
Height/Weight: 6-4/210 | Birthdate: 6/16/1988 | Birthplace: Bartlett, IL, USA | Team: Oakland | College: Hillsdale | NFL Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 65/31 | Average Draft Position: 163.40
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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.


James Jones gets the start over Andre Holmes in preseason game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Raiders receiver James Jones leaped over Andre Holmes in the starting lineup Friday against the Lions in preseason action.

Jones played the entire first half with Matt Schaub and Derek Carr under center. He was targeted seven times and finished with two catches for 42 yards.

Holmes came off the bench in the second half to work with Carr and Matt McGloin. He caught two of the five passes thrown his way for 29 yards.

Andre Holmes: Oakland's "most consistent downfield threat"


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/6/2014) Raiders receiver Andre Holmes has become Matt Schaub's "most consistent downfield threat," reports the Associated Press. The 6-4, 210-pound Holmes is listed as a starter opposite Rod Streater, and he led the team by averaging 17.2 yards per catch last year.

The report calls Holmes the closest thing Oakland has to a No. 1 receiver. "It's a good feeling but I still look to improve in many areas," Holmes said. "I can't be complacent. I know that I have a lot to work on and that's what I'm trying to do right now in this camp."

Holmes hauled in two bombs from Schaub in Tuesday's practice. "A long strider, has a big burst up the field, can separate and then go up and get the football ... exactly what you want from a receiver," Schaub said. "I'm excited to see what he can do in game action. He's a big, big threat for us."


James Jones doesn't crack starting lineup


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) The Raiders' initial depth chart lists receiver James Jones on the second team, behind starters Rod Streater and Andre Holmes. Greg Little joins Jones on the second team.

Denarius Moore and Juron Criner are the third-string wideouts.

Jones had a career-high 817 receiving yards last year with the Packers. He's caught 24 touchdown passes over the past three seasons.


Schaub: Andre Holmes has potential


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/27/2014) Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub likes what he sees from receiver Andre Holmes, reports Comcast Sports Net.

"He's a long strider, a big guy who can stretch the field vertically and go up and get the football," Schaub said. "Obviously, his height and his ability to adjust in the air are some of his strengths, as well as some of the intermediate routes. Just being able to get to the top of his route, come strong out of his cut, he can be a guy that can stretch the field for us."

Holmes, 6-foot-4, has been working with the first-team offense during offseason workouts. He will compete for a starting job with James Jones, Rod Streater and Denarius Moore.


Report: Andre Holmes overtaking Denarius Moore


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2014) Andre Holmes appears to be passing Denarius Moore in the battle for the Raiders' No. 3 receiver job, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. James Jones and Rod Streater are the top two targets.

In the final seven games last season, Holmes caught 25 passes for 431 yards and a touchdown. Moore caught four touchown passes in the first six weeks, just one after that. He has not exceeded 750 receiving yards in any of his first three seasons.


Raiders get contribution from several role players in Week 17


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/29/2013) The Raiders received minor offensive contributions from several role players during Sunday's loss to the Broncos in Week 17.

Andre Holmes finished as the team's third leading receiver with three catches on eight targets for 38 yards. Mychal Rivera caught only two of his four targets for 23 yards while Marcel Reece caught his only targeted pass for an 11-yard gain in a 34-14 defeat.

Andre Holmes leads the way


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/22/2013) Receiver Andre Holmes led the Raiders with five catches for 71 yards in the loss at San Diego. He drew a team-high eight targets, three more than any other wideout.

Holmes has 19 catches for 328 yards and a touchdown over his last four games. He'll play Denver in Week 17.


Andre Holmes scores first career TD


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2013) Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes continued his recent success as he got back in the end zone Sunday against the Chiefs in Week 15.

Holmes caught a 6-yard touchdown pass from Matt McGloin in the third quarter, his first career touchdown. He also contributed with a circus one-handed grab for 28 yards in the third. He finished the game with four catches for 58 yards and a touchdown on seven targets in a 56-31 defeat.

Holmes has 257 yards and a touchdown over his last three games. He'll look to stay productive in Week 16 against the Chargers in San Diego.

Andre Holmes has somewhat of letdown after career game


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/8/2013) Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes had a decent performance Week 14 at N.Y. Jets, but he came nowhere close to to the career-high 136 receiving yards he posted Week 13 at Dallas. Holmes posted 63 yards on three catches during a 37-27 loss Sunday.

Holmes didn't get his first catch until Terrelle Pryor entered the game on the team's third offensive drive late in the first quarter. Pryor targeted Holmes on a 23-yard pass into the end zone later on the drive, but it was a bad throw by Pryor, giving Holmes no chance to make a play.

Matt McGloin took over the offense on the next drive and then threw an interception on a pass intended for Holmes. Holmes really didn't make an impact until he had a 40-yard catch-and-run to the Raiders' 48-yard line late in the second quarter.

Holmes' final catch wouldn't come until the last play of the third quarter. He was targeted just once in the fourth quarter, which was a 15-yard pass into the end zone. Unfortunately, McGloin's pass was badly underthrown and nearly picked off. Holmes finished with seven targets in the loss.

The Raiders are back in action Week 15 vs. Kansas City.


Andre Holmes worth an add, but he is worth starting?


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/4/2013) After a breakout performance Week 13 at Dallas, Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes is among the most-added wide receivers in Fantasy leagues heading into Week 14. Now the question beckons: What will he do for an encore performance against the Jets?

Wide receivers have had fairly good success against New York. They are averaging 25.7 Fantasy points per game, which is tied for the fifth-highest average. Wide receivers are averaging 186.8 receiving yards and have totaled 15 touchdowns in 12 games against New York.

Denarius Moore isn't expected back Week 14, which bodes well for Holmes' Fantasy value. What also bodes well is that quarterback Matt McGloin trusts the third-year receiver. McGloin said of Holmes, "He's definitely a guy I look for to try to get the ball to. He does good things when he gets the ball in his hands."

Holmes is certainly worth a flier in deep formats. He's an option as a third receiver or flex option Week 14 because of the favorable matchup. No. 2 receivers like Mike Williams, Aaron Dobson, Emmanuel Sanders, Marvin Jones, Marquise Goodwin, T.J. Graham, Jacoby Jones and Brian Hartline have all totaled double-digit Fantasy points against the Jets.


Andre Holmes earns the trust of his quarterback


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/3/2013) Raiders wide receiver Andre Holmes used a national stage on Thanksgiving to have his breakout performance, and it appears he's carved out a role in the Oakland offense.

"He's a good player," Raiders quarterback Matthew McGloin said, per SFGate.com. "He works hard. He goes about his business day in and day out. ... He's definitely a guy I look for to try to get the ball to. He does good things when he gets the ball in his hands."

Holmes is an undrafted third-year player that bounced around before finally finding a home with his fourth team.

"I use my strengths a lot more than I did three years ago," Holmes said. "Playing bigger and making sure I come down with those 50-50 balls. When I was a rookie, it was more like a 20-80 ball."