Forgot Log-in or  Password? |  Help  Not a member, Register Now!
      
Fantasy Football Today
Fantasy Football Today Blog
Gameday Inactives
2014 Draft Prep Guide
Downloadable Draft Kit
Mock Drafts
Get Your Draft Board
Player News
Stats
Players
Depth Charts
Roster Trends
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Scores
Fantasy Games
Playoff Challenge
Commissioner
Prize Leagues
Free
Office Pool Manager
Game Pick'em
Player Challenge
Fantasy Baseball Today
Fantasy Baseball Today Blog
2015 Draft Prep Guide
Mock Drafts
Player News
Stats
Players
Depth Charts
Roster Trends
Columns
Injury Report
Rankings
Projections
Schedules
Probable Pitchers
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injuries
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Message Boards
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Mock Drafts
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
Downloadable Draft Kit
Player News
Stats
Players
Columns
Injury Report
Projections
Rankings
Schedules
Mock Drafts
Scores
Standings
Fantasy Games
Commissioner
Free
Prize Leagues
No Fantasy Teams Found
 
 
 

2012 Fantasy outlooks: Oakland Raiders

Senior Fantasy Writer
  •  

Change has come to Oakland. It just might take a few years for it to be positive.

The Raiders' organizational structure changed with the passing of owner Al Davis last fall. Reggie McKenzie is the team's first GM since Davis became the principal owner. He named former Broncos defensive coordinator Dennis Allen the head coach -- the first time a defensive-minded coach will lead the Raiders since John Madden in 1978. Fifteen of 19 assistant coaches are either new or returning to the Raiders after coaching elsewhere.

Follow us, Like us, Join us
Want more? Join the discussion on our Facebook page and Google+ and follow us on Twitter for additional insight while interacting with a community geared toward Fantasy Football.

Unfortunately, those are all the major changes the Raiders were actually able to make. Between cap issues and previous trades involving draft picks the team was handcuffed in free agency and the draft. Though they did add some talent -- guard Mike Brisiel, linebacker Philip Wheeler and cornerbacks Shawntae Spencer and Ron Bartell are the highlights -- the team will have to rely on the players they added and got something out of last season.

While that will spell trouble for the defense, that's not necessarily a horrible thing for the offense. Carson Palmer found himself in Oakland after holding out from Cincinnati and will commandeer an offense ripe with young, upstart receivers. Darrius Heyward-Bey began to live up to Al Davis' expectations last season, Denarius Moore showed flashes as did Jacoby Ford. During offseason workouts rookie wideout Juron Criner showed he might be a steal for the Raiders.

But we're not kidding anyone here. Darren McFadden will be the Raiders' primary offensive weapon this season -- so long as he stays healthy. McFadden got off to an amazing start in 2011, totaling 768 yards and five touchdowns in seven games before suffering a Lisfranc sprain that shelved his season. He was a regular participant this offseason and is expected to be 100 percent to start the season. That's good because in his last 20 games he's averaged 88.5 rush yards, 33.0 receiving yards with 15 total touchdowns -- and those stats came with Michael Bush playing alongside him.

Bush is gone from Oakland, opening the door for McFadden to work quite a bit. A 16-game season could yield 1,800 total yards and double-digit touchdowns for McFadden, but another foot injury could be debilitating. Owners will risk a big pick on McFadden in every Fantasy draft, but it's the smart ones who back him up properly who won't feel left out in the cold. Expect to read about McFadden's exploits all summer long -- it might be the best press the Raiders get.

Fantasy Value Chart
Player Draft Day value Estimated round
Quarterbacks
Carson Palmer 12
Running Backs
Darren McFadden 2
Mike Goodson 11
Wide Receivers
Darrius Heyward-Bey 9
Denarius Moore 9
Jacoby Ford ND
Tight Ends
David Ausberry ND
Kickers/Defense
Sebastian Janikowski 14
Raiders DST ND
ND - not expected to get drafted

Sleeper ... Carson Palmer, quarterback
Palmer has only had two 4,000-yard seasons but kept up a pace last year that easily would have had him top that mark for a third time. He averaged 293 yards per start thanks in part to either playing from behind or being involved in shootouts (or both). Oakland's offense is evolving this year; there shouldn't be many hiccups in the transition and Palmer should still be in a position to sling it early and often to a receiving corps overflowing with potential. He's the perfect quarterback to draft in Round 11 or 12 as a No. 2 option and either use when your starter is on bye or facing a nightmarish matchup.

Check out our Fantasy Football podcast!
There is no better source for entertaining Fantasy advice than our Fantasy Football Today podcast. Dave Richard, Jamey Eisenberg and Adam Aizer will help you pass the time as you anticipate Draft Day 2014!
Latest episode | Subscribe today!

Bust ... Denarius Moore, wide receiver
Many people are tying their wagons to Moore, including my colleague Jamey Eisenberg. I've seen Jamey take Moore as soon as Round 7! That's way too high. Some stats from Moore's rookie season are incredible: He had 100 yards or a touchdown in 6 of 13 games and converted a first down or a touchdown on 26 of 33 receptions. But he caught less than 50 percent of his targets and totaled 111 yards in the seven games he didn't have 100 yards or a score. He also got banged up and missed three games last year and pulled a hamstring during non-contact practices this spring. Moore is the ultimate boom-or-bust wideout this season, not quite in the mold of DeSean Jackson and not as flimsy as Devery Henderson. Don't be the guy who drafts him with a mid-round pick -- he'll disappoint you. Heyward-Bey is the much, much safer mid- to-late-round Raiders receiver to target.

Keeper-league target ... Juron Criner, wide receiver
Al Davis might be gone, but the Raiders still chased rookie receivers in the draft. The one they took in the fifth round this year might be worth the pick, however: Criner flashed some impressive speed during spring workouts and made some fabulous catches from Carson Palmer, including a bomb in double coverage. Criner's size (6-foot-3 and 224 pounds) and hands (75 catches for 956 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior at Arizona) are awesome, and while his timed speed at the combine (4.68 in the 40-yard dash) leaves a lot to be desired, what he showed this spring could be an asset to Oakland if he can keep it up in the summer, fall and winter. Put a star next to this guy's name if you are in leagues that keep players year after year.

Schedule breakdown

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17
SD @MIA PIT @DEN bye @ATL JAC @KC TB @BAL NO @CIN CLE DEN KC @CAR @SD

Raider Nation can play the disrespect card legitimately this season: Of the Raiders' eight road games, five are in the Eastern time zone with 1 p.m. kickoffs. Last year the Raiders went 0-2 in those spots and they haven't won a game on the East Coast with a 1 p.m. kickoff since 2009 (at Pittsburgh). If there's a silver lining, it's that their last six games will provide them with a few chances to win, including the Carson Palmer Bowl at Cincy in Week 12 and a three-game stretch where they stay at home starting the week after. Hopefully McFadden's feet keep him on the field and not in a doctor's office for that part of the schedule.

Training camp topics

2011 Touches Leaders
Player Touches
Michael Bush 256 carries, 37 catches
Darren McFadden 113 carries, 19 catches
Darrius Heyward-Bey 64 catches
Marcel Reece 17 carries, 27 catches
Denarius Moore 33 catches, 5 carries

The race to back up McFadden is officially on! After losing Michael Bush to the Bears in free agency, the Raiders traded for Panthers rusher Mike Goodson and might be on the verge of bringing in another veteran (Cedric Benson's name keeps popping up). Second-year speedster Taiwan Jones is also on the roster. It's imperative that whoever is slated to be the backup is taken in Fantasy drafts with a mid- to late-round pick by the owner who spends a Top-20 pick on McFadden. For now it's Goodson; he totaled 275 rush yards on 59 carries and 125 receiving yards on 16 catches with a score in the only three games he ever started in three years with the Panthers. He's entering a contract year and working with an offensive coordinator in Greg Knapp who isn't afraid to use multiple backs in his offenses.

Knapp also hasn't been afraid to throw downfield, which is good since the Raiders have tons of receiving threats. Heyward-Bey stands out as the most reliable for Fantasy purposes; after he got out of Hue Jackson's dog house last season he connected with Palmer for 541 yards on 37 catches and three of his four touchdowns in seven games. And in those seven games, DHB caught four-plus passes in all but one. He's a lock to end up as a consistent contributor for the Raiders.

Moore should be the other primary receiver, but everything else is up in the air. Jacoby Ford has tons of talent but has been plagued by injuries through his two-year career. Louis Murphy has shown flashes of being effective but even when he was forced into action he wasn't overly effective. Criner could wedge his way into playing time. Watching how the receiving corps shakes out behind Heyward-Bey and Moore will be interesting.

Tight end is also open for the Raiders. They have a raw talent in David Ausberry, a 6-foot-4, 265-pound guy with some speed, but he has almost zilch for experience. Brandon Myers and Richard Gordon will compete with Ausberry for the starting job and a role in the offense. If there's any reason to watch this camp battle, it's because Knapp's offenses have prominently featured tight ends: Four of the last six starting tight ends he's coached have led their teams in receptions and all six have had at least 44 catches. The tight ends involved? Alge Crumpler, Zach Miller and John Carlson. We're not talking about big names here.

And we'll keep not talking about big names as the Raiders' defense comes into focus. A year after losing Nnamdi Asomugha to free agency, the team parted ways with cornerback Stanford Routt. They reloaded with underwhelming options and only have safety Tyvon Branch as a reputable member of the secondary. It gets worse: Pass rusher Kamerion Wimbley also left Oakland via free agency, leaving the team with Matt Shaughnessy (12 sacks) as their premier pass rusher. Simply put, a lot of offenses will "get right" against the Raiders this season, starting with the Chargers in Week 1.

Injury update

Darren McFadden (foot; probable for the start of training camp) ... Denarius Moore (hamstring; probable for the start of training camp).

Stay in touch with the most passionate Fantasy staff in the business by following us via Twitter @CBSFantasyFB . You can also follow Dave at @daverichard and on Facebook .

Get player news notifications, manage your team and check scores
- all updated in real time. Download the CBS Fantasy App.

  •  
 
CBSSports Facebook Google Plus
COMMENTS
Conversation powered by Livefyre
 
 
Player News
Report: Torn pectoral sidelines Vikings CB Josh Robinson
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2015) The Vikings secondary took a hit last month when cornerback Josh Robinson sustained a partially torn pectoral muscle, a league source has told ESPN.

The nickel back played in 690 snaps last season and was expected to battle several others for playing time. The injury could sideline him from training camp and land him on the PUP list.


Report: Packers' Andrew Quarless arrested on gun charges
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/4/2015) Packers tight end Andrew Quarless was arrested for firing a gun twice in Miami on Saturday, per the Miami New Times.

Quarless was involved in a fight at South Beach and fired the gun into the ground. 


Titans receivers can thrive in YAC with Marcus Mariota's accuracy
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/3/2015) The Titans wide receiving corps could gain more yards after the catch this season because of rookie quarterback Marcus Mariota and his accurate throws, per ESPN.com.

The Titans were 24th in the league in yards after the catch last season, but with Mariota under center that can all change.

“If you have an accurate quarterback, it allows us to get more yards after that catch,” wide receiver Harry Douglas said. “And that’s one thing that makes a receiver dynamic -- first being able to catch the ball and then being able to do some things with it after you catch it. I feel like [to this point] Marcus has done everything he needs to do to get the ball to his receivers.”


Saints RB Khiry Robinson doesn't feel he's on outside looking in
by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/3/2015) Saints running back Khiry Robinson might be the least known of his backfield counterparts, but he doesn't feel like the off man out, per ESPN.com.

Robinson knows the team is heavily invested in the likes of Mark Ingram and C.J. Spiller, but he's still confident he can thrive in whatever role the Saints put him in.

“I’m the type of person, I’m gonna get what I get and do what I do with it. So whether it’s 20 carries or one carry, I’m gonna do the best of my ability every play,” Robinson said.

Robinson has shown flashes of success during his three years in the league. Injuries played a key role against him last season, which can ultimately put him as the third back on the depth chart. He will use the offseason to continue to improve and challenge his counterparts for playing time.

“I just gotta keep working,” Robinson. “It’s all love in the backfield. We all work together, try to help each other. So I think it’s a good thing we’ve got a full backfield again. So if anybody goes down, we’ve got another player right up there to do the same thing.”


Browns OL Michael Bowie itching to compete for starting spot
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2015) Browns offensive lineman Michael Bowie is not required to report to training camp until the end of July. But never mind that - he's heading out after the last Independence Day firework explodes in the sky.

Bowie is itching to get started. He missed all of last season due to a shoulder injury after starting for Seattle on its Super Bowl title team in 2013. He is seeking to stay in tip-top shape in an attempt to land a starting spot on a Cleveland line that is the strength of the team.

"It's up to them to decide who is the best five," Bowie told the team website. "All I can do is take care of my business. Hopefully I can get a shot. That's what I'm working for."

Bowie participated fully in the offseason program, working mostly with the second team at right tackle. That will likely be the spot at which he competes for a starting job. Incumbent Mitchell Schwartz has not performed particularly well there and Mike Pettine has vowed there will be competition all over the field in camp.


Redskins OLB Ryan Kerrigan nearly recovered from knee surgery
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2015) Redskins outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan appears to be on target to join the team for training camp after undergoing arthroscopic knee surgery that prevented him from participating in earlier offseason activities.

Kerrigan, who registered a career-high 13 1/2 sacks a year ago, had the operation to alleviate pain in the area.

"My leg feels really good and I'm glad I got the surgery - not just for football but it makes my everyday life feel better so I'm glad I got it done," he told CSN Washington. "Now it's just a matter of getting stronger and getting into shape."

Kerrigan added that he's been running and now only needs to regain strength to insure his place at training camp.


Texans waive DT Brandon Ivory
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2015) The Texans waived rookie defensive tackle Brandon Ivory on Thursday, according to ESPN.com

Ivory was arrested on first degree burglary charges in Tuscaloosa, Ala. just one day ago. Ivory's agent Jeff Guerriero said Ivory is not guilty of the charge. 

"I spoke to Brandon he is not guilty and his name will be cleared of all charges," Guerriero said. 


Chargers TE Antonio Gates suspended 4 games for PED use
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2015) Chargers tight end Antonio Gates has been suspended four games for violating the NFL's performance-enhancing drugs policy, the team announced. 

It's unknown at this time what drug Gates tested positive for. Gates, in a statement, said he was unaware that he took a banned substance

"In my 12 years in the NFL, I have taken tremendous pride in upholding the integrity of the NFL shield and all that it entails," Gates said. "I have taken extreme care of my body with a holistic approach and I have never knowingly ingested a substance that was banned by the NFL. In an effort to recover from this past season, I used supplements and holistic medicines, and unfortunately, I have now learned that those substances always present a risk because they may contain banned substances even if the ingredient list doesn’t reflect them.

"As an NFL veteran and team leader, I should have done my due diligence to ensure that what I was taking for recovery was within the NFL guidelines. I understand that I am responsible for what is in my body and I have always believed that ignorance is no excuse when it comes to these issues. I take full responsibility for my actions. I’d like to express my sincere apologies to the Chargers, my teammates, coaches, fans and the league who have always supported me and expected and gotten nothing but the highest level of integrity from me."

With Gates out for four games, the Chargers will turn to Ladarius Green as the team's top tight end, though it was expected for Green to continue getting more looks in the passing game. Green is entering the final season of his rookie contract. 

The Chargers expressed disappointment in Gates for his suspension but plans to stick with the longtime veteran through the suspension. 

"We are tremendously disappointed for our team and our fans as well as Antonio, but no more disappointed than Antonio is with himself," the Chargers stated. "Antonio is a member of the Chargers' family and we will continue to support him 100-percent. We have the utmost confidence he will stay in excellent shape for the season and be ready to go when he returns in Week 5. While it's unfortunate to not have him to start the season, we have complete confidence our tight end group will continue to play at a high level."  


Packers' Datone Jones out 1 game for substance-abuse violation
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2015) Packers defensive lineman Datone Jones will be suspended for one game for violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy, according to NFL.com. 

Jones will miss Green Bay's season-opener against the Bears. In 2014, Jones totaled 22 tackles and 1 1/2 sacks in 13 games played. 


Cowboys LB Rolando McClain suspended four games for 2015
by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2015) The Cowboys announced that linebacker Rolando McClain has been suspended for the first four games of the 2015 season due to violating the NFL's substance-abuse policy. 

McClain hasn't been able to participate much in offseason workouts due to going under offseason knee surgery. McClain will be eligible to practice in training camp and is expected to be healthy by then. 

"I apologize to my family, the Cowboys organization, my teammates and Cowboys fans for my mistake. I will not break the rules of my profession in the future, and I regret my error," McClain said in a statement, via CSN Bay Area. "I look forward to returning to the field on week 5, when I hope to help my team beat the Patriots.

In 2014, McClain, who had previously retired twice before being traded from the Ravens to the Cowboys, totaled 81 tackles and a sack in 13 games played.


 
 
 
Rankings