Las Vegas Raiders
Las Vegas Raiders
AFC West | 10-7-0
Rank: 18th
Avg Yds
Rank: 9th
Avg PYds
Rank: 6th
Avg RYds
Rank: 27th
Posted 8/12/2022 4:49 pm GMT
Las Vegas Raiders TE Darren Waller (hamstring) has missed the majority of training camp due to a hamstring injury, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter on Friday, Aug. 12. The hamstring injury is not considered serious.
Huddle Up: Soft-tissue injuries at this time of year are always scary, but if Waller returns next week, then he should be good to go for the season. He's a strong TE1 option unless the injury lingers closer to the start of the regular season.
Posted 8/12/2022 4:02 pm GMT
Las Vegas Raiders RB Ameer Abdullah is carving out a "James White" role in Josh McDaniel's offense, according to Albert Breer of Sports Illustrated. "Camp revelation: Journeyman Ameer Abdullah. Raiders have depth at RB. But Abdullah's carving out a real role--the "James White" spot in McD's O."
Huddle Up: Abdullah is competing for work with RBs Kenyan Drake and rookie Zamir White. The role Breer is referring to had fantasy relevance during James White's tenure with New England. From 2016-2020, White averaged 87.6 targets per season. That's likely on the high end for Abdullah even if he claims this third-down role with the Raiders. However, it would give him a boost in PPR formats, especially considering his ADP is around RB70.
Posted 8/07/2022 8:45 pm GMT
The Las Vegas Raiders don't intend to trade RB Josh Jacobs, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport on Sunday, Aug. 7. He also notes Jacobs' reps in the Hall of Fame game were just the Raiders wanting to get a look at him.
Huddle Up: Jacobs' extended reps in the first preseason game while other starters sat certainly raised eyebrows in terms of his possible standing with the team, but it appears that was much ado about nothing. Look for Jacobs to lead the backfield in 2022, but from all accounts this is looking like a running-back-by-committee situation, which would hurt Jacobs' value. Consider him a low-end RB2 with upside for now.
Posted 8/06/2022 5:33 pm GMT
Las Vegas Raiders RB Josh Jacobs played two entire series and had seven touches (five carries, two receptions) that resulted in 44 yards (6.0 yards per carry) in the Hall of Fame game victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars. Jacobs played despite the Raiders sitting other key offensive starters, which raised some eyebrows. "I always think it's good for backs to carry the ball in the preseason," head coach Josh McDaniels said after Thursday's game. "There's a lot of things that happen when you're getting tackled and hit that you can't simulate in practice. I think all our guys had the ball tonight. I think all our guys either caught it or were handed the ball and had to get tackled. We can't really simulate that or rep that in practice."
Huddle Up: While it's not entirely unusual to see starting backs get reps in the Hall of Fame game, the amount of usage Jacobs saw while other key offensive players sat did raise eyebrows. However, it's important to note Zamir White (14 touches) and Kenyan Drake (five carries) also saw work. All signs are pointing to this being a running-back-by-committee, which would make Jacobs a low-end RB2 option, assuming he leads the group in touches.
Posted 7/22/2022 4:30 pm GMT
The Las Vegas Raiders may be heading toward a running-back-by-committee philosophy under new head coach Josh McDaniels, in the opinion of Charles Robinson of Yahoo Sports. "Health permitting, running back is going to be exactly what you'd think. It will end up being a situational committee and I wouldn't be surprised to see the position get entirely revamped next offseason. If you hate how the [Patriots] use backs, look away. It will be similar," Robinson tweeted Friday, July 22.
Huddle Up: The committee is likely to be led by Josh Jacobs, who enters a contract year. The Raiders also have Kenyan Drake, and they drafted Zamir White in the fourth round this offseason. Jacobs is currently being drafted as a mid-RB2, but fantasy managers may want to avoid him at that cost if McDaniels is truly heading toward the committee approach.
Posted 7/20/2022 6:35 pm GMT
Las Vegas Raiders TE Darren Waller reported to training camp on Wednesday, July 20, according to sources.
Huddle Up: This isn't a surprise, as Waller wasn't expected to hold out despite having two years of non-guaranteed money left on his current contract. He is a candidate for a new deal, though. Waller enters the 2022 campaign as an elite TE1.
Posted 7/20/2022 1:43 am GMT
Las Vegas Raiders WRs Mack Hollins and Keelan Cole are the favorites to land the No. 3 wide receiver role over WRs Demarcus Robinson and Tyron Johnson, per Vic Tafur and Tashan Reed of The Athletic.
Huddle Up: Whoever wins the No. 3 wide receiver job won't have fantasy value, as they'll be operating behind Davante Adams, Darren Waller and Hunter Renfrow in the pass-catcher pecking order.
Posted 7/18/2022 2:44 pm GMT
Las Vegas Raiders RB Kenyan Drake (ankle) will be ready for training camp, but he won't be 100 percent.
Huddle Up: Drake ran for 254 yards and two TDs and caught 30 balls for 291 yards and another score. He'll have other backs to beat out, but he should be a solid handcuff or RB5 in PPR leagues.
Posted 7/01/2022 8:06 pm GMT
Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr was on target on 79.7 percent of his throws in 2021, according to Sports Info Solutions. That percentage was the third-best mark among NFL quarterbacks with at least 200 drop-backs last season.
Huddle Up: Somewhat amazingly, the percentage is his lowest since his 2014 rookie campaign, although some of that was likely a product of him throwing a career-high 626 passes - 52 more than his previous high. The arrival of Davante Adams and head coach Josh McDaniels should be just what he needs to get back to the mid-80s range he enjoyed during the early part of his career.
Posted 6/30/2022 5:27 pm GMT
Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr recently told Phil Perry of NBC Sports Boston that he already feels like "a better football player" in the short time he has spent with new head coach Josh McDaniels. Carr also said he feels McDaniels is a "genius when it comes to scheming things up ... and getting the best out of his players." "The depth of the conversations that we're having is encouraging. It's fun for me. The best part of my game has always been the mental side. And that's how Josh is. He's a genius when it comes to scheming things up and teaching his system and getting the best out of his players. I feel like a better football player. And I've had a lot of great coaches. He's come in, he's seen those things, 'Wow, that's awesome. What about this, too? What about this here?' It's helping me grow. It's been really fun to be around him," Carr said.
Huddle Up: A quick glance at Carr's previous play-callers reveals McDaniels does not have a high bar to clear in order to be listed among the top one or two he has had. Ultimately, the addition of Davante Adams may be the biggest factor in Carr enjoying a career year in 2022, but McDaniels should be able to maximize that connection if his history with the New England Patriots is any indication. Carr should be considered a strong QB2 option with low-end QB1 upside this season.
Posted 6/25/2022 11:21 pm GMT
Las Vegas Raiders RB Kenyan Drake (ankle) has not been cleared for mandatory minicamp, according to The Athletic's Vic Tafur.
Huddle Up: Drake's involvement prior to the injury in last year's offense under the old regime left much to be desired. Provided he returns in a reasonable amount of time to get on-field reps within the new system, Drake has a bit more appeal. Head coach Josh McDaniels is known for employing a committee approach, and RB Josh Jacobs is no stranger to nagging injuries. Drake is a low-tier RB4 or a better fifth back to serve as depth.
Posted 6/19/2022 11:08 pm GMT
The Las Vegas Raiders might go with a running-back-by-committee approach in 2022, The Athletic's Vic Tafur speculates. "Sounds to me like you have to use [Zamir White] this season," Tafur wrote. "[Josh] Jacobs and [Kenyan] Drake will likely both be gone next year after playing out their contracts, and there is probably a decent chance [general manager Dave] Ziegler and [head coach Josh] McDaniels already think White is better than them. A committee approach seems to make sense, keeping everybody fresh and ideally available."
Huddle Up: If the Raiders take this approach, Jacobs would go from an RB2 to a flex play, and that's assuming he gets the most work of the three. In this scenario, Drake isn't a viable fantasy option in re-draft leagues, and neither is rookie Zamir White. However, White is a second-round pick and a bench stash in dynasty rookie drafts.
Posted 6/11/2022 7:20 pm GMT
Las Vegas Raiders WR Davante Adams said part of the reason he wanted to be traded from the Green Bay Packers had to do with QB Aaron Rodgers potentially retiring in the next year or two. "I got aspirations of doing really, really big things and being remembered, and it just wasn't really a point in my career that I was willing to sacrifice Aaron [Rodgers] not being there after a year or two," Adams said.
Huddle Up: Adams might see a downgrade in quarterback play in 2022 moving from Rodgers to Derek Carr, but Carr is more than good enough to keep Adams as an elite WR1.
Posted 6/10/2022 12:31 pm GMT
Las Vegas Raiders WR Hunter Renfrow agreed to a two-year, $32 million extension with $21 million guaranteed Friday, June 10.
Huddle Up: Renfrow broke out with a 103-1,038-9 season to peg him 10th in fantasy points among PPR receivers. We expect some regression with Davante Adams in town, but he should remain a WR2 option.
Posted 6/08/2022 3:51 am GMT
Las Vegas Raiders TE Darren Waller expects to do "a lot of things" in the new offense under head coach Josh McDaniels. "I'm excited. It's asking me to do a lot of things," said Waller. "We watch a lot of tape of Rob Gronkowski running wild from old New England clips, so it's exciting to see the different ways that I'll be used."
Huddle Up: Waller is coming off a disappointing 2021 campaign due to injury and now finds himself competing for targets with Davante Adams. There should be enough for Waller and Adams to both eat and remain elite producers at their respective positions in 2022.
Posted 5/30/2022 1:10 am GMT
Las Vegas Raiders TE Darren Waller said he is letting his agent handle his current contract situation. "I understand it, but I know if I focus on it too much, it could take away from my job and learning a new system and just continuing to try to elevate and take care of my body in the right way," Waller said.
Huddle Up: Waller was the subject of trade rumors this offseason, but while his long-term future with the Raiders may be in question, he is a safe bet to produce TE1 numbers in the meantime.
Posted 5/13/2022 1:45 am GMT
Las Vegas Raiders RB Josh Jacobs has topped 1,200 yards from scrimmage and has scored at least seven touchdowns in all three years of his career.
Huddle Up: Although Las Vegas declined his fifth-year option, Jacobs is still positioned to be the featured back. Zamir White and Kenyan Drake will likely cut into his receiving numbers, but Jacobs should do the heavy lifting on early downs. He is at least a volume-based RB2 and could be a solid value pick in fantasy drafts.
Posted 4/30/2022 5:00 pm GMT
Georgia RB Zamir White was selected by the Las Vegas Raiders with the 122nd overall selection in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Josh Jacobs is still the main back for the Raiders, but White could see a handful of touches each game. He likely will not be a starting fantasy option this season but could have some value in the next few seasons.
Posted 4/29/2022 6:08 pm GMT
Las Vegas Raiders RB Josh Jacobs' fifth-year option will not be picked up, the team announced Friday, April 29.
Huddle Up: This all but guarantees Jacobs will play for a different team in 2023. It's still possible he returns to Vegas. Stay tuned.
Posted 4/28/2022 2:07 am GMT
Las Vegas Raiders TE Darren Waller said Wednesday, April 27, that the team informed him that he will not be traded.
Huddle Up: Waller quieted the trade rumblings that emerged this offseason, and while he battled injuries last year, he piled up 197 catches in the previous two seasons as Derek Carr's go-to target. He projects as one of the strongest TE1 options.
Posted 4/16/2022 6:26 pm GMT
Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr says head coach Josh McDaniels' playbook has 'something for everybody,' but 'will take a lot of work for our guys to learn it.'
Huddle Up: McDaniels did a great job simplifying the playbook for Mac Jones in New England last season, but a more extensive playbook leaves concern for a possible slow start for Las Vegas' offense. Regardless, Carr is a starter in 12-team leagues and could produce QB1 numbers most weeks, especially after the addition of Davante Adams.
Posted 4/13/2022 2:49 pm GMT
Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr agreed to a three-year, $121.5 million deal Wednesday, April 13. Carr is set to earn $141.3 million over four years with $100 million of it coming over the next three years. The deal also includes a no-trade clause, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Carr was 12th among QBs in fantasy last season, and he'll have Davante Adams to throw to this season. He should stick right around there as a low-end QB1 in fantasy.
Posted 3/18/2022 2:03 am GMT
Las Vegas Raiders WR Davante Adams was offered 'as much or more' to remain with the Green Bay Packers, but Adams wanted to play with QB Derek Carr, his former college teammate, according to a source.
Huddle Up: While nobody is going to confuse Carr for Aaron Rodgers, Adams should continue to see plenty of targets and put up strong numbers in the Las Vegas offense.
Posted 3/14/2022 1:50 pm GMT
Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams informed the team he won't play on the franchise tag, and the two sides remain far apart in contract talks.
Huddle Up: Adams was fifth at the position in fantasy points last year. If they can figure this out, he could have upside there with some of the young guys having more style points and less of a track record.
Posted 3/10/2022 3:18 pm GMT
Las Vegas Raiders RB Kenyan Drake restructured his contract Thursday, March 10. Terms weren't disclosed, but the team cleared $14.525 million by restructuring him and OT Kolton Miller.
Huddle Up: Drake's roster spot looks to be safe now, but he really can't flourish here unless Josh Jacobs gets hurt. Drake will be an RB5 and handcuff to Jacobs.
Posted 3/08/2022 9:33 pm GMT
Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers WR Davante Adams officially received the franchise tag designation Tuesday, March 8. The franchise tag for a receiver is expected to be worth just over $20 million this season.
Huddle Up: The two sides will have until July 15 to iron out a long-term contract - a possibility that becomes more likely once Aaron Rodgers officially signs the long-term deal he reportedly received Tuesday. Adams is in the midst of one of the finest two-year runs by a receiver in NFL history, posting 238 catches for 2,927 yards and 29 touchdowns in 30 games. Adams and Cooper Kupp should be the top two receivers to come off the board in fantasy drafts this spring and summer.
Posted 3/08/2022 5:59 pm GMT
Green Bay Packers impending free-agent WR Davante Adams is expected to receive the franchise tag, according to sources.
Huddle Up: He and Rodgers will stick together another year, and Adams is still a top-flight option. He was fifth in fantasy points last year, though, as some of the young guys took a massive step forward. That could benefit him on draft day as his name could be buried a little in the first round or two.
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