Las Vegas Raiders
Las Vegas Raiders
AFC West | 8-8-0
Avg PTS
27.1
Rank: 10th
Avg Yds
393.7
Rank: 8th
Avg PYds
273.9
Rank: 9th
Avg RYds
119.8
Rank: 13th
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Posted 4/06/2021 6:51 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders RB Kenyan Drake expects 'to be used in a multitude of ways' and isn't overly concerned about being a starter, according to comments he recently made to ESPN's Paul Gutierrez. 'Well, with my abilities, just being a starter ... isn't something that is a high priority, in terms of being out there for however many plays. What Coach (Jon) Gruden said (in) how he was going to use me was just being on the field in a multitude of ways - playing receiver, playing running back. ... Just having the ability to kind of use my versatility as a weapon in the open field is something that really spoke to me. And to kind of share that role with Josh, and him being obviously such a capable back, I feel like it spells success for this team,' Drake said.
Huddle Up: It is possible Gruden envisions Drake in a role similar to the one Austin Ekeler had with the Los Angeles Chargers before Melvin Gordon signed with the Denver Broncos, but giving a two-year deal with $11 million guaranteed to the ex-Arizona Cardinal hints at a larger role. Regardless, Drake's arrival figures to knock Josh Jacobs out of fantasy RB1 consideration and more into the mid-range RB2 conversation at best. Drake's likely role in the passing game should make him a high-end flex at worst.
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Posted 3/26/2021 6:17 pm UTC
Free agent WR Willie Snead (Ravens) on Friday, March 26, will sign a one-year contract with the Las Vegas Raiders, according to his agent Drew Rosenhaus.
Huddle Up: Snead, who caught 33 passes for 432 yards and three TDs last season with Ravens, becomes the third wideout the Raiders have committed to this offseason following the signing of John Brown and the re-signing of Zay Jones. Young wideouts Henry Ruggs, Hunter Renfro and Bryan Edwards also are there so Snead faces a battle just to make the roster, let alone attain fantasy relevancy.
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Posted 3/26/2021 1:47 am UTC
Las Vegas Raiders RB Kenyan Drake said he was told he would be used in a 'multitude' of ways in the offense, including lining up at wide receiver.
Huddle Up: Drake's addition to the offense all but guarantees that Josh Jacobs will continue to be used sparingly in the passing game. Jacobs will likely remain the top fantasy option in the Las Vegas backfield, but he caps out in the RB2 range while Drake becomes a PPR RB3 with upside.
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Posted 3/19/2021 12:39 pm UTC
Updating previous reports, Las Vegas Raiders RB Kenyan Drake received a two-year, $11 million deal. He'll earn $3 million in 2021 and $8 million in 2022 with a $5.5 million roster bonus that's fully guaranteed. The deal is worth a maximum of $14.5 million.
Huddle Up: Drake lands in a rough spot for his fantasy value as Josh Jacobs is arguably more talented and younger. Both backs take a hit for fantasy purposes, and Drake is now a low-end RB2 in PPR formats.
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Posted 3/18/2021 6:34 pm UTC
Free agent RB Kenyan Drake (Cardinals) on Thursday, March 18, signed an undisclosed deal with the Las Vegas Raiders, according to his representatives.
Huddle Up: A bit of a shocker with the Raiders suddenly having two top-15 PPR backs from a season ago in Drake and Josh Jacobs. It looks to be a classic rotation that will drop both to the fantasy RB2 level at the highest.
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Posted 3/17/2021 1:16 pm UTC
Free-agent WR John Brown (Bills) agreed to a one-year, $3.75 million deal with the Las Vegas Raiders Wednesday, March 17. The deal is worth a maximum of $5.5 million.
Huddle Up: Brown is an interesting deep threat that is often slept on in fantasy. He'll be in the WR5 conversation.
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Posted 3/11/2021 8:30 pm UTC
Free-agent WR John Brown (Bills) said he would be interested in signing with the Pittsburgh Steelers or Indianapolis Colts this offseason.
Huddle Up: Both the Steelers and Colts may lose receivers this offseason, but Brown should receive interest in more teams. He struggled with injuries this season but has shown he can be a productive receiver. Brown could be a No. 4 fantasy receiver depending on his situation.
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Posted 3/11/2021 1:49 am UTC
Free-agent WR John Brown (Bills) is expected to sign elsewhere and not re-sign with the Buffalo Bills at a lower cap number after being released Wednesday, March 10, according to Adam Caplan of Sirius XM NFL Radio.
Huddle Up: Brown took a major step backward while being held to just nine games played in 2020 following a breakout 2019 campaign. Buffalo's addition of WR Stefon Diggs ate into his targets and overall production. Brown could still be a reliable WR2 or 3 for another team. He's likely to be relegated to a WR4 or 5 for fantasy purposes depending on the landing spot.
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Posted 3/10/2021 6:18 pm UTC
Buffalo Bills WR John Brown was released Wednesday, March 10.
Huddle Up: Brown was limited to nine games this past season because of injuries and finished with 458 yards and three touchdowns. He did post a 1,000-yard season in 2019 and should receive interest from multiple teams. He can be a late round pick in fantasy leagues depending on his situation.
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Posted 3/04/2021 3:50 am UTC
Arizona Cardinals impending free-agent RB Kenyan Drake has scored 18 rushing touchdowns in 23 games with Arizona after scoring nine rushing touchdowns in 54 games with the Miami Dolphins.
Huddle Up: Although Drake found the end zone 10 times in 2020, he averaged just 4.0 yards per carry and was used sparingly in the passing game. There is a good chance Drake is playing elsewhere in 2021, but no matter where he signs, he is unlikely to be given the volume needed to even reach RB2 status.
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Posted 2/24/2021 7:11 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders RB Josh Jacobs is only one of two running backs that has forced at least 50 missed tackles in each of the last two seasons.
Huddle Up: Jacobs has rushed for at least 1,000 yards in each of his first two seasons in the NFL and has 19 touchdowns during that span. He will continue to see plenty of work in the Raiders offense and will be a weekly starting option in all leagues.
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Posted 2/18/2021 9:35 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr received trade interest from the Indianapolis Colts, but the Raiders said Carr was not available, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Carr was considered a possible trade option when the offseason started, but it seems like he will be the starter for the Raiders for at least one more season. He can be considered a low-end No. 1 or a No. 2 quarterback in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 2/17/2021 7:53 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders TE Darren Waller has recorded 1,188 yards after the catch over the last two seasons, which ranks first among tight ends in the NFL.
Huddle Up: Waller is one of the focal points in the passing game for the Raiders and is one of the few consistent tight ends for fantasy players. He should be a weekly starting option in 2021.
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Posted 2/16/2021 7:32 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders TE Darren Waller leads all tight ends with 27 contested catches and 1,188 yards after the catch since the start of 2019 season, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: Perhaps George Kittle would have led the position group in both categories had he been able to stay healthy this season, but it doesn't diminish how impressive it is that a former wide receiver in a college option offense has ascended to such great heights. Waller and Kittle figure to battle for the right to be the second tight end off the board after Travis Kelce in fantasy drafts this summer.
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Posted 2/14/2021 2:51 am UTC
Las Vegas Raiders TE Darren Waller led all tight ends with 43 receptions and 55 targets over the final five weeks, and his 654 receiving yards in that span were 216 more than any other player at the position.
Huddle Up: Travis Kelce remained the No. 1 tight end in fantasy, but Waller was the clear No. 2 option last season. George Kittle, Kelce and Waller will be in a class by themselves entering 2021.
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Posted 2/10/2021 8:30 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr is receiving trade interest from other teams, but the Raiders have rejected the offers at this point, according to NFL Network analyst David Carr.
Huddle Up: The Raiders are receiving interest in both of their top two quarterbacks but are holding onto Carr for now. He is coming off a solid 2020 season but may only be a No. 1 fantasy quarterback next season.
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Posted 2/10/2021 7:01 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders TE Darren Waller's $6.02 million salary for 2021 became fully guaranteed Wednesday, Feb. 10.
Huddle Up: Waller is a focal point the passing game for the Raiders and is one of the top tight ends in the NFL. He should be a weekly starting option in all fantasy leagues.
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Posted 2/10/2021 12:20 am UTC
Las Vegas Raiders QB Marcus Mariota is generating 'legitimate and real' trade interest, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network Tuesday, Feb. 9.
Huddle Up: Mariota has 61 career NFL starts with the Tennessee Titans but seems to have impressed other teams with his one relief appearance last season in which he completed 17 of 28 passes for 226 yards and a touchdown along with nine rushing attempts for 88 yards and a score on the ground. This is worth monitoring as the former second-overall pick's rushing ability could make him an appealing fantasy option in the right situation.
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Posted 2/07/2021 6:23 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders QB Marcus Mariota could be a trade option for the New England Patriots this offseason, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Mike Reiss.
Huddle Up: Mariota was the backup for the Raiders last season but was a starter for several seasons when he entered the league. The Patriots likely will have a new quarterback next season but do not have a great group of pass catchers on the roster. The starting quarterback for the Patriots likely will be a No. 2 fantasy quarterback in 2021.
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Posted 2/05/2021 6:42 am UTC
Buffalo Bills WR John Brown is someone that could be released this offseason, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Marcel Louis-Jacques, who notes that cutting Brown would save the team $7.9 million. He also writes that Brown might be amenable to a pay cut if approached.
Huddle Up: Brown appeared in just nine games this past season and went from a 72-1,060-6 line in 2019 to a 33-458-3 one this year following the arrival of Stefon Diggs and drafting of Gabriel Davis. At 31 and with just one season remaining on the three-year deal he signed with the club, Brown could find himself elsewhere in 2021 or back in Buffalo with a reduced role.
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Posted 2/03/2021 12:42 am UTC
Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr is expected to be a hot commodity in trade talks, according to NFL sources Tuesday, Feb. 2. Dealing Carr could lead to the Raiders pursuing Houston Texans QB Deshaun Watson, according to Vincent Bonsignore of the Las Vegas Review-Journal.
Huddle Up: Watson is much more appealing in fantasy regardless of who he's playing for than Carr. Carr is often a viable streaming option in head coach Jon Gruden's system, but he's not an every-week starter and his value would likely drop if asked to throw deep more often.
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Posted 1/29/2021 4:13 am UTC
Las Vegas Raiders WR Henry Ruggs III 'has got to get better,' general manager Mike Mayock said. 'We knew how fast he is, but he's got to get stronger and he's got to get in and out of his breaks better,' Mayock said.
Huddle Up: Ruggs struggled to make a consistent impact as a rookie, and he never had more than three catches in a game. His big-play speed is undeniable, but he should be considered more of a high-upside flier heading into 2021 drafts.
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Posted 1/24/2021 3:19 am UTC
Las Vegas Raiders RB Josh Jacobs' 3.9 yards per carry and three runs of 20-plus yards were both the fewest among the eight backs who reached 1,000 rushing yards in 2020.
Huddle Up: The good news for fantasy owners is that Jacobs' inefficiency was offset by 273 carries, the third most in the league, and 12 rushing scores. The volume alone should make him a high-floor RB2 heading into next season.
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Posted 1/11/2021 9:11 pm UTC
Updating a previous report, Las Vegas Raiders RB Josh Jacobs was charged with failure to exercise due care in his single-car accident on Jan. 4. It had previously been reported by multiple sources that Jacobs was charged and arrested for driving under the influence.
Huddle Up: It's good news for Jacobs in terms of potentially avoiding a suspension to begin 2021, although there's no guarantee of that considering the police officer who responded to the crash scene reported observing "a moderate odor of an unknown alcoholic beverage coming from Jacobs as he spoke." Speaking strictly from a fantasy perspective, Jacobs will enter 2021 drafts as a solid RB2 option.
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Posted 1/04/2021 1:57 am UTC
Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr completed 24-of-38 passes for 371 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in Week 17 against the Denver Broncos. RB Josh Jacobs rumbled for 89 yards and two touchdowns while TE Darren Waller led the way with nine receptions, 117 yards and a score on 10 targets. WR Nelson Agholor's lone catch was good for 57 yards, while WR Bryan Edwards posted two catches for 51 yards and two touchdowns, while WR Zay Jones had one grab for 37 yards. LB Nicholas Morrow had a game-high 11 total stops with a sack, a tackle for loss and a quarterback hit.
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Posted 1/03/2021 11:58 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders WR Henry Ruggs III (concussion) left the Week 17 game against the Denver Broncos due to a head injury, and he is being evaluated for concussion.
Huddle Up: Ruggs had three grabs for 38 yards, and likely won't be returning. If he cannot come back, he will wrap up his rookie season with 26 receptions, 452 yards and two touchdowns. He didn't make a big splash in seasonal fantasy leagues, but he has some upside for those in long-term keeper formats.
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Posted 1/01/2021 9:21 pm UTC
Buffalo Bills WR John Brown (non-injury) fully participated in practice Friday, Jan. 1, and is not on the injury report for Week 17.
Huddle Up: Brown missed time because of an injury and being on the COVID-19 list but appears to be on track to play in Week 17. He should see a decent amount of targets this week and can be a No. 3 receiver or flex option in most leagues.
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Posted 1/01/2021 3:10 pm UTC
Buffalo Bills WR John Brown was activated from the Reserve/COVID-19 list Friday, Jan. 1.
Huddle Up: Brown may not play a whole lot in Week 17, and he's not worth starting against the Miami Dolphins.
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Posted 12/31/2020 2:50 am UTC
Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr was lamenting his team not making the playoffs in a radio interview Wednesday, Dec. 30, and he vowed to bounce back. 'This is a team game. It doesn't matter what one side of the ball did and what one side of the ball didn't,' Carr said. 'As a team, we did not accomplish anything close to what we wanted to accomplish, so it's not good enough.' He also stated a New Year's resolution. 'Let's make the playoffs. That's it.'
Huddle Up: Carr didn't toss the defense under the bus, but their shortcomings are a huge reason why the Raiders aren't headed to the playoffs, and it's evident head coach Jon Gruden feels that way, too, since they jettisoned defensive coordinator Paul Guenther earlier in the month. The Raiders rank 10th in total offense heading into the finale, and 24th in total defense. Carr had a decent fantasy season, entering Week 17 with 3,732 passing yards, 25 touchdowns and a career-high 102.2 passer rating.
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Posted 12/28/2020 9:06 pm UTC
Buffalo Bills WR John Brown (ankle) is not expected to be activated in time to play in Week 16 against the New England Patriots, according to a source, which added Brown has a 'better chance' at returning in Week 17 versus the Miami Dolphins.
Huddle Up: It's unlikely many fantasy owners in their fantasy championship game were waiting on this news, but here it is. The Bills will reclaim the No. 2 seed in the AFC with a win against the Patriots, but they'll need another victory versus the Dolphins to guarantee themselves that spot in the playoffs. In other words, Buffalo will not hesitate to fire up Brown if it feels like it needs him in Week 17. Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis will get their usual complement of snaps Monday night.
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