Las Vegas Raiders
Las Vegas Raiders
AFC West | 7-9-0
Avg PTS
19.6
Rank: 25th
Avg Yds
375.2
Rank: 12th
Avg PYds
256.9
Rank: 13th
Avg RYds
118.3
Rank: 12th
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Posted 8/12/2020 8:25 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders RB Josh Jacobs said Wednesday, Aug. 12, his goal for 2020 is to catch 'at least 60 balls.'
Huddle Up: Jacobs was a top RB performer in standard leagues as a rookie, but he disappointed in PPR formats with just 20 receptions for 166 yards and no touchdowns on 27 targets. Increased work in the passing game should allow him to finish 2020 as a mid-tier RB1 in all formats.
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Posted 8/12/2020 8:18 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders WR Tyrell Williams (feet) is 'over the hump' with his plantar fasciitis issue but is continuing to do daily maintenance.
Huddle Up: Luckily, Williams hasn't missed any meaningful offseason work due to the issue. He's projected as the starter opposite rookie Henry Ruggs III, but there are plenty of bodies competing for targets with Hunter Renfrow, Nelson Agholor and Bryan Edwards also in the mix. Williams shouldn't be taken higher than a WR4.
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Posted 8/12/2020 8:09 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders WR Nelson Agholor will 'do enough in this offense to make fantasy owners of (Henry) Ruggs, (Tyrell) Williams and (Hunter) Renfrow upset,' according to Vic Tafur of The Athletic Wednesday, Aug. 12.
Huddle Up: Agholor had plenty of opportunity with the Philadelphia Eagles last season, but he caught just 39 of 69 targets for 363 yards and three touchdowns. It's unclear if Tafur is suggesting Agholor will do enough to be fantasy relevant himself or he'll just be taking away from the potential of his more appealing teammates.
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Posted 8/11/2020 2:23 am UTC
Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr is poised to have the best season of his career as he'll be playing with the best supporting cast of his career, including RB Josh Jacobs, TE Darren Waller and rookie WR Henry Ruggs III, in the opinion of NFl.com analyst Adam Rank.
Huddle Up: Carr has ranked as a QB1 is only one (2016) of his first six seasons and while we expect to see his numbers improve after a poor 2019, he still figures to be a mid-level QB2 at best in 2020.
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Posted 8/10/2020 6:22 pm UTC
Adding more context to a previous report, Las Vegas Raiders WR Henry Ruggs III is expected to begin his pro career as the primary slot receiver ahead of Hunter Renfrow, according to comments made by offensive coordinator Greg Olson. 'We'll start with Ruggs III in the slot and do some things with Ruggs. But those guys (Ruggs and Bryan Edwards) are very multiple in what they can do and that's the goal is to be able to move all of them around to different spots; the one, two or three position at the wide receiver,' Olson said recently.
Huddle Up: The move makes some sense in that Ruggs occasionally struggled against press coverage in the SEC, making it difficult to show off his speed and run-after-catch ability versus top-flight corners. Working out of the slot should help him in that regard. On the other hand, Renfrow was clearly the Raiders' top wideout at the end of last season, but he lacks the size and athleticism to thrive on the perimeter consistently - meaning he may not be one of the team's top three receivers. Assuming Ruggs is the primary slot in 2020, he could easily return WR3 value in fantasy, while Renfrow may struggle to be a WR5.
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Posted 8/06/2020 1:54 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders WR Henry Ruggs III will start in the slot, according to offensive coordinator Greg Olson. Ruggs played 218 snaps there over the last two seasons in college, according to Pro Football Focus.
Huddle Up: The Raiders have four receivers for three spots, and Ruggs may share time with fellow rookie Bryan Edwards to get Hunter Renfroe on the field. Ruggs is a deep-threat WR4 that could vault to WR3 in camp.
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Posted 7/30/2020 7:37 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders WR Henry Ruggs III (thigh) said he has fully recovered from the thigh injury he suffered during the offseason.
Huddle Up: Ruggs likely will be one of the starting receivers for the Raiders this season and should be a deep threat for the team. He has a chance to be at least a No. 4 receiver in fantasy leagues and will be more valuable in keeper leagues.
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Posted 7/29/2020 1:05 am UTC
Las Vegas Raiders WR Bryan Edwards (foot) has recovered fully from the broken bone in his foot that he suffered while working out for the NFL Scouting Combine and is 'ready to go,' according to Adam Caplan of Sirius XM NFL Radio.
Huddle Up: Edwards is expected to begin the season behind Tyrell Williams, but there is a distinct possibility he will overtake the veteran at some point. While at South Carolina last season, the Gamecocks took advantage of his run-after-catch skills as 36 of his 71 receptions came on screen passes. Edwards is more of an asset in dynasty leagues at the moment, but redraft owners should keep him on watch lists.
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Posted 7/25/2020 8:15 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders third-round draft choice WR Bryan Edwards signed a four-year contract with the Raiders Saturday, July 25. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Edwards is coming off a foot injury but should be fine for the start of training camp. He has a chance to be the No. 3 or No. 4 receiver for the Raiders, so fantasy players should keep an eye on him during camp. He can be a late round option in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 7/21/2020 4:21 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders WR Henry Ruggs III agreed to terms on his four-year rookie deal Tuesday, July 21. The contract is slotted, per the NFL's rules, and it is fully guaranteed for $16.67 million. Per NFL policy for first-round draft choices, the deal includes a team option for a fifth year.
Huddle Up: While rookie holdouts aren't really much of a thing these days, it's always nice to see a first-rounder come to terms on his deal's language. Ruggs will have to navigate an unprecedented offseason for a team moving to a new city, and there's already a steep learning curve for his position. His athleticism will win Ruggs a few plays per game, though, and his median value is that of a WR3 in most scoring formats.
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Posted 7/10/2020 6:22 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr ranked second among quarterbacks in 2019 with a 64 percent accurate pass rate, according to Pro Football Focus data.
Huddle Up: However, when another PFF stat reveals that Carr ranked last among regular starting QBs in average depth of completion (5.2 yards) it's easy to see why he's ranked no higher than 16th among fantasy QBs in each of the last three seasons. Expect more of the same QB2 production in 2020 despite the Raiders' improved weaponry.
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Posted 6/18/2020 2:50 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders first-round pick Henry Ruggs III is expected to start at the Z position, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Ruggs' thigh injury is expected to be healed well in advance of training camp. Ruggs has awesome size and speed, and he could very well be a WR3 in fantasy before the season kicks off.
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Posted 6/18/2020 2:48 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders third-round pick Bryan Edwards had a first-round grade on him by the Raiders. Edwards could be the starting X receiver as early as 2021 as WR Tyrell Williams has no guaranteed money after this season.
Huddle Up: Edwards doesn't figure to be higher than the fourth receiver to open the year, and his single-year value is pretty minimal. He's a nice dynasty option to hold on to, though.
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Posted 6/11/2020 9:01 pm UTC
Updating previous reports, Las Vegas Raiders WR Henry Ruggs III (thigh) needed stitches to repair the thigh injury he suffered last week but likely will be ready for training camp, according to a source. He did not suffer any muscular damage during the accident.
Huddle Up: Ruggs will have several weeks to recover before the start of camp, so he should be a full participate in the first practice. He should be the deep threat for the Raiders this upcoming season and could be a late round option in fantasy leagues.
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Posted 6/09/2020 1:29 am UTC
Las Vegas Raiders RB Josh Jacobs forced 69 missed tackles on running plays last season - the most by any player in the league - according to Pro football focus.
Huddle Up: Jacobs' early-down workload for 2020 is not in question, in large part due to statistics like this one. What appears to be more in question is the team's choice to re-sign Jalen Richard, add DeAndre Washington and draft jack-of-all-trades Lynn Bowden. General manager Mike Mayock suggested earlier this spring that Jacobs would be heavily involved in the passing game, but the aforementioned acquisitions suggest he won't. A spike in passing-game work would propel him into the elite group of fantasy running backs.
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Posted 6/07/2020 12:49 pm UTC
Updating previous reports, Las Vegas Raiders WR Henry Ruggs III (thigh) is currently using crutches after sustaining a cut to his thigh while attempting to move items into a trailer, according to his father, Henry Ruggs Jr.
Huddle Up: Ruggs is expected to be fully recovered in time for training camp and has a good chance to see regular playing time in 2020. He should be available in the later rounds of fantasy football drafts but may not necessarily be a weekly starting option.
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Posted 6/06/2020 5:56 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders TE Darren Waller ranked second among tight ends (minimum 100 targets) in 2019 with a 23.8-percent team target share.
Huddle Up: Waller was one of fantasy's breakout stars last season, leading the Raiders and finishing third among all tight ends in targets. The Raiders did add first-round WR Henry Ruggs and veteran TE Jason Witten this offseason, but still expect Waller to finish as a TE1.
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Posted 6/01/2020 9:18 pm UTC
Updating a previous report, Las Vegas Raiders WR Henry Ruggs III (thigh) suffered an injury to his thigh during his off-field accident, according to his father. Ruggs said he is feeling good.
Huddle Up: Ruggs should be fine well before training camp and likely will be a starter as a rookie. Ruggs probably will be a later round pick in fantasy drafts and likely will not be a regular starting option.
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Posted 5/27/2020 7:32 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr has been working out with some of his teammates at a Las Vegas Park, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal's Rochelle Richards. WR Zay Jones, WR Hunter Renfrow and TE Darren Waller are among the players working out with Carr.
Huddle Up: Carr is coming off a decent 2019 season with 3,270 yards and 21 touchdowns. The team added several new receivers to the roster this offseason, so Carr will have plenty of options in the passing game. He probably should be considered a No. 2 fantasy quarterback.
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Posted 5/23/2020 9:13 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders WR Bryan Edwards figures to be the team's No. 4 option at receiver in 2020, according to Matt Harmon of Yahoo! Sports.
Huddle Up: Edwards will be competing with WRs Henry Ruggs III, Hunter Renfrow and Tyrell Williams, and TEs Darren Waller and Jason Witten for looks from QB Derek Carr. The 6-foot-3 third-round pick caught 71 passes for 816 yards and six touchdowns at South Carolina last year. He won't have much value in redraft leagues, but he's a good late-round option in dynasty.
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Posted 5/17/2020 8:10 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr posted an NFL-best 95.9 QBR against the blitz (defined as any play when the defense rushed five or more players) in 2019. Carr also led all quarterbacks in completion percentage (71.6) and yards per attempt (11.11) against the blitz.
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Posted 5/16/2020 6:40 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders TE Darren Waller is picking up tips this offseason from TE Jason Witten, his new veteran teammate. 'He is great getting off the ball right at the snap, he will be ahead of receivers. So I'm thinking, 'I didn't know 'jason Witten was that fast,' but there are a lot of small details to his game that are just incredible.'
Huddle Up: Waller is coming off a breakout season, finishing fourth among fantasy tight ends in standard-scoring formats and second in PPR. Even with the addition of Witten, Waller is still arguably a top-five fantasy tight end for 2020.
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Posted 5/13/2020 12:51 am UTC
Las Vegas Raiders TE Darren Waller last season joined new teammate Jason Witten (2009, 2012) as the only tight ends in NFL history to catch at least 90 passes in a season and score three or fewer touchdowns.
Huddle Up: It didn't take long for opponents to figure out Waller was the one pass-catcher that defenses had to account for inside the 20, which helped contribute to 11 total touchdowns by Tyrell Williams and Foster Moreau. Waller scored all three of his TDs over a two-game span - two of which came in a blowout loss to the Green Bay Packers. The Raiders addressed the receiver position in a big way this spring, potentially paving the way for Waller to become an even better fantasy TE1 in 2020.
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Posted 5/01/2020 4:58 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders QB Derek Carr says he is focusing on winning more games and scoring more points. If you have something (negative) to say to me, I have no time for you,' he said in an interview with The Athletic. '... We just need to score more and win more. That's my mindset. I don't care about anything else.'
Huddle Up: Carr has only finished as a top-10 fantasy QB once (2016) in his six seasons with the Raiders, and despite some new offensive weapons in rookie WRs Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards and RB Lynn Bowden Jr., he's still projects as a middling QB2 at best in 2020.
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Posted 5/01/2020 12:44 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders third-round pick WR Bryan Edwards is known for breaking tackles and doesn't shy away from contact. Edwards is 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, and general manager Mike Mayock envisions Edwards as the physical X receiver on the outside.
Huddle Up: Edwards has drawn comparisons to Larry Fitzgerald and Terrell Owens, but he might not pay huge dividends immediately. He has the skill set to be one of the better selections in the draft down the road. He's definitely a target in dynasty formats, but he's not much more than a WR5 flyer right now.
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Posted 4/29/2020 5:52 am UTC
Las Vegas Raiders general manager Mike Mayock said rookie WR Henry Ruggs III stood out due to his speed (4.27 seconds at NFL Combine), which was a distinguishing factor of choosing him in the first round of the NFL Draft over other highly touted prospects. Mayock added Ruggs III's explosion and work ethic were also part of the decision. 'When you're in the division we're in and you look at Kansas City and you look at what they have on offense and what their explosion looks like, we needed to get faster and we think that his addition opens up our entire offense,' Mayock said of the selection. 'He can run the deep routes. He also gets the manufactured touches, the bubble screens, the jet sweeps. I think if you force defenses to roll coverage, it opens up our run game.' Mayock went on to note that defenses respecting deep routes also opens up underneath routes for TE Darren Waller.
Huddle Up: Dangerous speed can definitely make a difference to an offense and the Raiders found that in Ruggs III. Will it translate to fantasy football success? Probably not immediately in a season with an altered offseason, but Ruggs III brings plenty to the table. Consider him a boom-or-bust WR5 during draft day; obviously his value is higher in dynasty formats.
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Posted 4/24/2020 6:32 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders QBs Derek Carr remains the team's starter after the team used five first-round picks on other positions the last two seasons.
Huddle Up: Yeah, the Raiders now have Marcus Mariota, but Carr remains No. 1 and he now has a new toy to deploy in speedy first-round WR pick Henry Ruggs. Still, Carr has only finished as a top-10 fantasy once (2016) in his six seasons with the Raiders, and he remains a middling QB2 prospect for 2020.
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Posted 4/18/2020 1:48 pm UTC
Las Vegas Raiders TE Darren Waller was sixth in the NFL and second among tight ends with 597 yards after reception in 2019.
Huddle Up: Waller broke out in a big way with a 90-1,145-3 season after totaling 18 grabs in three years combined previously. There will be some skepticism if he can repeat it, but there are questions about a lot of his peers in the tier just below the elite at tight end. He's still a top-five option.
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Posted 3/26/2020 12:21 am UTC
Free-agent WR Nelson Agholor (Eagles) officially signed with the Las Vegas Raiders Wednesday, March 25. Official terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Agholor could be a top-three receiver for the Raiders season but is coming off a disappointing 2019 season. He may only be a late round option in deeper leagues.
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