Las Vegas Raiders
Las Vegas Raiders
AFC West | 8-8-0
Rank: 10th
Avg Yds
Rank: 8th
Avg PYds
Rank: 9th
Avg RYds
Rank: 13th
Posted 7/09/2021 6:44 pm GMT
Las Vegas Raiders RB Kenyan Drake said Friday, July 9, that he expects to have a sizable role alongside lead back Josh Jacobs in the Raiders' offense. 'I'm definitely excited to see how our roles continue to develop with obviously Josh being the main guy to do what he needs to do because I have much respect and love for him and his game and what coach (Jon) Gruden has planned for us in that specific capacity,' Drake told SiriusXM NFL Radio. 'But I feel like I might have a big role in this offense. With them being a top-10 offense last year, the sky is the limit for us. I'm ready to see us take it to the next level.'
Huddle Up: Drake doesn't figure to get anywhere near the career-high 264 touches he logged a season ago with the Cards but more than doubling his 25 receptions is well within reach as Jon Gruden and Co. have been seeking a pass-catching back. Value him as a PPR RB3 in drafts this summer.
Posted 7/08/2021 9:03 pm GMT
Las Vegas Raiders WR Henry Ruggs III only caught two passes while running a slant route last season but may see more of those routes in 2021 because of his plamaking ability, in the opinion of's Paul Gutierrez.
Huddle Up: Ruggs was one of the fastest receivers to enter the NFL last season but finished with only 452 yards and two touchdowns. He should be one of the main targets in the passing game this season and could be a No. 4 receiver in some fantasy leagues.
Posted 7/08/2021 5:37 pm GMT
Las Vegas Raiders RB Kenyan Drake should be featured more in the passing game than he was with the Arizona Cardinals, and could often line up as the X or Y receiver, in the opinion of NFL analyst Gil Brandt.
Huddle Up: Drake, who caught a four-year low 25 passes last season with the Cards, won't see nearly as many rushing attempts (a career-high 239 in 2020) with Josh Jacobs already atop the depth chart, but he definitely should be featured in the Vegas passing game, which desperately needs a No. 2 option behind TE Darren Waller. Consider him a low-end RB3 option in PPR drafts.
Posted 7/01/2021 4:20 pm GMT
Las Vegas Raiders WR Zay Jones said recently that head coach Jon Gruden has reinvigorated his passion for football. 'It's a lot of fun (being coached by Gruden),' Jones said in an interview for the team's in-house TV show. 'I've said this to many people I've talked to, Gruden has kind of reignited that fire and that love, for me, with football again. Football's something that early on in my career, felt like a job a little bit. But Gruden has brought that passion that's just like, 'I enjoy playing this game again. I enjoy being out here.''
Huddle Up: Jones, once a fantasy up-and-comer after a strong sophomore season with the Bills in 2018, has only caught 34 passes for 301 yards and one TD in 26 games with the Silver and Black over the last two seasons. And even with leading wideout Nelson Agholor now gone, he still faces an uphill battle for WR targets with John Brown and Willie Snead joining holdover Hunter Renfrow, Henry Ruggs and Bryan Edwards. In short, Jones remains far off the fantasy radar in all but the deepest of leagues.
Posted 6/28/2021 12:22 am GMT
Las Vegas Raiders WR Henry Ruggs III topped 100 receiving yards in just one of the 13 games he started as a rookie. He finished with eight yards or fewer five times and never had more than three catches in a game.
Huddle Up: Ruggs can take the top off any defense, but it remains to be seen if his speed can translate into production on the field. It is too soon to give up on Ruggs, especially in dynasty formats, but he is only a late-round flier in redraft leagues.
Posted 6/24/2021 6:47 pm GMT
Las Vegas Raiders TE Darren Waller should improve on his career-high 1,196 receiving yards he posted in 2020, according to beat reporter VicTafur of The Athletic.
Huddle Up: Only Travis Kelce (1,416) had more receiving yards among tight ends than Waller, who led the position with 107 catches. Even if Waller falls a little shy of his 2020 numbers, he still could easily finish as top-three fantasy tight end.
Posted 6/16/2021 5:34 pm GMT
Las Vegas Raiders WR Henry Ruggs III 'looks much better' than he did last season, and head coach Jon Gruden indicated Wednesday, June 16, that he will be more involved in the offense in 2021.
Huddle Up: Ruggs was selected ahead of the likes of CeeDee Lamb, Jerry Jeudy and Justin Jefferson last spring, yet Las Vegas used him mostly as a decoy. It appears Gruden has seen enough from his young receiver this offseason to make him a more important part of the offense. Despite the endorsement, fantasy owners would be wise to view Ruggs as nothing more than a late-round flier.
Posted 4/06/2021 6:51 pm GMT
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.
Posted 3/26/2021 6:17 pm GMT
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.
Posted 3/26/2021 1:47 am GMT
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.
Posted 3/19/2021 12:39 pm GMT
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.
Posted 3/18/2021 6:34 pm GMT
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.
Posted 3/17/2021 1:16 pm GMT
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.
Posted 3/11/2021 8:30 pm GMT
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.
Posted 3/11/2021 1:49 am GMT
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.
Posted 3/10/2021 6:18 pm GMT
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.
Posted 3/04/2021 3:50 am GMT
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.
Posted 2/24/2021 7:11 pm GMT
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.
Posted 2/18/2021 9:35 pm GMT
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.
Posted 2/17/2021 7:53 pm GMT
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.
Posted 2/16/2021 7:32 pm GMT
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.
Posted 2/14/2021 2:51 am GMT
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.
Posted 2/10/2021 8:30 pm GMT
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.
Posted 2/10/2021 7:01 pm GMT
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.
Posted 2/10/2021 12:20 am GMT
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.
Posted 2/07/2021 6:23 pm GMT
Las Vegas Raiders QB Marcus Mariota could be a trade option for the New England Patriots this offseason, in the opinion of'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.
Posted 2/05/2021 6:42 am GMT
Buffalo Bills WR John Brown is someone that could be released this offseason, in the opinion of'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.
Posted 2/03/2021 12:42 am GMT
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.
Posted 1/29/2021 4:13 am GMT
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.
Posted 1/24/2021 3:19 am GMT
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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