Description: Fantasy owners cannot ignore Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera any longer.
Insight: Rivera had seven more catches for 39 yards in Week 15. That yardage total is not great, but it is the third straight week Rivera was heavily invovled in the passing game. He is a gamble, but one worth going for if owners need tight end help.
Description: Raiders running back Latavius Murray continues to be a decent fantasy play.
Insight: That's saying a lot considering he plays for the Raiders. Murray had 12 carries for 59 yards and 17 more yards receiving. Murray is a FLEX option just based on the fact he should get lots of carries, though, when Oakland falls behind, there's always a chance Derek Carr gets more than 50 pass attempts.
Description: Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr was not good against the Chiefs in Week 15.
Insight: Carr did not throw an interception, but he did lose a fumble and average just 4.0 yards per attempt. Carr attempted 56 passes, so he did manage to gain 222 yards through the air. He also had a touchdown.
Description: Oakland tight end Mychal Rivera caught all seven targets for 109 yards and a touchdown.
Insight: Rivera had been invisible for the previous three games, so this was a pleasant surprise. He's been a low-end fantasy option this season and should improve as his rookie quarterback gets better with experience.
Description: Raiders running back Latavius Murray (concussion) is active for Week 14 against the 49ers.
Insight: Murray has the most talent of any Oakland option, but he'll be hard-pressed to break out against San Francisco's defense. Still, it's better than running Darren McFadden or Maurice Jones-drew.
Description: For owners hoping to utilize Raiders running back Latavius Murray down the fantasy stretch run need a reality check.
Insight: The Raiders are the worst rushing team in the league, so it is hard to justify using a running back from Oakland even Murray ran so well a couple weeks ago. Raiders coach Tony Sparano also told Sirius XM Radio that Murray will not be the team's workhorse back the rest of the year. With that news, Murray's upside is somewhat limited. It is hard to believe Sparano because Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden have been awful this season, but does an owner with a championship on the line want to mess with this situation?
Description: Raiders second-year running back Latavius Murray is inactive for Week 13 due to a concussion.
Insight: Murray rushed for 112 yards and two scores on just four carries last weekend. The Raiders will go with a running back by committee approach with Darren McFadden, Marcel Reece, and Maurice Jones- Drew. We don't like any of them.
Description: Raiders second-year running back Latavius Murray finally got a chance to show his stuff and he performed beautifully, up until he was injured.
Insight: Murray rushed for 112 yards and two scores on just four carries, before suffering what appeared to be a concussion. Given how completely useless Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew have been so far this season, if Murray can get healthy he should be the guy from here on out.
Description: Rumors out of Oakland are the Raiders second-year running back Latavius Murray could actually see significant time Thursday night.
Insight: Given how completely useless Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew have been so far this season, he couldn't do any worse and might do a lot better. Murray rushed four times for 43 yards last weekend.
Description: Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr seemed overmatched against the Chargers defense.
Insight: Carr was 16-of-34 for 172 yards and couldn't mount a single touchdown drive. If you are going to use a rookie quarterback, you have to expect games like this. In truth, no Oakland Raiders players should be started in any fantasy league.
Description: Oakland cornerback D.J. Hayden suffered a strained groin in Sunday's loss to Denver.
Insight: The oft-injured 2013 first-round pick is likely to miss Week 11 versus San Diego. With Carlos Rogers, TJ Carrie and Chimdi Chekwa also hurting it could be a big rebound game for Philip Rivers.
Description: Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr got off to an ugly start with a pair of early interceptions, but rebounded to throw a pair of touchdown passes against the defending Super Bowl champions.
Insight: Carr only threw for 194 yards, but this is what rookies do. They are inconsistent from week to week and quarter to quarter.
Description: Raiders running back Darren McFadden rushed 14 times for 48 yards.
Insight: Not pretty, but at least he's getting the opportunities. Maurice Jones-Drew was supposed to get a larger share of the rushing attempts, but that isn't happening. McFadden is the only fantasy option out of the Raider backfield.
Description: Raiders receiving Brice Butler had three catches for 64 yards and a touchdown in Week 6 against the Chargers.
Insight: It was a coming out party for the Raiders' passing game. Butler was one of three Raiders receivers with at least 50 yards and a touchdown. Oakland will have to continue to throw to win a game this season, but Butler is still not a viable fantasy option.
Description: Raiders receiver Andre Holmes busted out with a four-catch, 121-yard, two touchdown effort.
Insight: The 6-4, 210-pound Holmes had 74 yards and a score in Week 4, so we like the direction he's headed. In his three seasons we haven't seen much consistency from Holmes, but we like the performance over the past two games. He worth watching.
Description: Raiders running back Darren McFadden rushed 14 times for 80 yards.
Insight: Maurice Jones-Drew was supposed to get a larger share of the rushing attempts, but that didn't happen. We still don't know what to make of the Raiders backfield and at this time don't recommend either back, but if you must then McFadden is the option.
Description: Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr is active for Week 6 against San Diego.
Insight: Carr suffered a MCL sprain and high-ankle sprain three weeks ago. Just because he's back on the field doesn't mean you should be playing him. The Chargers are 4-1 with a defense yielding a league-low 12.6 ppg.
Description: Raiders interim coach Tony Sparano said receiver Denarius Moore has a "clean slate" after he was scratched in the Raiders' last game according to the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Moore has had a brutal start to 2014 with 60 receiving yards and no touchdowns on 20 targets. Moore also dropped a pass that Vince Wilfork intercepted to seal a victory in Week 3. Even though he might play this week, Moore doesn't appear to be fantasy worthy.
Description: Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub returned to the team on Wednesday.
Insight: He was absent from the team for two weaks while dealing with a family matter. Although Derek Carr thinks he will play, he is dealing with a high-ankle sprain, as well a sprained MCL. Those injuries take some time heal. As a result, Schaub could get his first start with the Raiders, coming off a bye in Week 6.
Description: Raiders quarterback Derek Carr is unable to finish game.
Insight: He left the game with a sprained MCL and a high-anke sprain, and could very well miss some time. Carr finished the day with 146 yards, one touchdown, and one interception. Matt McGloin took over and went 12-of-29 for 129 yards, one touchdown, and two interceptions.
Description: Raiders running back Darren McFadden is expected to start in Week 4 against the Dolphins according to ESPN.
Insight: Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) is ready to go, but McFadden apparently keeps the starting role because he received more practice time. Both running backs should see time along with Latavius Murray, so none of Raiders running backs should be used.
Description: Oakland wideout Rod Streater suffered a foot injury and has left Sunday's game against the Patriots and latest rumors have him sidelined for 4-6 weeks.
Insight: The 26-year-old led the Raiders with 60 grabs and 888 yards last season, but is going to miss a big portion of the season with this injury. James Jones, Denarius Moore and Andre Holmes will divide up his targets.
Description: Raiders running back Darren McFadden had the backfield all to himself in Week 2 with Maurice Jones-Drew sidelined and produced mediocre results.
Insight: He rushed for 37 yards and a score and caught two balls for 31 yards.The tailback posted double-digit fantasy points (12) for the first time since Oct, 27 last season and just his third time in the last 14 games he's played dating back to 2012. It's likely MJD will reutrn rendering both useless in fantasy leagues.
Description: Raiders quarterback Derek Carr produced better fantasy numbers in Week 2 leading Oakland to twice as many points as in Week 1, but not a victory.
Insight: Carr threw for 263 yards and a touchdown and rushed for 58 yards, but was picked off twice. We think he has a future as an NFL quarterback and a fantasy quarterback, though it may not manifest itself for owners this season.
Description: Oakland wideout Rod Streater suffered a hip flexor in Sunday's game.
Insight: The 26-year-old led the Raiders with 60 grabs and 888 yards last season, but even before the injury was falling behind James Jones. He had just 10 targets in two games while Jones saw 17 and Denarius Moore 13.
Description: Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub said he was surprised and disappointed when rookie Derek Carr was announced as Oakland's starter for Week 1.
Insight: Derek Carr's great preseason had made him the front-runner for the starting job. Fantasy owners should still consider holding onto Schaub as there is no guarantee that Carr will keep the position. Playing well in preseason against vanilla defenses doesn't always translate to regular season success.
Description: According to Jay Glazer of FOX Sports, Raiders players have been informed that the team will start Derek Carr at quarterback in Week 1.
Insight: Schaub was horrible in the preseason and is dealing with elbow soreness. Carr, a rookie second-rounder, is simply a better option than Schaub at this point and should improve the fantasy value of Oakland's skill position players.
Description: Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr will start Week 1, according to ESPN Raiders reporter Bill Williamson.
Insight: Carr looked good again Thursday night and has forced Coach Dennins Allen into a tough decision. Neither is a fantasy worthy starter, but Carr has more upside. Carr hit Denarius Moore twice for a touchdown against Seattle.
Description: According to NFL.com, Raiders receiver Andre Holmes "looks buried" on the depth chart.
Insight: The 6-4, 210-pound Holmes had 366 receiving yards and a touchdown in the last five games last season and he was listed atop the Raiders' first depth chart of the preseason along with Rod Streater. However, he was demoted in the second preseason game and was the No. 5 receiver in Friday's game. Streater and James Jones are the best fantasy bets among Oakland's wideouts, but with Matt Schaub looking horrible this preseason there's not much reason to get excited.
Description: Raiders quarterback Matt Schaub is dealing with elbow soreness, according to Jerry McDonald of the Oakland Tribune.
Insight: Schaub has completed just 24-of-47 (51.1%) for 218 yards (4.6 ypa) with zero touchdowns and one interception this season. He's looked as bad as his numbers suggest he's been. It won't be long before Derek Carr is starting for Oakland.
Description: Raiders running back Maurice Jones-Drew broke off a 40-yard touchdown during Friday's preseason game at Green Bay.
Insight: Jones-Drew rushed for 3.4 yards per carry with the Jaguars last season, but he did still have five gains of at least 20 yards and two of 40 or more. With Darren McFadden's health always in question, MJD could turn into an RB2 this season.
Description: Raiders rookie quarterback Derek Carr suffered a concussion during Friday's preseason game, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Carr has completed 19-of-32 for 183 yards, a touchdown and an interception in two preseason games while Matt Schaub has gone 11-of-20 for 108 yards and a pick, but Schaub is still expected to begin the season as Oakland's starter.
Description: Raiders receiver Denarius Moore might not make the 53-man roster, according to ESPN.com.
Insight: Moore is behind Andre Holmes, Rod Streater, James Jones and Greg Little on the depth chart. The 25-year-old has shown flashes that he can be a top target, but he's battled injuries and inconsistency. There's no need to draft him in fantasy leagues.
Description: According to the Associated Press, Oakland Raiders receiver Andre Holmes has been Matt Schaub's most consistent downfield threat since the team began practicing.
Insight: The 6-4, 210-pound Holmes had 366 receiving yards and a touchdown in the last five games last season and he was listed atop the Raiders' first depth chart of the preseason along with Rod Streater. Streater, who is 6-3, had 888 yards on 60 catches last season and the Raiders also signed James Jones in the offseason, so Holmes isn't a lock to be Schaub's No. 1 target. We'll have to see how this situation plays out in the preseason.
Description: On the Raiders first official depth chart, the team lists Rod Streater and Andre Holmes as the starting wide receivers, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: However, Tafur indicated that the depth chart is far from settled. Streater, Holmes, James Jones, Greg Little and Denarius Moore have been rotating and the team can only list two players as starters. The 6-4, 210-pound Holmes had 366 receiving yards and a touchdown in the last five games last season, but he'll likely end up behind Jones and Streater on the depth chart.
Description: Raiders OC Greg Olson made it sound as if Maurice Jones-Drew could be the lead back in the battle with Darren McFadden, according to an Oakland Tribune report.
Insight: Assuming they are both healthy, which hasn't been the case for either runner lately, the title of "starter" likely isn't going to be a big deal in this shared situation. Still, you would rather draft the guy on the field first.
Description: Oakland wideout Rod Streater (concussion) returned to practice Thursday.
Insight: The 26-year-old led the Raiders with 60 grabs and 888 yards last season and will compete with Denarius Moore for the spot opposite James Jones. Having veteran Matt Schaub at QB could help the entire receiving group, including Streater.
Description: According to mmqb.si.com, Raiders running back Darren McFadden has the starting edge over Maurice Jones-Drew but McFadden's injury history should make it a committee backfield.
Insight: McFadden has missed 29 games in his six NFL seasons and never played more than 13 in any year, but the bigger concern might be his play when he's been healthy. He's rushed for 3.3 ypc and averaged 6.2 yards per catch in two seasons under coach Dennis Allen and OC Greg Olson. MJD should get a chance to start at some point, though he too struggled last year (3.4 ypc).
Description: Oakland wideout Rod Streater suffered a concussion during Monday's practice, according to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Insight: Streater also sustained a concussion during the preseason last year. The 26-year-old led the Raiders with 60 grabs and 888 yards last season and could break out in his third year now that Oakland has some stability at quarterback.
Description: Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson said the team is "looking for big things" from second-year running back Latavius Murray, according to csnbayarea.com.
Insight: "He’s shown, to me, the biggest upside right now in what we’ve seen thus far, if he can stay healthy," Olson said. The 6-foot-3, 223-pound Murray, who ran a 40-yard dash of 4.38 seconds, missed his rookie year with an ankle injury. He's behind Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew on the depth chart but could get a shot later this season and is someone to watch in dynasty leagues.
Description: Second-round draft pick Derek Carr will have a chance to compete for the Raiders' starting quarterback job this season. SOURCE: Albert Breer, NFL.com
Insight: Matt Schaub, acquired from Houston in a trade this offseason, is the current No. 1 on Oakland's QB depth chart. However, Carr was excellent in his final year at Fresno State (50 TD, 8 INT, 5,082 passing yards) and should challenge Schaub every step of the way. This situation may not be resolved until deep into training camp.
Description: Former Green Bay Packers receiver James Jones should have the No. 1 wideout spot locked up in Oakland, but a big question to be answered in Raiders' camp will be who starts across from him?
Insight: Denarius Moore, Rod Streater, Andre Holmes and Greg Little will compete for the job. We like Moore if he can stay healthy with Streater as the primary backup.
Description: The Raiders claimed Greg Little off waivers from the Browns, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Insight: Little was cut by Cleveland even though Josh Gordon is facing suspension. The 24-year-old has good size and speed but has never displayed reliable hands in his three NFL seasons. He won't make a fantasy impact with the Raiders or any other franchise.
Description: The Raiders are prepared to waive quarterback Terrelle Pryor on Monday if they can't work out a trade in the next 24 hours. SOURCE: Alex Marvez, Fox Sports 1
Insight: Pryor became expendable when the team traded for Matt Schaub this offseason. Pryor is an elite runner (his 576 rushing yards led all quarterbacks last season) but has struggled passing the ball in his two seasons with Oakland (69.3 QB rating, 56.3 completion percentage in 14 games).
Description: Quarterback Terrelle Pryor wants out of Oakland. SOURCE: Tim Kawakami, Mercury News
Insight: He asked the team for a trade earlier this offseason. All Pryor wants is a starting job in the NFL. Unfortunately, that's not going to happen in Oakland after the Raiders acquired Matt Schaub in a trade with Houston late last week.
Description: The Raiders have acquired QB Matt Schaub from the Texans for a sixth-round pick in the 2014 draft, according to ESPN's Adam Schafter.
Insight: Schaub immediately becomes Oakland's No. 1 quarterback option with Terrelle Pryor as his main backup. His receivers are nothing special and it's unlikely Schaub will be coveted on fantasy draft day after his lousy 2013 campaign (14 INT, 73.0 QB rating in ten appearances).
Description: Former Green Bay Packers receiver James Jones has signed a three-year contract with the Oakland Raiders.
Insight: Jones led the NFL with 14 touchdown grabs in 2012 but dropped to three in 2013. He finished with a career-high 817 yards on 59 receptions in 14 games. He'll go from having one of the top QBs in the NFL to a team that currently has no starting quarterback, but he also will have far less competition for targets on the Raiders.
Description: Darren McFadden's new deal with Oakland is a one-year, $4 million contract. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Rashad Jennings signed with the Jets earlier today, which will only help McFadden's fantasy value. McFadden's lone 1,000-yard season came in 2010 when he rushed 223 times for 1,157 yards. As most fantasy owners already know, McFadden has never played an entire 16-game season.
Description: ESPN's John Clayton suggested Miami as a possible suitor for free agent running back Darren McFadden.
Insight: Starter Lamar Miller was a relative disappointment for the Dolphins last season, rushing 177 times for 709 yards in 16 games. It might be hard for McFadden, who is also being pursued by the Bengals, to find more than a one-year deal given his recent injury history.