Description: Raiders receiver Denarius Moore (shoulder) practiced Wednesday.
Insight: Moore missed the last three games, allowing Rod Streater and Andre Holmes to step in as top targets for Matt McGloin. Moore's return will make Oakland's receiver situation too unpredictable to bother with in Week 15.
Description: Raiders halfback Rashad Jennings won't be limited Sunday against Kansas City. SOURCE: Comcast Bay Area
Insight: Jennings is going to see his usual workload, which means he'll be a solid flex/RB2 option for fantasy owners in Week 15. He missed Sunday's game because of a concussion but was given medical clearance to return earlier this week.
Description: According to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle, Oakland running back Rashad Jennings has passed his concussion tests.
Insight: Jennings proved to be a strong RB2 in place of the injured Darren McFadden from Weeks 9-13, but he suffered a concussion on Thanksgiving and missed Sunday's game against the Jets. Marcel Reece filled in and had 161 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown, but he'll return to fullback with Jennings back in the lineup. While Oakland's Week 15 matchup against the Chiefs has blowout potential, Jennings will be a RB2.
Description: Oakland fullback Marcel Reece had a productive day Sunday against the Jets.
Insight: The 255-pounder finished with 123 yards on 19 carries. He also came away with 38 receiving yards on two catches. Reece had only carried the ball 22 times all season prior to Sunday. He'll face a tough Kansas City team in Week 15.
Description: Oakland running back Rashad Jennings has officially been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Jets. SOURCE: Raiders on Twitter
Insight: Jennings wasn't able to pass concussion protocol after leaving last week's game in the fourth quarter. With Darren McFadden also out, fullback Marcel Reece will have to anchor the Raiders' ground game. With snow in the forecast, Sunday's game at Metlife Stadium could be a low-scoring affair.
Description: Raiders strong safety Tyvon Branch (broken leg) returned to practice Wednesday.
Insight: Branch might be the best defensive player the Raiders so his return would be a big boost to the Oakland secondary. They face Geno Smith and the Jets so he might not be pushed into the starting lineup with just a couple of days of practice.
Description: Raiders receiver Denarius Moore (shoulder) missed Wednesday's practice.
Insight: Moore missed the last two games with a shoulder injury and is not expected to play Sunday at New York. "He's getting better but not ready yet," coach Dennis Allen said, according to Fallon Smith of CSN Bay Area.
Description: Raiders running back Darren McFadden missed Wednesday's practice due to an ankle injury, according to Fallon Smith of CSN Bay Area.
Insight: McFadden just returned from a hamstring injury last Thursday at Dallas, but he's already dealing with another issue. He's firmly behind Rashad Jennings on the depth chart and is not a fantasy option even if he plays in Week 14 against the Jets.
Description: Oakland coach Dennis Allen says he's "inclined" to use Matt McGloin as his starting quarterback next week against the Jets. SOURCE: Steve Corkran, Contra Costa Times
Insight: McGloin struggled in Thursday's loss to Dallas. The rookie from Penn State has had his ups and downs this season but so has Terrelle Pryor (69.0 QB rating in eight appearances). Halfback Rashad Jennings will continue to be the focal point of the offense regardless of who gets the start at quarterback.
Description: Raiders running back Rashad Jennings may have suffered a concussion late in the fourth quarter against Dallas.
Insight: Jennings couldn't generate much yardage, but scored twice to save the day for his fantasy owners. He'll have additional time to recover before Oakland's next game on Dec 8. Jennings has recorded five consecutive double-digit games and taken the starting spot away from Darren McFadden.
Description: Oakland Raiders tight end Mychal Rivera (concussion) is active Thursday against the Cowboys.
Insight: Rivera suffered a concussion on a helmet-to-helmet hit from Titans safety Michael Griffin just four days ago, but he's ready to go. He had five catches for 54 yards and a touchdown two weeks ago at Houston and will be Matt McGloin's No. 2 target Thursday.
Description: Raiders receiver Denarius Moore (shoulder) has been ruled out for Thursday's Thanksgiving Day game at Dallas.
Insight: Moore missed Sunday's game against the Titans, allowing Rod Streater to step into the No. 1 receiver role. Streater saw nine targets and caught five of them for 93 yards against Tennessee and is a WR3 option at Dallas.
Description: Darren McFadden's days of leading the Oakland running attack appear to be over. SOURCE: Contra Costa Times
Insight: If McFadden (hamstring) does suit up Thursday against the Cowboys, he won't be used as the starter. Rashad Jennings, a relative unknown before the season started, has emerged as a top-ten fantasy running back. With free agency looming, the injury-prone McFadden may not be a Raider for much longer.
Description: Raiders offensive coordinator Greg Olson said the team plans to stick with the "hot hand" at running back, which means Rashad Jennings will continue to start even though Darren McFadden (hamstring) is ready to return. SOURCE: Steve Corkran, Contra Costa Times
Insight: Jennings has produced 583 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns on 88 touches the last four games. While McFadden will cut into his touches, Jennings is still a RB2 Thanksgiving Day at Dallas.
Description: Raiders running back Darren McFadden will be out again Sunday against Tennessee.
Insight: He's been working his way back from a hamstring injury but as usual with McFadden, the recovery process has taken all kinds of twists and turns. With Rashad Jennings playing some of the best football of his career right now, there's no guarantee McFadden would get the starting job back anyway. It's too early for fantasy owners to cut the chord completely but that doesn't mean they should expect a speedy recovery.
Description: Raiders receiver Denarius Moore (shoulder) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against Tennessee, according to Scott Bair of csnbayarea.com.
Insight: Moore missed another practice Friday with a shoulder injury. Rod Streater will be QB Matt McGloin's No. 1 target on the outside, but tight end Mychal Rivera also should see increased targets and is a sleeper TE1.
Description: Raiders receiver Denarius Moore (shoulder) missed another practice on Thursday.
Insight: He has 569 yards and five scores on 37 catches this season and will be a WR3 in Week 12 against the Titans if he's healthy. If he doesn't play Oakland QB Matt McGloin will be extremely limited in his receiver options.
Description: Oakland RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) is "definitely getting closer" to returning, coach Dennis Allen said, according to Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times.
Insight: The oft-injured McFadden has rushed for 1,059 yards on 314 carries (3.4 ypc) in 19 games the last two seasons, while Rashad Jennings has produced 431 yards from scrimmage and three touchdowns the last three games. If McFadden returns Sunday, he likely will be in a timeshare with Jennings, which will put a damper on the fantasy value of both players.
Description: Raiders receiver Denarius Moore (shoulder) missed Wednesday's practice, according to Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times. Moore underwent an MRI Monday, the results of which are not yet available.
Insight: Moore had just 11 yards on two catches against Houston but saved his day with a touchdown, his first since Oct. 10. He has 569 yards and five scores on 37 catches this season and will be a WR3 in Week 12 against the Titans if he's healthy. If Moore has to miss the game, Rod Streater would be Matt McGloin's No. 1 target.
Description: Matt McGloin has earned another start at quarterback for the Raiders. SOURCE: Jerry McDonald, Oakland Tribune
Insight: He'll get the nod Sunday versus Tennessee. It's unclear if McGloin's starter distinction is temporary or permanent. Terrelle Pryor is still working his way back from a knee injury but he wasn't playing well even before he got hurt.
Description: Raiders receiver Denarius Moore suffered a shoulder injury Sunday against the Texans and went for an MRI Monday.
Insight: Moore had just 11 yards on two catches against Houston but saved his day with a touchdown, his first since Oct. 10. He has 569 yards and five scores on 37 catches this season and will be a WR3 in Week 12 against the Titans if he's healthy.
Description: Raiders running back Rashad Jennings had another huge game in place of the injured Darren McFadden Sunday at Houston.
Insight: Jennings had 150 yards and a touchdown (80-yarder) in the game, giving him 431 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns over his last three games. McFadden is out indefinitely with a hamstring injury.
Description: Raiders quarterback Matt McGloin threw three touchdowns and zero picks in his first career start Sunday at Houston.
Insight: McGloin may have taken away the starting job from Terrelle Pryor with the performance. NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported prior to the game that Sunday would be a "big barometer" on McGloin's chances at supplanting Pryor.
Description: Oakland RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) missed another practice.
Insight: Nothing new here. McFadden is a notoriously slow healer. Barring a miracle, it's another weekend to start Rashad Jennings. Jennings totaled 107 yards from scrimmage last week and 176 yards from scrimmage against Philadelphia in Week 9.
Description: Oakland RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 10 against the Giants.
Insight: McFadden, who is a notoriously slow healer, suffered the injury in Week 9 and didn't practice at all this week. Rashad Jennings, who had 176 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown on 22 touches in relief of McFadden Sunday, will start and is a top-20 running back this week.
Description: Oakland RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) missed another practice on Friday.
Insight: McFadden is looking very questionable for Sunday's game against the Giants, particularly given his past history for not playing with injuries. Rashad Jennings is a worthwhile top-20 running back after picking up 176 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown on 22 touches in Week 9.
Description: Oakland RB Darren McFadden (hamstring) missed Thursday's practiced.
Insight: McFadden is looking doubtful for Sunday's game against the Giants. Rashad Jennings is a worthwhile top-20 running back after picking up 176 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown on 22 touches in Week 9.
Description: Oakland RB Darren McFadden was absent from the team's practice session on Wednesday. SOURCE: Vic Tafur, San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: McFadden left Sunday's game early after re-injuring his hamstring. With McFadden probably out for this week's game against the Giants, backup Rashad Jennings should be a respectable fantasy option for Week 10.
Description: Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor left Sunday's game against the Eagles with a knee injury, but he said it was "precautionary." SOURCE: Scott Bair, csnbayarea.com
Insight: The Raiders were getting blown out 49-13 in the fourth quarter when Pryor left. The young QB said after the game that his knee feels stable. He should be fine to play in Week 10 against the Giants.
Description: Oakland halfback Darren McFadden doubled his season touchdown total with two scores Sunday versus Pittsburgh.
Insight: McFadden wasn't overly efficient (24 carries for just 73 yards) but the workload was there and so were the touchdowns. Fantasy owners can roll him out as legitimate RB2 as long as he stays healthy.
Description: Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor rushed for 106 yards on nine carries Sunday in a victory over the Steelers.
Insight: He also contributed 88 yards through the air. Pryor's 93-yard touchdown run in the first quarter was the longest ever for an NFL quarterback. He's on pace to rush for 977.5 yards this season, which would be the most since Michael Vick ran for a quarterback record 1,039 yards in 2006.
Description: According to Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle, Raiders coach Dennis Allen said he wants to get Marcel Reece more touches.
Insight: "Well we’ve got to put him in positions where we know he’s getting it. Turn around and hand the ball off to him. Throw him a quick screen. Do some things where there’s not a lot of decision making involved," Allen said. With both Darren McFadden and Rashad Jennings active in Week 6, Reece had zero carries and just one catch. He won't be a fantasy option unless both McFadden and Jennings go down.
Description: After speaking with Oakland halfback Darren McFadden on Friday, San Francisco Chronicle reporter Vic Tafur said he didn't think McFadden would play Sunday against the Chiefs.
Insight: McFadden, who sat out Week 5 with a hamstring injury, practiced all week but still isn't feeling like himself. Marcel Reece and Rashad Jennings would split carries in the event of another absence for McFadden though neither are particularly appealing options against Kansas City's top-ranked defense.
Description: Raiders running back Darren McFadden (hamstring) was a limited participant in Friday's practice, but is expected to give it a go on Sunday.
Insight: The Raiders would probably be smarter to hold him back until after their Week 7 bye, but even if he plays we think the team will also include Rashad Jennings and Marcel Reece in the game plan making all three questionable fantasy staters.
Description: Raiders running back Rashad Jennings sustained a hamstring injury and did not play in the second half against San Diego.
Insight: Jennings was productive in the first half with 10 carries for 41 yards. If he can't go and always-injured Darren McFadden is still sidelined, the team will have to make do with Jeremy Stewart and fullback Marcel Reece.
Description: Raiders running back Darren McFadden (hamstring) is officially listed as doubtful for Sunday night's game against the Chargers and ESPN's Paul Gutierrez suggests that McFadden is unlikely to play until Oct. 27 against the Steelers in Week 8.
Insight: If that ends up being the case, McFadden will miss two games and have the Raiders Week 7 bye to fully heal. "I think (sitting out is) going to help me out a whole lot," McFadden said Friday. "But at the same time we're just taking it day-to-day right now. Just walking around and stuff you can feel it a little bit. It's tight, sore, so hamstrings are one of those things you want to be careful with. I'd rather miss one or two games than to come back and pop it and miss four or five." Rashad Jennings is likely to be the feature back in Week 5, which makes him a solid flex option with four teams on a bye.
Description: Raiders running back Rashad Jennings is expected to play a big role Sunday against the Chargers, as Darren McFadden is doubtful with a hamstring injury and Marcel Reece is questionable with a knee issue.
Insight: Jennings had 116 yards from scrimmage (45 rushing, 71 receiving) on 22 touches in relief of McFadden last week. If Reece was healthy he would likely split touches with Jennings, but since he isn't, Jennings is in line for a featured role and should be a solid flex play in Week 5.
Description: Raiders running back Darren McFadden (hamstring) did not practice Thursday for the second straight day, according to Steve Corkran of the Contra Costa Times.
Insight: However, Scott Bair of CSNBayArea.com reports that Raiders coach Dennis Allen said McFadden doesn't need practice reps to play Sunday night against the Chargers. If he's physically able to go, he'll play. Rashad Jennings would be in line for the start if McFadden and Marcel Reece (knee) sit out.
Description: Raiders running back Darren McFadden left Sunday's game early with an a hamstring injury and given his history with injuries is doubtful for next week versus San Diego.
Insight: The oft-injured McFadden has never made it through a full season without missing a game so it's a surprise it took him this long before he finally get injured. Rashad Jennings took over the primary running back role.
Description: Raiders fullback Marcel Reece injured his knee and is done for the day.
Insight: Reece was the most productive fullback in football by a wide margin last season (271 rushing yards, 496 receiving yards) and with Darren McFadden already sidelined could have been in for a decent workload along with Rashad Jennings. It's all on Jennings now.
Description: Raiders running back Darren McFadden left Sunday's game early with an apparent hamstring injury.
Insight: The oft-injured McFadden has never made it through a full season without missing a game so it's a surprise it took him this long before he finally get injured. Rashad Jennings will take over the halfback duties in his absence.
Description: Despite a San Francisco Chronicle report that Terrelle Pryor would start Sunday against Washington, it's Matt Flynn who will get the nod in Week 4.
Insight: Pryor passed all his concussion tests but the Raiders are playing it safe by starting the healthier Flynn. We'll have to wait until the inactive lists come out to see if Pryor will be available off the bench though we wouldn't imagine that he would be. If all goes well, Pryor should be back for next Sunday's game against the Chargers.
Description: According to ESPN's Adam Schefter, the Raiders will start Matt Flynn at quarterback Sunday against the Redskins.
Insight: Terrelle Pryor passed his concussion tests but the team is being extra cautious with him. Given how bad Washington's defense has looked this season, Flynn isn't a bad option in two-QB leagues.
Description: ESPN's Adam Schefter reported Thursday that Raiders QB Terrelle Pryor is doubtful for Sunday's game, but Oakland coach Dennis Allen said Friday that Pryor will play if he passes one more concussion test Saturday. SOURCE: San Francisco Chronicle
Insight: Pryor was cleared for contact Friday morning, but he still has one precautionary test to go. "We want to do the right thing for this kid," Allen said. Pryor said he feels 100 percent. If he starts Sunday against the Redskins' horrid defense, he'd make for an intriguing fantasy option.
Description: Raiders running back Darren McFadden shredded the Jaguars for 129 yards on 19 carries Sunday.
Insight: It was his most rushing yards in a game since totaling 171 yards on Sept. 25, 2011 against the Jets. McFadden is the Raiders' most reliable weapon so he'll continue to be featured until he suffers his usual injury.
Description: The Raiders and fullback Marcel Reece have reached an agreement on a three-year, $13 million contract extension.
Insight: According to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, $7.2 million of that is guaranteed. Reece was the most productive fullback in football by a wide margin last season (271 rushing yards, 496 receiving yards). Now he's finally getting paid like it.
Description: Oakland quarterback Terrelle Pyror rushed for 112 yards to go along with 217 yards passing Sunday in a loss at Indianapolis.
Insight: He did throw two interceptions but one of those was out of desperation late in the fourth quarter. Overall, it was an admirable performance from a player not many expected to start for the Raiders this season. Pyror should be in for an even bigger game next week against the lowly Jaguars.
Description: Vic Tafur of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Terrelle Pryor will start at quarterback for the Raiders Sunday.
Insight: The Chronicle let out coach Dennis Allen's secret. Allen planned on waiting until Sunday to reveal his decision to the public to gain a competitive advantage. That he chose Pryor isn't surprising, as he outplayed Matt Flynn in the preseason. This is the second straight preseason that Flynn entered training camp as the starter and lost the job. Fantasy owners shouldn't bother with anyone on Oakland expect maybe Darren McFadden.
Description: According to ESPN.com, Raiders coach Dennis Allen has informed Terrelle Pryor and Matt Flynn who his Week 1 starting quarterback will be, but he said he might not announce his ddecision to the public until Sunday morning.
Insight: Fortunately, fantasy owners aren't waiting with bated breath for Allen's decision, and anyone starting Rod Streater or Denarius Moore in Week 1 has bigger problems to worry about. We'd prefer Pryor get the job for Darren McFadden's sake because at least Pryor is a playmaker that defenses have to worry about.
Description: When Raiders OC Greg Olson talked about Terrelle Pryor Wednesday, it sounded like he was talking about his starting quarterback. "We signed Matt [Flynn] with the thought being that he’s going to come in and be the starter, and we would have that package for Terrelle," Olson said. "But Terrelle has done some things in these preseason games that we’ve been excited about; stuff that a lot of people are excited about. With his success on the field, we’ll continue to add to that package. It was the thought process going in to it. There wasn’t a big package for him a year ago, so we had to absorb that first part. As we continue to grow offensively, we’ll continue to add plays for Terrelle." SOURCE: CSNBayArea.com
Insight: As long as Pryor doesn't have a miserable game Thursday in Oakland's final preseason tilt, he'll likely be the Raiders starting QB over Matt Flynn in Week 1. Having a weapon like Pryor in the backfield instead of Flynn could help Darren McFadden find more room to run, even if it doesn't do anything for the value of Oakland's receivers.
Description: Terrelle Pryor is now the favorite to win Oakland's starting quarterback job. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Matt Flynn just can't catch a break can he? First he has to sit on the bench behind Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay. Then he signs a deal with Seattle, only to watch from the sidelines while Russell Wilson leads the team to the playoffs. And then when it finally looks like he might be the starter, here goes Pryor pulling the rug out from underneath him. Sitting on the bench can't be that bad though when you're making almost $6 million a year.
Description: Raiders coach Dennis Allen said QB Matt Flynn is once again dealing with tendinitis in his right arm and will need some rest, according to Vic Tafur of SFGate.com.
Insight: Flynn is also on the verge of losing his starting job for the second straight preseason, this time to Terrelle Pryor. Either, way fantasy owners shouldn't draft anyone tied to this Raiders passing game. Darren McFadden is also a risky pick given his injury history and Oakland's suspect offensive line.
Description: Oakland starter Matt Flynn has struggled in the exhibition season and could lose the his spot on the depth chart.
Insight: Flynn could lose a starting spot for the second consecutive season and fantasy owners should think twice before selecting him. Friday night Flynn was 3-for-6 for 19 yards with a pair of interceptions while Pryor was 7-for-9 for 93 yards and a score.
Description: Oakland quarterback Terrelle Pryor has arguably played better than Matt Flynn and could take over the job at some time this season, possibly as soon as Week 1.
Insight: Matt Flynn could lose a starting spot for the second consecutive season and fantasy owners should think twice before selecting him. Friday night Flynn was 3-for-6 for 19 yards with a pair of interceptions while Pryor was 7-for-9 for 93 yards and a score.
Description: Raiders running back Darren McFadden sat out Friday night's game with a shoulder injury.
Insight: McFadden injured ... who would have thought. Coach Dennis Allen called it minor and said that had it been a regular season game he could have played. Still, for a guy who has a history of injury, being hurt in the preseason does not instill confidence.
Description: Oakland wideout Rod Streater suffered a concussion in Friday night's game against Chicago.
Insight: Streater has been the Raiders' most consistent wideout in training camp and he could become the go-to receiver ahead of the up-and-down Denarius Moore. Streater averaged 70.2 yards per game in Oakland's final five contests last season. He now has two weeks to recover before the season opener September 8th against Indianapolis.
Description: According to Vic Tafur of SFGate.com, Raiders coaches have "accepted" that quarterback Matt Flynn is not going to have success throwing longer than 25 yards.
Insight: Tafur said that Flynn's limitations throwing deep have been "clear all camp." The team's playbook is heavy on short passes. The Raiders lost top LT Jared Veldheer to a torn triceps Wednesday, so things are looking way down for this offense.
Description: According to the Associated Press, Matt Flynn has solidified his role as starting quarterback so far in training camp.
Insight: Flynn signed with Seattle last year, where the starting job also was his to lose, and he lost it to Russell Wilson. However, rookie Tyler Wilson and Terrelle Pryor don't offer the same level of competition for Flynn in Oakland. However, he's a long shot to produce anything of value to fantasy owners based on the Raiders' personnel this season.
Description: According to the Oakland Tribune, Rod Streater has been the Raiders' most consistent receiver in training camp.
Insight: The Tribune suggests that Streater could become quarterback Matt Flynn's go-to receiver because he's the only receiver the team can rely on to catch the ball consistently. Streater, who went undrafted out of Temple, averaged 70.2 yards per game in the final five contests last season.
Description: Raiders coach Dennis Allen said he is "counting on" Denarius Moore to be "our No. 1 receiver," according to the Contra Costa Times.
Insight: Moore had 34 catches for 575 yards and five touchdowns over his first eight games last season (71.9 ypg), but he finished with 166 yards and two touchdowns on 17 catches over his final seven (23.7 ypg). It's going to be difficult to trust him as an every-week fantasy receiver coming out of the draft with unproven Matt Flynn under center, even in three-WR leagues.
Description: Raiders coach Dennis Allen declared Matt Flynn the starting quarterback, according to the Contra Costa Times.
Insight: Flynn signed with Seattle last year, where the starting job also was his to lose, and he lost it to Russell Wilson. However, we don't see 2013 fourth-rounder Tyler Wilson taking the job from him, even though it would be eerie if he lost it again to another guy named Wilson.
Description: The Carson Palmer to Arizona trade appears to be falling apart.
Insight: Jason La Canfora from CBS Sports says the deal has "hit a snag" and that it's uncertain "if it can be overcome at this point." The Raiders acquired Matt Flynn from Seattle earlier in the day so it doesn't look like Palmer will be needed next season. If the Cards and Raiders can't get past this snag, Oakland will likely look to trade Palmer somewhere else.
Description: Seattle backup quarterback Matt Flynn has been traded to the Oakland Raiders for two draft picks, according to Fox's Jay Glazer.
Insight: Assuming Carson Palmer is gone (to Arizona or Tampa Bay), Flynn will finally get a chance to start. He'll have a nice young receiving corps to grow with including Denarius Moore and Rod Streater.
Description: Raiders quarterback Carson Palmer has balked at the team's request that he take a $3 million pay cut from his $13 million base salary, which Yahoo! Sports' Mike Silver says is a sign that Palmer no longer wants to play for Oakland.
Insight: Sources say that a divorce is imminent. "Carson isn't 28, and he doesn't know how much time he has left," one source close to Palmer said Wednesday. "Does he want to be with a team that is clearly rebuilding and looks like it's a long way away from contending, where he doesn't have a whole lot around him? He's gotten to play a lot in his career, but he hasn't gotten to experience a lot of winning. At this point, I think being somewhere where they have a chance to win is the most important thing."
Description: The Raiders have released receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey, according to Will Brinson of CBSSports.com.
Insight: With 140 receptions for 2071 yards and 11 touchdowns in four seasons as a Raiders, Heyward-Bey will go down as a draft bust after being selected with the seventh overall pick in 2009. Heyward-Bey was the first receiver off the board in a draft that included Michael Crabtree (10th, SF), Jeremy Maclin (19th, PHI), Percy Harvin (22nd, MIN), Hakeem Nicks (29th, NYG), Kenny Britt (30th, TEN), Mike Wallace (84th, PIT) and Brian Hartline (108th, MIA).
Description: New Raiders OC Greg Olson said he will be emphasizing running back Darren McFadden's strengths this season, likely by instituting a power running scheme. Fired OC Greg Knapp installed a zone blocking scheme that went away from McFadden's strengths last season and the running back only gained 3.3 ypc in 12 games. SOURCE: MercuryNews.com
Insight: McFadden flourished in 2011 under a power scheme, producing 614 yards and four touchdowns on the ground on 113 carries (5.4 ypc) in seven games before suffering an injury. We still believe McFadden possesses immense upside but it's doubtful he will ever play 16 games. Still, he might be able to produce third-round value even in 12 games if he is used correctly.
Description: Oakland GM Reggie McKenzie says that Darren McFadden will remain the team's starting running back for next season. SOURCE: Jerry McDonald, Oakland Tribune
Insight: The former first round draft pick has recorded just one 1,000 yard rushing season in five years in the league. After a disappointing 2012 campaign (707 yards on a career-worst 3.3 yards per carry), he'll need to stay healthy for a whole season if he wants to win back fantasy owners' trust.
Description: Terrelle Pryor has been named the Raiders starting quarterback for Week 17 against the Chargers. SOURCE: NFL.com
Insight: Carson Palmer left last Sunday's game with an injury and was replaced by Matt Leinart, who underwhelmed -- 16-32, 115 yards, 1 INT -- in a 17-6 loss to Carolina. Pryor has only thrown two NFL passes in his career so he obviously shouldn't be trusted in a Week 17 fantasy matchup.
Description: Oakland running back Darren McFadden rushed 17 times for 33 yards Sunday.
Insight: And he was Oakland's best performer in a game where Matt Leinart had to throw 32 passes due to a Carson Palmer rib injury. McFadden has been a massive bust this season, rushing for 3.3 ypc and scoring three total touchdowns in 11 games.
Description: Raiders receiver Rod Streater has emerged as QB Carson Palmer's favorite target the past three games, catching 12 passes for 258 yards and a touchdown in that span.
Insight: Streater, an undrafted rookie out of Temple, has stepped up while Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey have faded. However, the other two are just as likely to lead the team in yardage in Week 16 at Carolina.