2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Oakland Raiders
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Raiders made a lot of moves this offseason and should be improved over last season. Oakland can improve on those four wins but aren't quite a playoff team just yet. The offense still needs a top No. 1 receiver and the aging Matt Schaub isn't the long-term answer at quarterback. The defense also is erratic and can give up the big game, which also is a concern. But overall, the team is improving and getting better, which is a good thing for the Raiders.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Receiver Rod Streater was the most consistent receiver for the Raiders last season. He nearly 900 yards and caught 60 passes. He'll start from day one this season and has a much better quarterback situation to work with this season. Matt Schaub is a big improvement over what the Raiders used last season, which is a plus for Streater. He could have some big games and push towards that 1,000-yard mark this season. He is good late-round sleeper for fantasy teams, ready to take his game to a new level.
FANTASY DUD
Running back Maurice Jones-Drew heads to Oakland this season in hopes of reviving his career. We aren't so sure that will happen, though. He moves to a timeshare with the Darren McFadden and likely sees a dip in touches this season. And Jones-Drew hasn't looked nearly as explosive the last few seasons, which is another concern. Plus, we think McFadden is a more talented back at this stage of his career, so he could run away with the starter's job if he happens to stay healthy. Don't expect Jones-Drew to turn things around with the Raiders.

Team Notes

Oct 24, 06:32 PM Oakland Raiders OT Khalif Barnes (quadriceps) is expected to start at right tackle in Week 8, but head coach Tony Sparano would not say if Barnes or OT Menelik Watson will start at right tackle.
Oct 24, 06:22 PM Oakland Raiders DE LaMarr Woodley (biceps) and FS Usama Young (knee) are expected to be placed on the Reserve/Injured list.
Oct 24, 05:42 PM Oakland Raiders TE David Ausberry (foot), WR Vincent Brown (hamstring), CB Keith McGill (groin), DE LaMarr Woodley (biceps) and FS Usama Young (knee) did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 24, and have been ruled out for Week 8. OT Khalif Barnes (quadriceps), FB Marcel Reece (quadriceps), CB Carlos Rogers (knee) and DE Justin Tuck (knee) were limited during practice and are listed as questionable. OG Austin Howard (neck) fully participated in practice and is listed as probable.
Oct 24, 01:22 PM Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew needs to see more carries, according to head coach Tony Sparano.
Oct 23, 10:22 PM Oakland Raiders CB D.J. Hayden (foot) took part in his first padded practice of the year this week and could play Sunday, Oct. 26, according to interim head coach Tony Sparano.
Oct 23, 06:52 PM Oakland Raiders LB LaMarr Woodley (bicep) has a long-term bicep injury and is probably headed for the Reserve/Injured list, according to head coach Tony Sparano.
Oct 23, 05:42 PM Oakland Raiders TE David Ausberry (foot), CB Keith McGill (groin), DE LaMarr Woodley (bicep) and FS Usama Young (knee) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 23. OT Khalif Barnes (quadriceps), WR Vincent Brown (hamstring), FB Marcel Reece (quadriceps), CB Carlos Rogers (knee) and DE Justin Tuck (knee) were limited, while OT Austin Howard (neck) practiced in full.
Oct 23, 03:22 PM Oakland Raiders WR Brice Butler could receive more playing time moving forward after making a big play in each of the last two weeks. Butler said he has not lobbied for more playing time but hopes his play speaks for itself.

Fantasy Impact: Butler could be a factor the rest of this season. He has some talent and played well during the preseason.
Oct 22, 10:53 PM Oakland Raiders DE LaMarr Woodley (biceps) suffered a torn biceps in the Week 7 game against the Arizona Cardinals, a source said Wednesday, Oct. 22. It is believed his season is over.
Oct 22, 09:43 PM Oakland Raiders TE David Ausberry (foot), CB Keith McGill (groin), CB Carlos Rogers (knee), DE LaMarr Woodley (biceps) and FS Usama Young (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 22. OL Khalif Barnes (quadriceps), WR Vincent Brown (hamstring), OL Austin Howard (neck), FB Marcel Reece (quadriceps) and DE Justin Tuck (knee) were listed as limited participants.
Oct 20, 06:23 PM Oakland Raiders FS Usama Young (knee) will miss the rest of the season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament and a torn medial collateral ligament in Week 7, according to a source.
Oct 19, 07:02 PM Oakland Raiders FS Usama Young (leg) left the Week 7 game against the Arizona Cardinals in the third quarter due to an apparent left leg or knee injury. He appeared to be unable to put weight on his leg, and he was carted off to the locker room.
Oct 19, 03:02 PM The Oakland Raiders have declared QB Matt McGloin, WR Vincent Brown, OL Khalif Barnes, OG Tony Bergstrom, FB Marcel Reece, CB Keith McGill, DE Justin Tuck inactive for Week 7.
Oct 17, 06:12 PM Oakland Raiders QB Derek Carr (ankle, knee) practiced in full Friday, Oct. 17, and is listed as probable for Week 7 against the Arizona Cardinals.
Oct 17, 06:12 PM Oakland Raiders WR Vincent Brown (hamstring) and CB Keith McGill (groin) have been ruled out for Week 7 against the Arizona Cardinals. OG Khalif Barnes (quadriceps), FB Marcel Reece (quadriceps) and DE Justin Tuck (knee) are questionable, while DE Benson Mayowa (knee), LB Sio Moore (ankle) and FS Usama Young (foot) are probable. Brown and McGill didn't practice Friday, Oct. 17. Barnes, Reece and Tuck were limited, while the others practiced in full.
Oct 16, 06:02 PM Oakland Raiders OT Khalif Barnes (quadriceps), WR Vincent Brown (hamstring), CB Keith McGill (groin), FB Marcel Reece (quadriceps) and DE Justin Tuck (knee) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 16. DE Benson Mayowa (knee), LB Sio Moore (ankle) and FS Usama Young (foot) practiced in full.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Tarell Brown, CB; Austin Howard, OT; Carlos Rogers, CB; James Jones, WR; Maurice Jones-Drew, RB; LaMarr Woodley, LB; Justin Tuck, DE; Antonio Smith, DE; Matt Schaub, QB. 

Losses:
Jared Veldheer, OT; Lamarr Houston, DE; Vance Walker, DT; Rashad Jennings, RB; Jacoby Ford, WR; Terrelle Pryor, QB. 

2014 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  5 Khalil MackLB
 # 2  4 Derek CarrQB
 # 3  17 Gabe JacksonOL
 # 4  7 Justin EllisDL
 # 4  16 Keith McGillDB
 # 7  4 Travis CarrieDB
 # 7  20 Shelby HarrisDL
 # 7  32 Jonathan DowlingDB

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 7 1:00PM     at New York Jets
2     Sep 14 4:25PM     Houston
3     Sep 21 1:00PM     at New England
4     Sep 28 1:00PM     Miami
-- Week 5 Bye --
6     Oct 12 4:05PM     San Diego
7     Oct 19 4:25PM     Arizona
8     Oct 26 4:25PM     at Cleveland
9     Nov 2 4:25PM     at Seattle
10     Nov 9 4:05PM     Denver
11     Nov 16 4:05PM     at San Diego
12     Nov 20 8:25PM     Kansas City
13     Nov 30 1:00PM     at St Louis
14     Dec 7 4:25PM     San Francisco
15     Dec 14 1:00PM     at Kansas City
16     Dec 21 4:25PM     Buffalo
17     Dec 28 4:25PM     at Denver
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