Team Grade:
Oakland Raiders
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Outlook

The Raiders are an intriguing team for the coming season. They have a lot of young, explosive talent on both sides of the ball. This team should make strides this year and be around a .500 team. The Raiders might be a few seasons away from a playoff spot, though. They still have some question marks defensively, especially in the secondary, and all the young players could cause for some growing pains along the way. Things are finally looking up for this franchise, though. Their arrow is pointing up.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Running back Latavius Murray found his way into the starting lineup late last season and did enough to show he can be the starter for the Raiders going forward. Heā??ll start from day one in what should be a much better offense. Murray is a three-down back that also catches the ball pretty well. Heā??ll get plenty of touches on a weekly basis, carrying good total yardage potential for the coming season. He is ready to become a top fantasy back and should be a big help to fantasy teams in 2015.
FANTASY DUD
A change of teams is supposed to be a good thing for receiver Michael Crabtree, but we arenā??t so sure. He just doesnā??t look like the same explosive player from earlier in his career. Major injuries seem to have zapped his speed a little, which is a concern. Crabtree hasnā??t shown much in recent seasons, so donā??t expect a sudden turnaround with the Raiders. Heā??ll produce some but donā??t overvalue him come draft day because of a move to the Raiders. He is a ho-hum talent at receiver for fantasy teams.

Team Notes

Apr 18, 03:23 PM Oakland Raiders exclusive rights free-agents DL Denico Autry, LB Korey Toomer, DE Shelby Harris, TE Gabe Holmes and S Tevin McDonald re-signed to undisclosed deals Monday, April 18.
Apr 13, 05:33 PM Oakland Raiders OT Matt McCants signed his one-year restricted free-agent tender Wednesday, April 13.
Apr 06, 07:33 PM Free-agent FS Reggie Nelson (Bengals) agreed to a two-year deal with the Oakland Raiders Wednesday, April 6, according to a source. Financial terms were not disclosed.

Fantasy Impact: This is a good signing for the Raiders, boosting the secondary.
Apr 05, 11:13 PM Updating a previous report, Oakland Raiders LB Aldon Smith's two-year contract calls for $250,000 for each game he is on the 53-man roster in 2016 and 2017.
Apr 04, 02:03 PM Free-agent LB Aldon Smith (Raiders) has reached a contract agreement with the Oakland Raiders Monday, April 4, according to a source. Terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Fantasy Impact: Once he is back on the field, the Raiders pass rush is going to be scary good.
Apr 04, 02:03 PM Free-agent FS Reggie Nelson (Bengals) will meet with the Oakland Raiders Monday, April 4, or Tuesday, April 5, according to a source.
Mar 31, 02:23 PM Oakland Raiders TE Clive Walford's role is expected to be expanded in 2016.
Mar 31, 01:13 PM Oakland Raiders TE Mychal Rivera is expected to be available in a trade as the NFL Draft approaches.
Mar 31, 01:03 PM Oakland Raiders head coach Jack Del Rio said the Raiders don't have a glaring need for another running back with RB Latavius Murray in the picture. There has been talk this offseason that general manager Reggie Mackenzie is looking for help in the backfield. Oakland ranked 28th in the run with 91.1 yards per game and just 3.9 yards per carry in 2015. Del Rio said any new running back Oakland adds will have a chance to compete for carries. 'We would like to add somebody in the backfield at some point, but it's not like it's a glaring need,' Del Rio said. 'We do have a good player there.'
Mar 30, 05:43 PM There is optimism that Oakland Raiders DE Mario Edwards Jr. (neck) could still be able to play in 2016 despite suffering a neck injury last season, according to head coach Jack Del Rio.
Mar 21, 06:23 PM Free-agent LB Aldon Smith (Raiders) is still in the Raiders' plans after he completes his one-year suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy. General manager Reggie McKenzie said he is in no rush to re-sign Smith, though, as he wants to make sure Smith is making the correct off-field decisions first. McKenzie said the conversations with Smith have been good and it's encouraging to see him get his life right. Smith is eligible to be reinstated off the NFL's reserve/suspended list in mid-November.
Mar 19, 03:23 PM Free-agent FS Reggie Nelson (Bengals) has been contacted by the Tennessee Titans, according to general manager Jon Robinson.
Mar 15, 08:33 AM Free-agent WR Andre Holmes (Raiders) re-signed with the Oakland Raiders Tuesday, March 15, on a one-year deal worth up to $3 million with $1 million guaranteed.
Mar 14, 03:53 PM Free-agent LB Daren Bates (Rams) signed a one-year deal with the Oakland Raiders Monday, March 14. Financial terms were undisclosed.
Mar 11, 07:23 PM Oakland Raiders LB Curtis Lofton was released Friday, March 11.
Mar 09, 05:33 PM Free-agent C Tony Bergstrom (Raiders) is signing an undisclosed deal with the Houston Texans Wednesday, March 9, according to a source.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Nate Allen, SS; Michael Crabtree, WR; James Dockery, DB; Roy Helu, RB; Rodney Hudson, C; Curtis Lofton, LB; Christian Ponder, QB; Trent Richardson, RB; Malcolm Smith, LB; Lee Smith, TE; Jā??Marcus Webb, T; Dan Williams, NT. 

Losses:
Tyvon Branch, SS; Vincent Brown, WR; Chimdi Chekwa, DB; Darren McFadden, RB; Denarius Moore, WR; Matt Schaub, QB; Pat Sims, DT; Antonio Smith, DT; Stefan Wisniewski, C; LaMarr Woodley, DE. 

2016 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  14 Karl JosephDB
 # 2  44 Jihad WardDL
 # 3  75 Shilique CalhounDL

2016 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 11 1:00PM     at New Orleans
2     Sep 18 4:25PM     Atlanta
3     Sep 25 1:00PM     at Tennessee
4     Oct 2 1:00PM     at Baltimore
5     Oct 9 4:25PM     San Diego
6     Oct 16 4:05PM     Kansas City
7     Oct 23 1:00PM     at Jacksonville
8     Oct 30 1:00PM     at Tampa Bay
9     Nov 6 8:30PM     Denver
-- Week 10 Bye --
11     Nov 21 8:30PM     Houston
12     Nov 27 4:25PM     Carolina
13     Dec 4 4:05PM     Buffalo
14     Dec 8 8:25PM     at Kansas City
15     Dec 18 4:25PM     at San Diego
16     Dec 24 4:05PM     Indianapolis
17     Jan 1 4:25PM     at Denver
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