2013 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Oakland Raiders
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Raiders seem to be heading in a better direction but still seem a few years away from a return to the playoffs. Much of their season this year will depend on Flynn. Is he really the answer at quarterback? The defense also needs to play more consistent. The Raiders have plenty of talent on the defensive side of the ball but didn't play up to their potential much of last season. With all that said, a season with around six or seven wins seems likely for the Raiders. They aren't there just yet.

FANTASY BREAKOUT

Matt Flynn, QB. Remember, Flynn was playing well before last season but lost out on the starter's job to a red hot Russell Wilson. Flynn has plenty of ability and the tools to be a successful starter in this league. He should win the starter's job in Oakland this season. The Raiders don't have any superstars at receiver but several guys that can make plays and stretch the field. Flynn could help take their games to a new level. We think he can emerge as a legit fantasy backup and spot starter.

FANTASY DUD

Darren McFadden, RB. It is hard to trust McFadden. He has a history of getting injured and just one really good season under his belt. And despite that, you have to use a pretty high pick to grab him come draft day. Is he worth the risk? We don't think so. And past history suggests that McFadden is going to disappoint again this year. He has tons of talent but has a hard time of putting that together for a full season. And even when healthy last year, McFadden wasn't doing much in the Raiders' offense. Let someone else take this headache come draft day.

Team Notes

Apr 09, 02:53 PM Oakland Raiders QB Matt Schaub said he would not be upset if the team selects a quarterback during the 2014 NFL Draft, because he understands the team will look to add a younger player at the position for the future. 'As you get older, teams are always going to try and find young players to come in and compete. I was one of those guys myself at one point. As a player, you just have to do your job to the best of your ability and let the chips fall where they may. I'm looking forward to helping the team in any way possible. I'm going to be the guy to lead them and show them the way,' Schaub said.
Apr 02, 05:23 PM Oakland Raiders RB Jeremy Stewart signed his exclusive rights tender Wednesday, April 2.
Apr 02, 04:53 PM Updating a previous report, the Oakland Raiders signed CB Carlos Rogers to a one-year deal worth $2.5 million. Rogers could earn another $1 million in incentives based on playing time.
Apr 02, 01:23 PM Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew said the Pittsburgh Steelers were one of the finalists to sign him, but he decided to sign with the Raiders.
Apr 01, 12:03 PM Oakland Raiders CB Carlos Rogers is expected to start opposite CB Tarell Brown this year, with Rogers moving inside in nickel packages, opening up a spot for CB D.J. Hayden.
Apr 01, 02:52 AM The contract signed by Oakland Raiders RB Maurice Jones-Drew calls for base salaries of $1.2 million (2014), $2.4 million (2015), and $2.4 million (2016). The rest of the $7.5 million contract is made up of a $1.2 million 2014 roster bonus, and annual $100,000 workout bonuses.
Mar 31, 11:13 PM The Oakland Raiders signed free-agent CB Carlos Rogers (49ers) Monday, March 31. Terms of the deal were undisclosed.

Fantasy Impact: Rogers is a nice pickup for the Raiders. He'll help the secondary, providing a solid veteran presence.
Mar 28, 09:12 PM Oakland Raiders DT Pat Sims is expected to rotate at nose tackle with DT Stacy McGee during the 2014 season.
Mar 28, 07:52 PM The Oakland Raiders have signed free-agent DE C.J. Wilson (Packers). Terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Mar 28, 05:22 PM The Oakland Raiders re-signed DT Pat Sims to an undisclosed one-year deal Friday, March 28, according to the Twitter feed of his agent, Rick Smith.
Mar 28, 12:02 PM The Oakland Raiders agreed with free-agent RB Maurice Jones-Drew (Jaguars) on a three-year deal. He's set to take a physical Friday, March 28, and sign the deal later in the day. Jones will have to split carries with Darren McFadden, which could keep them both healthy. They also could cancel each other out in fantasy. Jones has the consistency, but McFadden could have the burst. Monitor this timeshare in camp, but we see both as weak RB3s right now.
Mar 27, 10:42 PM The Oakland Raiders are close to a contract agreement with free-agent RB Maurice Jones-Drew (Jaguars).
Mar 27, 09:52 PM Jacksonville Jaguars owner Shad Khan said he hopes the team will be able to re-sign free-agent RB Maurice Jones-Drew.
Mar 27, 05:52 PM The Oakland Raiders are receiving trade feelers on QB Terrelle Pryor, according to a source. If he's not trade, the Raiders are expected to release Pryor.
Mar 27, 04:32 PM The Oakland Raiders are visiting with free-agent RB Maurice Jones-Drew (Jaguars) Thursday, March 27, and Friday, March 28, according to a source.
Mar 27, 10:02 AM Updating previous reports, Oakland Raiders QB Matt Schaub's restructured deal pays him $8 million fully guaranteed in 2014 and a non-guaranteed $5.5 million in 2015.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
QB Matt Flynn, RB Rashad Jennings, WR Joshua Cribbs, WR Isaiah Williams, P Chris Kluwe, OT Alex Barron, DL Jason Hunter, DL Johnny Jones, DL Pat Sims, LB Kevin Burnett, LB Nick Roach, CB Mike Jenkins, CB Tracy Porter, FS Reggie Smith, FS Usama Young. 

Losses:
QB Carson Palmer, RB Mike Goodson, WR Darrius Heyward-Bey, TE Brandon Myers, TE Mickey Shuler, P Shane Lechler, DL Desmond Bryant, DL Tommy Kelly, DL Matt Shaughnessy, LB Nathan Stupar, LB Philip Wheeler, SS Michael Mitchell, FS Michael Huff. 

2013 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  12 D.J. HaydenDB
 # 2  10 Menelik WatsonOL
 # 3  4 Sio MooreLB
 # 3  5 Bennie LoganDL
 # 6  4 Nick KasaTE
 # 6  13 Latavius MurrayRB
 # 6  16 Mychal RiveraTE
 # 6  37 Stacy McGeeDL
 # 7  3 Brice ButlerWR
 Undrafted Matt McGloinQB

2013 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 7 1:00PM     at Indianapolis
2     Sep 14 4:25PM     Jacksonville
3     Sep 22 8:40PM     at Denver
4     Sep 28 4:25PM     Washington
5     Oct 5 11:35PM     San Diego
6     Oct 12 1:00PM     at Kansas City
-- Week 7 Bye --
8     Oct 26 4:05PM     Pittsburgh
9     Nov 2 4:05PM     Philadelphia
10     Nov 9 1:00PM     at New York Giants
11     Nov 16 1:00PM     at Houston
12     Nov 23 4:05PM     Tennessee
13     Nov 27 4:30PM     at Dallas
14     Dec 7 1:00PM     at New York Jets
15     Dec 14 4:05PM     Kansas City
16     Dec 21 4:25PM     at San Diego
17     Dec 28 4:25PM     Denver
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