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|The league’s worst run-blocking offensive line did no favors to 2014 starters Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden. The duo averaged just 3.2 yards per carry on 198 combined rushes while showing practically zero big play ability. While the veterans struggled to produce anything of value, the young Latavius Murray sat on the bench, waiting for his opportunity. When that opportunity finally arrived, Murray burst onto the scene, showing off electric playmaking ability which saw him average 5.2 yards per carry over the course of the season – a full two yards per carry better than what the Raiders were getting from Jones-Drew and McFadden.
With Jones-Drew now retired and McFadden now in Dallas, the feature running back job appears to belong to Murray as we head into the 2015 season. With an ideal combination of speed and strength, Murray is everything that fantasy owners should be looking for. The biggest red flag surrounding him is durability. Murray missed his entire rookie campaign in 2013 after suffering what was originally described as a “minor” ankle injury in a preseason game. He never saw the field again in 2013 and saw only four carries through the Raiders’ first half of the 2014 season. If he can stay healthy, Murray has the potential to be a top-10 fantasy running back this season. With only Roy Helu and a mediocre Trent Richardson behind him on the depth chart, 200-plus carries is certainly within reach.
|Oakland to sign WR Crabtree to extension |
Wideout ready to cash in on career year
By: Jake Gordon | Wed Dec 9, 7:34 pm
|Michael Crabtree won't be testing the free-agent market again next offseason. The Raiders will be signing the wide receiver to a long-term contract extension, NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday, via a source informed of the situation. The deal is expected to be finalized soon. According to Rapoport, the extension will be roughly $8 million per year.
FFToday's Take: Oakland's offense is headed in the right direction and fantasy owners should take notice. Locking up Michael Crabtree gives quarterback Derek Carr two productive targets on the outside while Latavius Murray heads up the ground game. Crabtree is currently on pace to match or exceed his career bests in nearly every relevant statistic this year and will head into 2016 as a solid WR3.
| Raiders' Murray and Cooper probable for Sunday|
Both expect to suit up for tilt with Vikings
By: John Canario | Fri Nov 13, 4:50 pm
|Oakland Raiders running back Latavius Murray and wide receiver Amari Cooper are listed as probable for Sunday's game against the Minnesota Vikings. Murray was forced from last week's game with a concussion, while Cooper emerged with a quad issue. (The Score)|
FFToday's Take: These appear to be nothing more than minor injuries. Cooper is a must-start this week while Murray is shaping up to be a low-end RB2.