Shark Bites

The Raiders have signed TE Jared Cook, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Cook has largely been a disappointment through his 8-year career, but he came up big for the Packers late last season and in the playoffs, totaling 31 catches, 408 yards and 2 TDs. He joins an Oakland offense that could use a 3rd option in the passing game behind WRs Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. Raiders TEs combined for 83 targets last year -- a number Cook should hit by himself in 2017. He'll be an intriguing TE2 targets in fantasy drafts this summer. TE Clive Walford's arrow is pointing down after a disappointing sophomore season.

The Raiders have signed WR Cordarrelle Patterson to a 2-year deal. A mega-bust former 1st-rounder, Patterson failed to reach 500 yards or 5 TDs in any of his 4 seasons in Minnesota. He actually set a career high with 52 catches this past year, but they amounted to just 453 yards (8.7 YPC) and 2 TDs. Now he joins a Raiders squad that saw WRs Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree hog 46.5% of the targets last season. Patterson will battle for the #3 WR gig with Seth Robert, who garnered just 12.9% of the targets (77 total) in 2016. Patterson is unlikely to come into fantasy value in Oakland, outside of return-yardage leagues.

The Associated Press reports that the Raiders will not renew the contract of OC Bill Musgrave this offseason, opting instead to promote QBs coach Todd Downing. Oakland jumped from 24th in yards and 17th in scoring to 6th and 7th, respectively, in Musgrave's 2nd year as OC. Downing spent the past 2 years as QBs coach, marking the 3rd team he has served in that role. He has never served as an OC on the college or pro level, though. We'll await word on his plans for the Raiders offense, as well as any significant moves the team plans for this offseason. The most interesting situation for fantasy owners will be the backfield, with Latavius Murray on the verge of free agency and DeAndre Washington's role growing at the end of the year.

Raiders WR Michael Crabtree sustained a concussion in Saturday's loss to the Texans. Oakland's season is over, but the head injury is worth filing away. It's the 1st known concussion of his career. Crabtree tallied 89 catches, 1,003 yards and 8 TDs during the regular season, finishing 12th among WRs in PPR points. That followed a 17th-place finish in 2015. Crabtree turns 30 in September but will be a good bet for WR2 production again in 2017.

Raiders QB Connor Cook is expected to start Saturday's Wild Card game against the Texans, according to both NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and the San Francisco Chronicle's Vic Tafur. Cook, the 4th-round rookie, will become the 1st QB in the Super Bowl era to make his 1st career start in a playoff game. He stepped in for the injured Matt McGloin in Denver last weekend, completing 14 of 21 passes for 150 yards, 1 TD and 1 INTs. Tafur hears, though, that the decision to start Cook is "based more on production and potential than health." He was bandied about as a potential 1st-round pick early in the pre-draft process before dropping due mostly to character concerns. Still, making your 1st career start in a road playoff game against a tough pass defense is a tall task.

Raiders LBs Malcolm Smith (hamstring) and Perry Riley (hamstring) are active for today's game against the Broncos. Both entered the day questionable but are fine to use if you planned to do so.

Raiders QB Derek Carr is expected to be sidelined 6-8 weeks after he undergoes surgery to repair his fractured fibula on Tuesday, per ESPN's Adam Schefter. The Super Bowl is exactly 6 weeks from yesterday, so Carr would have a slim shot of being ready for that. Of course, he'd need QB Matt McGloin to get the Raiders there. More than likely, we won't see Carr in a meaningful game again until the 2017 opener.

Raiders QB Derek Carr suffered a fractured right fibula in the 4th quarter of Saturday's win over the Colts. HC Jack Del Rio said after the game that he'll have surgery Sunday and is out indefinitely. The team has officially ruled him out for Week 17. We'll see beyond that. Oakland has locked up a 1st-round bye in the playoffs, at least. Matt McGloin is the backup and figures to start against Denver in Week 17.

Raiders LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring) is active for today's game against the Colts. He's fine to use in your IDP lineup as planned.

Raiders WR Michael Crabtree recorded team-highs in targets (8), catches (6), yards (60) and TDs (1) vs. San Diego. Playing through an injured ring finger, Crabtree dropped a pass or 2. But he made 1 of top catches of the week — a toe-tapper in the end zone — for his 8th score of the season. With Amari Cooper struggling, Crabtree will remain an upside WR2 for a Week 16 date vs. the Colts.

Raiders LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring) is active for today's game against the Chargers. The issue presents some durability risk, but he's OK to use at his normal IDP level.

Raiders LB Malcolm Smith (hamstring) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Chargers. He put in limited practices all week. We'll check on his status Sunday. Oakland has already ruled out S Karl Joseph (toe).

Packers TE Jared Cook (chest) put in a full week of practice and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’ll play against the Bears on Sunday but is just a TE2 flier.

Packers TE Jared Cook has a "good chance" to play against the Bears this weekend, according to ESPN's Rob Demovsky. Cook suffered a lung contusion in Sunday's win over the Seahawks but was held out for precautionary reasons. We'll keep an eye on him throughout the week, but he'll be tough to trust in Week 15 fantasy lineups. Cook has topped 31 yards just once all season.

Packers TE Jared Cook is out for the rest of Sunday's game against the Seahawks with a chest injury. He landed hard on a diving attempt in the 2nd quarter. Cook finishes with 1 catch on 2 targets for 15 yards. We should get an update on his status tomorrow.

Raiders WR Michael Crabtree tangled with Chiefs CB Marcus Peters for much of Thursday night's game. The end result was 4 catches on 7 targets for 21 yards. Oakland didn't even try to hit Crabtree downfield, with his longest catch going for just 12. Peters and the Chiefs have handled him twice now. (They limited him to a 2-10 line back in Week 6.) The good news is that Crabtree doesn't face Kansas City again this season. He gets a Chargers defense in Week 15 that he went for 47 yards and a score against earlier this season.

Raiders WR Amari Cooper botched a plus spot against the Chiefs on Thursday night. As expected, he didn't see much of CB Marcus Peters. But he still struggled to create separation and was also hurt by an uncharacteristically inaccurate Derek Carr. Cooper hauled in just 5 of 10 targets for 29 yards. He broke free for what could have been a 72-yard TD in the 4th quarter but either lost the ball in the lights or lost his footing and couldn't come down with it. Cooper has now been held under 60 yards in 5 straight games. There'll at least be some bounce-back appeal in Week 15 against a thin Chargers secondary. Cooper torched them for 138 yards and a score back in Week 5.

Raiders QB Derek Carr completed just 17-of-41 passes for 117 yards, 0 TDs and 0 INTs in Thursday night's loss to the Chiefs. The 41.5% completion rate, 2.9 yards per attempt and 117 yards were all season lows. An Oakland offensive line missing stud G Kelechi Osemele had trouble protecting Carr. And he was uncharacteristically inaccurate when he did have time. That injured pinkie seemed to be a bigger issue in this one than it was last week. Carr has now tossed 0 or 1 TD in 6 of 13 games. He's on the road again next week vs. San Diego's 14th-ranked QB defense. Carr beat them for 317 yards with 2 TDs and 1 INT back in Week 5.

The Raiders have ruled S Karl Joseph (toe) out for Thursday night's game against the Chiefs. That will likely leave Nate Allen starting in his place. Allen's not much of an IDP option.

Raiders DE Mario Edwards returned to practice Monday for the 1st time since training camp. That came after the team designated him to return from IR, following time off for a hip injury. Oakland now has 3 weeks during which to move Edwards to the active roster, or shut him down for the season. Edwards said there's no timetable for his return to game action, and it's too late in the year for IDP owners to be tracking his progress for fantasy usage.

 
 
 

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