Shark Bites

Multiple outlets report that Oakland and Seattle have worked out a trade that will finally, officially send RB Marshawn Lynch to the Raiders. It will reportedly involve an exchange of late-round picks in 2018 -- basically a formality. We'll see what kind of shape Lynch is in once he takes the field and whether Oakland adds more to its backfield in the NFL Draft this week.

NFL Network's Michael Silver reports that the Raiders and RB Marshawn Lynch have agreed to contract terms. Oakland will still need to work out a trade with the Seahawks to officially acquire Lynch, but we'd guess that step should be easier than the contract. Seattle has Thomas Rawls, C.J. Prosise and Eddie Lacy in the backfield after playing 2016 without Lynch. Assuming the whole situation does get worked out, we'd bet on Lynch leading the Oakland backfield in carries this season -- barring injury, of course. DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard will be bigger threats in the passing game, however, which should keep the work spread around. The Raiders finished 2016 ranked 6th in yardage and 7th in scoring, despite losing Derek Carr for the final game and Latavius Murray for 2 others. It's a good situation for RB value, especially behind 1 of the league's best offensive lines. But don't expect any Oakland back to sit higher than RB3 range when our official 2017 rankings arrive.

Update: Lynch and the Raiders haven't officially reached an agreement on a new deal, per NFL Network. They're still expected to come to terms, though. Stay tuned.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that the Seahawks are expected to trade RB Marshawn Lynch to the Raiders. The deal is contingent on Lynch and the Raiders working out a new contract first. Lynch-to-Oakland has seemed likely for a while now. Frankly, though, we're surprised Seattle is going to squeeze a draft pick out of the Raiders. Regardless, Beast Mode will arrive in Oakland as the favorite for lead-back duties on an ascending offense with an elite offensive line. We're curious to see what kind of shape the soon-to-be 31-year-old is in after a year away from the game.

RB Marshawn Lynch visited the Raiders on Wednesday and informed them that he plans to un-retire, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. As soon as that becomes official, the Seahawks will either trade or release Beast Mode (likely the latter considering it's clear that he'll only play for Oakland). It suddenly looks extremely likely that Lynch will be back in the league this season -- and as a lead back. The Raiders currently have just the inexperienced and undersized duo of DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard at RB. It's unclear exactly how much the soon-to-be 31-year-old Lynch has left in the tank, but he'll be running behind 1 of the league's best offensive lines.

Raiders GM Reggie McKenzie said Monday that QB Derek Carr will be a "full-go" for all offseason activities. He's now 3 months removed from the broken fibula that ended his 2016 campaign. Carr ranked 7th among QBs in fantasy points through 16 weeks last year and could be even better in 2017. Oakland returns WRs Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree and added TE Jared Cook in free agency. The backfield is currently comprised of smallish, unproven youngsters in DeAndre Washington and Jalen Richard.

The Raiders are trying to coax RB Marshawn Lynch out of retirement, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Lynch is reportedly considering it. His rights still belong to the Seahawks, so he'd either need to be released or traded. "It could really happen," a source told Schefter. Lynch turns 31 in April and averaged just 3.8 yards per carry in 2015, so the Raiders wouldn't be getting prime Beast Mode. But he could certainly provide some power to a backfield that currently features 204-pound DeAndre Washington and 207-pound Jalen Richard. We'll continue to keep an eye on the situation.

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.


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