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Per source, Raiders WR Henry Ruggs III will be ready for training camp after suffering a minor injury that required him to get stitches last month. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Ruggs III was reportedly helping a friend move when his leg got caught between the car and the trailer. He had to get stitches in his thigh, but suffered no muscular damage and will be ready to roll come training camp. Ruggs III is an intriguing prospect for the Raiders. He joins a wide receiver group that consists of Tyrell Williams, Bryan Edwards, and Hunter Renfrow. Las Vegas used their 12th overall selection to take Ruggs III, so they’ll do what they can to get him touches early on, but he makes for a much better target in dynasty leagues than he does in redraft leagues.

Category: Injury Updates

DE Clelin Ferrell is adding weight and is up to 275 pounds this off-season. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Ferrell gained 13 pounds this off-season and currently is up to 275 pounds. “He’s lean and mean and running pretty good,” Raiders' DL Coach Mark Hall said in a phone interview Wednesday. “We had a really good off-season and I know he can’t wait to get to Las Vegas and put that product on the field.” The former 2019 No.4 overall pick racked up 38 tackles and 4.5 sacks and five defended passes across 15 games last season. “You probably won’t even recognize me," said Ferrell. The 23-year-old is locked in as the Raiders' starting LDE and could be on the fantasy radar in IDP-league formats.

Nick O'Leary, who joined the Raiders in April, was placed on the NFL's reserve/non-football list rendering him illegible for the upcoming season, and could signal the end of his professional career. It is not immediately clear if O'Leary suffered an injury while working out on his own, or if he simply wants to retire. To fill his place on the roster the Raiders re-signed tight end Paul Butler (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: O'Leary, who will turn 28 in August, played five seasons in the NFL as a member of four different teams, catching 53 passes for 668 yards with four touchdowns. The Raiders feel quite comfortable with the tight ends they have on roster, most notably: Darren Waller, Foster Moreau, Jason Witten, and Derek Carrier.

Category: Injury Updates

Former Giants and Bears CB Prince Amukamara has officially agreed to terms with the Las Vegas Raiders. (Source: Las Vegas Raiders on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It was announced last week that Amukamara would sign with the Raiders, and that signing became official on Monday. To make room for the veteran corner, Las Vegas waived CB Nick Nelson. Amukamara joins a relatively young secondary and will likely find himself playing on the outside for the Raiders. The former first-rounder will provide veteran leadership for the younger guys around him.

Category: Transactions

The Las Vegas Raiders have signed exclusive rights free agent WR Keelan Doss to a one-year deal. (Source: Vic Tafur on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Doss went undrafted in 2019 after playing his college ball at UC Davis. He was picked up by the Raiders, before joining the Jaguars for a short stint on their practice squad. He was brought back to what was then Oakland and played eight games for the Raiders in 2019, catching 11 passes for 133 yards. He’ll join a revamped Raiders WR core that includes 11th overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, Henry Ruggs III.

Category: Transactions

The Las Vegas Raiders have waived QB DeShone Kizer. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The former second-round pick out of Notre Dame just hasn’t lived up to his enormous potential coming out of college. He only started during his rookie season in Cleveland, and put up pedestrian numbers, throwing for 11 TDs with 22 INTs. In his three-year NFL career, Kizer has thrown for 3,081 yards, 11 TDs, and 24 INTs with only a 53.1 completion percentage. He’ll wait for another opportunity to latch onto another team in need of a backup with some experience.

Category: Transactions

Lynn Bowden Jr., who played a variety of positions for the Kentucky Wildcats in the SEC, including wide receiver and quarterback, has been officially listed as a running back by the Las Vegas Raiders on their team website. (Source: Evan Silva on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: There is some speculation as to whether being listed as a running back or a wide receiver would more beneficial for him in terms of Bowden's relevance in fantasy football. Regardless, the Raiders have announced their intentions of using him as a "utility player" in their offense, similar to how the Saints have been using Taysom Hill. Behind second-year star Josh Jacobs the other running backs on the roster include: Jalen Richard, Rod Smith and William Stanback. It will be interesting to follow this story into the summer to see if fans can gain any insight into how heavily involved the Raiders plan to utilize Bowden in their offense.

Daniel Carlson officially signed a one-year deal for $750,000 with the Raiders. (Source: Paul Gutierrez on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Carlson converted 19-of-26 field goal attempts across 16 games for the Raiders in 2019. He is currently 26th among all kickers in the expert consensus rankings. Carlson is only an option in deep-league formats.

Category: Transactions

Nathan Peterman officially signed his $2.133M tender to play another season as backup for the Raiders. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Peterman was a backup last year and failed to record a single snap on the season for the Raiders. There's no chance that he would be able to wrestle the starting duties away from Derek Carr, and even if Carr were unable to play Peterman would likely not be on the fantasy radar.

Category: Transactions

Former Oakland RB DeAndre Washington has officially agreed to terms on a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. (Source: James Palmer on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Chiefs now have a stable of running backs behind starter Damien Williams, that includes Darrel Williams, Darwin Thompson, and now Washington. It’s unclear if the newcomer will have an immediate role in the offense, but he should at least have a chance to compete for snaps behind Damien Williams. It’s also possible the Chiefs add a young back to the mix via the Draft, so it remains to be seen how the backfield personnel will shape up heading into the 2020 season.

Category: Transactions

Foster Moreau is "ahead of schedule" in recovery from a knee injury, per Raiders' GM Mike Babcock. (Source: Jerry McDonald on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Moreau landed on the injured reserve after sustaining a knee injury in early December. He is ahead of schedule and should be healthy by training camp. Moreau recorded 21 receptions for 174 yards and five touchdowns across 13 games last year. Moreau is third on the depth chart behind Darren Waller and newly acquired Jason Witten. The 22-year-old is a deep-league dynasty dart throw at best.

Category: Injury Updates

Raiders GM Mike Mayock told reporters Tuesday that the team feels really good about the quarterback position. (Source: Dan Graziano on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Derek Carr is expected to open the season as the starter in Las Vegas with newly signed Marcus Mariota as the backup. The Raiders have two first-round picks in next week's draft but the team is expected to address another needs. Mayock also told reporters the team needs to get better at the wide receiver position.

LB Nicholas Morrow officially signed his tender with the Las Vegas Raiders, which will pay him $3.259M in 2020. (Source: Scott Bair on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Morrow was offered a second-round restricted free agent tender last month, and now has officially re-signed with the Raiders. He played in all 16 games in 2019, recording a total of 73 tackles in eight starts. In three NFL seasons, the 24 year-old has played in all 48 games and has started in 18 of them. He’ll be back with the Raiders in 2020 and will provide depth both on defense and special teams.

Category: Transactions

Recently-signed Raiders wide receiver Nelson Agholor is expected to play on the outside (and not in the slot), based on what NFL insider Adam Caplan is hearing from his sources. (Source: Adam Caplan, Inside the Birds podcast)

Fantasy Impact: The Raiders have Tyrell Williams occupying one starting position and Hunter Renfrow in the slot, so Agholor is expected to compete with Zay Jones for the other starting spot on the outside, depending on what the Raiders do in the NFL Draft. Agholor had most of his success while playing in the slot for the Eagles and was inconsistent when playing on the outside, but Jon Gruden and Mike Mayock are hoping for a reclamation project after bringing him in on a team-friendly deal.

Category: Rumors

CB Eli Apple and the Las Vegas Raiders had a preliminary deal in place at the start of free agency, however, both sides have been unable to reach an agreement on terms, and Apple will become a free agent. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Apple, a 2016 first-round pick out of Ohio State, was set to become a member of the Las Vegas Raiders, but contract terms couldn’t be agreed upon by Apple's representation and the organization. He should be a hot commodity on the open market given his label as a former top-10 selection, but he’s generally failed to live up to the hype that surrounded him just a few years ago at the draft. Nonetheless, he’ll be a key piece to a team in need of secondary help and shouldn’t be on the market too long.

Category: Transactions

TE Eric Tomlinson announced on Instagram that he has signed a deal with the New York Giants. (Source: Art Stapleton on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The run-blocking specialist lands back in New York after playing games for three teams in 2019, Oakland, New England, and the Giants. Prior to last season, Tomlinson had played three seasons with the Jets, only catching 16 balls for 193 yards and one touchdown. He’ll be a nice addition to what the Giants are trying to do on offense that features star RB Saquon Barkley.

Category: Transactions

Rod Smith signed a one-year deal with the Raiders on Saturday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Smith will provide depth at running back for the Raiders behind Josh Jacobs and Jalen Richards. He played one offensive snap in 2019. Smith was signed for depth purposes and should not be on the fantasy radar in the majority of leagues.

Category: Transactions

Raiders general manager Mike Mayock told ESPN that he expects running back Josh Jacobs to be more involved in the passing game in his second season. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: One of the limiting factors for Jacobs in 2019 was the fact that he came off the field a lot for third downs and in passing situations. If that changes, he could vault into elite RB1 territory. He could still be limited by the offense in general, but as a true workhorse he would likely see the volume needed to be an elite fantasy running back. He's currently the RB11 in our early expert consensus rankings.

Category: Rumors