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Fantasy Football 2012: Breaking Down the Oakland Raiders

<p> Fantasy Football 2012: Breaking Down the Oakland Raiders</p>

What can the Oakland Raiders do for you this fantasy season? Check out Athlon Sports' team report as we break down the rookies, veteran players to watch and avoid, fantasy playoff schedule and more to help you get ready for the 2012 season.

Inside the Locker Room
with Eric Gilmore, Freelance Writer

Fantasy Football: 10 Biggest Injury Concerns at Running Back

Be wary of these ground-gainers making it through a full season
<p> Fantasy Football: 10 Biggest Injury Concerns at Running Back</p>

Injuries are certainly a part of football, and fantasy football, for that matter, but when it comes to the latter that doesn't mean you can't or shouldn't be prepared.

Here are the top injury concerns when it comes to running back. These ground-gainers are the eptiome of risk-reward when it comes to weighing potential opportunity versus their respective injury histories.

Fantasy Football 2012: Players Coming Back from Injury

These players are looking to make a comeback after suffering serious injuries in 2011
<p> Fantasy Football 2012: Players Coming Back from Injury</p>

These players suffered serious injuries during the 2011 season. Will they be ready to play in ’12? We take a look.

Fred Jackson, LeSean McCoy, Matt Forte: Fantasy's Top RBs

Who are the best NFL Fantasy running backs through five weeks of action?
<p> Fred Jackson, LeSean McCoy, Matt Forte: Fantasy's Top RBs</p>

-by Braden Gall (@AthlonBraden on twitter)

That is right, after five weeks of NFL action, Buffalo Bills running back Fred Jackson is fantasy football's No. 1 running back.

Darren McFadden Carries Raiders Past Jets

With 171 yards and two TDs, Run DMC headlines the top performers of Week 3 in the NFL.
<p> Darren McFadden's 171 yards and two TDs carried the Raiders in their upset win over the Jets. As a result, Run DMC headlines the top performers of Week 3 in the NFL.</p>

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Jacoby Ford To Play Next Week; How It Impacts Raiders Fantasy Players

Oakland's wide receiver is targeting a return to action next week against the Patriots
<p> Oakland's wide receiver is targeting a return to action next week against the Patriots</p>

Jacoby Ford wants to play football. His hamstring is feeling better and that's good for his fantasy owners. The Oakland Raiders offense, which just put 34 points on the notoriously defensive-minded New York Jets, is becoming a west coast version of the New England Patriots.

Fantasy Football: Ask Athlon Week 1

Beware of RBs that face Pittsburgh and the Jets on multiple occasions

Never bench your studs. Yeah, right. Just because you drafted a running back in the first round, don't think you can just set him in the starting lineup and not have to worry about him falling on his face.

Case in point is Week 1 and Baltimore's Ray Rice. If you're in a non-PPR sit him. If you're in a league without a flex position, sit him. And if you're in a PPR league with a flex position, really consider going somewhere else this week if you have better options/matchups.

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Five NFL Teams That Improved and Five That Got Worse

Here's five NFL teams that will take a step forward this year, and five that will take a step back.
<p> Here's five NFL teams that will take a step forward this year, and five that will take a step back.</p>

By RALPH VACCHIANO

No one has ever won an NFL championship in the spring and summer, and no one has ever lost one either. That’s not for lack of trying, of course.

Just ask the “Dream Team” in Philadelphia, or any of the up-and-comers pumping up their chests and thinking about a Super Bowl run. There are probably 32 teams thinking that way at the moment, even though a few of them are clearly braced for a fall.

Fantasy Football: Analyzing First-Round Running Backs

The pros and cons of the 10 players that are potential first-round RBs

Athlon Sports takes a look at the pros and cons of the 10 running backs that will come off of your fantasy football draft boards first during your 2011 drafts.

More on our top five backs.

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<p> Athlon Sports takes a look at the pros and cons of the 10 running backs that will come off of your fantasy football draft boards first during your 2011 drafts.</p>

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Oakland Raiders 2011 NFL Team Preview

An in-depth look at the Raiders' offense, defense and special teams this year.
<p> An in-depth look at the Oakland Raiders' offense, defense and special teams in 2011.</p>

The Raiders snapped their string of seven straight seasons with 11 or more losses last year and finished 8–8, sweeping the AFC West and avoiding a losing record for the first time since reaching the Super Bowl in 2002. But they didn’t make the playoffs, and that failure along with some off-field controversies cost coach Tom Cable his job.

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