Maurice Jones-Drew RB OAK 9 Days
Jones-Drew rushed for just 96 yards on 43 attempts, and caught 11 passes on 16 targets for 71 yards, in 12 games in 2014.
Jones-Drew's first season in Oakland was nothing short of a disaster, as he failed to find pay dirt for the first time in nine professional seasons and averaged a mere 2.2 yards per carry. He didn't touch the ball in the Raiders' final two games, as Latavius Murray's emergence pushed Jones-Drew down to third on the depth chart. While he still has two years remaining on his contract, Jones-Drew turned 30 in March and could find himself on the roster bubble come summer.
Darren McFadden RB OAK 9 Days
McFadden rushed for 534 yards and two touchdowns on 155 attempts and added 36 receptions on 55 targets for 212 yards in 2014. He also lost his lone fumble on the season.
Much to the surprise of his fantasy owners, McFadden actually stayed healthy for a full 16 games for the first time in his career, but it ultimately didn't matter. The 27-year-old limped to a 3.4 yards per carry average, ripping off just one run of 20-plus yards in 155 tries, scored just twice and lost his starting role to Latavius Murray late in the year. At 27, McFadden's days of being a serviceable runner appear to be behind him. He's an unrestricted free agent heading into the offseason and will likely have to settle for a second- or third-string job elsewhere.
Andre Holmes WR OAK 9 Days
Holmes caught 47 passes on 98 targets for 693 yards and four touchdowns in 2014.
The 26-year-old largely faded from fantasy relevance down the stretch, failing to catch a touchdown or exceed 75 yards in his final nine games, but Holmes still finished as the team's leader in receiving yards. He had a team-high nine receptions of 20-plus yards, and also had the team's longest catch of the season, a 77-yard score in Week 6. Holmes will be a restricted free agent this offseason.
James Jones WR OAK 9 Days
Jones caught 73 passes on 111 targets for 666 yards and six touchdowns in 2014.
Not only did Jones lead the team in targets and receptions (and establish career-best marks in both), he also led all Raiders position players in touchdowns and finished second in yards in his first year with the club. The 30-year-old provided a much-needed veteran presence on the outside for rookie quarterback Derek Carr, and while GM Reggie McKenzie figures to add a young wideout in the draft, Jones will likely open 2015 as Carr's top option.
Mychal Rivera TE OAK 9 Days
Rivera caught 58 passes on 101 targets for 534 yards and four touchdowns in 2014. He also fumbled three times, losing one.
The second-year tight end was limited to just 13 catches in the Raiders' first six games, but another injury to David Ausberry opened up additional snaps, and Rivera went on to finish second on the team (behind James Jones) in targets, catches and receiving touchdowns. With Ausberry set to become an unrestricted free agent, the door is open for Rivera to enter 2015 as the unquestioned top option at the position for Oakland. He won't have Greg Olson calling the plays any more -- Olson signed on to be the Jaguars' offensive coordinator -- but Rivera seems to have quarterback Derek Carr's trust, and the two should be able to build on the strong rapport they established this season.
Derek Carr QB OAK 9 Days
Carr completed 348-of-599 passes for 3,270 yards, 21 touchdowns and 12 interceptions, and added 92 yards on 29 rushes, in 16 games during his rookie season.
Although the Raiders seemed to have every intention of sitting Carr for most the year when they drafted him 36th overall back in May, Matt Schaub's elbow injury and poor play during the preseason thrust Carr into the starting role in Week 1. The 23-year-old certainly endured some growing pains, with the Raiders dropping their first 10 games, but Carr led the team to three straight home wins to close the year, tossing six touchdowns against zero interceptions in those victories. He did fumble 10 times on the year despite taking only 24 sacks -- by comparison, his brother, David, was sacked a record 76 times as a rookie in 2002 -- but lost only four of those fumbles and should have a lot of confidence heading into 2015. If GM Reggie McKenzie can get him some more weapons on offense, Carr could start to separate himself from the QB2 pack in his second year as the Raiders' starter.
Joique Bell RB DET 9 Days
Bell recently underwent what the Detroit Free Press describes as minor surgeries to clean up his knee and Achilles tendon.
On the plus side, Bell, who led the Lions with 860 rushing yards (on 223 carries) in 15 games this past season, while scoring eight total TDs, is expected to return in time for the Lions' organized offseason workouts. Health permitting, he's on track to remain to team's lead back as the 2015 campaign approaches.
Peyton Manning QB DEN 9 Days
Though Manning (quad) reportedly wants to return to the Broncos for the 2015 season, a final decision on that front figures to wait until he takes an annual physical, which is called for by his contract, Woody Paige of the Denver Post reports.
Per the report, the Broncos have requested that Manning -- who the team wants back -- let them know his plans by March 9. Assuming the QB is on the team's roster on March 10, his $19 million salary for the 2015 season would become fully guaranteed. At this point it would be a surprise if Manning didn't return to play under new coach Gary Kubiak. The veteran QB, who turns 39 in March, is coming off a 2014 season in which he recorded 4,727 passing yards to go along with 39 TDs and 15 picks.
D'Qwell Jackson LB IND 9 Days
Jackson was named to the Pro Bowl with Seattle's Bobby Wagner playing in the Super Bowl, ESPN reports.
Jackson had 140 tackles and a career-high four sacks in his first season with Indianapolis. While the volume of stats made him a strong IDP option in fantasy leagues, he graded as the 46th best inside linebacker last season according to Pro Football Focus due to his poor pass coverage.
Mike Adams DB IND 9 Days
Adams was named to the Pro Bowl with Seattle safeties Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor playing in the Super Bowl, ESPN reports.
Adams was a ten-year journeymen before signing with the Colts but took over the starting strong safety role and responded with five interceptions and 87 tackles in 16 games.