Marcel Reece RB OAK 1 Day

Reece hauled in one of two targets for five yards in last Sunday's loss to the Dolphins.

Offensive coordinator Greg Olson seemed to make a concerted effort to get Reece the ball in Week 3, as he was targeted seven times in the passing game and also received a carry. In Week 4, however, Reece went right back to serving primarily a blocker, touching the ball just once in yet another Raiders loss. Dennis Allen lost his job, and while new coach Tony Sparano may make it a priority to get the Pro Bowl fullback more touches, Reece won't be worthy of consideration in most formats until an expanded role is well established.

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Reece did not carry the ball in last Sunday's loss to the Texans, but did haul in his lone target for 11 yards.

Even with Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) sidelined, Reece was not a factor in the team's rushing attack, as he once again served primarily as a blocker against Houston. The expectation was that Reece, who reported to camp at a slimmed-down 238 pounds, would be more involved in the team's passing game this season. However, offensive coordinator Greg Olson has not made it a priority to get Reece the ball, so even if Jones-Drew ends up sitting again this week, Reece will not be worthy of consideration in most leagues.

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Reece carried the ball once for no gain and caught two passes for one yard in Sunday's loss to the Jets.

Needless to say, it was a disappointing 2014 opener for Reece, but his performance was just a microcosm of the Raiders' offensive struggles as a whole. The team totaled all of 158 yards in the game. He could see more opportunities on the ground this week if Maurice Jones-Drew (hand) is forced to sit, but until he earns more touches, Reece will make for a difficult hold in fantasy leagues. That said, the slimmed-down Reece should at least continue to see the occasional dumpoff pass, even if his opportunities on the ground remain limited.

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Reece (foot) is expected to play in Friday's preseason game against the Packers, the Bay Area News Group reports. "He looked good out there running around so he should be good to go for the game," coach Dennis Allen said Wednesday.

The Raiders ordered X-ray and MRI exams after Reece suffered the injury in last Friday's exhibition game, but coach Dennis Allen has not disclosed the results, instead opting to go no further than to identify his injury as a "foot." Reece has reported improvement in the last two days and does not believe the ailment will require maintenance throughout the regular season. However, he's still in a protective boot, and while Reece thinks he'll be fine to go Friday, there's an outside chance Allen could change his mind about Reece playing.

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Reece (foot) missed practice Monday, sfgate.com reports.

We'll consider Reece, who is dealing with some foot soreness, day-to-day for now. While the fullback's role in the Raiders' attack out of the gate is unclear, Reece -- a capable pass-catcher -- has occasionally provided fantasy utility in the past, when pressed into extended action due to injuries in the Oakland backfield.

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Marcel Reece now weighs 238 pounds, his lightest since college.

It's clearly a move by the versatile fullback to improve his quickness in the passing game, but we wouldn't expect a big role change for Reece this season. The Raiders have two pass-catching backs in Maurice Jones-Drew and Darren McFadden, and the team has annually only used Reece as an offensive weapon when absolutely forced. He had just 46 carries and 32 catches in 16 games last season.

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Marcel Reece had four catches for 26 yards in Week 16 against the Chargers.

Reece didn't receive any carries, but managed six targets in the passing game. He saw his role decreased again this week with Darren McFadden healthy and dropped a touchdown on the last play of the game. Reece will remain behind Rashad Jennings and McFadden for touches in Week 17 against the Broncos.

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The Oakland Tribune expects Marcel Reece to "again recede into the background" with Rashad Jennings cleared from his concussion.

The Trib's Jerry McDonald is the second Raiders beat writer to expect Jennings to immediately assume a clear-cut lead back role in Week 15, despite Reece's 161-yard, one-score shredding of the Jets' formerly league-best run defense. "Whatever these coaches need me to do, whatever my team needs me to do, I'm going to do it," said ultimate team player Reece. Look for Reece to be Jennings' change-of-pace back this week against Kansas City.

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Marcel Reece had 19 carries for 123 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's Week 14 loss to the Jets.

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Marcel Reece will be the Raiders feature back in Sunday's game against the Jets.

Rashad Jennings (concussion), Darren McFadden (ankle) and Jeremy Stewart (knee/ankle) are all out. It leaves the versatile Reece, a college wideout turned NFL fullback, as the starting tailback. It's a role Reece shined in previously as he piled up 13.5 carries for 65.2 yards and 5.0 catches for 48.7 yards per day in four November 2012 starts. He won't find much running room against Rex Ryan's league-best run defense, but desperate PPR owners can execute a plug-n-play strategy at their flex spot.