Which members of the Las Vegas Raiders will provide value in fantasy football on Sunday?
Derek Carr is still theÂ 11th highest-scoringÂ quarterback after a subpar performance last week. It is easy to point out that the offensive line has held him back, allowingÂ 12 sacksÂ so far. That can still be a factor for how Carr does this week as well. The Bears defenseÂ leads the leagueÂ in sacks with 15. With defensive tackle Akiem Hicks listed as doubtful, that can make things easier. TheÂ Bears’ secondaryÂ is not what it used to be, so that will help even more. With that said, you should be cautious to start Carr this week and perhaps look at other optionsÂ
There hasn’t been much to feel excited about with this group. The Raiders running game has only averagedÂ 3.3 yards-per-carryÂ this season. Even with Josh Jacobs returning against a lowly Chargers running defense, they accumulated onlyÂ 48 rushing yards. Now, they are playing a formidableÂ defensive lineÂ that allows theÂ 10th fewest pointsÂ to running backs. The Bears’ secondary being the weak link will only encourage the Raiders to throw more. Jacobs’s only possible upside will be any goal-line opportunities that may come his way, which is a bit too much to bet on.
This group could go off. Hunter Renfrow has been solid but has improved,Â ranking 22ndÂ among wide receivers in fantasy. Henry Ruggs III has built chemistry with Carr and has averagedÂ 6.25 targets and 74.25 receiving yards per game. What is even more encouraging is that the Bears’ defense has allowed theÂ seventh-mostÂ points to wide receivers. As long as Carr is given time to throw, the wide receiver corps should put up some points. Renfrow and Ruggs are in a good spot as sleepers.
Despite the Bears allowing theÂ seventh-fewestÂ points to tight ends, there should be no reason to worry about starting Darren Waller. He is theÂ second-highestÂ scoring tight end in the league. We have mentioned multiple times that the Bears’ secondary hasn’t been good, so that should make fantasy owners even more comfortable.
Daniel Carlson dropped down to being the fifth highest-scoring kicker in fantasy. He also missed a 52-yard field goal last week. That should not deter anyone from starting him this week.
There is potential for the Raiders’ defense to produce this week. Opposing defenses have averaged 8.25 points when playing against the Bears. The Raiders defensive line has been a strong unit all around and should be able to put plenty of pressure on Justin Fields. They just might be worth your time this week.
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