Are Any Raiders Worth Starting In Fantasy Football Currently?

If your fantasy team is loaded with members of the Las Vegas Raiders, you might be a bit worried after last week. Let’s see if anyone from the Silver and Black is worth a look this week.


It is officially time to revoke Derek Carr’s QB1 status. He has gone three straight weeks without scoring 20 points. That would be less of an issue if he had higher-scoring games on his resume, but he doesn’t. He has not broken 25 all year. The best thing about Carr in fantasy was his reliability. With that now in question, his ceiling is too low to justify starting regularly. He is a great backup right now, but he should not be the best quarterback on your roster.

Running Backs

Josh Jacobs has not had a great year, but it hasn’t been bad either. Outside of the two games he missed, Jacobs has scored double-digit points in all but one game this year. That was this past week against the Chiefs. The way that game got out of hand, it feels more like a fluke than the start of a trend. Jacobs has not been a fantasy star like we expected either, though. He has yet to break 20 points this season. Regardless, he is a borderline RB1, but a great RB2 option. As far as Jalen Richard and Kenyan Drake go, they do not produce consistently enough to warrant much fantasy consideration. Drake is a decent option as a backup flex, I guess.

Wide Receiver

The main attraction of this wideout group is the incomparable Hunter Renfrow. With touchdowns in each of the past two weeks, Renfrow’s ceiling is rising dramatically. With a favorable matchup against the Bengals this week, he is a must-start. He is a high-end WR2. Looking at Bryan Edwards, he is an okay flex option in deeper leagues. He still has to prove that he can be a consistent producer. No other Raiders receiver should be rostered at this time.

Tight End

Darren Waller hasn’t been bad, but his fantasy numbers are a bit disappointing. They are good but not elite. The main thing holding him back is a lack of touchdowns. Waller only has two touchdowns this season, and the last time he did was in Week 4 against the Chargers. While Cincinnati has been solid against tight ends, their struggles against wide receivers might be more important when looking at Waller. He is still a solid TE1.


Daniel Carlson has been a bit up and down this season. His good games have been very good, hitting double digits in four games this year. However, he has also scored three or less in three games this year. A home game this week in what figures to be a high-scoring affair should bode well for the Auburn product. He is a strong option this week.


The Raiders are not a good fantasy defense at all. They should not be on any roster. Unless you are in a 14 man league, and teams are hoarding multiple defenses, you should not even be considering the Raiders. Just find something else. There has to be a better option out there.


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