Which member of the Las Vegas Raiders should you start or sit this week against the Kansas City Chiefs? Anyone worth keeping an eye on?
Derek Carr looks to be in the middle of yet another second-half collapse. Carr is yet to throw more than two touchdowns all season. He also hasn’t been aggressive, which has hindered his overall production. Carr will be against the Chiefs in Arrowhead, where he has played poorly for most of his career.
The Chiefs defense may allow the fourth-most points to quarterbacks this season but, that’s misleading. In the last four weeks, the Chiefs have allowed the fourth-least points to quarterbacks. With Darren Waller out again, there isn’t nearly enough reason to start Carr.
With Kenyan Drake out for the rest of the season with an ankle fracture, Josh Jacobs will be looking to see more touches. Last week, he only had 52 rushing yards on 13 carries. However, Jacobs came away with a rushing touchdown and nine catches for 38 yards. Jalen Richard will be out as well.
Peyton Barber may get some touches but likely not enough to cut into Jacobs’ numbers. Carr may look to give him some screen passes (whether necessary or not) as well. Chiefs have also allowed the 10th-most points to running backs in the last four weeks. Jacobs is worth starting this week, with a high upside.
After the Thanksgiving game, DeSean Jackson was heading in the right direction. Last week, however, it appeared otherwise. Jackson was open on multiple occasions but only saw one target all game. It is boom or bust for him this week. Hunter Renfrow has proven reliable, and it should stay that way. Renfrow is coming off of back-to-back 100+ yard games. He’s the only reliable wide receiver since Bryan Edwards and Zay Jones have not shown the consistency to be on a fantasy roster.
With Darren Waller out for a second-straight week, Foster Moreau will be starting again. Last week saw a disappointing turnout, with Moreau only getting three targets with a lone 34-yard reception. It doesn’t make a lot of sense with the lack of looks from Carr. One thing to point out though is that he was a deflected pass away from scoring a touchdown, which would’ve given him double digits in fantasy. If the tight end is a weak spot on your roster, then you might want to grab him if he’s available.
Daniel Carlson must be feeling pretty good after his extension. As of right now, Carlson is the third-highest scoring kicker in fantasy. Even if the offense is in a flux on Sunday, he can still provide a healthy amount of points for your team.
Even though the Chiefs offense hasn’t been as explosive as previous years, that is not enough to start the Raiders DST. Despite the turnovers, the Chiefs have allowed the fifth-least points to defenses in the last four weeks. The Raiders defense has also had trouble generating turnovers all season. Their worst performance came several weeks ago, at home against the Chiefs, giving up 41 points. Stay away from this unit.
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