We are back at it again with another weekly update to your Las Vegas Raiders Fantasy Football Tracker. Last week’s projections were pretty close. For example, Darren Waller’s stat line was just 18 receiving yards off from what we projected. Here’s to trying to keep that up this week. We will talk about last week’s game against the Arizona Cardinals and make predictions about this week’s game against the Tennessee Titans.
Stats from previous games will come from ESPNÂ and all points will be based on standard PPR formats.
2022 Raiders Fantasy Football Tracker
Last week vs Cardinals:Â 252 pass yards, 2 passing touchdowns, 0 interceptions, 1 sack for -8 yards, 9 rushing yards, 18.98 fantasy points
Season point total: 32.78 (16.4 ppg)
Despite the dip in passing yards from Week 1, Carr’s fantasy numbers improved significantly. This is due to the lack of interceptions and the decrease in sacks. The problem is that it should have been so much better. After a great first half, the offense sputtered to a halt in the second. This is exactly why Carr is not a reliable fantasy option.
Week 3 vs Titans (projected): 305 pass yds, 2 passing touchdowns, 5 rushing yds, 2 sacks for -9 yds, 17.8 pts
The Titans’ passing defense got absolutely torched by Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs on Monday Night Football last week. We probably shouldn’t expect such gaudy numbers from Carr, but he should see his first 300-yard passing game this week.
Last week vs Cardinals: 19 carries, 69 rushing yds, 1 catch, 1 target, 12 receiving yds, 9.1 pts
Season total: 17.4 (8.7 ppg)
Like Carr, Jacobs started off well. Things fell off in the second half. With a lead late in the game, the Raiders inexplicably stopped giving him the ball. That and an inability to find the endzone sunk what could have been a great day.
Week 3 vs Titans (projected): ???
Jacobs is indeed traveling to Tennessee and is listed as questionable, but he is a long shot at best to play. Even then, it’s hard to imagine him producing as much or more than he has in the last two weeks, which hasn’t been that much. Keep an eye on Zamir White this week.
Last week vs Cardinals: 2 catches, 7 targets, 12 receiving yds, 1 receiving touchdown, 9.2pts
Season total:Â 39.3 (19.7 ppg)
After only looking Adams’ way in the opener, Carr overcorrected in Week 2. Adams’ seven targets were fourth on the team, trailing even Mack Hollins. Scoring on a short screen pass was the only thing that saved him from a truly horrific fantasy performance.
Week 3 vs Titans (projected): 9 catches, 12 targets, 108 receiving yds, 1 receiving touchdown, 25.8 pts
Given what Diggs did to the Titans defense, we could see fireworks from Adams. Unfortunately, Adams doesn’t have the aggressive offensive play-calling and uber-talented quarterback that Buffalo has. Regardless, this is a must-win game for the Raiders. If the game is ever in doubt, expect Carr to rely heavily on his buddy. The target share should also favor Adams more this week, with the Hunter Renfrow (concussion) officially ruled out for this week.
Last week vs Cardinals: 7 catches, 10 targets, 59 receiving yds, 1 fumble lost, 10.9 pts
Season total: 16.0 (8.0 ppg)
Renfrow did bounce back after week one, but it wasn’t pretty. His numbers all went up significantly, even the bad ones. The former Clemson receiver had a somewhat solid performance marred by lost fumble that cost his fantasy owners two points and the Raiders the ballgame.
Week 3 vs Titans (projected): Out
Without anything to project for Renfrow, let’s look at who might be worth a look in his absence. After last week, the obvious answer is Mack Hollins. For whatever reason, he was targeted eight times last week. With Renfrow out, expect to see him in almost all two wide receiver sets. He could be worth a look if you are in a pinch this week in some deeper leagues.
Last week vs Cardinals: 6 catches, 8 targets, 50 receiving yds, 1 receiving touchdown 17.0 pts
Season total: 28.9 (14.5 ppg)
Waller is one of the few Raiders to not experience much fantasy volatility. The main difference between the first two games was that he found the end zone in week two. Expect Waller to consistently be a low double-digit player when he doesn’t score. When he does, he should sniff around the 20-point mark.
Week 3 vs Titans (projected): 7 catches, 9 targets, 66 receiving yds, 1 receiving touchdown, 19.6 pts
With no Renfrow, Waller’s chances of scoring increase a bit. A suspect Tennessee pass defense doesn’t hurt either. Expect Waller to be a high end TE1 this week.
Last week vs Chargers: 3/3 FG, 2 <39 yds, 1 50+ yds, 2/2 XP, 13 pts
Season Total: 22 (11 ppg)
Carlson had another great game. It would have been even better had the offense kept moving the ball in the second half. Carlson was also robbed of an opportunity for a fourth field goal to win the game by Renfrow. Nevertheless, most fantasy owners will take 13 points from their kicker every single time.
Week 3 vs Titans (projected): 3/3 FG, 1 >39 yds, 2 40-49 yds, 3/3 XP, 14 pts
This might finally be the week that Carlson doesn’t hit a 50+ yarder. Assuming the Raiders’ offense finally finds its stride this week, Carlson should still get plenty of chances to score. Expect another double-digit performance.
Raiders Defense/Special Teams
Last week vs Cardinals: 1 sack, 1INT, 23 PA, 413 YA, 0 pts
Season Total:Â -1 (-0.5 ppg)
Well, at least they didn’t go negative last week, right? Improvement! In all seriousness, it is encouraging to see this defense generate a sack and a turnover. Maybe that is something they can build upon, even if it is just from a pure football standpoint. In fantasy, this group remains untouchable, however.
Week 3 vs Titans (projected): 4 sacks, 23 PA, 338 YA, 4 pts
Titans left tackle Taylor Lewan (knee) being out certainly increases optimism for this week. It also doesn’t hurt that Tennessee is averaging less than 14 points a game offensively. Even in the most ideal of circumstances, expect mediocre-at-best fantasy production from the Raiders’ defense.
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