It’s time for another update to your Las Vegas Raiders Fantasy Football Tracker. The Raiders’ season is essentially over after that crushing loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers, but hopefully your fantasy season is not. Although, if you were relying on several Las Vegas players, it probably is over. We will provide some further analysis as well as some crucial projections for this week as we enter championship week in most leagues! All Raiders fantasy football stats from previous games will come from ESPN, and all points will be based on standard PPR formats.
2022 Las Vegas Raiders Fantasy Football Tracker, Week 17
Week 16 vs Steelers: 174 passing yards, 1 passing touchdown, 3 interceptions, 14 rush yards, 6.36 fantasy points
Season point total: 219.08 (14.6 ppg)
In awful conditions, Derek Carr had himself an awful game. He just couldn’t hit anyone. It was a tough night to throw, and he was playing good defense, but there were a lot of throws that he just missed. It also did not help that he had two passes bounce off of receivers’ hands for interceptions. Ultimately, it was deemed bad enough to result in Carr’s benching for the rest of the season. He will likely never play another game in a Raiders uniform.
Week 17 vs 49ers (projected): Carr benched, Jarrett Stidham: 206 passing yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception, 6 rush yards, 10.84 pts
With Carr on the bench, you can safely cut him from your roster. However, I would not bother trying to pick up Stidham. The absolute best-case scenario is that he matches Carr’s production. That is a low ceiling, especially going up against the league’s best defense this week.
Week 16 vs Steelers: 15 carries, 44 rushing yds, 1 catch, 1 target, 6 receiving yards, 6 pts
Season total: 301.8 (20.1 ppg)
With the throwing conditions being horrible, one would have expected a lot of work for Jacobs. Apparently, Josh McDaniels had other plans. Jacobs touched the ball just 16 times en route to one of his worst fantasy performances of the season.
Week 17 vs 49ers (projected): 18 carries, 84 rushing yards, 1 rushing touchdown, 2 catches, 2 targets, 16 receiving yds, 18 pts
Going up against a tough 49ers defense, Jacobs might not break off anything huge. Also, we have no idea what McDaniels will do with the offense at this point in the season. Still, Jacobs is talented enough that you should be able to rely on him for solid production in your fantasy championship.
Week 16 vs Steelers: 2 catches, 9 targets, 15 receiving yards, 6.8 pts
Season total:Â 288.9 (19.3 ppg)
Week 17 vs 49ers (projected): 5 catches, 8 targets, 63 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown, 17.3 pts
The benching of Carr will be unlikely to help Adams’ production. However, what will help him is a combination of better weather and a suspect San Francisco secondary. Don’t shy away from Adams this week. He’s too talented to not at least get back to double digits.
Week 16 vs Steelers: 4 catches, 7 targets, 42 receiving yards, 1 receiving touchdown, 14.2 pts
Season total (Renfrow): 54.8 (6.9 ppg)
Renfrow actually had a good game, scoring the Raiders’ only touchdown. It could have been even better if McDaniels hadn’t given up on the underneath routes in the second half. Still, it was likely for naught, as you would have been crazy to start him last week.
Week 17 vs 49ers (projected): 5 catches, 8 targets, 51 receiving yards, 10.1 pts
Expect a safe passing game in Stidham’s debut. That could lead to more work for Renfrow. Nevertheless, he is a risky option if you’re in a fantasy football championship game this week. Consider him a weak flex option this week.
Week 16 vs Steelers: 4 catches, 5 targets, 58 receiving yds, 1 receiving touchdown, 9.8 pts
Season total (Waller): 63.1 (9 ppg)
Waller looked solid once again this week. He hauled in all but one of his targets and seems to be slowly getting back on track. However, Waller is still a far cry from the fantasy juggernaut that he once was.
Week 17 vs 49ers (projected): 6 catches, 7 targets, 82 receiving yds, 14.2 pts
Similarly to Renfrow, Waller could benefit from the change at quarterback this week. Long-term, it might not be great for him, but all that matters is this week. Waller is a mid-range TE1 at worst against the Niners. His resurgence could be what wins you a championship.
Week 16 vs Steelers:Â 1/1 FG, 1 40-49 yds, 1/1 XP, 5 pts
Season Total:Â 138 (9.2 ppg)
It was another slow week for Carlson. This time, the Raiders’ offense just didn’t do anything. As a result, Carlson was called upon just twice. He hit both kicks, including a fairly long field goal given the weather, for a measly five points.
Week 17 vs 49ers (projected): 2/2 FG, 1 <39 yds, 1 40-49 yds, 2/2 XP, 9 pts
Don’t expect a Stidham-led offense to give Carlson a ton of opportunities. However, he might get an extra field goal opportunity. He is still worth keeping around, as you can usually count on him to make the most of his chances. If he gets you close to 10, that’s all you can really ask for out of your kicker.
Las Vegas Raiders Defense/Special Teams
Week 16 vs Steelers: 1 INT, 13 PA, 350 YA, 4 pts
Season Total: 60Â (4 ppg)
The Raiders’ defense held Pittsburgh to just 13 points and nabbed an interception. However, that is not the whole picture. Steelers kicker Chris Boswell missed two field goals, and their offense methodically marched up and down the field for most of the game. Also, Las Vegas did not record a single sack. As a result, it was just an average game for a mediocre fantasy defense.
Week 17 vs 49ers (projected): 1 sack, 26 PA, 403 YA, -2 pts
It’s time to abandon the Raiders’ defense. San Francisco’s offense is not one to provide a lot of opportunities for fantasy defenses. Also, Brock Purdy is playing some excellent football. The Raiders are untouchable for the fantasy championship.
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