OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 06: Michael Bush #29 of the Oakland Raiders jumps over Brian Dawkins #20 of the Denver Broncos at O.co Coliseum on November 6, 2011 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
Ahoy, Raider fans! RaiderDamus is back again for another exciting edition of 'RaiderDamus' Fantasy Foretelling'. After the break, RaiderDamus will tell you what to do with the real-life players on your make believe team. The Raiders will face a tough test this week against the Chargers, so after the break I will reveal what your strategies should be.
As you all know, Raider fans, RaiderDamus has been on a bit of a cold streak lately. The fantasy projections have been reasonably successful, but the game picks have seen RaiderDamus (and the Raiders) suffer two straight humiliations. This week, as a result, I have been deep in the Aether, kicking the fates' ass. This sort of thing is unacceptable. They better not lie to me anymore if they know what's good for them.
In any case, on to the projections. The Raiders defense is terrible and the Dolts' defense is not much better, so this ought to be a high-scoring game. That's gold for fantasy owners. Grab the booty this week!
QB Carson Palmer- Start. He's probably a top-5 QB play this week. I'm not kidding. Aaron Rodgers threw for 4 TD against the Dolts, and the Raiders' WR corps is probably as talented as the Packers'. Don't tell me Jordy Nelson is anywhere near as awesome as Jacoby Ford. I predict 350 pass yds, 3 TD, 2 INT.
RB Michael Bush- Start. He is always the same in all of these, good for 80 yards and a short yardage TD. He can't carry a rushing game because he falls down too easily, but he is good for wearing down a defense.
WR Jacoby Ford- Start. With Palmer at the helm he has moved into #2 WR territory in fantasy. He is probably good for eight targets a game, with a touchdown here and there. He will get one this week. 120 rec yds, TD.
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey- Bench. He doesn't yet have the rapport with Palmer that Ford, More, and Housh do, and I can't recommend him until I see that he does. 40 rec yds.
WR Denarius Moore- Start. He may not always get to the ball but he is targeted a lot. Bet on the fact that he and Palmer will hook up more often going forward. 100 rec yds, TD.
Raiders defense- Bench forever.
and on to the challengers...
QB Philip Rivers- Start at all times, no matter the matchup. He's one of the top QB plays this week and every week, even when he plays like crap and throws two pick-sixes like he did against the Packers. 370 pass yds, 4 TD, 1 INT.
RB Ryan Mathews- Start. If Willis McGahee can run over the Raiders, so can he. 120 rush yds.
RB Mike Tolbert- Start. He's not likely to get many yards but he probably will score. 50 rush yds, TD.
WR Vincent Jackson- Start. He's a one-man wrecking crew. He scored three TDs against the Packers and is liable to do the same to the Raiders. 160 rec yds, 2 TD.
TE Antonio Gates- Start. Best TE in football, frequent target of Rivers. Enough said. 80 rec yds, TD.
Chargers defense- Bench. This will be a shootout. Defenses in shootouts are bad.