SAN DIEGO, CA - NOVEMBER 10: Quarterback Carson Palmer #3 of the Oakland Raiders stands in the huddle against the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on November 10, 2011 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
Ahoy, Raider fans! It is I, RaiderDamus, back again for another exciting edition of the Fantasy Foretelling. The Raiders travel to South Florida this Sunday to take on the suddenly respectable Miami Dolphins. After the break, I'll tell you what to do with the real-life players on your make-believe team.
You know, if Tony Sparano had his team this inspired all year, he might still have a job at the end of the season. He will join the ranks of the unemployed as soon as Week 17 ends, I assure you. That being said, he does have the Dolphins defense playing well, unless they are playing the Patriots, but the Raiders are the last team that should make fun of anyone for losing to the Patriots.
Here's a fun fact: of the QBs that will play this week (translation: not counting Matt Schaub) Matt Moore ranks an inexplicable tenth in overall passer rating. I am not making this up. You can go look for it yourself on nfl.com. I will even provide a link for you. Here it is.
A Raiders player is actually #1 on the list, but he does not have enough pass attempts to qualify for the title. That player? Shane Lechler. Carson Palmer is 39th. Oh well, there's always next year. On to the fantasy football!
QB Matt Moore: Start. As previously mentioned, Moore is tenth amongst active passers in passer rating. His receivers are good. His offensive line, however, stinks. If he doesn't get sacked five times he may have some success. But you don't have Matt Moore on your team, do you? Really? 230 pass yds, 2 TD, 2 INT.
RB Reggie Bush: Start. Bush is actually having a pretty good second half of the season after being abysmal in the first half. He is just the sort of blazing-fast back that gives the Raiders trouble. 80 rush yds, 50 rec yds, TD.
WR Brandon Marshall: Bench. He'll get a lot of man coverage attention from the Raiders and Moore won't have a lot of time to throw. Also, Marshall has a bad case of the dropsies. 60 rec yds.
WR Davone Bess: Start. All the attention paid to Marshall means les attention paid to Davone Bess. If I were picking those two guys in a draft, I would take Bess first. 90 rec yds, TD.
Dolphins defense: Start them if you have them. The Raiders have a LOT of injuries as we all know and even if the Raiders win, the Dolphins defense will not be embarrassed.
On to the good guys!
QB Carson Palmer: Bench. The Dolphins have a pretty good secondary featuring Vontae Davis and Yeremiah Bell. Without Moore or Ford, Palmer will be hard-pressed to find a lot of success. 175 pass yds, 2 TD, INT.
RB Michael Bush: Start. Bush will be fantasy gold this week. The Raiders are going to run a LOT and the Dolphins will not be able to stop him. Michael Bush will be the big winner of the Bush vs. Bush contest. 135 rush yds, TD, 40 rec yds, TD.
Oakland WR corps: Bench. Unless Heyward-Bey plays out of his mind they are useless this week. Most of Palmer's throws will be screens and dump-offs to backs or tight ends.
Oakland defense: Eh, start them. Miami's offense isn't that good and the Raiders should be able to harrass Matt Moore like they did to Caleb Hanie.
So what do you see happening on Sunday? Who's gonna step up big in the game? Which Bush should be rated higher?