Ahoy, Raider fans! It is I, RaiderDamus, here again for another exciting and info-cational edition of the Fantasy Foretelling. Seeing as this is Week 16, being the very last week of fantasy football, this will also be the very last edition of the Fantasy Foretelling until next season. I do hope you all made the finals in your league and rode my advice to dominating victories all year long. The Raiders take on the Chefs this week in what should be a fun game, so after the break I'll tell you what to do with the real life players on your make-believe team.
Last week was somewhat bittersweet for me, as I was so completely right about everything. I said the Lions would win, I said Stafford and Johnson would have big games, and I said not to start any Lions RBs. I also mentioned that Stafford would lose a fumble. I said to bench Carson Palmer. I was right on all counts. The only thing I was less than correct about was Darrius Heyward-Bey. He was really good on Sunday and I hope he can keep that up.
But on to the fantasy talk for this week! The Chefs are hosting the Raiders in what is clearly the Raiders' last hope to stay alive for the playoffs. The Broncos are probably going to win the division, but it would not surprise me to see the Raiders slide into a Wild Card spot if they can win out. They would be 9-7 in that scenario. Even if they don't make the playoffs, there would be lots of optimism for next year with a full year of Carson Palmer at QB and hopefully the return of Ford and McFadden, and hopefully the non-return of Chuck Bresnahan. He's just terrible.
I expect to see a really tough game on Saturday. The battle in the trenches is going to be key. Veldheer is going to have his hands full with Tamba Hali, but he stuffed Jared Allen earlier in the year so he is capable of handling Hali. We saw last week what Hali can do to a game when he is making a serious impact (almost single-handedly defeating the Packers) and hopefully we will not see that on Saturday.
Let's start with the Chefs.
QB Kyle Orton: Bench. He lit up the Packers, yeah, but this is going to be a different game. This one will be violent and nasty and the Raiders already demolished Kyle Orton back in Week 1. Nobody who's playing fantasy this week is really going to start Kyle Orton anyway. 200 pass yds, 1 TD, 2 INT.
RB Jackie Battle: No. Just no.
WR Dwayne Bowe: Start. He's always great and is the only Chef worth starting this week. 120 rec yds, TD.
Chefs Defense: Bench. They are good but won't do enough this week to make them worthwhile.
And now, on to our heroes!
QB Carson Palmer: Bench again. The Chefs secondary is quite good. If Aaron Rodgers can't find any open receivers, Carson Palmer won't be able to either. 250 pass yds, 2 TD, 2 INT.
RB Michael Bush: Start. He hasn't scored a TD in a while, but that will end this week. 90 rush yds, TD.
WR Darrius Heyward-Bey: Start. He is finally putting it all together. Ride that train to victory. 120 rec yds, TD.
I can't in good conscience tell you to start Chaz Schilens, or Denarius Moore who is questionable for the game. So I won't.
Raiders Defense: Bench. Until they get a new DC, don't even bother.
So Raider Nation, how did you do in your leagues this year? Did you make the finals? Who will you be drafting next season?