This week, the Raiders will travel to Seattle in search of their first win since week 11 of last season. But to do so, they will have to beat the Legion of Boom in front of their raucous fans. Which players should you start, sit, and potentially add on your fantasy teams?
The Seahawks defense is a perfect example of why you should not draft a defense until the last rounds. Because of their great season last year, the Seahawks defense was drafted in the mid-rounds. The result, they are currently ranked 26th in points among defense.
That being said, Seattle still has the most talented secondary. And most importantly, they are playing the Raiders lackluster offense. Oakland does not generate enough points to hurt opposing defenses, and the Legion of Boom may force Derek Carr into some rookie mistakes. They are definitely worth starting this week.
Yes, he is currently on a three week scoring drought in which he has scored 6, 7, and 6 points. But expect Lynch to enter "Beast Mode" this weekend against the Raiders poor run defense. With exception to last week, the Raiders run defense has been awful this season. Khalil Mack and Sio Moore have played great, but the other nine starters have underperformed.
Even with the loss of Percy Harvin, Russell Wilson is still a top-ten fantasy quarterback. And this week against the Raiders, he could finish in the top-five in points scored this week. While Charles Woodson and T.J. Carrie have played well in the secondary, Tarell Brown and Carlos Rogers have struggled in pass coverage. To Roger's credit, he has played strong against the run and is a solid open-field tackler. With Lynch keeping the defense honest, Russell Wilson should have plenty of open receivers on Sunday.
After the way he scorched the Seahawks defense with three touchdowns in preseason, it is tough to leave the rookie off this list. That and the fact that Carr is not afraid to target Richard Sherman and Earl Thomas are the pros. The cons are that he still misses open receivers occasionally, and he has no running game and no elite receivers.
Rest of the Raiders roster
This is not a good match-up for the Raiders. Seattle has a solid run defense which will hurt Darren McFadden. Seattle has a potent offense which will really hurt the Raiders defense (shouldn't be starting them regardless). The Raiders offense usually does not generate many points which hurts Sebastian Janikowski. There are way better options out there than the Raiders offense and defense right now.