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This week on Thursday Night Football, the rival Kansas City Chiefs come to town. Which players should you start, sit, or potentially add on your fantasy teams?


Jamaal Charles

This should be a no-brainer as Charles has scored over 15 points in each of the last five weeks. While the Raiders defense has improved lately, they are still a great matchup for Charles. Look for him to score over 15 for the sixth consecutive week.

Kansas City Defense

The Raiders offense has been downright pathetic. They are struggling to get first downs, much less score points. While Derrick Johnson is out for the year, star linebackers Justin Houston and Tamba Hali have picked up the slack. This is a great matchup for a defense that has already played well this season.


Raiders roster (two exceptions)

Their offense has been terrible these last couple weeks. While their defense has played better, the Chiefs have a dangerous offense and I do not trust the Raiders defense yet. At every position, there are better options out there.

Travis Kelce

He has struggled mightily the past two weeks only putting up 1.9 and 1.7 points. The Chiefs are going to focus on giving Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis touches and spend less time passing the ball. The Raiders also have two very athletic linebackers in Khalil Mack and Sio Moore that are more than capable of covering Kelce.


Latavius Murray

His role is increasing as he was in for 26 plays and had four carries for 43 yards (10.3 avg.) last week against the San Diego Chargers. While Tony Sparano said "We're trying to get him more involved," the Raiders took Murray out after gashing the Chargers defense. But with the poor play of Darren McFadden and Maurice Jones-Drew, expect Murray to see a lot more carries this week. Maybe he is in for a big day after what he showed he could do last week. Murray is more of a waiver-wire pickup.

Mychal Rivera

The Raiders offense has been terrible, but Rivera has lately become Derek Carr's favorite target. He had a great three weeks but took a step back last week against the Chargers. That could be because the Chargers allow the least amount of points to fantasy tight ends though. If the Raiders can't establish a running game, they will air it out and some of those passes will go to Rivera.

Knile Davis

Since his days at Arkansas, I have always been a fan of Knile Davis. But he has the misfortune of being stuck behind one of the best running backs in the NFL. That being said, when he does get his touches he makes big plays. If you need a running back for the week, he may be worth a pickup.

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