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Coming off their first victory of the season, the Oakland Raiders are set to play the Rams in St. Louis this Sunday. Which players should you start, sit, or potentially add to your teams?


Rams Defense

After scoring 25 combined points in the last two weeks, the Rams defense is looking like many projected it would at the beginning of the season. They have one of the best defensive lines in the NFL that features Robert Quinn, Chris Long, Aaron Donald, and William Hayes. While Long has been injured, he was activated from injured reserved this week making it a possibility that he plays. While the Raiders offense played well against the Chiefs, they have struggled for much of the year. This is a good matchup for a defense that is starting to play very well.

James Jones

He came through big last week and scored 11 fantasy points. If you are desperate, I would consider Jones as a flex option. The Rams defense has given up the 5th most points to fantasy wide receivers. While they have a strong defensive line, there are holes in the secondary. Jones should see his fair share of targets as he has established himself as Carr's favorite receiver.

Raiders Defense

I never thought I would say this, but it would be wise to start the Raiders defense this week. The Rams are starting Shaun Hill at quarterback and have no offensive weapons. The Raiders defense has played very well these last few weeks, and Jason Tarver is actually calling decent formations. These two factors make for a very favorable matchup for the Raiders.


Derek Carr

The Rams defensive line will likely get a lot of pressure on the rookie quarterback. They are also very strong against the run which will not bode well for Carr. While he may have a good game, he is inconsistent in terms of fantasy production and there are better options out there.

Rams Running Backs

The Rams rotate between Tre Mason, Benny Cunningham, and Zac Stacy. That limits the carries each running back gets which limits their production. If forced to play one, Mason is your best bet as he has seen the most carries.


Latavius Murray

If the Raiders would start the man, he would be a starter. Murray is far and away the Raiders best running back. But the Rams star-studded defensive line and the fact that he is recovering from a concussion he suffered last week keep Murray as a sleeper for the week.

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