While the Raiders lost to the Seahawks, my fantasy predictions were accurate. I predicted a breakout week for Marshawn Lynch and he delivered with 26.3 points. I also thought Seattle's defense would have a good game and they went for 13 points. My sleeper was Derek Carr who had a solid 13 points. This week, the Raiders take on the Denver Broncos in Oakland. Which players should you start, sit, or potentially add on your fantasy teams?
If you are lucky enough to have the future Hall of Famer on your team, the only week you should sit him is Denver's bye week. He is one of the best quarterbacks in the NFL and is worth a start every week, especially when he is playing the Raiders. While Oakland's secondary has improved with the addition of T.J. Carrie and the return of D.J. Hayden, they still have many holes. Expect a 20-plus point performance from Manning.
Just like Manning, if you have Thomas on your team he should be starting every week. Against the Raiders, he will be matched up against Tarell Brown. Brown has struggled this year so expect Thomas to have a big day. I would predict Thomas scores at least 15 points this week.
After being paired up with Peyton Manning in the off-season, Sanders has emerged as one of the best fantasy receivers in the NFL. He has the speed and explosiveness to score on any play.
The last three weeks, Hillman has scored 22, 14, and 18 points. The Raiders have an awful run defense and struggle covering running backs out of the backfield. Even if Montee Ball plays, Hillman should get the start for the Broncos. Expect a big week from the San Diego State alum.
Thomas is one of the premier tight ends in the NFL. He is an excellent redzone target for Peyton Manning, and has a great matchup this week against a struggling Raiders secondary. While Thomas' production has slipped the last three weeks with 3, 2, and 9 points, I predict he will have a breakout game against the Raiders.
This defense is scattered with premier players such as Von Miller, DeMarcus Ware, Aquib Talib and T.J. Ward. Talib and Ward makeup one of the best secondaries in the NFL while Miller and Ware wreak havoc in the backfield. I expect the defense to get a lot of pressure on Carr and potentially force the rookie into some mistakes.
In the world of fantasy, McFadden has had a solid season and is a good option as a number two running back. Even though Denver has a great defense, I would give McFadden the start. Keep in mind, DMAC has had great success against the Broncos throughout his career.
Last week against the Seahawks, Carr made some rookie mistakes that may have cost the Raiders the game. While he did generate some nice drives too, there are better options right now.
The receivers this season have been so inconsistent for fantasy. One week it's James Jones with 12 points, the next week it's Andre Holmes. Nobody has stepped up and shown the consistency to be a starting wide receiver on a fantasy team.
In the last two weeks, Rivera has caught 15-of-20 targets for 121 yards. Last week against the Seahawks, Rivera had two touchdowns. He is emerging as Derek Carr's favorite target. The only reason he is not a starter is because of the Broncos defense. They have a great secondary along with a top linebacker core. But if your team has an expendable tight end, I would highly consider picking up Rivera and starting him this week, especially in PPR leagues.
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