Last week, the Raiders almost walked away from Foxborough with a win against the Patriots. But a holding call and a dropped pass that was intercepted sealed their fate along with their 0-3 record. While my predictions week one and two were spot on, this last week was only an average week for me. Starters Tom Brady, Julian Edelman and the Patriots defense totaled 12.66, 8.9 (18.9 PPR), and 6 points. My Sits were the Raiders defense and Maurice Jones-Drew. MJD didn't play and the Raiders defense finished with 3 points. Sleepers Shane Vereen, Stevan Ridley and James Jones all had poor performances.
This week, the Silver and Black travel to London for a battle with the Miami Dolphins. Who should you start, sit and consider playing on your fantasy teams?
With Knowshon Moreno still out, Miller is Miami's starting runningback. He had 13.2 points last week against a Chiefs defense that is pretty equal to Oakland's. Miller played on 72% of the snaps and had 19 touches. While the Raiders run defense significantly improved against the Patriots, they will be missing Nick Roach, Miles Burris and Sio Moore this week. Miller should be a safe bet to score at least 10 points.
Wallace had 12 targets last week and has scored 32 points through three games this season. While Oakland's pass defense has given up the 8th fewest fantasy points to wide receivers, they are worse than that number suggests. With Wallace being the number one receiving threat for the Dolphins, he should see significant targets and points against the struggling Raiders secondary.
While Jones didn't put up great numbers last week, he had a solid start to the season putting up 9 and 15 points respectively. With Rod Streater out, Jones should see an increase in targets and points. Derek Carr has improved each week which should mean more first downs and red zone oppurtunities which is where Jones thrives. The Dolphins defense provides a favorable matchup as they have given up 27.6 points per game.
While Darren McFadden had a good amount of carries and should have scored a touchdown last week, Maurice Jones-Drew says he will be ready for week four. MJD managed to score only 2 points week one and has since been injured. Jones-Drew and McFadden should split carries which will hurt both of their chances to rack up some points.
The Raiders have combined for only four points the past two weeks. While Khalil Mack and Sio Moore have been studs, the rest of the defense has played like duds (with exception to Justin Tuck). Sio Moore, Miles Burris and Nick Roach are still not practicing and chances are slim that they play. That leaves three linebackers: Khalil Mack, Kaluka Maiava, and Bojay Filimoeatu. Suddenly, the Raiders strongest position group just became their weakest.
After a great season last year, I thought Charles Clay was going to be a top-five tight end this year. Boy was I wrong. Clay has been battling injuries and has accumulated a total of 8 points through three games. While the Raiders defensive is a good matchup, I would replace Clay with somebody else until he consistently begins to put up points again.
Seabass put up 11 points last week on three field goals. But he didn't kick any field goals during the first two weeks. This is a risk because Janikowski will not be used to the London field and conditions. But it could have a tremendous payoff as Miami has given up the most points to kickers and offenses are averaging 27.6 points per game against them.
With Rod Streater injured and the Raiders running game struggling, Carr is a definite risk. But Miami's secondary has struggled and the rookie quarterback has improved every week. Carr had a good week against Darrelle Revis so if his receivers catch the ball and the Raiders can run a little, Carr could have a big game.