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While most fantasy seasons are over, some carry over into Week 17 and so this is our look at who to watch as the Raiders take on the Chiefs in the 2015 finale.

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If your team is still playing — that's a good thing. While some leagues have wrapped up, and most teams have been eliminated, a select few of you are still battling it out for league supremacy — and this week, that's amidst some teams resting their top players.

The bad news for Raiders fans is that this matchup didn't exactly produce a ton of firepower the first time around — with the two teams combining for just 583 total yards as Kansas City was victorious, 34-20. So many points, but so few yards? The teams combined for five turnovers — including three Derek Carr turnovers in the fourth quarter.

So, will Week 17 be any different? The Chiefs have already clinched the playoffs, while the Raiders are merely playing for pride (and a .500 record) — but before we dive in, let's recap Week 16's results.

We went two-for-three in the studs department, giving you Latavius Murray (117 total yards, 1 TD), Danny Woodhead (108 total yards, including eight catches) and Antonio Gates (2 catches, 11 yards).

For once, sleepers wasn't our strong category. We gave you Javontee Herndon (3 catches, 16 yards) and the Oakland Defense (20 points allowed, 1 sack, 1 fumble recovered, 1 safety, 343 yards allowed).

To top it all off, in a game full of snoozers (Phillip Rivers, Derek Carr, Amari Cooper, Michael Crabtree, etc.) we didn't give you any. Oh well. On to this week...


Derek Carr — This guy is a competitor, and I can almost promise that he's had this game circled on his calendar ever since his fourth-quarter meltdown four weeks ago. Carr did finish with 283 passing yards and two touchdowns, but all anyone remembers is the three picks.

Latavius Murray — Coming off one of his best performances of the season, I'll look for Murray to have another strong day in the season finale — especially with Marcel Reece out of the equation. Murray had 86 yards and a touchdown last time they faced the Chiefs, and if he gets 20 more carries, I'm looking for him to cross the century mark.

Jeremy Maclin — Maclin torched the Raiders last time out for nine catches and 95 yards, including two touchdowns. In fact, his last five games, Maclin is averaging seven receptions, 80 yards and one touchdown a game. He'll get a heavy dose of David Amerson on Sunday, but even that might not be enough to slow down the Chiefs' top weapon.

Travis Kelce — I noted him as a "Stud" last time these two teams matched up and he disappointed, but with 12 catches in his last two games, I think Kelce has a better day this time around against Oakland.


Clive Walford — Last time out against the Chiefs, Walford posted a career high in catches (5) and yards (53). With the season nearly over, I think the Raiders will give their youngsters every opportunity to shine this week — and Walford could be the poster child.

Raiders D — If not for all the turnovers, it would have been a great day for the Oakland defense: only 232 yards allowed, four sacks and two fumbles recovered. The second time around, Kansas City will have a better idea of how to beat the Raiders defense, but as long as Khalil Mack is prowling the edges, I like the Oakland D this week.


Alex Smith — Averaging only about 22-25 attempts a game over his last few outings, Smith is nothing more than a game-manager (nothing new, I know). All I'm saying is I'd ignore the two touchdowns he had last time the Raiders and Chiefs played, and rest my championship hopes elsewhere.