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Raiders vs Chargers fantasy football advice: Look for a shootout

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NFL: Cleveland Browns at Oakland Raiders Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

The first win of the season for the Oakland Raiders has brought the kind performance that hadn’t been experienced yet this season. In the high-scoring win, many Raiders performed well on offense and that helped raise their fantasy value after a miserable Week 3 against Miami.

My biggest lock of the week, Marshawn Lynch, followed it up with 130 yards on the ground and it could have been a lot more if not for an early whistle.

Derek Carr threw for many yards (437) and was slightly careless with the football (two interceptions), but had four touchdowns.

At wide receiver, Amari Cooper got back over the century-yard mark and Jordy Nelson had a touchdown along with a clutch two-point conversion.

My one big miss was Jared Cook. He had two touchdowns and more yards on Sunday (110 yards) than the Browns’ gave up to the position in the first three games combined.

Hopefully, the brilliant week on offense against Cleveland will create momentum and bring more fantasy glory going forward starting on Sunday against the Los Angeles Chargers.

Must start

QB Derek Carr

Carr has been averaging over 340 yards per game and finally delivered a plethora of touchdowns passes throwing four against the Browns. The game this past Sunday could be a turning point for the team offensively since they had to win in dramatic fashion.

Now, Carr gets to face a defense that gave up 298 yards passing to the 49ers who are without Jimmy Garoppolo and allows 2.5 passing touchdowns per game.

QB Philip Rivers

Somehow Oakland has yet to give up a 300-yard passing game. This Sunday, I bet that will change.

Philip Rivers historically torches the Raiders and I don’t see why this week would be any different knowing he will be able to sit in the pocket for as long as he likes.

RB Marshawn Lynch

Lynch is just a beast. When Jon Gruden asked for full-time Marshawn Lynch, he sure got him.

Los Angeles is allowing 4.44 yards per carry, but teams haven’t been trying to run against the Chargers frequently for whatever reason. Teams have ran for more than 82 yards just once this season against their front.

However, Lynch is running like he can’t be beat. And, more good news for Lynch fantasy owners, he received 20 out of the 29 carries for the Raiders. Gruden is going to be feeding the hot hand that is Lynch.

TE Jared Cook

Cook has played exceptionally well this entire season and is a mismatch against any team.

49ers TE Greg Kittle had 125 yards and one touchdown against the Bolts on Sunday. The Carr-Cook connection is slightly better than C.J. Beathard and Kittle.

Start Cook.

RB Melvin Gordon

Melvin Gordon has 475 yards from scrimmage and five touchdowns on the season. He is a must-start against any defense in the NFL, especially the Oakland defense that let Nick Chubb get loose twice in just three total plays.

Proceed with Caution

WR Amari Cooper

Los Angeles has given up eight touchdowns to the position this season providing an opportunity for Cooper to continue the momentum from last week’s performance.

However, Cooper seems to be working on a bi-weekly basis. So last week’s impressive outing doesn’t mean Cooper will repeat that success. Also, facing one of the best corners in the game in Casey Hayward.

WR Jordy Nelson

Nelson only had 48 yards receiving last week, but added in a touchdown and a game-saving two-point conversion en route to putting up two-nice weeks in a row.

It seems Nelson’s rapport with Carr is consistently improving. Nelson might not wow fans with huge yardage numbers, but I see him being a threat in the redzone and on key third-downs.

Remember, that was Michael Crabtree for Carr in the past. Nelson could become that with time.


Raiders D/ST, Chargers D/ST

The Raiders offense has found its groove and there is no way Rivers won’t be lighting up the Oakland secondary with unlimited time to throw.

It’s tough to imagine either of these defenses having a great fantasy outing. Not while Lynch is running through walls and Carr and Rivers are lighting up secondaries. So, bench the defenses. I wouldn’t rule out anyone else.