Three field goals. That is all the Oakland Raiders have scored in the last two weeks on offense. A mere 4.5 points per game and zero touchdowns.
Good fantasy outputs don’t come from that kind of production.
But hey, the Raiders get to face the Arizona Cardinals. The Cardinals have just two wins, so that has to be a good matchup right? No, think again.
WR Larry Fitzgerald
I don’t really care who is playing quarterback. I think I would be able to throw a jump ball to Larry Fitzgerald every play this Sunday and do somewhat decently.
Fitzgerald is having a down year, just 100 yards receiving in one game, but he has 14 catches in the past two games. So things are heading in the right direction and there is no one better to help offenses right the ship than that Oakland defense.
RB David Johnson
David Johnson had 183 scrimmage yards and two touchdowns against the Chiefs last weekend.
Arizona likes to blitz, gets to the quarterback at an impressive rate and the Raiders haven’t done a great job protecting Derek Carr.
Pressure forces turnovers and that leads to fantasy points.
Oh yeah, and Oakland hasn’t scored a touchdown this MONTH!
Proceed with Caution
RB Doug Martin
The Cardinals are just bad against the run. In the first seven games of the season, they gave up over 100 yards rushing six times for a total average of 137 yards per game and more than four yards per carry.
The Raiders should look to run the ball a lot as that is the best way to beat Arizona. Furthermore, a better run game will take pressure off Carr as the Cardinals enjoy bringing the heat.
Doug Martin has an opportunity to get a lot of carries and maybe break a few runs against a poor run defense.
RB Jalen Richard
The Cardinals love to blitz. Carr loves to get rid of the football quickly.
If Carr doesn’t have time to look far down the field, who is going to get a lot of dump offs? Jalen Richard.
QB Derek Carr
In two straight blow outs with plenty of garbage time, Carr has thrown for just 207 yards per game.
On Sunday, Carr will face a defense that loves to blitz and has 29 sacks on the season, just two off the league lead.
With the injured and poorly performing Oakland offensive line, Carr will not have any time to push the ball down the field, especially with the lack of weapons the team now possesses at the skill positions, and will be on the ground quite a bit.
TE Jared Cook
Arizona has allowed more than 57 yards receiving to the tight end position just once all season.
Over the entire season, the position is averaging only 42 yards per game and has scored two touchdowns.
Jared Cook, on the other hand, has averaged 35.2 yards in the last five contests.
The Cardinals’ defense has been stout the entire season and Cook is trending in the wrong direction. Cook’s only good game recently was against the Colts and they are bad on defense.
If a gun was put to your head and you had to start the Oakland defense in one game this season, it might be smart to pick the matchup against Josh Rosen and the Cardinals.
But that is only if there is a gun to your head.