In what felt like a lifetime apart, the Oakland Raiders picked up their second win of the season. It may not have been the prettiest, since it was against a fellow two-win football team, but Oakland got the job done for the second time this fall.
And the victory brought forth some solid fantasy output for the Raiders as a team.
The offense ran the football well going for 152 yards on 33 carries with Doug Martin and Jalen Richard both amassing 50 yards, yet none of the running backs found the end zone resulting in just decent fantasy days.
Derek Carr didn’t put up many yards, 192, and was sacked four times, but played a clean game and threw two touchdowns.
While the Raiders put up decent numbers last week, it is unlikely the trend will continue against the Baltimore Ravens.
QB Lamar Jackson
In Lamar Jackson’s first career start, he threw for only 150 yards but added 117 yards on the ground.
Running quarterbacks have always given the Raiders trouble in the past because it emphasizes having a disciplined defense, but that has not been a staple of the Oakland defense for at least a decade.
As such, Jackson will not kill the Raiders through the air, but it is very likely a few miss communications on Oakland’s side will leave a large hole for Jackson to take advantage of on the ground.
RB Gus Edwards
The Raiders are 31st against the run this season and will be facing a unit that ran the ball 44 times between Gus Edwards and Jackson last week.
Edwards was extremely efficient in the last game tallying 115 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries. He should see around 20 carries again, and since the carries will be against the Raiders’ poor rush defense, he should have an excellent day.
D/ST Baltimore Ravens
Oakland had one of its best games of the season last week and Carr failed to reach 200 yards, was sacked four times, and there was not a single solid fantasy outing against a two-win team.
Baltimore plays excellent defense and is hungry to make a playoff push. The Raiders are losing wide receivers left and right, have failed to protect Carr and will be in a tough environment on the road.
There should be a few turnovers as it will not be too difficult to get pressure on Carr.
Proceed with Caution
TE Jared Cook
The one part of the Baltimore defense that isn’t excellent is its ability to cover the tight end position.
Jared Cook has not done much recently, in terms of yardage, and is a risky play. But the Ravens do supply some promise considering they have given up 277 yards and three touchdowns to the position in the last four games.
QB Derek Carr
Carr has almost no weapons left, especially with Brandon LaFell out for the season, and will have to face the No. 2 ranked pass defense in the league on Sunday.
The Ravens are giving up just 205 yards per game throughout the air and have sacked the quarterback 29 times in 2018.
It is not a good matchup for Carr and the passing game.
RB Doug Martin + RB Jalen Richard
With the way Jon Gruden talked about Jalen Richard this week and his 11 carries for 61 yards against the Cardinals, it seems Richard is going to get more carries moving forward.
However, DeAndre Washington and Doug Martin will be trying to get into the mix, so it will be tough for any running back to get a ton of carries to have an impactful day.
In addition, Baltimore is the third-ranked rush defense in the NFL allowing just 94.6 yards per game.