The season to date for the Oakland Raiders has been abysmal. There is no denying that. But, it might get a lot worse before the season ends.
Oakland still has to face arguably the best team in the AFC, the Kansas City Chiefs, two more times. And this Sunday is the first of two guaranteed blow outs for the Raiders.
With the Chiefs as commanding 15.5 point favorites (ON THE ROAD), the fantasy football decisions should be clear cut.
QB Patrick Mahomes
Patrick Mahomes is not human. He should be starting on your fantasy team even if he was playing the number one defense in the NFL.
Thus far, Mahomes has thrown for 37 touchdowns in 11 games. And he might eclipse the 4,000 yard passing mark against Oakland in just 12 games. He only needs 372 yards on Sunday to do so.
Andy Reid and company are also coming off a bye week. Reid has been known to dominate after byes.
RB Kareem Hunt
With Kansas City expected to jump out to a huge lead early, that should give Kareem Hunt a ton of carries to run out the clock starting in the second quarter.
Hunt has also been on a tear tallying eight touchdowns in the last five games.
WR Tyreek Hill + TE Travis Kelce
It isn’t necessary to separate Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. Both of them will be open all game and both of them should easily find the end zone at least once.
You can count on at least one touchdown involving Hill that will show Reggie Nelson trailing the play.
There really isn’t much to say here. If you watched the Chiefs once and the Raiders once this season, that’s all you needed to see.
Proceed with Caution
QB Derek Carr
Don’t worry there is good news. It has less to do with Oakland, but there are two reasons to have some optimism.
If it is a blow out, there will be a lot of time for Derek Carr to dink and dunk his way to respectable numbers assuming the defense will be playing far off the receivers with a 20+ point lead.
Kansas City has allowed nine touchdowns and 297.75 yards per game trough the air over the past four games. The defense does a lot of bending, but Carr will still have to be protected and keep care of the football if he wants to take advantage and hopefully make the defense break.
RB Doug Martin
Doug Martin is coming off his first big fantasy week. Against the Ravens, he tallied 72 scrimmage yards and a touchdown.
On Sunday, Martin’s matchup will get a lot easier as he will be facing the 20th ranked rush defense compared to Baltimore’s 3rd ranked defense from a week ago.
Furthermore, the Chiefs have been susceptible to giving up a lot of yards through the air to the running back position.
As such, Jalen Richard might be able to break a big play, finally, and Martin should be able to pad his stats a little bit out of the backfield as well.
The Raiders’ defense isn’t even worthy of a bench here. Send them to the waivers so no one will ever hear or see them again.