Raiders at Cardinals
The Raiders (1-9) continue to trek through the storm which is the rebuilding season of 2018 in a Week 11 matchup against the similarly struggling Arizona Cardinals (2-8) in a battle for the first overall pick in the 2019 draft. The Raiders may be trying to lose in order to secure a better place in that draft, but they very well might win this week.
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Derek Carr was stifled yet again last week against the Chargers. He finished the game with a measly 243 yards without adding a touchdown or interception. This week has a potential bounce-back feel to it as the Cardinals have been demolished defensively this year; however, they enter the game allowing the 5th fewest yards through the air. The Raiders struggling offensive line will be even more hard pressed to protect their quarterback as he will not be able to move the ball as easily as he has throughout the year. The line ranks at a pitiful 30th in the league according to Pro Football Focus and will face star pass rusher Chandler Jones, who will have his way while matched up with rookie left tackle Kolton Miller. While the Raiders will have trouble passing the ball, the running lanes will be open for backs Doug Martin and Jalen Richard. The pair have taken over the committee post-Marshawn Lynch and haven’t done much with it. On 84 snaps since the team’s Week 7 bye, Martin has 39 carries for 182 yards and has 6 receptions for 68 yards. Richard has accrued 71 snaps which include 7 carries for 25 yards and 17 receptions for 114 yards. They will face a cardinals defensive front that has been vulnerable when facing the run, ranking 29th in the league. The Raiders receiving corps will face opposite treatment. With Jordy Nelson and Martavis Bryant out, the Raiders are drier at receiver than the Arizona desert in the summer. Leading the charge is veteran Brandon LaFell, followed by the forgotten Raiders receiver Seth Roberts. They are charged with taking on superstar Patrick Peterson and the Cardinals secondary. The primary pass-catching option will continue to be tight end Jared Cook against the Cardinals, although they have been tough against tight ends too.
Josh Rosen is on the brink of his breakout game in Week 11 against a Raiders defense who ranks near dead last in each category. Rosen has been beaten up all season thanks to his 32nd ranked offensive line, which lost another piece with guard Justin Pugh placed on injured reserve. If the ragtag group of lineman can protect Rosen, look for the rookie quarterback to stamp another win on his young career. Running back David Johnson will also have his best matchup this year, as the Raiders allow 140 yards on the ground. His added dominance as a receiver will further exploit the Raiders linebackers who have been continuously graded as the worst coverage linebacker group in the league. As the new offensive coordinator, Byron Leftwich has revitalized Larry Fitzgerald’s final season, which will continue against the Raiders. Along with the veteran, rookie wide receiver Christian Kirk as also reaped the benefits from the more productive offense. Although Kirk’s growth hasn’t truly revealed itself in the stat column yet, this week he is also prime for a breakout. Second-year tight end Ricky Seals-Jones is coming off a career high in receptions against the Chiefs last week and this week faces the 28th unit against tight ends. The entire Cardinals offense is ready to release some of the frustrations which have plagued them this season.
START or SIT
Carr - He faces the 2nd best defense against fantasy quarterbacks only allowing 14.8 fantasy points per game. With a severe lack of weapons, there's no justifying starting the Carr.
Rosen - All green lights but will finish as a QB2 so there are plenty of better options but in a tough spot he will provide more than his usual contribution.
Martin/Richard - Martin has continually received double digits carries along with targets in the red zone. Against the Cardinals, Martin will be more playable than Richard. Richard still remains a fring flex play option.
Johnson/Edmonds - Johnson is an elite talent and should be a start regardless of matchups and because of that, the rookie Edmonds will take another back seat as a mere change of pace/breather back.
LaFell/Roberts - the talent and volume are not here. Facing one of the best corners will also diminish any upside these two bring.
Fitzgerald/Kirk- This may be the only week Fitzgerald will be projected to be a WR1 and should be started with confidence. Kirk still holds some risk as the Cardinals offense is taking a new approach, so it will be key to see his production this game. He holds heavy risk as there are plenty of receiving options.
Cook - Although he faces a good defense against the Cardinals, the Raiders will still move the ball from drive to drive. Cook should receive the volume to squeak out a TE1 finish.
Ricky Seals-Jones - Jones will look to compete for the top spot in fantasy this week as the Raiders hemorrhage fantasy points to tight end.
Defenses - Nope. You haven’t (shouldn’t have) started either all season and shouldn’t start now.