There are not a ton of great fantasy options on the Oakland Raiders, but a few players could be worth starting this Sunday.
The Oakland Raiders continue their long road trip this week as they head to Lambeau to face Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. This is yet another test for the Raiders as the Packers are probably the most well-balance team they will have encountered thus far.
The Raiders enter the game 3-2 and have everything in front of them with the injuries that have hit the Chiefs and Chargers. That has not been the case the past few, and most Raiders fans have had to turn to fantasy football for comfort.
But we’re at a point right now where it is possible to enjoy regular and fantasy football.
Now when it comes to fantasy, the Raiders aren’t exactly the team people flock to for players. But for those fans that do have the silver and black on their team, there are a few options you can look to start this week.
Here are the best three going into Green Bay.
The Raiders need to run the ball in most games to compete, which means anyone with Josh Jacobs should have him in their lineup. He is a top 15 running back in terms of overall fantasy points this year and is going against a Packers defense that has surrendered the fourth-most points to RBs.
We’re still waiting to see Jon Gruden take advantage of Jacobs ability as a pass-catcher, but he’s proven to be successful despite being underutilized in that area. He should get plenty of touches this Sunday.
The tight end has been a nightmare position for almost every fantasy football player this season, but Darren Waller has become a reliable option. Waller leads the Raiders in catches with 37, which is 20 more than any other pass catcher on the team. He also has the highest catch percentage in the entire NFL, so if Derek Carr throws it, there a high chance Waller will come down with the pass.
The biggest flaw with Waller is that he has yet to find the endzone this season, which severely hampers his upside, but in PPR leagues he should be a solid start. Especially with Tyrell Willams looking like he’ll be out for the second straight game.
This is not too great of a matchup for Derek Carr as the Packers have held five of their six opponents under 250 yards passing. However, if you’re in a two QB league, you might have to roll the dice.
The Raiders want to run the ball, but they'll have to put the ball in the air a little more to keep up with Aaron Rodgers, who will put up points regardless of his weapons. With how Oakland plays, you can’t expect a massive outing from Carr, but he might give you a substantial point total.