Oakland Raiders 2019 Week 9 fantasy football outlook
By Brad Weiss
This has the opportunity to be a huge game for Derek Carr, who had his highest passer rating of the season in Week 8 against the Houston Texans. The Lions are dead last in the NFL in terms of passing yards allowed per game, and that could mean the Raiders take shots downfield all game long.
Carr is playing out of his mind right now, and is tied with Kirk Cousins for first place in the NFL in completion percentage. He has been taking more shots downfield in recent weeks, and with Tyrell Williams continuing to get healthy, this could be Carr’s first 300-yard, four touchdown game of the season.
Josh Jacobs is still dealing with a shoulder injury, but that has not stopped him from being productive all season long. This past week, Jacobs was named the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Month, and rightfully so, as he currently ranks in the top-10 in rushing yards in the NFL, and had two games of nearly 125 yards in October.
Jacobs will find some easy sledding against the Lions in this one, as their run defense has been nothing to write home about this season either. With the Raiders nearly at full strength on the offensive line, and the Lions struggling against the run, Jacobs should be back over 100 yards rushing once again in Week 9.
Tyrell Williams continues to inch closer to be 100 percent healthy, and that could spell trouble for the Detroit Lions in this one. Many fantasy experts are stating that Williams is a must-start at the wide receiver spot in Week 9, and we agree, as this could be a 100-yard game for Williams, with a couple of touchdowns.
Williams had some big drops late in the Texans loss, so he is going to be fired up in this one. The Raiders offense will have no problems moving the ball against the Lions, and Williams will be a big-time beneficiary of what should be Carr’s best single-game performance of the season.
While the Lions struggle on the defensive side of the ball, their offense has some elite weapons, which means points should be easy to come by for both teams in this one. If you have the Raiders defense on your fantasy team, and you really shouldn’t at this point in the season, make sure they are nestled on your bench for this one.
The Raiders defense may have some time to shine in a couple weeks, as the team plays the Cincinnati Bengals, New York Jets, and Denver Broncos still, but in Week 9, use another defense.