The Raiders shuffle off to Buffalo for a meeting with the Bills on Sunday. The Bills played a tremendous game last week in beating the Chiefs. The Raiders also won their season opener though not in the same lopsided fashion. But based on what we saw from these two teams last week, here is a list of a few Raiders and how they should perform in fantasy football this week.
There is only one running back in all of football who is more of a must start this week than McFadden and that's Adrian Peterson. McFadden broke off huge chunks of yardage against the Broncos and their 2010 31st ranked run defense. He had two runs of 20 yards and a 47 yard run to finish with 150 yards. He is currently the NFL's leading rusher. Now he will meet up with the 2010 32nd ranked run defense in the Bills. Granted the Bills have an improved run defense with the addition of highly touted rookie Marcell Dareus. But the Raiders will still give them a heavy dose of Run DMC. He was suffering from a sore shoulder after last week's game but that will not get in his way and I suspect neither will the Buffalo Bills.
If you got him, start him, especially if you are in a league that awards more points for longer field goals. His confidence is at an all-time high after he tied the NFL record for the longest field goal (63) last week. The coaches' confidence in him is also sky high, which means Hue Jackson will not hesitate to send him out there to kick a field goal if the Raiders are inside the Bills' 45 yard line. This game should also have a few field goals in it just as last week.
Could make some noise:
He is back from an injury that kept him out the latter part of the preseason and the opening game of the season. He may be just back but he looks to be playing in this game and that means he will instantly be Jason Campbell's favorite target. Campbell loves the tight end. With the Raiders' gameplan looking to be similar to that of last week's, we should see a lot of short passes to running backs and tight ends. Boss is a bit of a risk since he is listed as questionable this week, so if you feel you have a more solid option, go with that other guy.
Not a bad option:
This is a risky start because as I mentioned the Raiders will be running the ball a lot in this game. However, they ran the ball a lot last week, and despite Campbell only racking up 108 yards passing, he also had two touchdowns and no interceptions. Depending on how your league scores, he topped Darren McFadden for points. In this weeks' game, Campbell will probably have more passing yards while perhaps not as many touchdowns. Having Kevin Boss at his disposal will help his numbers, too.
All Raider wide receivers
The Raider receivers were an afterthought in the opening game against the Broncos and you can expect that to be the case again. For instance, the Raiders' leading receiver was Darrius Heyward-Bey with 44 yards. That is four points in leagues not scoring on receptions. Sure, the Raiders will surprise the Bills a couple of times by going to a receiver but we don't know who the surprise passes will go to, and it will likely not be enough to make them worthy of a start.
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heard murphy, ford and bey will be out sunday! well, we will finally get to see moore and hagan on the field, along with schillens.
@LarryGreen I would go with them if you don't have a better match up or elite D. The Bills tackles aren't ready to handle MS and LH alone with their interior having to double RS or TK. The second group is good too. D. Bryant is coming on strong and T. Scott will be looking to make a big impact. Fitzpatrick is a small guy, so a couple of good hits will effect his play, but he understands the game and has guts. I don't see them putting up many points if the D plays up to the standard they set so far. Chandler, Nelson and Spiller are going to be the biggest threats in my opinion. Stevie Johnson will get his chances. Raiders got to set the tone with the run, stop Fred Jackson and this can be wrapped up early.
M. Bush could be a good flex option, if you don't have an actual starter. If this is the case though, you're not drafting well. Unless teams in your league stocked up on TEs, there should be better options than K. Boss. I could see him mostly blocking this game to ease him back in so to speak, get the running game going and less opportunities for DBs to go after that knee. However, the running game may work so well that he will get open a few times and make some big plays. He is a tough call. WRs...well, we're all waiting for one of them to become the best option game in game out. With J. Ford out, DHB will get his targets and should make plays if his knee is good enough to go.