After the 34-3 loss to the San Francisco 49ers

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have a lot of fight left on either side of the football. The Thursday night game
looked abysmal and to no surprise Oakland had zero good fantasy outings. On
Sunday, the Raiders will have to face the Los Angeles Chargers again. In the
first game, the Chargers blew the Raiders out 26-10. For a second straight week,
it is going to be bleak for Oakland. Must StartQB Philip RiversNo one knew who
Nick Mullens was 24 hours before kickoff last Thursday. Now, football fans
across America know this kid’s name. It might be unsafe to think about what a
future Hall of Fame quarterback in Philip Rivers will do to the depleted and
lifeless Raider defense. RB Melvin GordonIn the first meeting against
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, Melvin Gordon tallied one touchdown and 120
yards from scrimmage. Amazingly, that should be considered a monumental win for
the Raiders defense as Gordon has gashed teams for 124 yards from scrimmage per
game and 10 touchdowns in seven games. So in the first meeting, Gordon put him
numbers similar to his average. When players go against the Oakland defense,
they usually perform A LOT better than their average. Expect that to be the case
this Sunday for Gordon. WR Keenan AllenKeenan Allen this season is averaging
close to six receptions for 80 yards per game but has just one touchdown all
year. After racking up 152 yards from scrimmage against a much better Seattle
defense last week, Allen is trending in the right direction. He will be able to
put up big yards as he has done that all year. And this would be the game for
Allen to find the end zone since he is playing the same defense that had people
drawing connections between Mullens and Joe Montana. Proceed with CautionQB
Derek CarrDerek Carr is never a smart man to bet against. And there is no doubt
he will want to prove the doubters wrong after last week’s performance in Santa
Clara. But Carr just hasn’t had enough time to throw the football this season
due to the many injuries up front and the inexperience at the tackle positions.
And Los Angeles ,
led by Melvin Ingram, has gotten to the quarterback 22 times in the first eight
games. If you ever lose sight of Carr during the game, just check the ground.
That is where he will probably be after many passing plays. The one saving grace
for Carr, garbage time can be a great weapon for fantasy quarterbacks. RB Jalen
RichardBased on what I said about Carr, I am not confident in the offense’s
ability to consistently move the ball this game. However Rodney
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, that could be a benefit for Jalen Richard. If the
team is down big early, Richard will see many snaps and could see a lot of dump
offs in the second half if the defense is giving a lot of cushion. BenchTE Jared
CookJared Cook hasn’t performed well lately. He has had 20 yards receiving or
less in three of the last four games. One of those games was against the
Chargers in which he had just 20 yards. And again, if Carr isn’t going to be
upright, it is tough to imagine Cook getting a ton of targets. RB Doug MartinIn
the first meeting, Oakland ran the ball 12 times for 36 yards. The team is less
motivated now than it was earlier in the season and is having more issues
protecting the quarterback and throwing the football. If the Raiders are
one-dimensional (more like zero-dimensional) and struggling to pick up first
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carries to provide a solid fantasy day. Raiders D/STI think every single player
on the Chargers’ roster was in the must start category.Five Good Questions with
Dawgs By Nature ahead of Raiders match-up with Browns With the Browns headed for
Oakland Sunday, we spoke with Chris Pokorny from SB Nation Browns blog, Dawgs By
Nature to get some details only someone who covers the teams on a day-to-day
basis could provide.1. The Browns have had a lot of disappointing first round
QB’s in recent years. Does Baker Mayfield feel different? Is it full on Baker
mania in Cleveland? Or is there still a lot of cautious optimism?2. The Browns
lead the league with 37 missed tackles. And yet they seem to be playing pretty
great defense. Can you explain that?3. How has Desmond Harrison looked replacing
Hall of Famer Joe Thomas at left tackle?4. After years of bad drafts, the Browns
suddenly seem to look formidable with mostly homegrown talent. How does that
happen?5. Give me a lesser known player on each side of the ball we should keep
an eye on for this game.I will post my answers to his questions when they are
available.Follow @LeviDamien
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