Denver Broncos vs Oakland Raiders Preview

The reigning Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos are in a tight three-way battle for supremacy in the AFC West and will visit the surprising Oakland Raiders on Sunday (Enter Contest) in a showdown for first place in the division. The Raiders are 5-0 on the road en route to their 6-2 mark and enter a stretch of four consecutive home games.

Derek Carr threw for a staggering 513 yards and four touchdowns in a 30-24 win at Tampa Bay as Oakland kept pace with Denver atop the division. Carr is the third player in history to throw for at least 500 yards with four TDs and zero interceptions in a game.

While the Raiders are off to their best start since 2001 behind a potent offense, the Broncos continue to flex the defensive muscles that paved their path to the Super Bowl last season. Denver is tied with Buffalo for the NFL lead with 26 sacks while linebacker Von Miller is second with 8.5. Gary Kubiak’s team has dominated the series in recent seasons, winning eight consecutive matchups before Oakland ended the streak in the Mile High City last December.

ABOUT THE BRONCOS (6-2)

Star cornerback Aqib Talib is in danger of missing his second straight game, flying to California on Thursday to get a second opinion on his ailing back. Denver has quality depth at the position as Bradley Roby stepped in for Talib and earned AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors after returning an interception for a touchdown in a 27-19 win at San Diego. Rookie running back Devontae Booker hurt his shoulder in his first start in place of an injury C.J. Anderson, but is expected to go against Oakland. Emmanuel Sanders and Demaryius Thomas are the top two targets for Trevor Siemian with 44 and 42 receptions, respectively. Thomas needs two receptions to become the fourth player in franchise history with 500.

ABOUT THE RAIDERS (6-2)

Carr leads the AFC with 17 touchdown passes versus only three interceptions and is getting a lot of mileage from his wide receiver tandem of Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree. Cooper had 12 catches for 173 yards and a touchdown last week to boost his team-leading total to 52 receptions while Crabtree hauled in his NFL high-tying sixth touchdown catch. Defense has been a nightmare for the Raiders, who are ranked 31st in the league, surrendering a total of 410.4 total yards while being equally generous against the run and pass. Khalil Mack, who has five of Oakland’s 11 sacks, recorded five in the win at Denver last season.

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Sunday’s Fantasy Football Players to Watch – NFL Week 7

The NFL goes in it’s 7th week of play. Sunday’s action starts in London with the Giants taking on the Rams (Enter Contests). The Dallas Cowboys and Carolina Panthers will enter their bye weeks. Here are the names that are down for big results this weekend for fantasy football.

QB Matt Ryan & WR Julio Jones – Atlanta Flacons (vs SD)

Atlanta boasts the league’s top offense, averaging 441.5 total yards and 33.2 points, but has failed to hit either mark in the last two games. Ryan and Julio Jones have developed into the league’s most prolific passing duo. Ryan has averaged 369.3 passing yards and thrown nine touchdown passes over his last four home games.

QB Derek Carr, WR Michael Crabtree & WR Amari Cooper – Oakland Raiders (at JAX)

The trio of Derek Carr, Michael Crabtree and Amari Cooper continue to carry Oakland offensively. The quarterback enters Week 7 tied for fifth in the NFL with 12 touchdown passes and has thrown only three interceptions, which is a league-low among signal-callers with at least 225 passing attempts. Crabtree shares the league lead with five receiving TDs and Cooper is averaging 16.3 yards per catch while ranking fourth with 585 overall. Cooper is seeking his third straight overall contest with at least 100 receiving yards. Expect the Raiders to be pumped up, as it is coach Jack Del Rio first return to Jacksonville since being fired as the Jaguars’ coach in 2011.

QB Case Keenum – Los Angeles Rams (vs NYG in London)

Los Angeles’ big problem at the beginning of the season was the offense, but quarterback Case Keenum and company have been doing more than enough to win of late. Keenum threw for 321 yards and completed 19 straight passes at one point against Detroit last week.

TE Tyler Eifert – Cincinnati Bengals (vs CLE)

One of the biggest issues for Cincinnati has been its struggles in the end zone, a problem that could be rectified with the potential season debut of tight end Tyler Eifert, who hauled in 13 touchdown passes last season. Three of them came in one game versus Cleveland.

TE Hunter Henry – San Diego Thunder (at ATL)

San Diego TE Hunter Henry has caught a touchdown pass in three consecutive games.

RB David Johnson – Arizona Cardinals (vs SEA)

Arizona featured one of the league’s top passing attacks last season, but second-year running back David Johnson has altered the team’s offensive identity by rushing for 268 yards and five touchdowns over the past two games, giving him a league-best eight scores on the ground. Johnson could be in for a heavy workload if the Cardinals have to turn to Drew Stanton, who threw for 124 yards on 11-of-28 passing in place of Palmer in a Week 5 win at San Francisco. The running back is the first player in franchise history with at least 100 yards from scrimmage in the season’s first six games.

 

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NFL Pro Bowl Preview

The Pro Bowl is a hard event to predict. Just because a player does well in a certain type of offense in the regular season does not guarantee they will be effective in the Pro Bowl. The opposite is true as well when a player is used to being the target of a subpar quarterback for example. Lets look at the lineups and determine where value may be attained in order to maximize your chances in Fanpicks Pro Bowl Daily Fantasy Tournaments this weekend.

 

Team Rice

 

PlayerName Position
Derek Carr QB
Eli Manning QB
Tyrod Taylor QB
Chris Ivory RB
John Kuhn RB
Doug Martin RB
Adrian Peterson RB
Odell Beckham WR
Amari Cooper WR
T.Y. Hilton WR
Jarvis Landry WR
Gary Barnidge TE
Travis Kelce TE

 

As the Pro Bowl goes, each of the quarterbacks on each time will likely see some play time, with the more effective ones seeing more minutes. Eli Manning is the clear leader here in terms of passing but if the pass game is ineffective, it is very likely Tyrod could take over duties given his mobility and speed.

 

As far as receivers go, both Carr and Manning have their primary targets during the regular season, Cooper and Beckham respectively, so you can expect some good synergy between them. I think Hilton however, is the receiver to look out for on Team Rice. He may get less attention from the coverage and although he put up lackluster numbers during the season, with Manning or Carr throwing to him, he may be able to put together a big game. He is my sleeper pick on team Rice.

 

Team Irvine

 

PlayerName Position
Teddy Bridgewater QB
Russell Wilson QB
Jameis Winston QB
Patrick DiMarco RB
Devonta Freeman RB
Todd Gurley RB
Latavius Murray RB
A.J. Green WR
DeAndre Hopkins WR
Julio Jones WR
Allen Robinson WR
Tyler Eifert TE
Delanie Walker TE

 

 Team Irvine is made up somewhat differently, mostly because their quarterback roster is all three players who have proven to be effective with both their arms and their legs. My bet would be that Wilson gets the most play time and should have no problem passing the ball with a stronger receiving squad.

 

Julio Jones and Hopkins should be the main targets but Green and Robinson are both very effective at getting downfield and open. Without a Bortles/Roethlisberger/Cousins type quarterback who loves chucking the ball downfield though, Green and Robinson may not be able to put up the numbers they are used to. Whoever the quarterback here, I expect them to play the short game with Julio, Hopkins, Eifert, and Walker while giving Freeman and Gurley plenty of rush attempts.

 

My strategy is Running backs and Tight ends from Team Irvine and Quarterback and Receiver stacks from Team Rice.

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NFL Fantasy Draft News 12-11-2015

New England Patriots versus Houston Texans NFL Real Money League Fantasy Preview 12-13-2015

 

The Sunday Night Football game features the Houston Texans at home to meet the New England Patriots. Fantasy football draft GM’s can tune to NBC TV on December 13th at 8:30PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their DFS roster picks.

 

The Patriots are entering play off back to back losses. Following an overtime defeat at Denver they returned home to meet the Philadelphia Eagles and get defeated 35-28. The New England defense wasn’t at fault for 21 of the points as the Eagles got two touchdowns from their special teams and took a pick six to the house on defense. What is troubling is that the New England Patriots have been unhealthy offensively.  Tom Brady’s playmakers in the passing game have been sidelined with injuries. One of their biggest losses came after their defeat to Denver as Rob Gronkowski was forced to miss last week’s game with a knee problem. He is doubtful for Sunday’s game. Julian Edelman is out and wide out Danny Amendola has been listed as questionable. Tom Brady took many risks last week as he was forced to run outside the pocket because his receiving corps was unable to gather separation from their opponents. Look for a conservative approach from New England on Sunday as they will pull back some and play the field position game to lean on their good defense.

 

Houston is 6-6 after a loss at Buffalo last week. We saw the Texans get held to 10 points when they battled a very good defensive team in the Cincinnati Bengals a few weeks ago. At Carolina they pushed across 17 points. The Texans have not run the ball very well this year and look to be a bit one dimensional. This will play into the Patriots defense.

 

Here is the Fantasy Football Pick

 

 

Play New England Patriots Defense

 

New England is tenth in the NFL in total defense limiting opponents to 20.6 points per game. Without much balance from the Texans offense, look for the Patriots defense to come with a strong performance on Sunday.

 

 

Oakland Raiders versus Denver Broncos NFL Fantasy Preview 12-13-2015

 

Two AFC West foes battle it out on Sunday afternoon as the Denver Broncos are home to the Oakland Raiders. Fantasy football draft managers can tune to CBS TV on Sunday December 13th at 4PM Eastern Time to track the results of their NFL DFS roster selections.

 

This is a big game for the Oakland Raiders. They suffered a loss last week at home to Kansas City to fall to 5-7 and their window is closing for a post season berth. The Raiders strength this season is their much improved passing game. They rank eighth in the league by throwing for 266 yards per game.

 

 

Here is the NFL Fantasy Pick for your Real Money League

 

 

Play Amari Cooper (Oakland Raiders WR)

 

Rookie Amari Cooper leads the Raiders with 62 catches for 920 yards and four touchdowns. He is averaging 14.8 yards per catch on the campaign. Even if Oakland gets way behind early in this game the team never gives up and continues to push for points in the second half of games.

 

Play Ronnie Hillman (Denver Broncos RB)

 

The Denver Broncos behind a second string starting quarterback has the luxury to lean on their run game at times in games. Ronnie Hillman leads the Broncos with 643 yards rushing and six touchdowns. We have seen Oakland struggle in the area of run defense for several years now. The Raiders are sitting in the lower half of the league against the run

 

 

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NFL Week 9 Value Picks

 

Quarterback

 

Jameis Winston (NYG @ TB): Winston has been consistently subpar this year so far but this week may be a breakout against the weak Giants defense.  We saw last week how flawed the Giants secondary really is.  While I don’t expect a record setting performance from Winston as we saw last week agains the giants, there will be plenty of openings he can take advantage of to air out the ball.

Projection: 22.4 Fantasy Points

 

Jay Cutler (Chi @ SD):  San Diego’s defense has the highest rushing yards allowed and passing yards allowed of any team so far this season.  Cutler may not have his star running back Matt Forte but that will force him to throw the ball more, adding to his fantasy value.  With Jeffery and Bennet as top tier targets and the weak secondary, look for Cutler to provide big fantasy numbers.

Projection: 21.4 Fantasy Points

 

Derek Carr (Oak @ Pit):  Derek Carr has recently been a very valuable fantasy option and looks to keep this trend going this weekend against the Steelers.  The Steelers are notorious for shootout games, and if Carr can take advantage of that connection with Cooper, they could both end up with a big day.

Projection: 20.1 Fantasy Points

 

 

Running Back

 

Jeremy Hill (Cle @ Cin):  Hill is always a bit of a gamble as any given game could put Hill in the primary or Bernard.  One of them will definitely have a big game this weekend against the Browns but it could be either.  I’m giving the edge to Hill.

Projection: 20.7 Fantasy Points

 

LeSean McCoy (Mia @ Buf): McCoy has been given at least 10 rushing attempts every game this season and has been efficient with those attempts usually averaging over 4 yards per carry.  Couple that with a couple receptions and the fact that he will get even more workload if the Bills can get up early on the Dolphins and McCoy could be a prosperous draft pick this weekend.

Projection: 20.7 Fantasy Points

 

Duke Johnson (Cle @ Cin): Johnson had very poor rushing production last week against the Cardinals but was somewhat redeemed with his receptions.  He is a cheap fantasy option and may provide some value if he can more rushing attempts with his receiving targets as the Browns will likely have to throw the ball a lot to catch up to the undefeated Bengals.

Projection: 19.2 Fantasy Points

 

 

 

Wide Receiver

 

Amari Cooper (Oak @ Pit): The Carr-Cooper connection should be a valuable pick this weekend in the classic Roethlisberger shootout.

Projection: 24.8 Fantasy Points

 

Stefan Diggs (Stl @ Min):  Although the Vikings are facing the strong Ram’s defensive front, Diggs has been asserting himself as Bridgewater’s top target with a string of big fantasy value games lately (20+ fantasy points in three consecutive games).  He remains a cheap option at receiver.

Projection: 21.0 Fantasy Points

 

Malcom Floyd (Chi @ SD): Despite his minimal salary, Floyd managed 92 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns last week.  While he likely won’t be able to put up those numbers again, he clearly has chemistry with Rivers and the Bears’ defense won’t be able to do much to stop the pass.

Projection: 20.8 Fantasy Points

 

 

 

Tight End

 

Jordan Reed (Was @ NE):  The Redskins will have their hands full this weekend against the Pats and will likely be down early.  This will result in Cousins relying heavily on the pass game, with his favorite target Reed reaping the fantasy benefit.  Not to mention his 11 receptions for 2 touchdowns last week.  While ownership may be high on Reed, it may hurt you more to fade him then to go with the crowd on this one.

Projection: 22.6 Fantasy Points

 

Heath Miller (Oak @ Pit):  Miller has been somewhat unproductive this season so far but like what we have seen from Antonio Brown, he performs much better with Big Ben on the field than off.  Miller caught 100+ yards last weekend with Roethlisberger back in the lineup after failing to get anywhere near that mark in Ben’s absence.

Projection: 20.4 Fantasy Points

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NFL Fantasy Football Draft News 10-30-2015

New York Jets versus Oakland Raiders NFL Fantasy Preview 11-1-2015

 

Two New York Jets are off to a long road trip out west to face the Oakland Raiders from NFL action. Pro football DFS GM’s can tune to CBS TV on Sunday November 1st from Oakland to track the results of their fantasy roster picks.

 

The teams have gone through some pretty major changes since they met in week one of the 2014 season where the Jets earned a 19-14 victory at home. New York is 4-2 and showing signs of a playoff team from the AFC. The defense has returned to an elite status as the club is second overall in yardage allowed at 283 per game. Scoring defense is fourth best in the NFL as the Jets give up 17.5 a game. A big surprise has been the play on the offensive side of the football. The Jets are number three rushing team in the league and are in the top third in the league in scoring offense by averaging 25.3 points a game. Ryan Fitzpatrick is managing the team effectively and avoiding many of the costly mistakes that have haunted him during his career regulating him to that of journeyman status.

 

Head coach Jack Del Rio has raised the Oakland Raiders franchise to that of a joke to respectability in his short time with the club. The team is 3-3 and has picked up two road wins so far and almost had a third but a long field goal by the Bears as time expired gave Oakland a defeat. The Raiders offense is now tenth in the league in scoring by averaging 24 points per game. On the defensive side there is still some work to do. They do a much better job defending the run ranking third in the league. But pass defense is 32nd and last in the NFL.

 

New York Jets QB:

 

Ryan Fitzpatrick

 

The 11th year veteran quarterback is completing 61% of his throws this year for 1472 yards with 11 touchdowns and 7 picks. In the loss to the Patriots last week Fitzpatrick was 22 of 39 for 295 yards with two touchdowns. He has multiple touchdown throws in five of the Jets six games this year.

 

New York Jets RB:

 

Chris Ivory

 

Ivory is getting the bulk of the work for the Jets this season. He has 100 carries for 501 yards and four touchdowns. That is a very good 5 yards per rush average from this sixth year back. The New England performance last week was disappointing as Ivory had 17 carries for just 41 yards.

 

New York Jets WR:

 

Brandon Marshall

 

The veteran wide out has been heavily targeted in the passing game and has caught 41 balls for 578 yards with four touchdowns. He is averaging 14.1 yards per catch which is well over his career mark. Last week in the loss to New England he had a season low four receptions for 67 yards.

 

Oakland Raiders QB:

 

Derek Carr

 

The second year quarterback has hit on 65.8% of his throws for 1460 yards with 11 touchdowns and three picks. He is showing great promise as the weeks go by. Last week in the win at San Diego Carr went 24 of 31 for 289 yards with three touchdowns and no picks. This year he has two three touchdown performances and two games where he has thrown two touchdowns.

 

Oakland Raiders RB:

 

Latavious Murray

 

Running back Murray leads Oakland by a long way with 95 of the teams carries out of the backfield for 421 yards and three touchdowns. He had a nice performance at San Diego last week as he ran 15 times for 85 yards and a touchdown.

 

Oakland Raiders WR:

 

Amari Cooper

 

The first round draft pick is working out well in Oakland. Cooper 33 catches for 519 yards with three touchdowns. He is a big play target for the Raiders with 15.7 yards per catch average. The Oakland wide out had five receptions for 133 yards and a touchdown last week.

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 NFL Fantasy Football Draft News 10-24-2015

Oakland Raiders versus San Diego Chargers NFL DFS Fantasy Preview 10-25-2015

Two AFC West rivals meet as the San Diego Chargers will play host to the Oakland Raiders. NFL pro football fantasy football draft GMs can tune to CBS TV on Sunday October 25th at 4:05PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their roster picks.

The San Diego Chargers have had success against the Oakland Raiders having won three straight and six of their past seven meetings against the Silver and Black. The teams met in San Diego last year and was a defensive struggle with the Chargers earning a 13-6 victory.

Oakland Raiders are coming off a bye week as they visit San Diego. They are a 2-3 football team having come off two brutal close losses. They have put together two good defensive efforts the past two games having given up 16 points to Denver and 22 at Chicago. The Raiders with Jack Del Rio as head coach has shown improvement and is now respectable team. They rank 15th in their passing game as they throw for 248 yards per game. The issue for the Raiders this year is their pass defense as the club is giving up 299 yards per game through the air which is 32nd and last in the NFL.

The San Diego Chargers are a 2-4 football team as they return home to face the Raiders. They have lost two straight and four of their past five games. The team relies too much on the right arm of Phillip Rivers and continues to have problems running the football. During the Chargers deep run into the playoffs the team had a balanced offensive attack. No defense has respected the Chargers running game for some time right now so they just come after Phillip Rivers and put heavy pressure on him. San Diego is the number one passing team in football as they throw for 346 yards per game. That doesn’t bring enough points on the scoreboard as San Diego averaged 22.7 points game ranking 15th in the league. At 86 yards rushing per game the team is 29th and near the bottom of the league. San Diego is the 26th worst scoring defense in the NFL by allowing 26.8 points per game.

Oakland Raiders QB:

Derek Carr

The Raiders second year quarterback is completing 63% of his throws for 1171 yards with eight touchdowns and three picks. In the loss to Denver, Carr hit on 26 of 39 passes for 249 yards with a touchdown and pick. He has thrown for multiple touchdown throws in three of his five games.

Oakland Raiders RB:

Latavius Murray

The Raiders third year running back has 80 rushes for 336 yards with two touchdowns. It has been a struggle for Murray over his past two games. He ran for 48 yards on 15 carries at Chicago and two weeks back at home to Denver he rushed for 39 yards on 9 carries.

Oakland Raiders WR:

Amari Cooper

Cooper had big games against the Ravens and Browns. He has had just four catches in each of his past two games. Against Denver Cooper caught four passes for 47 yards.

San Diego Chargers QB:

Phillip Rivers

The veteran quarterback has completed 67% of his throws for 1226 yards with seven touchdowns and one pick. Rivers has thrown for over 300 yards in four of his six games. Last week in the loss to Green Bay he passed for 503 yards with two touchdowns.

San Diego Chargers RB:

Melvin Gordon

The rookie running back has run 78 times for 299 yards with no touchdowns. He is averaging just 3.8 yards a carry.

San Diego Chargers WR:

Keenan Allen

The Chargers leading receiver has been listed as questionable with a sprained hip injury. He has caught 53 balls for 601 yards and three touchdowns.

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Baltimore Ravens versus Oakland Raiders NFL Fantasy Football One Day League Draft Preview

The Oakland Raiders will be hosting the Baltimore Ravens for NFL pro football for late afternoon action. Fantasy football draft GMs can tune to CBS on Sunday September 20th at 4PM Eastern Time to follow the results of their roster picks.

The Ravens opened up play in week one traveling to Denver and the team had a very good defensive performance. Baltimore limited the Broncos offense to just four field goals for the game. A pick six thrown by Joe Flacco proved the difference in a 19-13 road defeat. It was a shame for the Ravens to drop this game as they held the Broncos offense to just 69 rushing yards and 150 through the air. The Denver run game sputtered to less than three yards a gain. The Ravens offense didn’t produce as well with just 173 yards for the game.

There was some optimism for the Oakland Raiders as they opened up their 2015 campaign. Their young quarterback Derek Carr was showing the signs of a good future in the NFL. Their revamped defense showed some positive signs. But the play on the field from week one had a lot to be desired as the Raiders were not competitive in a 33-13 home loss. Oakland went into halftime hopelessly down 24-0 and after three quarters it was 33-0. The Raiders didn’t score until late in the game when it was out of reach.

Baltimore Ravens QB:

Joe Flacco

The Ravens signal caller had a poor week one performance as he connected on 18 of 32 balls for 117 yards with two picks and no touchdowns.

Baltimore Ravens RB:

Justin Forsett

A 1000 yard rusher in 2014, Forsett in week one had 43 yards on the ground on 14 attempts for just 3.1 yards a carry. He did have a long of 20 yards and had four first down gains.

Javorius Allen

The rookie out of USC wasn’t generating much buzz in camp. There are hopes he can provide some big plays in the Ravens run game since Ray Rice has departed. Allen had nine carries for just 30 yards with his longest run being for eight yards.

Baltimore Ravens WR:

Marlon Brown:

It was a sad performance for the entire receivers in week one. Marlon Brown led the club with two receptions for 25 yards.

Steve Smith:

The veteran had a poor game in his final year as a pro. The 15 year veteran caught two balls for 13 yards and had a key dropped pass near the Broncos end zone.

Oakland Raiders QB:

Derek Carr:

The second year quarterback had to leave the game early due to bruise on his throwing hand. He has been declared as probable for Sunday. Before exiting the game Carr threw for 61 yards and he hit on 7 of 12 passes.

Oakland Raiders RB:

Latavius Murray:

The Oakland running back had 11 carries for 44 yards. Murray had no first down gains or touchdowns in week one. Murray was busy in the passing game as he caught seven balls out of the backfield for 36 yards.

Oakland Raiders WR:

Amari Cooper

Rookie Amari Cooper led the Raiders with 9 targets. Cooper caught five balls for 47 yards with a long gain of 24 yards. He had three first down gains in his first game of his career.

Michael Crabtree:

The former San Francisco 49er moved in his seventh season to the Oakland Raiders. In his debut with his new club Michael Crabtree had five catches for 37 yards. His longest gain was 11 yards and he had no touchdown passes or first down gains.

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