Dare I say that Week 10 TNF will be glorious for fantasy football? This matchup could not come at a better time for those suffering from the bye-pocalypse and especially for Keenan Allen owners. After disappointing outings for Allen, this should be a get-right game for the veteran receiver.
Actually, this should be a cornucopia of fantasy points for pretty much every position for the Chargers. The strongest part of the Raiders’ defense is their ability to defend the run, but between Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler, this could become an uphill battle for Oakland.
They have allowed 162 rush attempts for 642 yards and only 3 touchdowns while also giving up 50 receptions on 62 targets for 391 yards and 4 touchdowns. Both Gordon and Ekeler can be involved in the run game whether it’s from the line of scrimmage or in the passing game. I will warn you to temper your expectations when it comes to the RB pair, but they are both legitimate RB2s heading into Week 10.
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It’s safe to say that you’re starting Keenan Allen, Mike Williams, and TE Hunter Henry. But there are question marks when it comes to starting their QB, Philip Rivers. The matchup says to start him against the 31st worst defense vs. QBs, but Rivers hasn’t done much recently to give me the warm and fuzzies in terms of fantasy. However, considering there are 6 teams on a bye this week, Rivers may be your best option in a juicy matchup.
Oakland Raiders Defense versus
Chargers Starters: K. Allen, M. Williams, H. Henry, M. Gordon, A. Ekeler. (Rivers if you need a streamer)
The other side of the ball in this matchup doesn’t look as pretty. Despite the Chargers’ up-and-down finishes, their defense has proven to be a thorn in their opponents’ sides and the Raiders will be no different.
The weakest part of the Chargers’ defense is versus the running back. This is excellent news for Josh Jacobs owners. You were going to start him anyway, but now you can feel really good about it.
The interesting part of the Raiders’ offense is Carr’s ability to spread the ball around. The usual suspects of TE Darren Waller and WR Tyrell Williams were annoyingly quiet in Week 9’s matchup against the Lions. Hunter Renfrow and Jalen Richard found themselves immersed in the offense, with Renfrow scoring a beautiful, slow-motion replay worthy TD.
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When it comes to starters for Week 10, I am not thrilled about the WR corps. Williams and Renfrow will be boom/bust candidates in a bad matchup. However, it’s the dreaded 6 team bye week so you may have no choice but to plug these players in your lineup. I am slightly more confident in Renfrow in PPR leagues due to the volume, but I still don’t love it.
If you need a streaming option, Derek Carr is one to consider. Although the Chargers are 6th best versus the position, Carr has proven he can spread the ball around to all of his pass-catchers, including Josh Jacobs and Jalen Richard.
Los Angeles Chargers Defenses versus
Raiders Starters: J. Jacobs and D. Waller. (Carr as a streamer, T. Williams, H. Renfrow, and J. Richard if you are desperate to fill for a bye week).
Again, let’s all remember that A) this is fantasy football, so things are bound to go awry, and B) it’s a TNF game so things are bound to go very, very awry. If the numbers hold, these starters should give you a nice head start for Sunday and Monday night.