The Oakland Raiders announced on Sept. 29 that wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey won’t play this weekend in their rivalry game with the Denver Broncos. Here is a look at what is important for fantasy football owners in the Raiders vs. Broncos game in Week 4.
Carson Palmer – Carson Palmer used to be a fantasy football stud, but that was in Cincinnati. In Oakland, he struggles. His yardage totals are up there (879) and he does have five touchdowns and only two interceptions. His owners can breathe a little easier since Oakland ranks 28th in the league against opposing quarterbacks, so this might be a good week to get him in your starting lineup.
Darren McFadden – Darren McFadden had a rough start to the season, but exploded in Week 4 with 113 yards and a touchdown. He hopes to get his second straight 100-yard game of the season, and should against the Broncos 14th ranked rush defense.
Darrius Heyward-Bey/Denarius Moore – Darrius Heyward-Bey is out on Sunday with an injury. Denarius Moore has eight receptions in the last two games for 112 yards and a touchdown. However, with Heyward-Bey out, Moore is the No. 1 receiver and might have a huge game. He is a major sleeper in Week 4 to start at receiver.
Brandon Myers – Next to Carson Palmer, the best Raiders player to start in PPR leagues is tight end Brandon Myers. He doesn’t have a touchdown yet, but he does have 15 receptions for 206 yards. He is a quality No. 1 starter in Week 4, and might be Palmer’s No. 1 target.
Peyton Manning – Peyton Manning has been decent this season, and if you eliminate his rough Week 2 game, he has been a fantasy football star again with this comeback. Oakland is ranked 26th in the NFL is passing yards allowed and gave up four touchdown passes in Week 3 to Pittsburgh. Expect Manning to have a great game and be a quality No. 1 quarterback in Week 4.
Willis McGahee – Willis McGahee was limited in Week 3 and didn’t practice this week until Friday, but is still expected to play in Week 4. In the first two games, he ran for 177 yards and two touchdowns, and Oakland gives up 105.3 rushing yards a game, so he is a quality No. 1 running back this week.
Demaryius Thomas/Eric Decker – Demaryious Thomas is the game breaker in the receiver corps, with 16 receptions for 222 yards and two touchdowns. Eric Decker is the possession receiver, with 17 receptions for 243 yards. Both men are worth starting in PPR leagues, but in standard leagues, they are lower end because you never know which one Manning will focus on.
Joel Dreessen/Jacob Tamme – Joel Dreessen is the starter for Denver, but only has five receptions for 58 yards and a touchdown on the season. Jacob Tamme is the backup, but has 10 receptions for 87 yards and one touchdown. If you have to start one, choose Tamme but it is better to avoid both by this point.
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