Kickoff: Sunday, December 6th, at 1:00 PM EST
Location: MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, New Jersey
Betting Odds: LV -7.5, 47 total via Oddsshark
Las Vegas Raiders
Derek Carr (Start, QB2)
Derek Carr should throw away the Week 12 tape and erase the game from his memory if he hasn’t yet already. With four total turnovers, the Raiders lost a crucial game on the road to the Falcons 40-6. It was his worst of the season by far, but fortunately, he is in a bounce-back spot this week against the win-less Jets, who are in the top five of fantasy points given up to the quarterback position this year.
Josh Jacobs (Start if active, RB1), Devontae Booker (Start, RB2/FLEX potential if Jacobs sits)
Josh Jacobs suffered a sprained ankle last week but does have a chance to suit up against the Jets. If he’s active, you start him, but if he were to sit, Devontae Booker is a good pivot and has FLEX potential. The Jets defense has given up the 10th-most fantasy points to opposing running backs, and are top-three in most receptions allowed to the position (third-most).
Wide Receivers/Tight End
Nelson Agholor (Start, WR3), Hunter Renfrow (Sit), Henry Ruggs III (Sit), Darren Waller (Start, TE1)
Nelson Agholor is the only Vegas receiver I’d consider starting. Hunter Renfrow and Henry Ruggs III have not been consistent factors in this offense. Their target shares are certainly on the lower side in comparison to tight end Darren Waller, who is averaging 7.25 targets in the last four games. Waller has had a down year in his own right but is a locked-in TE1 given the weakness of his position in fantasy. Last week the Jets allowed Mike Gesicki to score, and Waller is primed for a bounce-back performance against New York.
New York Jets
Sam Darnold (Sit)
It’s truly been a forgettable season for Sam Darnold. He missed time due to injury – a theme in his young career – and is the quarterback for a historically bad football team. He himself has been underwhelming, clearly having not taken the infamous ‘Year 3 jump’ that a QB should. While the Falcons did just hang 40 on Las Vegas, I wouldn’t even think the Adam Gase/Darnold Jets offense is capable of doing the same.
Frank Gore (Sit), Ty Johnson (Sit)
With no La’Mical Perine in the mix – not that he was utilized when healthy anyhow – Frank Gore is the workhorse that Gase intended on having all season long. He is coming off an 18 carry, 74 rush yard game against the Dolphins. Unless you like to chase volume, Gore should be left out your lineup with only the Panthers and Buccaneers on BYE’s this week.
Wide Receivers/Tight End
Denzel Mims (Start, FLEX), Breshad Perriman (Start if you must, FLEX), Jamison Crowder (Sit), Chris Herndon (Sit)
In the last three games, rookie Denzel Mims has averaged 7.6 targets, and I would expect his share of looks to remain the same (and maybe more) the rest of the season. No doubt Darnold is going to use these final games as an audition for 2021, and so trying to build a last-attempt rapport with Mims is ideal. He has amassed over 60 yards in that three-game span, and he’s still waiting on his first career touchdown. Breshad Perriman has FLEX potential, but he’s riskier an option and remains high-risk to end up a dud on the week. Jamison Crowder has had some down weeks of late, and Darnold notably said opposing defenses are taking him out of the game. Once a reliable fantasy option earlier in the season, he’s a sit for me. Chris Herndon laid a goose egg against the Dolphins last week and has not been consistent whatsoever to gain fantasy relevance this season.
-Matthew Cava (@cavaM_ Twitter & Reddit)