Kickoff: Sunday, September 18th at 4:25 PM ET
Location: Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, NV
Betting Odds: LV, -6, 51.5 Total on Oddsshark
Writer: Justin Herrera (@semtexmex93 on Twitter)
Kyler Murray (Start, QB1)
Kyler Murray had a brutal Week 1, with the Cardinals down DeAndre Hopkins and Rondale Moore. The best way to approach Week 2 will be to just focus on the new-look Raiders. Oakland had a rough outing against Justin Herbert last week, who completed 76.5 % of his passes and scored three touchdowns through the air. Murray will have a chance Sunday to silence the critics and get back on track. Going against the Raiders this week, I think Kyler gets it together and is a QB1 in Week 2; FantasyPros ranks him as their QB6 against the Raiders.
— Arizona Cardinals (@AZCardinals) September 11, 2022
James Conner (Start)
— Holy Roller NFL (@HolyRollerNFL) September 11, 2022
James Conner didn’t have the best week against the Chiefs, mostly due to the game script that comes from getting blown out. We found out last Sunday that Conner will still get goal-line carries. As long as he has the opportunity to score, he’s a viable fantasy starter in every league. This week Conner draws a stout Raiders rush defense that held Austin Ekeler to 36 yards on 14 carries. This is an RB2; start for me, and FantasyPros has him at RB13.
Wide Receivers and Tight Ends
Marquise Brown (Start, WR2), Greg Dortch (Start, WR3), Rondale Moore (Sit), Zach Etrz (Start, TE1)
Marquise Brown huge TD to put the game within 24 🔥 pic.twitter.com/0STTWGGamV
— IKON alex (@highlghtheaven) September 11, 2022
Marquise Brown needs to get used better this week against the Raiders. He only lined up out of the slot eight times and had an ADOT of 17 yards. Brown caught four of six targets for 43 yards, and I think if they shortened his routes, we could’ve seen a better outing for Brown and the team. The Raiders’ defense was soft against the Chargers, so there is some upside to starting Brown as a WR2 this week, and FantasyPros ranks him WR14. Greg Dortch is an interesting waiver add this week. The slot receiver started in place of Rondale Moore (who is questionable going into Week 2). There’s no clear-cut answer to who will be playing this week; if I have to guess, I’ll go with Dortch, who had a good Week 1, catching seven of nine targets for 63 yards while lining up in the slot 80% of the time. He’s a sit this week, along with the returning Rondale Moore. Zach Ertz is an interesting option this week, he didn’t have the best week against the Chiefs but still came out with a TD, and sometimes that’s all you need to be a startable tight end. Look for him to have a similar, if not better, week against the Raiders. Start Ertz as a TE1 and FantasyPros ranked him as TE10 this week.
Las Vegas Raiders
Derek Carr (Start, QB1)
The @chargers have now picked off Derek Carr 3 times today 😤
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) September 11, 2022
Derek Carr had a rough outing in Week 1 as he consistently forced the ball to Davante Adams. Carr had five interceptable passes (according to PlayerProfiler.com). Carr needs to be sharper and utilize more of his weapons in this game if the Raiders want to walk away with a win on Sunday. Look for Carr to take advantage of the Cardinals’ weak secondary that gave up a league-high 360 yards and five touchdowns while not sacking the quarterback once. Look for Carr to be a startable QB2 this week, with FantasyPros ranking him as QB11.
Josh Jacobs (Start, Flex)
Josh Jacobs ran efficiently in this game; at 5.7 ypc you would’ve expected him to get the rock more than ten times. He also collected one pass for 16 yards; overall, the team just needs to use its players better. Look for Jacobs to put up another week like this where he’s efficient but doesn’t get enough opportunities to break out as a reliable option. I’m starting him as a FLEX, not an RB1 or 2; FantasyPros has him ranked as RB19.
Absolutely love the hustle by Josh Jacobs & Jakob Johnson on the 41 yard reception of Davante Adams.
Jacobs is 13 yards behind Adams when he catches the ball – and makes a key block against Derwin James 30 yards down the field 🔥
Jak bowls down a pack of Chargers at the end 🔥 pic.twitter.com/ovdhB7PbWl
— René Bugner (@RNBWCV) September 13, 2022
Wide Receivers and Tight Ends
Davante Adams (Start, WR1), Hunter Renfrow (Start, Flex), Darren Waller (Start, TE1)
Davante Adams shadow realm pic.twitter.com/43NDQaDnLx
— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) September 11, 2022
Davante Adams had 17 targets, 10 receptions, 141 yards, and a TD. There’s no question Adams will get his targets and is a WR1 every time he’s on the field; currently, FantasyPros has him at WR3. Hunter Renfrow is a real question mark going forward, with six targets, three receptions, and 21 yards. Carr needs to open up this offense with Renfrow and Darren Waller for this team to be successful. Waller coming off his contract extension, had 4 receptions for 79 yards. Look for both to be startable, Renfrow as a Flex and Waller as a TE1. Currently, FantasyPros has Renfrow at WR38 and Waller at TE4.