Las Vegas Raiders @ Miami Dolphins
Final Score: Dolphins 20, Raiders 13
Writer: Brian Hartman (@TooMuch_Brian on Twitter)
The game started with the Raiders fumbling on the opening drive and the Dolphins returning it for a touchdown. The excitement came to a bit of a halt at this point. If you wondered if De’Von Achane was so fast you couldn’t see him, it was that his time on the field was fast. Three snaps later he left the game with a knee injury. This was Antonio Pierce’s first loss since becoming interim head coach. Jalen Ramsey snagged two interceptions in this game, including one in the endzone to seal the game. Having missed the first seven games due to injury, he now has three turnovers in three games. The Dolphins finished with 422 yards despite having the fewest points scored at home all season. Miami remains undefeated at home thanks to the defense shutting down the Raiders in the second half and keeping them scoreless.
- Tyreek Hill – Everyone is already high on this guy, but it seems he can continue to climb. There is no ceiling for this cheetah with the receiving record in his grasp.
- Devante Adams – Elite talent finds a way. Adams finally broke out of his slump and is finding a way to get involved in the post-Josh McDaniels era.
- De’Von Achane – All we can do is speculate, but the fear of him missing time again is on the table. The talent is undoubtedly here, but the hesitancy all offseason was his size, which doesn’t seem to be helping him at this point.
- Jaylen Waddle -The lack of big plays and touchdowns keeps him from the WR1 finishes we’ve seen in the last two years from Waddle.
Las Vegas Raiders
Aiden O’Connell: 24/41 comp, 271 yards, 1 TD, 3 INT | 1 carry, 3 yards
It’s a shame we still have six more games of this guy. Aiden O’Connell was willing to take some shots downfield today and returned with decent yardage. If it were not for Devante Adams after the catch, though, he wouldn’t have seen the endzone with his passes. The defense today locked up the running game and forced O’Connell to win with his arm, and he came up just short in a letdown for fantasy managers.
Josh Jacobs: 14 carries, 39 yards | 1 target, 1 reception, 12 yards
Both of these teams struggled to get anything going on the ground today. The biggest takeaway was in a game where the ball was thrown 41 times; Josh Jacobs only had 1 target. He hasn’t seen a double-digit target share in his last three weeks.
Ameer Abdullah: 1 target, 1 reception, 4 yards
Wide Receiver/Tight End
Devante Adams: 13 targets, 7 receptions, 82 yards, 1 TD
Devante Adams came alive in the final seconds of the first quarter as he burned past the secondary of the Dolphins for a 41-yard touchdown. In the game’s final drive, Adams had a shot at an 87-yard walk-off touchdown catch, but the rookie Aiden O’Connell just put too much air under the ball and couldn’t connect with Adams.
Jakobi Meyers: 5 targets, 4 receptions, 49 yards
The five targets that he came away with look nice in the box score, but when you see it at less than a 15% target share is not enough to keep Jakobi Meyers fantasy viable.
Hunter Renfrow: 5 targets, 5 receptions, 42 yards
There’s nothing here, really just a role player.
Tre Tucker: 1 carry, -6 yards | 7 targets, 2 receptions, 36 yards
Michael Mayer: 5 targets, 4 receptions, 46 yards
The second-round rookie isn’t seeing enough high-profile looks to be rolled out as a reliable starter, but he continues to look good as a part of this offense. Michael Mayer was looked at multiple times on third down, and his ability with the ball in his hand gives you an excited feeling for what comes from this player in the future.
Tua Tagovailoa: 28/39 comp, 325 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT | 2 carries, 6 yards
Turnovers were a big issue for this Dolphins offense today. Tua Tagovialoa gave it away twice today, including a pick and a fumble he lost on a scramble on their first drive of the game. He made up for it quickly by connecting with Tyreek for a 38-yard crossing route for a touchdown.
Salvon Ahmed: 3 carries, 6 yards | 3 targets, 3 receptions, 25 yards, 1 TD
Salvon Ahmed found himself on the field today as Achane left early in the first quarter. And, of course, he came away with one of the only two touchdowns on a day the Dolphins were implied for a team total of over 28 points.
Raheem Mostert: 22 carries, 86 yards | 2 targets, 1 receptions, 7 yards
With the injury to the rookie De’Von Achane, Rheem Mostert saw his highest snap total on the season at 78%. The minimal usage in the passing game was disappointing, but the fact that he couldn’t do much with the number of rushing attempts he had today was disappointing.
De’von Achane: 1 carry, 1 yard | 1 target, 1 reception, 4 yards
As fast as De’Von Achane is, his time on the field was even faster. Achane recorded just three snaps today before leaving with a knee injury. Keep an eye on the news to see the severity of the injury.
Wide Receiver/Tight End
Tyreek Hill: 11 targets, 10 receptions, 146 yards, 1 TD
Tyreek Hill showcased his elite speed today on his touchdown from Tua. Tyreek gave fantasy owners a scare when he came out of the game for a hand injury, but he came back onto the field soon and showed no signs of slowing down. Tyreek Hill leads the league running in-breaking routes at 52, and he added 4 more today, catching all of them for 87 yards and a score.
Jaylen Waddle: 8 targets, 4 receptions, 55 yards
Now, to give Waddle a bit of an out, he did have some suspect passes come his way, but he couldn’t bring in any of his deeper targets, leaving him with the four closer passes he brought in for a modest 55 yards. He has been under 64 yards in 6 of his last 7 games. Where are our big Waddle games this year?
- Tua overthrew Waddle on a deep pass, and the safety was able to scoop up the pass as he came screaming down from above.
Robbie Chosen: 2 targets, 2 receptions, 39 yards
I’ve Chosen not to talk about him, haha.
Cedrick Wilson: 4 targets, 3 receptions, 23 yards
Julian Hill: 1 target, 1 reception, 10 yards