Raiders @ Jets
Oh, the drama. The #TankForTrevor was on the verge of derailment, as the Jets almost won in prototypical Jetsian fashion. A win would have tampered with their chances on their way to locking in the 1st overall pick in next year’s draft. The Raiders allowed 17 unanswered points, but an extremely questionable defensive call by Gregg Williams allowed Vegas to win with less than 10 seconds left in the 4th. The final score in this stunner was 31-28. Let’s dive in to see what we saw.
Las Vegas Raiders
Derek Carr: 28/47, 381 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, 2 sacks | 2 carries, 5 yards
Derek Carr‘s box score translated greatly for fantasy purposes, but it wasn’t the prettiest day for the Vegas QB. The final-second heroics ultimately secured the win, but the 59.5 completion percentage was concerning against the worst team in the league. Throw away the one interception, as it wasn’t really Carr’s fault. Most notable, Carr was able to set an NFL record for the most fourth-quarter comebacks in league history through a player’s first seven seasons with 20; according to @Raiders_PR on Twitter.
— QB List (@TheQBlist) December 6, 2020
Devontae Booker: 16 carries, 50 yards | 2 targets, 1 reception, 1 yard
Jalen Richard: 4 carries, 11 yards, 1 Fumble | 1 target, 1 reception, 6 yards
Theo Riddick: 3 carries, 6 yards | 1 target, 1 reception, 3 yards
With Josh Jacobs ruled out on Friday, Devontae Booker should have been in line for a high-volume day. He was only able to turn 16 carries into just 50 yards, and wasn’t much of a factor in the pass-game. He saw only two targets go for one reception and a single yard. Jalen Richard had only four carries himself, and Theo Riddick had three.
Wide Receivers/Tight Ends
Henry Ruggs III: 4 targets, 3 receptions, 84 yards, 1 TD
Nelson Agholor: 11 targets, 4 receptions, 38 yards
Hunter Renfrow: 6 targets, 4 receptions, 47 yards
Darren Waller: 17 targets, 13 receptions, 200 yards, 2 TDs
Nelson Agholor led the WRs in targets with 11 but didn’t do all that much with the share. He only had four receptions that turned into 38 yards. Carr missed him on some deep attempts, but the double-digit targets is always encouraging; the first of this season for Agholor. Henry Ruggs III had the big play of the game, the final second winner, which for sure saved his fantasy day. Hunter Renfrow had more targets than Ruggs with six, but totaled only 47 yards.
This game belonged to Darren Waller, who had a historic fantasy day. His 45 PPR points (some leagues maybe 50+) are the fourth most ever recorded by a TE. Waller also became the sixth tight end in league history to have 200 yards receiving in a game. Peppered with 17 targets, Waller truly had a field day, hauling in 13 receptions and two scores.
New York Jets
Sam Darnold: 14/23, 186 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT, 2 Fumbles (2 lost), 3 sacks | 3 carries, 26 yards
His personality will never allow it to be voiced, but you have to think Sam Darnold can’t wait for his inevitable exit from the Jets next season. Darnold actually started off decent, but continues to have trouble keeping a turnover-free performance. He had three total against Las Vegas, and it doesn’t look like these woes will be cleaned up in New York. The inconsistent play is doing Darnold in week after week.
Frank Gore: 1 carry, 2 yards
Ty Johnson: 20 carries, 104 yards, 1 TD | 2 targets, 2 receptions, 13 yards
Josh Adams: 8 carries, 74 yards
Those who started Frank Gore this week were left extremely frustrated, as he exited the game after his first carry of the day. He took a knock to the head, and was then evaluated for a concussion. Ty Johnson and Josh Adams were the next men up, and both had productive afternoons. Johnson amassed 104 yards on the ground on 20 yards, and had his first career rushing touchdown. Adams was next in line, and turned eight carries into 74 yards. Look for Johnson to be a hot waiver add next week.
Wide Receivers/Tight End
Jamison Crowder: 7 targets, 5 receptions, 47 yards, 2 TDs
Denzel Mims: 3 targets, 2 receptions, 40 yards
Braxton Berrios: 2 targets, 2 receptions, 33 yards
Breshad Perriman: 4 targets, 1 reception, 22 yards
Ryan Griffin: 2 targets, 2 receptions, 31 yards
Welcome back Jamison Crowder. He led the Jets in targets with seven, and turned five receptions into 47 yards and two touchdowns. If you stuck with him this week, you were rewarded. As of late, if you were starting any Jet receiver, it was Denzel Mims, who was a big disappointment today. He had only two catches on three targets, which is inexcusable. Breshad Perriman was a dud today as well, turning four targets into just one catch. Tight end Ryan Griffin showed up for a change, but was ultimately a non-factor, as no one is starting Chris Herndon or him any week. Speaking of Herndon, he wasn’t targeted once. and remains a ghost.
-Matthew Cava (@cavaM_ Twitter & Reddit)