What We Saw: Week 9

James Conner can still be relied upon as an RB1 when needed


Final Score: Giants 23, Raiders 16

Writer: Justin Herrera (@Semtexmex93 on Twitter)


The Las Vegas Raiders visited the Big Apple to take on the New York Giants. The key injuries in this game were Sterling Shephard and Saquon Barkley, who both missed the game. This was a rough week for the Raiders and it got worse in this game as the Raiders kept shooting themselves in the foot with turnovers. The game was a back and forth battle, but a strip-sack on the final drive sealed the deal for a Giants win. The Game result was New York Giants 23, Las Vegas Raiders 16.


Las Vegas Raiders




Derek Carr: 30/46, 296 yards, TD, 2 INT, Fumble | 2 carries, 5 yards



Derek Carr needed to show his leadership in this game for the Raiders who have lost their coach and number one wide receiver in less than a month. This game started off well for Carr, completing a two-yard TD pass to Hunter Renfrow. For the next two drives, Carr went two for nine and wouldn’t get back on track until the drive before the 1st half ended. In this drive Carr threw a 20-yard bomb to Darren Waller, setting up a go-ahead field goal.

The second half started with a Xavier McKinney interception return for a touchdown. Carr followed this up with a 15-yard pass to full back Alec Ingold, and a 20-yard seam to Zay Jones. This led to another field goal for the Raiders. On the next drive, we got to see this offense click with Carr connecting with Waller for 24 yards and feeding Kenyan Drake three passes for a total of 35 yards. After a missed field goal, Carr would throw another interception to McKinney again and be strip-sacked at the end of the game to seal the win for the Giants.


Running Back


Josh Jacobs: 13 carries, 76 yards | 4 targets, 4 receptions, 19 yards

Kenyan Drake: 4 carries, 30 yards | 8 targets, 6 receptions, 70 yards



Josh Jacobs had a decent showing in this game, getting 13 carries while battling a lower-body injury. Jacobs had four catches for 19 yards and it’s optimistic for fantasy goers to see him get involved in the offense on the receiving end. Kenyan Drake was the better play this week as he had a stretch in the fourth quarter where he got 21 yards rushing and 35 yards receiving on the same drive. Overall they both can have good games in this offense and should be rostered as RB2/Flexes going forward.


Wide Receiver/Tight End


Darren Waller: 11 targets, 7 receptions, 92 yards

Hunter Renfrow: 9 targets, 7 receptions, 49 yards, TD

Alec Ingold: 3 targets, 3 receptions, 28 yards

Zay Jones: 4 targets, 1 reception, 20 yards

Jalen Richard: 3 targets, 2 receptions, 18 yards



The Raiders came out needing Darren Waller to be better than he’s been so far this season. He stepped up in this game by being a good deep threat, catching 20 and 24 yard passes. The Raiders’ offense requires a deep threat to take the top off of defenses, and while I don’t mind Waller being that player, I do think they should start playing Zay Jones more. Jones, whose only catch was a 20 yarder, certainly fits the build and could see his role expand in the coming weeks. Hunter Renfrow is another player who stepped up this week, scoring a two-yard TD, while also catching a 20 yarder. Renfrow finished the game with seven catches for 49 yards and should continue to be the slot/possession receiver.

Overall this offense is going to require some players to step up if they want to be a playoff team. This should open the door for players on this offense outside of Waller, Jacobs, and Renfrow to be fantasy relevant.


New York Giants




Daniel Jones: 15/20, 110 yards, TD, Fumble (Lost) | 4 carries, 17 yards


Man, this was a putrid game if you started Daniel Jones. Jones started out the game with a touchdown to Evan Engram for 30 yards. For the rest of the game, Jones only tallied 80 yards passing and 17 yards running. The troubled QB also fumbled the ball on a sack from Yannick Ngakoue. I guess the only plus to this game is that the Giants’ defense was strong and helped the team win the game.

This seems like an outlier, I don’t expect Jones to have another game like this anytime soon. It’s alarming to know that Jones has 27 interceptions and 20 lost fumbles, but he’s been better this year and should still be considered a good QB2 going forward.



Running Back


Devontae Booker: 21 carries, 99 yards | 3 targets, 3 receptions, 23 yards

Elijhaa Penny: 5 carries, 35 yards | 2 targets, 2 receptions, -8 yards



Devontae Booker had not run for 100 yards in a game before and unfortunately, he fell one yard short in this game. Booker ran the ball well today and showed great patience, allowing for his offensive line to open up holes. Booker also caught three passes for 23 yards, proving to be a strong check-down running back. Elijhaa Penny came in as a change of pace back and averaged seven yards per carry, with one big 12 yard gain. With Saquon Barkley coming back soon, Booker will be irrelevant soon. Until then keep playing Booker, because he’s a good RB.


Wide Receiver/Tight End


Evan Engram: 3 targets, 3 receptions, 38 yards, TD

Kenny Golladay: 2 targets, 2 receptions, 28 yards

Kyle Rudolph: 5 targets, 4 receptions, 20 yards

Kadarius Toney: 1 target, 1 reception, 9 yards



There was nothing of note for this receiving corp, but that’s because Daniel Jones only threw for 110 yards. The biggest play came from Evan Engram, who caught a 30-yard pass for a touchdown on the first drive. Everyone else was pretty irrelevant, Kenny Golladay is fresh off an injury and the team didn’t seem in sync out there today. Take this game as a wash and know that it’ll be near impossible for this game to be replicated by the Giants. It was that bad!


— Justin Herrera (@Semtexmex93 on Twitter)

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