Jon Gruden has been my favorite thing to watch this entire season. He was unintentional  comedic gold during the Raiders’ Hard Knocks run and then that turned into him ruining a bunch of my bets by making the Raiders competitive. And now I’ve been profitable riding the Raider train the last couple of weeks. 

Gruden has been stellar so far this season with the X’s and O’s. The Raiders were missing a couple of offensive lineman and also Arden Key. The Raiders were also ripped to shreds with dumb penalties but somehow, some way they continue to get it done. I had written the Raiders off after Antonio Brown forced the Raiders to cut him, but here I am in week 10 really hoping that Oakland can find a way to grab the 5 seed and make the Saturday afternoon wild card game a fun one. Here is what else I saw in the final primetime game at Oakland Coliseum.

Performance Checks

Melvin Gordon is starting to look like himself again the last couple of weeks so kudos to you if you were able to buy low on him. Gordon has 22 carries for 108 yard and a touchdown while adding a 25 yard reception. At least one part of this offense was humming on Thursday despite the Raiders being stingy against the run this season.

– On the very first drive, it looked like it was going to be a big Austin Ekeler night when he caught a 23 yard pass. He also picked up a 12 yard chunk on a carry pretty early but then things settled in to the Melvin Gordon show. That is until Ekeler snuck in one of his patented 4th quarter touchdowns. Ekeler remains one of the most solid flex plays in fantasy football.

Philip Rivers was a disaster last night. And I’m guessing that a good chunk of people started him after what Stafford did against the battered Oakland secondary last Sunday. Rivers ended up throwing 3 interceptions and fumbled. He was also sacked 5 times. He should have actually had 4 interceptions. 2 were called back because of brutally dumb Oakland penalties but one of those drives ended in an interception after all. 

Keenan Allen made an appearance last night and picked up a decent chunk of points for PPR formats. Allen caught 8 passes for 68 yards and his 2nd biggest play of the night was actually an 18 yard carry. This offense really doesn’t have much.

Mike Williams followed up his first 100-yard game in the NFL with 2 catches for 55 yards. Owners are probably a bit disappointed if they left him on the bench last week only to start him this week and get 7.5 points at best depending on format.

Hunter Henry remains a bright spot for the Bolts. Henry only caught 4 passes for 30 yards, but he did snag a TD. You could definitely do worse at tight end.

Josh Jacobs couldn’t find a ton of room last night, but he did when it mattered most punching in the game winning touchdown from just outside the 20 yard line. That touchdown turned a disappoint stat line into a pretty solid start for Jacobs owners.

Jalen Richard led the Raiders in receiving yards last night with…. 43.

– That means that Waller, Renfrow, and Tyrell Williams were all major disappointments last night. But wait! Derek Carr did throw a touchdown… Oh never mind, you probably didn’t start Alec Ingold

– Although this stat line was one of a game manager, Derek Carr has really turned his career around with the help of Jon Gruden this season. Carr was able to lead big drives when the Raiders needed it most and they got the win. As far as fantasy football goes, you could do worse for your QB2. 

 

  1. Steve says:
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    Good morning, MB.

    Who should I try to add as your preferred stash ROS, Mattison or Guice? Both on waivers.
    Also ROS D. Johnson or Conner?
    Thanks!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Mornin,
      Guice unless you have Dalvin Cook.
      Gotta go with David Johnson with Samuels back in the mix

  2. miles proudfoot says:
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    Hey, I kind of asked this the other day but keep Kyler Murray or Goff ROS? Thank you!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Leaning Murray but not too confident

      • miles proudfoot says:
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        Yaaaa I feel the same way. Have a great weekend!

        • MB

          MB says:
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          You too!

  3. William Hung says:
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    Things could’ve been a lot better for Henry since all his stats came in the first half

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yeah they could’ve been

  4. eballs says:
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    Better start this week (0.5 ppr)

    Gesicki
    Everett

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Gesicki

  5. Champ says:
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    1 point PPR… Thoughts on this trade.

    My team gets Winston, Damien Williams, and Adrian Peterson
    Other team gets Josh Allen, Joe Mixon, and Jaylen Samuels

    Roster:

    QB: Wentz, Josh Allen
    WR: Amari Cooper, Edelman, Gallup, McLauren, Reynolds
    RB: Carson, DJ, Mixon, Samuels, Ronald Jones
    TE: Hunter Henry

    4-5 record, on the outside looking in for the playoffs.

    Is Williams worth it?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      I’d pull the trigger. He could have a big second half

  6. southside dom says:
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    I’m in a pretty decent hole after MG3 and Henry played last night for my opponent. He also has Kamara and Cook.

    Thinking of stacking Jameis with OJ Howard. I know that might be crazy but any hope for him to go off? Waiver wire is fairly thin (Cook, Ebron, Doyle, Witten)

    • MB

      MB says:
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      It’s ugly, but it’s possible. Howard probably has the biggest upside

  7. Snacks Zillion says:
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    I got offered Obj, T. Coleman and Juju for Dalvin Cook and Mattison. I am thin at wr, other rb ‘s are Conner, Mack, and Fournette. I am really weak at wr so I think I should do this deal. 10 team half ppr. 3 keepers annually. I am in second so want to go all in this year. What do you think?

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Hate to give up Dalvin but I think you should do it too

      • Snacks Zillion says:
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        Thank you

        • MB

          MB says:
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          Good luck!

  8. Jake says:
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    Who would you rather roster McCoy or Pollard ROS ? I’m thinking Pollard is the biggest lottery ticket but needs a Zeik injury to be worth anything.

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Tough question. McCoy might be cooked but he’s the best option if you’re going to need a flex in the future. Zeke is historically a pretty healthy dude

  9. Jimmy Jack James says:
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    Stuck waiting on Kittle on MNF – would you pickup Dwelley and wait for the decision or grab OJ Howard and start him on Sunday assuming we don’t get a decision on George prior to games starting?

    Half PPR and Hollister is already gone

    Thanks!

    • MB

      MB says:
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      Yikes… I’d grab OJ and keep a close eye on Kittles status.

  10. Steve says:
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    Couple last minute trade proposals to consider.

    Offered Sutton for my D.J. Moore. Is that a good upgrade?

    Or should I try to obtain Breida for Moore? I prefer the additional rb but the owner has been holding so far. Take Sutton upgrade?
    Thanks

  11. Nightpandas says:
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    14 team league std

    1 Better flex play this week Breida or Jamal Williams?

    2 who would you rather have ROS

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