TNF Fantasy Preview: Los Angeles Chargers vs. Oakland Raiders Week 15

Week 15 Thursday- Los Angeles Chargers @ Las Vegas


Justin Herbert is slumping, but this is no time for an over-reaction. Yes, he is coming off three
games in a row that he has been under 17 points, and you are in the fantasy playoffs, but he is
facing the 21 st ranked Raiders defense, and the Raiders suck. I think Austin Eckler
comes off this week, but I think that Herbert should find his way back to his usual 20+ point
fantasy relevance.

Derek Carr is trying his best to be fantasy relevant, but I can’t pull the trigger when the playoffs
are on the line. He loses Henry Ruggs due to Covid, and his RB Josh Jacobs hasn’t been great
recently, so he can’t be counted on to keep the defense guessing. I love Carr’s connection with
Waller, but I can’t trust Nelson Agholor to be the one to provide relevance to this QB. I’d pass.

Plays: Herbert

Running Backs

Austin Eckler is facing a defense that has given up over 150 yards rushing to RBs in each of the
last two weeks, and some of those running backs that contributed were named Ty Johnson and
Josh Adams of the Jets. Eckler has struggled to rush since coming back from injury, but he is
lighting up the receiving stats, at least with receptions. This week facing the third-worst defense
in fantasy against RBs, he is a great matchup to get back on track, and you should be able to
trust him this week.

I feel like we aren’t talking about Josh Jacobs enough with the move he pulled last week. He was
active but posted on IG that he wasn’t going to play and later posted a message with a
middle finger to your fantasy teams. The fun fact is that he played and SUCKED, so it didn’t matter
anyway. He would only retain flex value from his recent performances, even facing the 20th
ranked defense in fantasy against his position. From his slight of the fantasy football
community? I think you sit him and find better value elsewhere.

Plays: Start Eckler

Wide Receivers

Keenan Allen still proves to be a PPR god and a must-start every week. Even in games where his
teammates don’t do much on the stat sheet, Allen finds a way to turn his volume into consistent
points. He is facing the 21 st ranked Raiders defense against WRs in fantasy and since I think
Herbert is going to bounce back this week, which only increases Allen’s value. This is where the
value in this receiving corps stops though. As good as Mike Williams is, it isn’t translating to
fantasy relevance. In a week where you may need a win to win or advance in your fantasy
playoffs, keep it at Allen and look for other options if you have Williams.

Nelson Agholor. Hunter Renfrow. Bryan Edwards. Pick one of these guys you trust with Derek
Carr throwing to him in the fantasy football postseason. Don’t worry; I’ll wait. The only answer
that you should have come up with should have been Nelson Agholor, and even that is a stretch. I
think he retains flex value because of his boom possibilities and because I think Carr will throw it a lot, but I don’t do this with much confidence. I wouldn’t get excited about Renfrow or Edwards in replacement of Ruggs.

Plays: Start Keenan Allen. Flex Agholor

Tight Ends

Beggars can’t be choosers when it comes to Tight Ends. I played Noah Fant last week, and he put
up a solid 0.0 due to an illness. Hunter Henry isn’t putting together as productive a season like
we have seen him do in the past, but he remains serviceable. You could do maybe better, but
certainly worse than Hunter Henry this week.

D’Wallrus is easily the best player for the Raiders, and you are going to be starting him. He is
facing the 17th ranked defense against his position, but unless you have Travis Kelce also, I would
stick with throwing out Waller and hoping for the best, rather than risking it for the biscuit with
another TE.

Plays: Start Henry and Waller

As always, good luck with your matchups this week (unless you’re playing me).

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