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Fantasy Football Sit/Start News 2011: Michael Bush Remains The Man

Each week we'll provide suggested start and sit suggestions for the Oakland Raiders' fantasy football options. Darren McFadden and Sebastian Janikowski are the must-starts, but what else is there? For more on the team, go to Silver and Black Pride.

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Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, Week 15: Darrius Heyward-Bey, Denarius Moore, Jacoby Ford Raiders Options

Fantasy football playoffs are in full-gear, and many people are looking for all sorts of players to fill in available spots. The Oakland Raiders have some decent fantasy options, particularly at the wide receiver position.

With the injuries to other Raiders, Darrius Heyward-Bey has come on in recent weeks and has caught three or more passes four weeks straight. However, Heyward-Bey should probably only be used in emergency given how much Carson Palmer has been struggling lately.

This Heyward-Bey advice is only relevant if Denarius Moore and Jacoby Ford are still not playing. If either of them return to action, they might be worth taking a look at, since they tend to be more reliable options when they're in the lineup. Just be advised to use them only if you need to, since Palmer has been struggling hard the last few weeks.

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Fantasy Football Sit/Start Projections, Week 14: Michael Bush Needs To Carry Oakland Raiders Offense

The Oakland Raiders travel to Lambeau Field on Sunday to face the undefeated Green Bay Packers in an incredibly tough matchup. The Packers are tough no matter what, but the Raiders will enter the game extremely short-handed, playing without Darren McFadden, Jacoby Ford, Denarius Moore and Taiwan Jones.

All of these absences place even more pressure on running back Michael Bush. The Raiders will need to control the clock to keep Aaron Rodgers and that explosive offense off the field. The Raiders best chance for an upset would likely include Bush handling a huge portion of the offense.

The Raiders will still need to get something going in the passing game. From a fantasy perspective, Darrius Heyward-Bey is likely to be Carson Palmer's primary target. Other receivers, and even Marcel Reece, are likely to see targets, but DHB seems the player likely to get the most consistent targets from Palmer. The Raiders are in an extremely tough position, but as they say, any given Sunday.......


Fantasy Football Sit/Start Projections, Week 12: Michael Bush Remains Top Start Option

The Oakland Raiders welcome the Chicago Bears to the O.co Coliseum Sunday looking to improve to 7-4 and improve their AFC West lead. The Raiders are dealing with a variety of injuries that raise question marks on offense and open the door for some other fantasy options.

The Raiders will be without the services of RB Darren McFadden and Jacoby Ford, and also are looking at Denarius Moore and Darrius Heyward-Bey as questionable. This opens the door for a variety of players to get some targets, but that does not make them particularly useful fantasy football options. Chaz Schilens and Louis Murphy are looking at a decent amount of targets, but any upside is negated by not really knowing who will see what from Carson Palmer.

The good news out of Oakland is that kicker Sebastian Janikowski is reportedly feeling good and thinks he might be past the hamstring injury that has limited him in recent weeks. If that's the case, he suddenly moves back to the top few kickers in fantasy football.

Must Starts: Michael Bush, Sebastian Janikowski

Situational Start: Raiders D/ST

Situational Starts Pending Inactive List: Darrius Heyward-Bey, Denarius Moore

Sit: Carson Palmer


Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, Week 12: Oakland Raiders Defense Could Have Big Day Against Caleb Hanie

The Oakland Raiders welcome the Chicago Bears to town on Sunday in a huge game for Oakland. The Raiders hold a one-game lead over the Denver Broncos in the AFC West and will look to handle their business against a hot Bears squad that just lost its starting quarterback indefinitely.

The loss of Jay Cutler and the insertion of Caleb Hanie into the starting lineup makes the Raiders defense an intriguing play this weekend. Matt Forte will be the focal point of the offense, but without Cutler, the Raiders might be more inclined to stack the box and make Hanie beat them. This could open the door for sacks and turnovers, which are always a good thing.

Carson Palmer remains a big question mark as he was relegated to a lot of handoff duty against the Vikings. He was 17-of-23 but he did not have the big plays like we saw from him against the San Diego Chargers. This could repeat itself against the Chicago Bears, but there is still some upside for Palmer. The Bears defense could also elect to stuff the box against a hot Michael Bush, which could open up Denarius Moore deep.

Palmer is a risky play given the Raiders rushing attack, but he has shown some serious upside when they open up the passing game. He is likely scooped up in most leagues, but if he is sitting around, he is worth a grab.


Carson Palmer Fantasy Projection: Oakland Raiders QB In Line For Huge Day

The Oakland Raiders travel north to Minnesota to face the Vikings in a must-win game as the Raiders look to maintain their one game lead over the Denver Broncos. The Raiders are dealing with some big injuries, including Darren McFadden and Jacoby Ford, both of whom are dealing with foot sprains.

The Raiders face a Vikings defense that is incredibly banged up and will be without lead cornerback Antoine Winfield, which opens up the passing game to a certain extent. Although Carson Palmer has dealt with a fair amount of interceptions in his brief time with the Raiders, he has been playing extremely well otherwise and is developing into a strong fantasy start week in and week out.

The Raiders will remain a power rushing team, but Palmer to Denarius Moore could develop into a very solid connection against Minnesota. If you do not have an Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady or Cam Newton, Carson Palmer is a very respectable start.

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Fantasy Football Sit/Start Projections, Week 11: Carson Palmer Emerging As Viable Fantasy Weapon

The Oakland Raiders travel to Minnesota on Sunday to face the Vikings, looking to improve to 6-4 and maintain their current slim lead in the AFC West. The Raiders have dealt with significant injuries over the last month seeing their starting quarterback, starting running back and number one wide receiver all go down with injuries.

Jason Campbell is likely done for the year, at least as a starting QB now that the Raiders have acquired Carson Palmer. After a tough start, Palmer is starting to settle down and do some great things with this Raiders offense. Palmer has struggled with interceptions, but he has also put up prodigious yards and touchdown totals. This week he faces the Minnesota Vikings who are banged up in their secondary. He is not yet an every week start, but he is definitely worth starting this week.

Darren McFadden went down with a sprained foot almost a month ago and Michael Bush has filled in admirably for him. Bush is one of the best backup running backs in the league and is always an excellent start when McFadden is out. There is some hope that McFadden will be back in week 12, but odds are incredibly slim that he plays this Sunday.

WR Jacoby Ford sprained his foot last week against the San Diego Chargers and rookie Denarius Moore filled in admirably with 123 receiving yards and two touchdowns. With Ford expected to sit out this week, Moore could be in line for a huge day against the Vikings.

One guy that I have reduced from must-start is kicker Sebastian Janikowski. Seabass is likely to play this week, but his hamstring injury has the Raiders questioning his leg beyond 50. Even with the limitation he is still a solid start, but if you are concerned about the leg, benching him is not the craziest thing in the world.

Must Starts: Michael Bush

Situational Starts: Carson Palmer, Denarius Moore, Sebastian Janikowski, Raiders D/ST


Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, Week 11: Carson Palmer, Denarius Moore Good Pickups

The Oakland Raiders have been an inconsistent football team, so it's hard to believe you can actually rely on any of their offensive weapons as reliable options. They'll be facing a fairly solid Minnesota Vikings defense, so it could be tough sledding for anyone on the Raiders squad.

Jacoby Ford is out for a while with a foot sprain which means Carson Palmer is probably targeting Denarius Moore for the big plays in the wide receiving game. If somehos Moore is on the waiver wire, grab him. Moore has the ability to have a big game if he's the main focus for the Raiders against the Vikings defense. Palmer can also be a great pick-up if he's around because he'll get big yardage totals and TDs to offset his interceptions. It depends on how consistent you can believe the Raiders QB can be if the game becomes pass-oriented.

The Raiders defense is worth picking up against a sputtering Vikings offense that has been inconsistent since Christian Ponder took over. If you trust their front, there should be opportunities for sacks against a struggling Minnesota offensive line and interceptions if Ponder tries to force throws.

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Fantasy Football Sit/Start Projections, Week 10: Michael Bush To Start, Sebastian Janikowski Questionable

The Oakland Raiders travel to Southern California to face the San Diego Chargers Thursday evening in the first edition of Thursday Night Football in 2011. The NFL Network will air the game Thursday at 5:20pm PT. Given the early start, don't forget to get your lineups set before Thursday Night Football.

As you look through your roster, you might be considering some Oakland Raiders for the game. The most important news remains that Darren McFadden is sidelined with a sprained foot. He has been ruled out for Thursday's game, which means Michael Bush will once again be in the starting lineup. Bush is one of the best backup running backs in the NFL and is a great option when McFadden is ailing. Make sure he is in your starting lineup.

The other significant piece of Raiders news is that Sebastian Janikowski remains questionable for the game. He has been dealing with a hamstring issue but managed to play on Sunday. He has not practiced all week and is likely a game-time decision. If you have Janikowski on your roster, keep an eye out for more details because you might need to make a last minute decision.

The tough calls come with the passing game. Carson Palmer has six interceptions in six quarters of football, but this past Sunday he put together 300+ yards and three touchdowns as well. He is looking more and more intriguing, and he now faces a Chargers defense that was torched by Brett Favre. If you have a questionable QB option or are dealing with injuries, Palmer is a solid fantasy option. He may not win games for the Raiders but he will produce fantasy totals.

At receiver, Jacoby Ford emerged last week as the big play option for Palmer and Denarius Moore was targeted quite frequently. Ford is a decent flex option while Moore is likely better sitting on your bench for now. 


Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, Week 10: Carson Palmer Is Just A Little Bit Tempting

The Oakland Raiders have to deal with a short week as they travel south to face the San Diego Chargers in a Thursday Night Football matchup on NFL Network. The Raiders were stunned by the Denver Broncos and now find themselves in the thick of a four team race in the AFC West.

Week ten of the NFL season features no bye teams, which gets most of your starters back into the lineup. If you are dealing with injuries however, you might find yourself perusing the waiver wire for any possible help. The Oakland Raiders offense has been wildly up and down as they try and figure out where they are going with Carson Palmer at quarterback. WR Jacoby Ford blew up in week nine to the tune of 105 receiving yards and a touchdown. The question is whether there will be any sort of consistency moving forward.

The big question is whether Carson Palmer can become a stable force at QB. He threw another three interceptions on Sunday, but he also put up 332 yards and three touchdowns. It was not a pretty performance, but for fantasy purposes it wasn't too bad. Palmer gets what could be a solid matchup against a Chargers secondary coming off a horrid performance against the Oakland Raiders. Palmer could have some decent upside on Thursday.

Jacoby Ford is likely already on somebody's bench in your league, but if not he remains a worthwhile grab. Denarius Moore is also an intriguing option, although I would recommend adding him only if you have a bench-warmer you no longer need for bye weeks. Moore has upside but might require stashing for a couple weeks.


Fantasy Football Sit/Start Projections, Week 9: Michael Bush, Sebastian Janikowski Are Must Plays

The Oakland Raiders welcome the Denver Broncos to town in a key divisional matchup. The Raiders are working in their new quarterback Carson Palmer and will look to make some things happen. Given the changes on the team and some pertinent injuries, the Oakland Raiders week nine fantasy football options are a bit different than normal.

Raiders starting running back Darren McFadden is sidelined with a sprained foot and will not play. That means backup Michael Bush will get the bulk of the carries. Bush is one of the better backup running backs in the NFL, and getting a start against the struggling Broncos is a great fantasy matchup. He is a must-start.

Oakland Raiders kicker Sebastian Janikowski was questionable heading into the weekend, but after testing out his hamstring on Saturday, he was proclaimed good to go. Although he might be limited on 50+ yard field goals, a potentially struggling Raiders offense could mean a host of shorter field goal opportunities. You should get him into your lineup.

The only other significant Raiders fantasy option is the defense. Against Tim Tebow they could put up some solid numbers. They are not an every week play, but this is a solid week for them.

Beyond that, there are just too many question marks with the rest of the team. Darrius Heyward-Bey is arguably the best option for Carson Palmer. Given how little time Palmer has spent with the offense, it is hard to tell which receivers he will connect with early on. We could very well see T.J. Houshmandzadeh have a career resurgence with Palmer. Anything is possible.


Fantasy Football Sit/Start Projections, Week 9: Michael Bush Replaces Darren McFadden

The Oakland Raiders are coming off their bye week as they welcome the Denver Broncos to town for an important divisional matchup. The Raiders are tied with the San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs for first in the AFC West. Every game matters and a game against a team like the Denver Broncos is a must-win.

The Raiders head into this game with numerous question marks among their fantasy football-eligible players. The biggest question mark is at quarterback, where Carson Palmer is trying to work his way into some kind of comfort zone in the offense. The Raiders added T.J. Houshmandzadeh to the mix, with many viewing him as a security blanket for Palmer. Given the dramatic change at quarterback. Houshmandzadeh could also provide some veteran leadership to the young receivers.

The Raiders face a Broncos defense that is middle of the road against the run, but awful against the pass. It is tough to tell what to do with the Raiders receivers. Darrius Heyward-Bey remains the top starting option for now, with Jacoby Ford a decent second option. They are flex or maybe WR2 options at best.

Sebastian Janikowski is another question mark as he comes back from a hamstring issue. When healthy, Seabass is as good as anybody at the kicker position. The question is if he is ready to go. Keep an eye on the Raiders inactive list this Sunday and the transaction wire over the weekend to see if the Raiders go in another direction for week nine.

Definite Start: Michael Bush, Sebastian Janikowski (if active), Raiders Defense/Special Teams

Bye-week Fill-in: Darrius Heyward-Bey, Jacoby Ford

Desperate Starter Need: Denarius Moore

Leave On Waivers: T.J. Houshmandzadeh


Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, Week 9: Potentially Replacing Darren McFadden

As folks spend Tuesday pouring over numerous fantasy football waiver wire options for week nine, they have to deal with four teams on their bye. Week nine will see Detroit, Minnesota, Carolina and Jacksonville on the sidelines. That removes guys like Cam Newton, Calvin Johnson, Adrian Peterson and Maurice Jones-Drew, which means you likely have some tough decisions to make.

The Oakland Raiders provide a variety of interesting fantasy football options beyond just Darren McFadden. The Raiders all-world running back is dealing with a sprained foot and his status remains questionable for the week. Backup running back Michael Bush is a great option as he would get McFadden's carries. Even if McFadden plays, Bush could be in line for a solid number of carries.

If you are really desperate at running back, third string back Taiwan Jones would be the number two running back if Bush starts. Jones would not be looking at a ton of carries, but there is a bit of upside. If you really need a back, he is not the worst option out there.

Carson Palmer remains a big question mark at quarterback. He was picked up in a decent number of leagues, but he showed incredible rust two weeks ago against Kansas City. If you feel the need to grab him off waivers, he is not a guy you should be starting right away. He will get the snaps, but who knows where he is actually at after the bye week. Beware if you feel obligated to grab him.


Fantasy Football Sit/Start Projections, Week 7: Carson Palmer Right Into The Frying Pan

The Oakland Raiders host the Kansas City Chiefs in a pre-bye week contest that previously was looking like a bit of a snoozer. Thanks to the always aggressive Oakland Raiders, this snoozer has been arguably the most interesting game of the week. The Raiders made a trade deadline deal to acquire quarterback Carson Palmer from the Cincinnati Bengals and now find themselves potentially starting him less than a week later.

The Raiders clearly have no faith in Kyle Boller but this quick turnaround is quite impressive and could have intriguing fantasy repercussions. I've seen Carson Palmer picked up quite a bit in a variety of leagues. It really is a roll of the dice to start Palmer at this point, even as a bye week fill-in. If you are basing his potential performance on recent seasons he has struggled. If you think he will be bounce back, you're basically just hoping for blind luck. I do think he can bounce back, but right off the bat? That's a bold play if you decide to go with him.


Darren McFadden
numberFire.com Projections: 14.89 FP - 74.14 rushing yards, 0.43 rushing touchdowns, 4.25 receptions, 38.42 receiving yards, 0.17 receiving touchdowns

Sebastian Janikowski
numberFire.com Projections: 8.92 FP - 1.85 FGM, 2.59 XPM

Carson Palmer Memorial I Have No Freaking Clue

Darrius Heyward-Bey
numberFire.com Projections: 6.41 FP - 2.27 receptions, 41.31 receiving yards, 0.36 touchdowns

Jacoby Ford
numberFire.com Projections: 4.41 FP - 2.99 receptions, 31.99 receiving yards, 0.20 touchdowns

Denarius Moore
numberFire.com Projections: 4.51 FP - 2.08 receptions, 31.29 receiving yards, 0.22 touchdowns

Analysis: As mentioned above, Carson Palmer is a complete crap shoot. That applies to his wide receivers as well. They are talented guys, but I honestly don't know what to legitimately expect from them in fantasy football. If you can accurately predict what will happen, give me a call because we are off to Las Vegas.

Our weekly Raiders sit/start suggestions are based on a combination of our knowledge as fans and the weekly projections of numberFire.com. Head over to numberFire.com to get a full breakdown of their weekly projections.


Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, Week 7: Carson Palmer Makes Jacoby Ford, DHB & Company More Interesting

Fantasy football owners are likely spending Tuesday evening pouring over the numerous waiver wire options out there as they prepare to handle week seven byes. Week seven will see Buffalo, Cincinnati, New England, the Giants, Philadelphia and San Francisco sitting out the week, which opens up a lot of holes in rosters. The list is fairly long and there are plenty of positions to consider.

And this all comes as the Oakland Raiders make a huge change at the quarterback position by trading for Bengals QB Carson Palmer. It is unknown whether Palmer will play this weekend against the Kansas City Chiefs, or if he will wait until after the bye week.

Palmer is coming off a couple subpar seasons, so it is hard say whether you should be considering him as a fantasy quarterback. He has some excellent weapons at his disposal in Oakland, but you might want to wait and see how it all develops before deciding whether to add him to your bench. He could be an interesting late bye week fill-in, but even that is questionable at best.

The real question is what he does for possible waiver wire guys like Darrius Heyward-Bey and Denarius Moore, and maybe even Jacoby Ford if he is sitting on waivers. I think he could improve their fantasy value and I have already been fairly high on both DHB and Denarius Moore. I think DHB is the guy who will be the most consistent fantasy threat, but Ford and Moore are the big play threats.


Fantasy Football Sit/Start Projections, Week 6: Darrius Heyward-Bey Stepping Up His Game

The Oakland Raiders return home this Sunday to face the Cleveland Browns a week after the death of Al Davis. It is safe to say it will be a crazy atmosphere at the O.Co Coliseum with few dry eyes in the building. The Raiders will have tributes throughout the game to their legendary owner and it should be a rocking atmosphere.

The Raiders will look to avoid an emotional letdown following a tough victory over the Houston Texans. The Raiders are proving week by week that they are a legitimate contender in the AFC. As they have improved they have also shown they have more and more viable fantasy weapons. They have to work on consistency outside of Darren McFadden and Sebastian Janikowski, but they are improving as a fantasy option.

We are making some adjustments to the Start/Sit categories. I'm breaking up Start into Must Start and Situational Start. Little needs to be said about Must Starts, while Situational Starts raise some question marks.


Darren McFadden
numberFire.com Projections: 15.56 FP - 76.37 rushing yards, 0.84 rushing touchdowns, 3.67 receptions, 27.36 receiving yards, 0.06 receiving touchdowns

Sebastian Janikowski
numberFire.com Projections: 10.08 FP - 1.91 FGM, 3.59 XPM



Darrius Heyward-Bey
numberFire.com Projections: 6.24 FP - 2.80 receptions, 44.60 receiving yards 0.30 touchdowns

Analysis: It has taken a couple years, but DHB might finally be arriving as a legitimate wide receiver in the NFL. After being selected as the first wide receiver in the 2009 NFL Draft, Heyward-Bey has struggled with the drops. This year he has still had some drops, but he has also started to haul in more and more passes. The key is getting the ball in his hands and letting him then take advantage of the ridiculous speed he has.


Our weekly Raiders sit/start suggestions are based on a combination of our knowledge as fans and the weekly projections of numberFire.com. Head over to numberFire.com to get a full breakdown of their weekly projections.


Fantasy Football Waiver Wire, Week 6: Don't Sleep On Darrius Heyward-Bey

Week five of the 2011 NFL season has come to a close and the time has come to scour your fantasy football league's waiver to get some week six bye-week fill-ins. Week six will see the Arizona Cardinals, Denver Broncos, Kansas City Chiefs, San Diego Chargers, Seattle Seahawks, and Tennessee Titans all taking the week off. That leaves a variety of talented players sitting on the sideline as your league is just starting to heat up.

The Oakland Raiders are off to a solid 3-2 start this season and their performance has raised the potential fantasy value of several players. We know guys like Darren McFadden and Sebastian Janikowski have been scooped up. You'll be looking for lesser talents on the waiver wire hoping to find a diamond in the rough.

Arguably the most intriguing such diamond could be wide receiver Darrius Heyward-Bey. The Raiders receiver struggled through the first couple seasons of his NFL career, but over his last two games he has come on strong, hauling in a combined eleven passes for 214 yards and a touchdown. He still has some issues with drops, but unless you lose points for drops, he is doing enough on offense to remain an intriguing option if you need a wide receiver this week.

The Raiders defense could also be a solid pickup as they host a questionable Cleveland Browns squad. The Browns are a pretty decent team, but they remain somewhat offensively challenged. If you need a defense this weekend, you could see a solid showing from the Raiders.


Fantasy Football Sit/Start Projections, Week 5: Can Anybody Other Than Darren McFadden Step Up?

The Oakland Raiders head out on the road to face off with the Houston Texans in a tough matchup for the up and down Raiders offense. One upside to this is Houston's rush defense is quite awful, ranking 30th in Football Outsiders' defensive efficiency ratings. The Raiders will look to ride Darren McFadden through a matchup of AFC contenders.

The question is if anybody else can step up on the Raiders. We know Sebastian Janikowski is always a solid fantasy option, but what about the other skill positions or the defense? The defense lucks out in not having to face Andre Johnson, but they still have to deal with the always tough Arian Foster. He could chew them up fairly well. Throw in always tough Owen Daniels, and I'm not sure this is a good matchup for that defense.


Darren McFadden
numberFire.com Projections: 15.63 FP - 97.91 rushing yards, 0.66 rushing touchdowns, 2.60 receptions, 34.38 receiving yards, 0.09 receiving touchdowns

Analysis: McFadden remains an elite fantasy running back. As long as he is healthy there is no reason not to start him. Ever. You don't play matchups or any of that nonsense. If you don't think you should start McFadden this week, I'm not really sure what to tell you.

Sebastian Janikowski
numberFire.com Projections: 8.04 FP - 1.58 FGM, 2.62 XPM

Analysis: As always, just plug and play with Janikowski. The Raiders might not win this game, but they'll be able to move the ball at least into field goal range, which is always a little longer with Seabass.


Raiders Wide Receivers
Analysis: At this point, the Raiders have Jacoby Ford back, and it looks like Louis Murphy might rejoin the fold as well. If that's the case, it is rather difficult to see who is the go-to guy in the offense. Denarius Moore got off to a hot start but has since cooled down. It really is a huge question mark as to which of these guys should be in your lineup. It is likely worth stashing them on your bench until roles are figured out.

Other than that, the Raiders are tough fantasy plays this week. We discussed the defense above. Michael Bush remains a fantasy handcuff to Darren McFadden and nothing more. Jason Campbell could bounce back from the Patriots game, but this is probably not the matchup in which to bring him back to your starting lineup.

Our weekly Raiders sit/start suggestions are based on a combination of our knowledge as fans and the weekly projections of numberFire.com. Head over to numberFire.com to get a full breakdown of their weekly projections.


Fantasy Football Sit/Start Projections, Week 4: Darren McFadden Looks To Continue His Domination

The Oakland Raiders continue their short homestand with a potential statement game against the New England Patriots. The Raiders knocked off the New York Jets behind a dynamic offense powered by Darren McFadden. They'll look to do the same this week, but they also benefit from the expected return of wide receiver Jacoby Ford to the lineup. Wide receiver Denarius Moore has gotten off to a solid start in his rookie campaign, but adding Ford into the lineup could open Moore up for even more.


Darren McFadden
numberFire.com Projections: 15.53 FP - 97.45 rushing yards, 0.78 rushing touchdowns, 1.40 receptions, 10.29 receiving yards, 0.00 receiving touchdowns

Analysis: Run DMC had a slight scare last weekend as he left with a bit of a groin injury but he's been a full participant in practice. As long as McFadden is healthy he is proving to be one of the best in the business this season. He's a must-start.

Sebastian Janikowski
numberFire.com Projections: 8.83 FP - 1.61 FGM, 2.93 XPM

Analysis: Just plug and play with Seabass. The Raiders could end up in a shootout with the Patriots, which only benefits Janikowski.

Denarius Moore
numberFire.com Projections: 7.75 FP - 4.59 receptions, 59.32 receiving yards 0.30 touchdowns

Analysis: He's not at a must-start level yet, but Moore is becoming a better and better play each week. His numbers weren't quite as big in week three as they were in week two, but the Raiders are showing a willingness to mix him into reverses to get him the ball as frequently as possible. He's potentially emerging as a decent flex option.


Jacoby Ford
numberFire.com Projections: 5.51 FP - 3.40 receptions, 47.43 receiving yards 0.13 touchdowns
Analysis: Ford has been back at practice and will eventually be back to his explosive self. For this first game though I'd play it cautious and wait and see how he looks and how the Raiders will mix him back in with Moore.

Michael Bush
numberFire.com Projections: 2.99 FP - 14.44 rushing yards, 0.08 touchdowns

AnalysisMichael Bush remains no more than a handcuff for Darren McFadden at this point. Even a big game or two will not change that as long as McFadden stays healthy.

Our weekly Raiders sit/start suggestions are based on a combination of our knowledge as fans and the weekly projections of numberFire.com. Head over to numberFire.com to get a full breakdown of their weekly projections.


Fantasy Football Sit/Start Projections, Week 3: Is Denarius Moore A Worthy Start After One Big Game?

The Oakland Raiders finally get to come home for a Sunday as they host the New York Jets in their home opener. The Raiders are 1-1 after a brutal loss to the Buffalo Bills that saw serious offensive fireworks in a 38-35 shootout. While Darren McFadden had a big day with two touchdowns, the breakout star of the game was wide receiver Denarius Moore who caught five receptions for 146 yards and a touchdown. Rookies will have their ups and downs, but Moore looked awfully impressive in going up after the ball over and over again.

Naturally, Moore was a big waiver wire pickup this week. The question now is what to do with the young receiver in your fantasy lineup. If you're willing to roll the dice and can accept the downs with the ups, it'll be fun rooting for him. If you want some measure of sanity in your lineup, you might want to wait for some week-to-week consistency.


Darren McFadden
numberFire.com Projections: 11.90 FP - 68.91 rushing yards, 0.26 rushing touchdowns, 3.12 receptions, 22.34 receiving yards, 0.20 receiving touchdowns

Analysis: McFadden remains a must start as long as he's healthy. The Jets have a strong defense, but their weakest are would be against the run (albeit still solid). McFadden is mixed into the run and pass game, which means more opportunities for yards and touchdowns. Stick with him.

Sebastian Janikowski
numberFire.com Projections: 7.11 FP - 1.49 FGM, 2.04 XPM

Analysis: Just plug and play with Seabass. He'll have some off nights like any kicker, but the Raiders are putting up a whole lot of points right now. Even though the Raiders kicked no field goals last week, Janikowski still got five points just from extra points.

Denarius Moore
numberFire.com Projections: 5.98 FP - 3.57 receptions, 53.55 receiving yards 0.16 touchdowns

Analysis: Just man up and start him. He's a rookie and he could go catch-less. But do you want to be the guy who repeatedly sits him while he blows up week in and week out? Why not have a little fun with an exciting new playmaker? Throw in a lack of healthy receivers and you may be looking at the number one Raiders receiver this weekend.


Jacoby Ford
Analysis: Ford has been held out of practice the last two days and is looking unlikely to play on Sunday

Michael Bush
numberFire.com Projections: 3.35 FP - 18.10 rushing yards, 0.15 touchdowns

Analysis: Michael Bush remains no more than a handcuff for Darren McFadden at this point. Even a big game or two will not change that as long as McFadden stays healthy.

Our weekly Raiders sit/start suggestions are based on a combination of our knowledge as fans and the weekly projections of numberFire.com. Head over to numberFire.com to get a full breakdown of their weekly projections.


Fantasy Football Sit/Start Projections, Week Two: Darren McFadden Could Prove Pivotal

The Oakland Raiders look to improve to 2-0 this Sunday against a Buffalo Bills squad coming off a monster victory over the Kansas City Chiefs. The Bills absolutely decimated the Chiefs and the question now is how good exactly the Bills are. They get their second test this week as they face a Raiders team that brings a potent rushing attack. The Raiders might have troubles with the short week and trip east, but the running game should still be productive.

As for the rest of the team? That might be a tough call. The Raiders offense outside of Darren McFadden left plenty to be desired, although nasty weather conditions in Denver might have affected that. Well, the weather and a horrendous number of penalties. However, with Jacoby Ford questionable and the Raiders coming off a short week, the rest of the roster might be questionable at best for fantasy impact.


Darren McFadden
numberFire.com Projections: 15.54 FP - 79.79 rushing yards, 0.66 rushing touchdowns, 3.57 receptions, 28.87 receiving yards, 0.12 receiving touchdowns

Analysis: McFadden was a pivotal part of the Raiders offense on Monday Night Football against the Broncos. He rushed for 150 yards averaging 6.8 yards per carry and having his way with the Broncos. The Raiders passing attack remains questionable, which means Oakland will continue to rely on Run DMC. As long as he's healthy he is a must-start.

Sebastian Janikowski
numberFire.com Projections: 7.97 FP - 1.67 FGM, 2.29 XPM

Analysis: The man they call Seabass tied the NFL record with a 63-yard field goal Monday Night and continues to remain as solid as kicker as there is out there. You get general consistency up close and a powerful leg on deeper kicks. The Raiders aren't afraid to let him kick it from 50+, which means bonus points for you.


Jacoby Ford
numberFire.com Projections: 3.66 FP - 1.51 receptions, 24.23 receiving yards 0.21 touchdowns

Analysis: While Jacoby Ford is an explosive option most weeks, the Raiders second year receiver is suffering from a hamstring strain, which leaves him likely questionable for Sunday. Given his reliance on speed and athleticism and how a hamstring injury can slow guys down, he is a guy you'll likely sit even if he is active for the game.

Michael Bush
numberFire.com Projections: 3.44 FP - 19.57 rushing yards, 0.15 touchdowns

Analysis: Michael Bush currently is best as a handcuff for Darren McFadden. There will be games Bush will end up with some big numbers as the Raiders roll over other teams. However, McFadden is the number one guy in Oakland as long as he is healthy. If you've got Bush, hang onto him but do not start him for the foreseeable future.

Our weekly Raiders sit/start suggestions are based on a combination of our knowledge as fans and the weekly projections of numberFire.com. Head over to numberFire.com to get a full breakdown of their weekly projections.


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Fantasy Football Sit/Start Projections, Week One: Raiders' Jason Campbell, Darren McFadden Looking At Big Nights

The Oakland Raiders head into their Monday Night Football showdown with their arch-rivals, the Denver Broncos, with plenty of question marks for the season. The good news for fantasy football though is they have some serious playmakers and a reasonable amount of continuity on offense. As head coach, Hue Jackson can continue running his big play offense and rack up some serious fantasy value for the likes of Darren McFadden, Jacoby Ford, Jason Campbell and others.


Darren McFadden
numberFire.com Projections: 15.31 FP - 80.00 rushing yards, 0.67 rushing touchdowns, 3.58 receptions, 28.80 receiving yards, 0.07 receiving touchdowns

Analysis: McFadden has proven that when healthy he is a complete threat in both the rushing game and the receiving game. Health has been an issue for McFadden but for now he is ready to go. As long as he is healthy he is a must-start every week.

Jason Campbell
numberFire.com Projections: 16.48 FP - 225.62 passing yards, 1.60 TDs, 0.53 INTs, 13.18 rushing yards, 0.13 rushing TDs

Analysis: Campbell has been rather inconsistent throughout his career but he gets a passing matchup that could yield huge dividends on Monday. The Broncos secondary is in a state of transition as they try and get much younger fairly quickly. They still have veteran Champ Bailey but they've made several moves in the secondary that could be big long term, but will include some growing pains in the short term. Take advantage of it while you can.

Jacoby Ford
numberFire.com Projections: 4.98 FP - 1.90 receptions, 34.39 receiving yards, 0.24 TDs

Analysis: I have to admit, I am incredibly bullish on the young Ford. As a rookie Ford showed serious big play potential with a mixture of return, receiving and rushing touchdowns. While McFadden remains the biggest every down threat, Jacoby Ford will remain a consistent threat in part because the team mixes in a variety of packages for him. He is not necessarily an every week starter, but there Ford has huge potential.


Michael Bush
numberFire.com Projections: 4.17 FP - 25.21 rushing yards, 0.19 touchdowns

Analysis: I think over the course of the 2011 NFL season, Michael Bush will have a good deal of fantasy value as a possible replacement for Michael Bush. The Raiders are a big play team but they also mix in some serious rushing and Bush will get his share of carries against the Broncos. However, Bush is a guy who's value on your team is more for when/if McFadden gets hurt. Bush could prove a decent bye-week fill in with a healthy McFadden, but he's not a guy to start right away.

Darrius Heyward-Bey/Louis Murphy
numberFire.com Projections: 3.23 FP/3.64 - 1.60/1.92 receptions, 21.64/26.68 receiving yards, 0.17/0.16 TDs

Analysis: For now, Jacoby Ford strikes me as the only wide receiver worth starting on the Raiders for now. DHB and/or Murphy could provide some value as the season moves along, but neither has the big play potential of Ford. If for some reason you have them on your team, hold off starting them.

Kevin Boss
numberFire Projections: 4.44 FP - 2.54 receptions, 34.46 receiving yards, 0.17 touchdowns

Analysis: Boss doesn't get a ton of respect in fantasy football, but he can be a decent bye week fill-in. Zach Miller did great things as a tight end in the Raiders offense and that bodes well for Boss. However, it's a good idea to wait and see how he will be used in this offense before getting him into your starting lineup.

Our weekly Raiders sit/start suggestions are based on a combination of our knowledge as fans and the weekly projections of numberFire.com. Head over to numberFire.com to get a full breakdown of their weekly projections.


Raiders Start 'Em, Sit 'Em Decisions And numberFire.com Weekly Projections

Over the course of the 2011 football season, football fans find themselves trying to decide which players to start and which players to sit every Sunday in fantasy football. A fantasy football owner can make or break their playoff chances by benching one player or starting another player.

There are numerous decisions to be made and while we can't help you with every decision, we can help you sort through Raiders players that will be worth a start or a sit. The Raiders have some intriguing fantasy weapons but it's tough to tell who to start when. Darren McFadden is generally an every week start when healthy and Sebastian Janikowski will be starting every week. Beyond that though, guys like Jacoby Ford, Kevin Boss, and even Jason Campbell and Denarius Moore might warrant starts in the right situation.

For the next 17 weeks we'll provide you with suggested sit 'em and start 'em decisions. Anybody can start Darren McFadden or even Jacoby Ford, but championships can be won by a timely start of Michael Bush or Kevin Boss. In order to help with these decisions, we have teamed up with numberFire.com to provide you with weekly projections to better situate you for fantasy glory.

For those who've never used them, numberFire.com uses their own proprietary statistics to make weekly projections for fantasy football. Their projections are based on a standard Yahoo! scoring league. Last year their system proved 66% more accurate than both Yahoo! and ESPN's weekly projections and on average, their predictions came within 4.38 points of actual performance while Yahoo! was at 4.83 and ESPN was at 5.73.

Some specific examples of their accuracy can be seen in wide receiver Brandon Marshall. In weeks seven, eight and nine, numberFire.com consistently out-performed ESPN and Yahoo! in projecting Marshall's numbers. Here is a breakdown of those numbers:

Week ESPN Yahoo! numberFire Actual
7 16 9.11 8.18 5.7
8 14 9.64 8.66 6.5
9 14 10.11 8.27 3

A second example would be tight end Antonio Gates. During the early parts of the season when projections can be especially hard to nail down, numberFire.com outperformed five out of six ESPN and Yahoo! projections:

Week ESPN Yahoo! numberFire Actual
1 19 8.52 10.03 13.6
2 16 11.7 13.75 17.7
5 20 9.73 12.86 16.2

SB Nation Bay Area will combine weekly numberFire.com projections with our own knowledge of the Raiders to provide you with information that will help your fantasy performance. For more details on the algorithmic modeling and analysis that helps create these weekly projections, head over to numberFire.com.


Al Saunders Compares Darren McFadden to Marshall Faulk: Good Sign for Fantasy Owners

Fantasy football owners of Darren McFadden should be very happy to hear that the Oakland Raiders offensive coordinator Al Saunders is so high on the running back that he went so far as to compare him to Hall of Fame runningback Marshall Faulk.

As part of the Greatest Show on Turf, Faulk put together some of the most impressive seasons for any runningback in NFL history and was a vital role in helping the Rams win the Super Bowl. The fact that the new Raiders offensive coordinator is comparing McFadden to Faulk could mean big things for fantasy owners.

One of the reasons Faulk had such an epic career was due to the fact that he was a threat not just running the ball, but also catching the ball out of the backfield. If Saunders envisions using McFadden in the way that Faulk was used in St. Louis, it could mean huge fantasy value for McFadden, especially in PPR leagues.

Coaches are often big on their own players, but when you hear an offensive coordinator compare his runningback to one of the greatest, it points to that player being used a lot, something fantasy football owners will love to hear.


Oakland Raiders 2011 Fantasy Football Preview: Darren McFadden And Then ...?

Each week we'll provide suggested start and sit suggestions for the Oakland Raiders' fantasy football options. Darren McFadden and Sebastian Janikowski are the must-starts, but what else is there? For more on the team, go to Silver and Black Pride.

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