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Atlanta ranks 27th in total defense, and are much better against the pass than the run. What does that mean for your fantasy teams this week?
The Raiders head to Atlanta this weekend to take on the undefeated Falcons. The Falcons have been exceptional this year behind the strong quarterback play of Matt Ryan, but their defense has been substandard as a whole. The Falcons have recorded a total of three interceptions this year, all of which occurred during the first half of the game against Denver. That may spell good news for Carson Palmer, except for the fact that the Falcons allow a mere 203 passing yards per game. With that in mind, the only player for the Raiders you should start is...
START: Darren McFadden. The Falcons allow almost 143 rushing yards per game, That's bad enough for a rank of 27th in rush defense. The Raider running game hasn't been all that great this year, but Dennis Allen has apparently used the bye week to tweak the rushing attack. It's worth a shot to see how the Raider rush game looks against a defense particularly ill-equipped to defend one.