The Oakland Raiders defense has a wildly intriguing fantasy (and real) football matchup today with Tim Tebow getting the start over Kyle Orton due to Orton’s various ailments. We already discussed the general Raiders sit em and start ’em options, but I wanted to focus in on the defense briefly given this fairly peculiar matchup, as well as what it means for opponents.
The Oakland defense has generally been solid for fantasy purposes. This week against Tebow they’re expected to stick eight men in the box to stop Knowshon Moreno and basically dare Tim Tebow to take his shots against a lot of one-on-one coverage. This could mean bad things for Moreno if the Raiders are consistently putting out a full force to stop him. He’s been quite solid lately so people probably should go with Moreno anyway. After all, he’s going to get a ton of carries.
I highly doubt anybody in their fantasy playoffs is in need of Tebow, unless maybe you have Matt Cassel potentially sidelined with his appendix issue. However, if you are a heavy underdog in your playoff matchup, Tebow could prove to be a QB with a ton of upside for one week. Since Tebow was not declared the starter until this weekend, the Raiders haven’t exactly had the best chance to prepare for him. I’m not holding my breath for huge Tebow numbers, but he might be worth a role of the dice since he’ll face a lot of one-on-one coverage early in the game.