Fantasy Football 2014: Chiefs at Raiders 11/20/14 Week 12 Preview
Kansas City Chiefs (7-3) at Oakland Raiders (0-10)
Thursday, November 20, 2014 8:25 PM ET
TV: NFL Network
Opening up the Week 12 schedule on “Thursday Night Football,” we’ve got a rivalry matchup between the Chiefs and the Raiders. Kansas City (7-3) is coming off a four-point in over the Seahawks, while Oakland (0-10) couldn’t find the end zone in a loss to the Chargers.
There will be a handful of notable fantasy players out there this week getting your games started, so with that in mind let’s take a closer look at some of the key names who will be out on the field on Thursday.
Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs: When it comes to fantasy, Smith doesn’t exactly set pulses racing. He passed just 16 times against Seattle, completing 11 of those for a paltry 108 yards, zero touchdowns and zero interceptions. It was your quintessential low-risk, game-management type day.
We expect a little bit more action out of Smith in this one, but just don’t plan on any huge numbers.
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Derek Carr, QB, Oakland Raiders: Carr shows flashes of brilliance at times, but on the whole has been mostly mediocre. He put up a stinker against the Chargers, going 16-of-34 for 172 yards, no touchdowns and no picks. He also fumbled twice, losing one.
Suffice to say, if you’re using Carr in fantasy, you’re either desperate or in the deepest of deep leagues. He’s a name to stay away from if you can help it.
Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Charles returned to his beastly fantasy form in Week 11, putting up numbers we’ve all come to expect from him. He had 20 carries for 159 yards and two touchdowns, also adding 19 yards on two receptions to make him the team’s second-leading receiver.
It’s good to see Charles putting up those big fantasy scores once again, especially considering that he’s had his down-weeks this year. He’s always a no-duh fantasy start regardless.
Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders: McFadden has fallen from solid fantasy play to borderline flex in recent years, and that characterization was evident in Week 11. He rushed just eight times for 21 yards, getting outgained by Latavius Murray, who notched 43 on just four carries.
McFadden was targeted three times in the passing game, but couldn’t register a catch. He’s no longer an automatic start in fantasy, so consider your other options if you have any on your roster.
Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs really had no passing game to speak of, but Kelce got the lion’s share of what little there was to go around. He had three receptions (a team-high) for 37 yards (also a team high) on five targets (you guessed it, team-high). As if those paltry numbers weren’t enough, he also lost a fumble to ruin any semblance of fantasy relevance.
We like Kelce a lot, but he’s just lost in a low-volume passing game. Put him a little lower on your ranks this week.
James Jones, WR, Oakland Raiders: On a ho-hum passing day for the Raiders, no one did much of anything through the air. Jones was targeted five times on the day (tied for second on the team) but posted only two grabs for 35 yards.
Over the past few weeks, there have been a couple other names emerging as offensive threats in the Raiders’ aerial game. That means fewer opportunities for Jones, who is a low-end flex at best.
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