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Fantasy Football 2013: Raiders at Broncos Week 3 Preview

Oakland Raiders (1-1) at Denver Broncos (2-0)

Monday, September 23, 8:40 PM (ET)

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We’ve got a pretty good matchup coming our way to close out Week 3 in the NFL on “Monday Night Football.” This one’s a rivalry game in every sense of the word with the Oakland Raiders heading to Denver to take on the Broncos. In Week 2, the Raiders (1-1) picked up their first victory with a solid effort against the Jaguars, and the Broncos (2-0) once again flexed their offensive muscle and came out on top pretty easily in the “Manning Bowl” against the Giants. There’s no love lost between these two AFC West rivals, so it should be a very intense game.
As usual, there are plenty of noteworthy fantasy names who will be active in this one, so let’s take a closer look at the recent numbers and see what we should be expecting when it comes to our rosters.

Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland Raiders: Though Pryor had a pretty promising fantasy line in Week 1 against Indianapolis (mainly because of his 112 yards rushing), he didn’t do as well in Week 2. The 50 rushing yards were nice, but the two fumbles and zero touchdowns hurt owners who took a chance on him this past week. Still, we like Pryor as a lower-end fantasy play in the Broncos game, mainly because of his ability to run--and the fact that he may have to be playing catch-up (that is, passing) against Denver.

Fantasy Football 2013: Raiders at Broncos Week 3 Preview

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Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos: After Manning’s mind-boggling seven-touchdown outing against the Ravens, there was little he could do to duplicate that line against the Giants in Week 2. He still posted nice numbers, with a very accurate (30-for-42) 307 yards and two passing scores. That gives him nine scores through two games, along with a crazy 131.0 passer rating. Manning is a no-duh fantasy start for Oakland and should put up another solid game.

Darren McFadden, RB, Oakland Raiders: After some concern from fantasy owners about his potential production heading into the year, McFadden has shown some early promise through two games. He scored in the opener, then followed that up with a nice line against Jacksonville that included 129 rush yards and 28 more through the air. That said, there’s still some trepidation here, given the fact that Pryor can take potential rush yards himself and leave nothing for McFadden. He’s still a starter this week, though.

Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denver Broncos: Moreno is a trendy waiver pickup this week, following his 107 total yards and two scores against the Giants. He outplayed rookie Montee Ball, and seems to have the backing of Manning and the Broncos coaching staff. Our feeling on the situation is this: as long as Moreno is getting double-digit touches, he’s worthy of a start thanks to the Broncos’ dynamic offense. He’s a smooth flex play this week.

Rod Streater, WR, Oakland Raiders: The Raiders don’t have much of a receiving corps to speak of, but Streater fits the bill for our purposes. He managed 79 total yards in the opener, then followed that up with 42 more in Week 2. Streater isn’t anything more than a low-end WR play or injury backup, so don’t put too much pressure on him. Still, his numbers could improve if the Raiders fall behind on Monday.

Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: After Thomas’ breakout two-touchdown performance in the opener, his 52 yards in New York looked tame. Still, he’s a top-shelf fantasy receiver no matter who you ask, and there’s little doubt you should stick him in your lineup and leave him there all season. Of all the fantasy players out there, he’s one of the ones we’re worried least about.

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