Our newest writer, Phillip Simmons gives you his rundown of the Thursday Night game! Follow him on Twitter @Statsandfactsff!
Chargers 24 Oakland 26
Dang Phil! What were you doing Monday through Wednesday while you were supposed to be preparing for the game this week. I can bet money that there will be another kid on the way 9 months later. Mr. Rivers was not prepared to play as it showed during the whole first half. To his defense, his pass protection was horrid. Maxx Crosby and Cleilen Ferrell was in his face all night and that forced him to throw early. Usually Phillip Rivers is one of the most consistent late round Quarterbacks you can get year after year but after using Bob Lung’s consistency rating, he has 5 good games out of 9 this year and that will not win you leagues this year. After watching this game his age is clearly starting to show. He is relying more on timing patterns and defenses are catching up to his tricks. Speaking of inconsistent, WR Kennan Allen is one receiver in this league i would never target due to his lack of consistency. His 44% Clutch Rating is not a player i would like on my team from week to week. Thursday night for a PPR league salvaged his day with 8 receptions for 68 yards. I’m not saying that he isn’t a good player at all but he may be able to be only started in games where it’s a plus matchup for him. His ADP is too high for a player of that caliber. That goes for Mike Williams as well. The only pass catcher that can be trusted is Hunter Henry.
We all know that Phillip loves his talented TE’s dating back to his old Antonio Gates days. That resulted in a TD to give a good fantasy day in a year where TE’s are few and far between due to productivity. The only thing that kept them in this game was there old friend coming back to normal. Melvin Gordon earned his flash nickname back after Thursday. He was the tin man from the wizard of oz. He just needed some oil so he can shifty again. It also helps that with the change in the coaching staff starting Thursday night there was a chance that Melvin was gonna get the ball a ton. 22 carries for 108 yards and a touchdown looked like old school Melvin after his hold out flopped tremendously. This performance was the best he looked all year and he looks to be an every week start from now on this year. Before this week Austin Ekeler was the bell cow and need i say he looked better than Gordon at times. Now that Gordon is getting the load after the coaching change, Ekeler may be a risky start. If you started him this week you wasn't mad at all due to his receiving touchdown. He does have some flex appeal in PPR leagues because Rivers just loves throwing him the ball a ton on third downs.
Next week the Chargers have the Kansas City Chiefs which seemed to figure some things out on defense. Gas up all the studs. It should be a shootout so Rivers can be started as well as Allen and Henry. Gordon definitely and Ekeler at the flex if you are looking for a flex with TD upside
Knock on wood if you are with me. Hey Mr. Gruden, i'm with you 100% and im bought in on what you are selling. You have brought it back to the old school 1980 West Coast offense that punches the opponent in the mouth. That same intensity seeps over into the defense and that type of attitude will force turnovers on their side of the field. For fantasy Derek Carr hasn't been the best QB to own but for pure NFL purposes he has been great. He has a 67% completion percentage without a real number one receiver. THis game was just another typical dink and dunk type of passing game where there were receptions by 8 different receivers.
Tyrell Williams has been the de facto number one on the team during the year but he was shut down today by the most underrated corner in the league in Casey Hayward. I’m not shocked by that but I was puzzled by Waller not getting the targets i thought he would receive after WIlliams was shut down but the game plan was totally different. After the Raiders got the lead they went smash mouth as well with one of my favorite young backs in the league in Josh Jacobs. He looked strong and explosive all game. He gashed the Chargers defense for 16 carries for 71 yards and had the game winning touchdown to put them up top. As he gets acclimated to the league, he will be more involved in the passing game and he will be a force to be reckoned with. Without the receiving stats in fantasy, he has a 63% Clutch rating this year. Gruden believes in running the rock so it looks like he’s an every week start unless we see otherwise.
Next week the Raiders play the…… Bengals ahahahahaha. Play all the studs with this matchup. Even the D/ST. Carr, Jacobs,Williams, Waller.
Thanks again for reading my recap everyone. Follow me on Twitter @Statsandfactsff. I’m always available for questions or comments