Denver Broncos at Oakland Raiders Matchup Preview 9/8/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Betting Picks, Daily Fantasy

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Week 1 is going to be capped off with the usual MNF doubleheader. Out in Oakland is the second game, as it is a divisional rivalry to end the week. Both teams are at a distance in terms of competing for the division, but will be competitive teams. Both of these games were close last season, and they split the season series. Oakland took care of business at home with a 27-14 win, and lost on the road 20-19. There have been more headlines out of Oakland for off the field issues, while in Denver it has been about the team’s playmakers trying to get healthy. Denver will try and showcase their offense against a projected bottom five defense, while Oakland will¬† For odds line movement, and full matchup history, see the Denver Broncos vs. Oakland Raiders Matchup Page.

TV Schedule

Date: Monday, September 9th, 2019
Time: 10:20 ET
Location: Oakland Coliseum (Oakland, CA)
Coverage: ESPN

Injury Report

Denver Broncos: Todd Davis (Q)
Oakland Raiders: Maxx Crosby (Q)

Denver Broncos Analysis

Denver BroncosDenver is coming off a 6-10 season, and are trying to find an identity on the offensive side for the future. That is going to start with Joe Flacco, who came in this offseason via trade. The passing attack has been down the last few seasons, as the Broncos have gone through a few different names under center. Flacco didn’t give much in Baltimore, and doesn’t head to a team with a real upgrade in pass-catchers either. Denver should continue to rely on the ground game, with the duo of Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman. Lindsay is coming off offseason wrist surgery, and the Broncos do expect Freeman to cut into his workload a bit. For those looking at this in a fantasy sense, a split workload seems likely this season.

Emmanuel Sanders is coming off offseason Achilles surgery, and has flashed some old form in camp and preseason. He will jump back into this offense as a primary threat, but we are looking at Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton as names who need to step up as well. Denver drafted Noah Fant, who will make his NFL debut. However, Jeff Heuerman is listed as TE1 on the depth chart. This offensive unit will have a great matchup to try and get things going. Oakland was one of the worst defenses last season, ranking dead last in opposing points allowed per game (29.2). This will be a pretty telling game for the Denver offense if they struggle, despite it being Week 1 and on the road.

Denver Broncos Depth Chart

QB: Joe Flacco
RB1: Phillip Lindsay
RB2: Royce Freeman
WR1: Emmanuel Sanders
WR2: Courtland Sutton
WR3: DaeSean Hamilton
TE: Jeff Heuerman

Oakland Raiders Analysis

Oakland RaidersOakland invested a lot into their offense this offseason, starting with the receiving core. Trading and signing Antonio Brown has been a headache for most of the offseason. He was threatening to holdout because of the new helmet rules, but this might have been a ploy for a new marketing deal he received. He also dealt with an odd foot injury, but is not listed on the injury report heading into Week 1. Outside of Brown, the Raiders signed Tyrell Williams, who was a solid secondary wideout with the Los Angeles Chargers, and drafted Hunter Renfrow. They expect him to be a slot wide receiver who can be a check down option for Derek Carr. Williams stretched the field last season, and should see healthy targets with Oakland. Tight end, Darren Waller, was a deep sleeper in drafts, as the athletic tight end has the position to himself this season.

Another investment on the offensive side was Josh Jacobs, taking him late in the first round. The Raiders look to have their workhorse back in place, which downgrades Jalen Richard’s role from last season. Jacobs is a solid back who works well in the passing game, and also has been praised for his ability to pass block. This is ultimately what leads to three-down backs. Denver was a middle of the road rush defense last season, and also ranked 18th against pass-catching backs. It is not the worst debut matchup for Jacobs to get going, especially given the game projects to be close.

Oakland Raiders Depth Chart

QB: Derek Carr
RB1: Josh Jacobs
RB2: Jalen Richard
WR1: Antonio Brown
WR2: Tyrell Williams
WR3: Hunter Renfrow
TE: Darren Waller

Betting Pick: Broncos -1

This game opened up with the Broncos at +2.5, and they now are one point favorites on the road against Oakland. Essentially this is a pick’em game, and the over/under is at 43.5. Typically these games haven’t been high scoring given the offenses have been rather lackluster over the last few seasons. The Raiders have added some more offensive weapons. This game projects to be close, and it should be a one possession game late in the fourth. However, these teams were fairly unreliable on the betting side last season. Given the wide range of outcomes for the offenses, this could swing either way. The Lineups Bet Predictor has heavily in favor of the Broncos taking care of business on the road.

Daily Fantasy: Denver In A Plus Matchup

You will see a lot of green in the matchup columns for the Broncos tonight. The Raiders added some defensive talent through the draft, but still project to be a rather poor defense. They ranked 32nd against the pass last season, and 22nd against the run. Oakland allowed 118 rushing yards per game, and 0.8 rushing touchdowns per game. However, because of the split workload, the upside is a bit capped for both. I would put Lindsay over Freeman slightly ranking the two, but both are behind Josh Jacobs. He should see about 18-20 touches this week, and projects well against Denver. The Broncos allowed 110 rushing yards per game, and 4.8 receptions per game to opposing backs. Running backs averaged 25.3 points per game against Denver last season, which was 18th in the league.

The passing game on both sides rank inside the bottom ten, but Oakland has more potential for upside given the volume a guy like Antonio Brown will have. His floor is fairly solid, and he should be fed his normal rate for targets. Denver ranked 11th against WR1s last season, and still have a solid secondary. Tyrell Williams is interesting, where the Broncos ranked 17th against WR2s. If you want to take a flyer on Waller, Denver allowed the seventh most receiving yards to opposing tight ends. Courtland Sutton and Emmanuel Sanders both are in favorable spots against a bad Oakland secondary.

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