Los Angeles Chargers at Oakland Raiders Matchup Preview 11/7/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy

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Both of these middling AFC West teams have an important Thursday night matchup. The Raiders have a record of 4-4 and the Chargers have a record of 4-5. They are not far behind the 6-3, and a divisional win here for either team could greatly improve their playoff chances. The spread for this game is 1.5 points in favor of the Chargers. Though the Chargers have a worse record, the have one their last two games against the Chicago Bears and Green Bay Packers. Thye are extremely hot and provide the Raiders with a difficult matchup in Oakland. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Los Angeles Chargers and Oakland Raiders matchup page.

TV Schedule

Date: Thursday, November 7th, 2019
Time: 8:20 ET
Location: Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum – Oakland, CA
Coverage: FOX, NFL Network

Injury Report

Los Angeles Chargers: DT Brandon Mebane (Q) – Knee, DT Justin Jones (Q) – Shoulder, RB Justin Jackson (Q) – Calf, CB Roderic Teamer (Q) – Groin, LB Denzel Perryman (Q) – Knee, DT Cotez Broughton (Q) – Illness, WR Geremy Davis (Q) – Hamstring, T Sam Tevi (Q) – Knee
Oakland Raiders: DE Arden Key (O) – Foot, RB Josh Jacobs (Q) – Shoulder, CB Daryl Worley (Q) – Ankle, WR Dwayne Harris (Q) – Foot, T Andre James (Q) – Ankle, S Erik Harris (Q) – Illness, C Rodney Hudson (Q) – Ankle, DE Josh Mauro (Q) – Groin, DT Johnathan Hankins (Q) – Foot, LB Nicholas Morrow (Q) – Groin, T Trent Brown (Q) – Knee

Los Angeles Chargers Analysis

Los Angeles ChargersAfter a shaky start to the season, the Chargers appear to be at peak form. Their offense appears to be in good shape and should do well against the Raiders’ 29th ranked pass defense. Last week, the Raiders allowed 100+ yards and 1 touchdown to both Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones. The week before that, they allowed 11 receptions and 109 receiving yards to DeAndre Hopkins. This should mean that the Chargers receivers should do well this week. As the Chargers top receivers, Keenan Allen and Mike Williams should get a lot of targets. Of the two receivers, Keenan Allen is the better option. Though his production has slowed in the past few weeks, he did have 10 targets in week 8 against the Bears. Mike Williams has not been as productive as Allen. Last week, he had his first 100+ yard receiving game, but only had 3 receptions. This is not very promising from a fantasy football perspective because it shows that Williams is not as involved in the offense as Allen is. However, they both should be good to start against the team that has allowed the most fantasy points to receivers.

Also, tight end Hunter Henry should do well. He has had 5+ targets in every game he has played and is averaging 77.6 receiving yards per game. Those are great numbers for a tight end, and he should do very well against the Raiders who rank 26th in fantasy points allowed to tight ends. The passing game should be solid, but I would not trust the Chargers running backs for this game. The Raiders rank 10th in fantasy points allowed to running backs, and Melvin Gordon and Austin Ekeler are splitting carries.

Los Angeles Chargers Depth Chart

QB: Philip Rivers
RB1: Melvin Gordon
RB2: Austin Ekeler
WR1: Keenan Allen
WR2: Mike Williams
WR3: Geremy Davis
TE: Hunter Henry

Oakland Raiders Analysis

Oakland RaidersJosh Jacobs should have a huge performance against the Chargers. He has had 120+ rushing yards in three of his last four games and is facing a Chargers defense that ranks 22nd in fantasy points allowed to running backs. Also, the Chargers allowed a huge rushing performance to David Montgomery in week 8, allowing him to run for 135 yards and 1 touchdown. All of these factors should mean a great game for Jacobs.

The receiving corps for the Raiders has been interesting recently. Tyrell Williams was the clear WR1 for the Raiders to start the season. He has caught a touchdown pass in every game he has played except for the last game. While he is still a solid option to start against the Chargers, it is interesting to note that he does not lead his team in snaps. In fact, newly acquired Zay jones played more snaps than Williams–Jones played 92% of snaps while Williams played 82% of snaps. Though Jones did not have a great game last week, this is important to note because he is a free agent in most fantasy leagues. If he sees a similar snap count in the coming weeks, he could have some monster games, so he is worth keeping an eye on.

Oakland Raiders Depth Chart

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

Daily Fantasy: Offensive Explosion

Hunter Henry (DK: $5,500, FD: $7,000) is my favorite player for this game. He had targets last game and is heavily involved in the Chargers offense. Also, he has a great matchup this week and is not extremely expensive on DraftKings. Also, Keenan Allen (DK: $6,100, FD: $6,900) and Mike Williams (DK: $4,500, FD: $6,000) should have great games against the Raiders 29th ranked pass defense. They both have very low salaries and could do extremely well this week. I also like Josh Jacobs (DK: $5,700, FD: $7,700) for this game. He has been extremely hot and the Chargers rank 22nd in fantasy points allowed to running backs.

Rohil Bajaj is a student at the University of California–Santa Barbara and is from Maryland. He is a devoted Washington Redskins fan and has a passion for fantasy football. As a statistics major, Rohil enjoys using data and analytics to gain an edge in his won fantasy football leagues.

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