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The Fantasy Life: Week 9 Thursday start/sit

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Some players are must starts (Aaron Rodgers, Alvin Kamara, and Rob Gronkowski, to name a few), but here we work to give you value and over-performers, depending on what type of fantasy format you are playing. At this point we are breaking up start/sit for Thursday and Sunday/Monday games. We apologize to those who must have complete lineups in by Thursday’s game.

Matt Phillips is a multiple fantasy football champion, and co-host of the podcast “Pigskin Dynasty: Your Podcast for All Things Fantasy Football”. You can find him on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, Podbean, and other podcast mediums. He also has live episodes on Facebook every Sunday morning at 9:00 am EST.

Bay area battle! Gruden growling for all to see! All the history of two great...

Once again I’m fighting to care. That said, you should have some quality options from tonight’s game especially with the likes of Barkley, Wentz, Luck, and Dalton on a bye.

Biggest margin of victory from tonight’s game?


QB Derek Carr, Raiders

He only threw for multiple passing touchdowns twice this season, but I feel he is in line for a nice productive game against a a very soft defense. San Francisco ranks 27th in the league against opposing quarterbacks, and this match up looks like Carr’s efficiency will show on the fantasy stat sheet. I’m adding an additional touchdown to Matt’s projection.

Projection: 265 yards passing, 3 touchdowns, and 1 interception

RB, Jalen Richard, Raiders

This man catches balls! I was right about him last week and I will start him again this week. He is the pass catching back of this offense and arguably the number 2 receiver behind Cooks. He caught 8 balls for 50 yards and his by some chance the 49ers get ahead he should catch more. He’s not a strong start but if you need a flex fill he’s a nice option.

Projection: 7 catches for 54 yards and 3 carries for 10 yards

RB Doug Martin, Raiders

Yes...I’m giving you both Raiders as potential options.

Martin kinda broke out last week racking up 89 total yards. While Richard is the pass catching back, Martin is the back they use between the tackles. Gruden also said he is ready to be the feature back so this could be he game he explodes. We may be low balling Martin’s production so if you have to pick between Richard and Martin I’d go with Martin.

Projection: 95 total yards and 1 rushing touchdown

RB Matt Breida, 49ers

Tonight they ride Breida.

The Oakland Raiders gave up 200 rushing yards and a touchdown last week to the Colts. So it is safe to say the are very bad against the run. Matt is the better running back on the 49ers as he out touched the rest 16-10. I think he goes off this week. Over one hundred total yards and a touchdown for sure.

Projection: 91 rushing yards with 1 touchdown and 3 receptions for 12 yards on 18 touches

WR Jordy Nelson, Raiders

I was seriously considering sitting every wide receiver this game, but I couldn’t do that. I’m going out on a limb here and starting Jordy Nelson. He is a WR1 one with Amari Cooper gone and should see plenty of targets. I am concerned with Cook and Richard taking targets away but I’m thinking he scores this week.

Projection: 5 receptions for 61 yards and 1 touchdown

TE Jared Cook, Raiders

He has been Carr’s number one guy. I was right on him last week and I am going to be right again this week. He is the go to guy and I expect another touchdown here.

Projection: 7 receptions for 85 yards and 1 touchdown

TE Goerge Kittle, 49ers

Your best receiving options are both tight ends.

He is been the lone bright spot on this passing offense. If they are going to move the ball they have to go through Kittle. He has been averaging 5 receptions over the last 6 games and I believe he gets that and then some. Unfortunately with C. J. not starting you may not see a touchdown.

Projection: 8 receptions for 75 yards

Raiders Defense

The 49ers are starting Nick Mullens at QB.

Projection: 10 points allowed, 3 turnovers, and 6 sacks

K Daniel Carlson, Raiders

I believe the Raiders will move the ball quite often giving Carlson plenty of chances to kick. The downer is there may not be many field goal attempts so consider him a borderline start.

Projection: 1 for 1 on field goals and 4 for 4 on extra points


Well, I was going to tell you to sit C. J. Beathard, but with the 49ers going with Nick Mullens (and the world said “who”) everything is obvious.

RB Alfred Morris, 49ers

Hear me clearly. San Francisco will not rotate their backfield.

Morris has practically vanished from this backfield. He lost the number two running back job to Mostert and only logged 6 carries for 28 yards last week. Despite having only seven fewer touches than Morris, he is not worth even a bench stash let alone staring him

Projection: 21 yards rushing on 5 attempts

WR Marquise Goodwin, 49ers

I drafted Goodwin late with the hope that he would pair will with Jimmy G. So that worked out well.

He has been boom and bust. I don’t like that risk with my receivers. I don’t want to have to resort to long touchdown receptions to get points. He is also going cup against a Raiders defense who haven’t allowed a single wide receiver to go over 100 yards. I’ll fade on him this week.

Projection: 4 receptions for 65 yards

WR Dante Pettis, 49ers

I love his upside for the future, but he’s just coming off injury and he’s been a non-factor in the offense I firmly believe this offense is going to be all about running the ball and throwing to the tight end.

Projection: 3 receptions for 35 yards

WR Seth Roberts, Raiders

You would think his role would expand with Cooper heading to Dallas? Well that was wrong. He did get into the end zone last week but I’m not trusting him. Fade him this week until proven otherwise.

Projection: 2 receptions for 19 yards

K Robbie Gould, 49ers

Initially this was going to be a start, but with the mess at quarterback I really don’t see the 49ers doing much scoring.

Projection: 1 for 1 on field goals and 1 for 1 extra points

San Francisco Defense

You almost don’t know what to expect from the Raiders. They can score points, and then just vanish. I expect Carr and company to score some points tonight, leaving the 49ers defense being a dud.

Projection: 31 points allowed, 1 turnover, 2 sacks