By Chad Bellin. The Oakland Raiders kept the Raider Nation bandwagon overflowing with an epic 38-24 comeback victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday in Oakland. Metaphors aside, the Raiders have left no doubt they are a contender for the AFC championship this season. With the loss, the Bills slide to 6-6 and may have to win out to have a chance at the playoffs. The Raiders’ 10-2 mark keeps them in contention for home field advantage as stars continue to be made on the field.
As the Raiders scored the last 28 points of the game, fantasy football games were likely won or lost. Here’s some thoughts from the game. (Box Score)
Although he’s faced competition from Jalen Richard regularly, Latavius Murray has held his own this season. On Sunday, he was great. With 82 yards rushing, another 23 receiving, and 2 rushing touchdowns, Murray’s 22-plus point performance was a perfect gift for fantasy football team owners. Murray will continue to be an option as the fantasy playoffs wind down.
- LeSean McCoy had over 19 fantasy points of his own, and did well for PPR owners with 7 receptions for 61 yards. But McCoy failed to find the end zone, as touchdown burglar Mike Gillislee was given the short yardage work and scored twice. While Gillislee hurt McCoy’s value in this game, McCoy remains a top fantasy option, and may well find the end zone on his own in the coming weeks.
- The Bills’ receiving corps is a mess, and should be avoided where possible in all fantasy leagues. Sammy Watkins had 3 catches for 38 yards, and that was the highlight of the day. Robert Woods missed the game. When you have to talk about Marquise Goodwin, it’s time to move on. If any of these names means anything to you in your fantasy football playoff run, good luck and Godspeed.
- The Raiders’ receivers, however, delivered for fantasy football team owners on Sunday. Amari Cooper had an awesome 37-yard touchdown reception in the fourth quarter as the Raiders were pulling away. Michael Crabtree had a short touchdown reception earlier in the game. These are the names to own in all fantasy formats.
- Derek Carr had another solid outing with 260 yards passing and the 2 touchdowns mentioned above. Carr can definitely be a QB1 in all fantasy football leagues, and has earned your trust and weekly starting consideration. Tyrod Taylor was terrorized by Khalil Mack all afternoon, but still managed a rushing touchdown. His 191 yards will not help you win fantasy football championships, however.