NFL DFS Showdown – Week 10 (Thursday) – LAC v OAK
We may finally have a compelling game on Thursday night when the Chargers clash with the Raiders in a divisional matchup. The Vegas line is tight, and the total is approaching 50 for this matchup which should finally allow us to stop making D/ST and kickers a big part of our DraftKings Showdown lineup construction.
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Note: DVOA referenced in this article stands for Defense-adjusted Value Over Average which is a metric from FootballOutsiders.com.
Los Angeles Chargers @ Oakland Raiders
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- Philip Rivers – Rivers hasn’t exactly shown a high floor this season but a matchup with the Raiders 29th ranked DVOA pass defense should provide one on Thursday night. In a potential high-scoring back-and-forth matchup, I want to lock in a QB in the King slot.
- Josh Jacobs – The best way to attack the Chargers defense is on the ground which plays right into the Raiders gameplan which calls for Jacobs to grind it out on the ground for 20+ carries a week. The Chargers run defense ranks 25th DVOA and has allowed 114 rushing yards (25th) and 0.8 TDs (19th) to RBs over the last five weeks.
- Keenan Allen – Allen’s production has been disappointing from a fantasy perspective as he hasn’t scored since Week 3 and has been held to four or fewer receptions in four of the last five games. However, he has the best matchup this week among the Chargers WRs working out of the slot and you know he has double-digit catchup upside to pile up the PPR digits.
- Chargers RBs – Two is better than one. Instead of trying to decide between the two Chargers’ backs and kicking myself that I didn’t use the other one, why not just roster both in Cash games and not worry about it. They are both plenty involved in the offense every week with their running, pass-catching abilities, and red-zone involvement.
The Air Yards enthusiasts have been preaching for weeks that the big game for Mike Williams is coming. While there continue to be signs of a breakout, this could finally be the matchup that allows it to become a reality as the Raiders have allowed a league-high 199 receiving yards to WRs this season and rank 31st in yards per receptions (15.7). Of course, pair him with his QB (Rivers) and then throw in another Chargers’ receiving option with either Allen or Hunter Henry. Bring it back on the Raiders side with their passing game including Derek Carr and Darren Waller, then round it out with a cheap dart throw of your choice.
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