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Week 1 Monday Night Preview

Monday Night Preview: Baltimore Ravens @ Las Vegas Raiders

Vegas Lines:

Bal -4, O/U 50.5

*Rankings below are the FantasyHolic’s staff expert weekly ranks


-Lamar Jackson (QB #2)- LJax has a lot on his shoulders these days. His RB room has completely collapsed with injuries and his WR room isn’t much better, although their bruises are more short term. Still, in the grand scheme of things I expect our guy to throw and run all over a porous Raiders D, making him an easy bet for 20+ fantasy points.

-Derek Carr (Outside Top 20)- Carr is far from elite, and so is his surrounding cast. As far as a real life QB he’s probably underrated or at least under appreciated, but for fantasy in a tough matchup it’s hard to trust. Feel free to fire him up as a cheap/free add in upcoming shootouts against the Chiefs and Chargers, though.

Running Backs:

-Josh Jacobs (RB #21)- It’s a tough matchup but he’s pretty unbenchable until proven not to be. 12 TDs in only 15 games in 2020. Not many backs will get the touches that Jacobs is going to be force fed.

-Kenyan Drake (RB #39)- Drake has been productive in a lead role but now joins a new team as the clear backup. We wouldn’t flex him unless the smoke about him becoming an RB/WR hybrid actually unfolds. For now he belongs on the bench. .

-Ty’son Williams (outside our top 40)- Williams is an unknown and because the rankings were done early in the week Gus Edwards was the ranked back (RB #20). In this soft matchup he’s a back end RB2 or strong flex option as then only healthy back that’s been with the team all offseason. May take a hit as the other signees get more practice time and familiar with the playbook but for now fire him up with comfort.

-Le’Veon Bell, Devonta Freeman, Latavius Murray (all outside our top 40)- They’re all so new and hard to trust right now. For this game I like Bell the most but the newest newcomer Murray probably has the best long term outlook for 2021. Freeman seems to have the least juice left and overall talent.

Wide Receivers:

-Henry Ruggs III (outside our top 40)- This is a very rare matchup that contains no top 40 ranked WRs for the week. Out of all Raiders Ruggs has the most upside. Despite only 1 career 100 yard game he possesses elite speed and when (not if) he surpasses his career highs in catches (3) and targets (5) in a game he will have some surprise WR1/2 performances. When they will he is going to be very hard to predict. For now he’s a high ceiling WR4.

-Bryan Edwards (outside our top 40)- Alpha receiver traits on a team in need of a player like him. Great combo of size/speed/college production. Recent injuries to the Ravens secondary makes him more interesting. Not a bad WR4/5 opportunity.

-Hunter Renfrow (outside our top 40)- Out of the Raiders group he has the highest PPR floor and lowest ceiling. Had 5+ targets in half of his games last year but just 1 game over 75 yards. You could do worse.

-Marquise Brown (outside our top 40)- Has already been battling injuries but ended the year on a hot streak (6 TDs in the last 6 games). Likely to spend the year as a borderline WR3/4 that will drive you crazy trying to sit or start, but this is a good matchup to take a chance on.

-Sammy Watkins (outside our top 40)- Watkins has had one of the most bizarre careers in recent memory. At the moment he has a very nice opportunity starting and being featured with 1st round rookie Bateman on short term IR. He’s knows to have a fast start to the season so don’t be afraid to take a stab at him.

Tight Ends:

-Darren Waller (TE #2)- One of my favorite picks this year is this Alpha receiver that’s labeled as a TE. I expect him to pick right back up to his historic pace from 2020 as the #1 option for Carr.

-Mark Andrews (TE #5)- Also the default top option on his team. Should have no problem with production going against one of the worst secondaries in the league. Huge seasons ahead for both of these monster playmakers.


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