Note: The opinions expressed here are my takes on the Oakland Raiders' key players during the 2012 fantasy football season. As always, use your best judgment and conduct your own research on who to start or bench each week. You know your individual team and/or league situation better than anyone else. All statistics and point totals are based on Yahoo! Sports Fantasy Football standard scoring system.
Carson Palmer, QB
Palmer finished Week 4 on a rough note earning just 8.08 fantasy points in a loss to the Denver Broncos. This week, coming off a bye, he faces an Atlanta Falcons' defense that has given up an average of 16.30 fantasy points per game to quarterbacks this season. Palmer has a tough matchup against a strong Falcons' defense but has the benefit of rest coming off a bye week. Regardless, his fantasy numbers don't look to be all that impressive this week. Expect around 13.00 fantasy points on the week.
Darren McFadden, RB
Like Palmer, McFadden suffered from an awful week scoring just 3.80 fantasy points against the Broncos. This week he faces a Falcons' defense that has allowed an average of 19.50 fantasy points per game to running backs this season. Despite his inconsistency this season, McFadden should rebound from his second mediocre game in four weeks. Look for around 11.00 fantasy points this week.
Darrius Heyward-Bey, WR
Heyward-Bey was at practice on Monday, October 8 giving owners confidence he will return to action against the Falcons this Sunday. He faces a Falcons' defense that has given up an average of 16.68 fantasy points per game to wide receivers this season so expect his production to be in his typical 6.00 fantasy point range.
Denarius Moore, WR
Moore finished Week 4 earning 7.10 fantasy points against the Broncos. This week he shares the moderately difficult matchup against Atlanta with Heyward-Bey. Moore is Palmer's top offensive target, but from a fantasy perspective he is no better than a high No. 3 receiver to play in favorable matchups. Expect around 8.00 fantasy points this week.
Oakland is by far the worst fantasy team defense in the NFL having scored 0.00 fantasy points this season when factoring in negative fantasy point games. Against a strong Atlanta offense this week, Oakland should not even be a consideration.
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