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Raiders vs Broncos fantasy football advice: Expect Oakland’s (Derek) Carr to stall again After an impressive first half against the Los Angeles Rams Womens Antonio Brown Jersey , it looked like many of the Oakland Raiders players were a smart fantasy play. Hell, maybe Oakland could have limited Todd Gurley and Jared Goff. However, that was not the case and, like I predicted, Goff and Gurley put up monster fantasy days. On the Raiders side, Amari Cooper was shockingly non-existent and Carr was poor putting up great first-half numbers but an abysmal second half. I had one major omission in Jared Cook who had a jaw-dropping Week 1 with 180 yards receiving. In this week’s fantasy football edition, Cook will be mentioned as Oakland travels to face Von Miller and the Broncos. Must StartTE Jared Cook As everyone could have predicted, Cook is the NFL’s leading receiver after one week of football. I am not entirely sure if the game against Los Angeles was one major fluke or that Jon Gruden believes the offense didn’t feature Cook enough in 2017. Regardless, Cook put on such an impressive display it is tough to sit back and have him ride the bench unless your team has an elite tight end already like Rob Gronkowski. Denver let tight end Will Dissly get loose multiple times on Sunday en route to 105 yards and a touchdown. There is not a lot of information to go off of, but seeing the Broncos get gashed at the position and Cook’s 180 yard performance against the Rams, Cook has earned a start in Week 2. WR Amari CooperOne catch for nine yards. Cooper was horrible (if you could find him) the entire night and Derek Carr didn’t seem interested in looking his way either. I don’t think anyone truly gets what is going on with Cooper. He has the talent to average 100 yards a night but he can’t be found for games at a time. Nonetheless, Gruden knows what he is doing (at least coaching wise) to figure out a way to get Cooper the ball. The offense needs to get Cooper going or it will be a very shaky year.Honestly, the matchup against Denver isn’t even a good one since Carr has never looked comfortable against them. But Cooper will get it going. Be patient, keep starting Cooper and it will pay off. This much talent can’t lay dormant for too long. And when his bottled up talent is finally released, it will be a monster explosion. Broncos WRs: Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders Case Keenum might have a solid day against the Oakland defense, but there is no possible way anyone is starting Keenum as he just can’t crack the top 12 on any week regardless of the matchup. While Demaryius Thomas (66 yards per game, 2 TDs) and Emmanuel Sanders (46 ypg, 4 TDs) have not faired well against the Raiders, they should be nice beneficiaries of a poor Oakland pass rush on Sunday. Against Seattle, Thomas tallied 6 receptions for 63 yards and one touchdown and Sanders hauled in 10 catches for 135 yards and a score. Let’s just say I have more trust in the Seahawks defense to shut an offense down than Oakland without Khalil Mack. Proceed with CautionBroncos RBs: Phillip Lindsay, Royce FreemanI do think the Broncos are going run the football well, but they have a committee on their hands. Against Seattle, Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman had 15 carries each for 71 yards. Great production, but if both backs are evenly splitting carries it is not a safe bet that one of them will have a big fantasy day as it purely depends on who will get the goal-line carries and score a touchdown. The run game as a whole would be a must smart, if you could, but since no running back looks to be getting an advantage in the carry department it is tough to pick one to be a must start. BenchQB Derek CarrDerek Carr looks scared, inaccurate and just bad. He consistently made bone-head errors and let the game clock run down all while being at home on opening night. Everything Carr did wrong on Monday will only be exponentially more difficult to fix considering Denver’s hostile environment and the new Broncos’ pass rush that showcases Miller, Shane Ray and Bradley Chubb. The unit had six sacks against the Seahawks and the mobile Russell Wilson. When the pressure comes, and it will, this new Carr will get antsy and throw it away immediately or throw a poor pass that the Denver secondary will be eying to intercept. If you are looking for positives, the offensive line did play exceptionally well against the Rams and I’m sure they will too against the Broncos but Carr is currently feeling pressure that isn’t there. RB Marshawn Lynch锘縐nder Gruden, many might have thought he would take the game back to 1965 and run the football every single play. But on Monday night, Carr threw the ball 40 times (24 in first half) while the Raiders ran the football just 23 times with only 11 carries going to Marshawn Lynch. Denver won’t be expected to put up as many points like Los Angeles, so Gruden could be more inclined to run the football but Monday showed Gruden is going to live and die by Carr forcing Lynch to get limited carries. When it comes to these international trips, there are two schools of thought. Either you rip the band aid off, fly in Antonio Brown Jersey White , keep keep your bodily clock the same, play the game and fly out or you go over early and spend a week acclimating to the time change. Last year the Raiders tried the former and played a terrible game. This year they’re trying the latter, hoping for better results.“I learned a valuable lesson that we need a little bit more time to get acclimated,” said Gruden. “It was my first time last year coming to London and playing football. I’m used to playing home games at home, so I made a mistake and I’m trying to correct it this year and hopefully it shows on the field.”Last year may have been Gruden’s first time playing in London, but it wasn’t the Raiders’ first time. They came over in 2014 as well. That time they stayed the week and the results were pretty similar in a loss to the Dolphins. That was Carr’s rookie season, so he’s on his third trip to London, having been experienced both the week prep trip and the quick trip experiences.“I definitely feel better, that’s for sure,” said Carr. “My body feels better, I know our team feels better. Having that day off when you first get here and then having another day off after that to rest and get right and eat, get your metabolism going back the right way and things like that. As a family man I hate it, if I’m going to be honest, but as a quarterback I love it. So, I think coming the whole week is a good move.”Not only was that Carr’s fourth game as a pro, he was hurt in the game as well, so the first time wasn’t ideal for him either. The loss put the team at 0-4, Dennis Allen was fired as head coach immediately after, and the team would go on to lose six more after that under interim head coach Tony Sporano before getting their first win of the season. Last year the Raiders arrived the Friday before and had to play a game less than two days removed from a 14-hour plane flight and their bodily clocks out of whack from the extreme time change.Last year the Raiders loss to the Seahawks in London dropped them to 1-5 on the season and they would lose three more before getting their second win of the season and would finish 4-12. One could argue the losses in London in the previous seasons had a lot more to do with the quality of the product on the field than any sort of bodily clock issues. But Gruden isn’t taking any chances. He’s tried one and it didn’t work, so he’s trying the other.“We have a great trainer here, A.J Neibel and his staff, we have a great nutritionist, great trainers, Rod Martin’s been around a long time, so we just take their advice,” Gruden said of acclimating the team. “We came here and we tried to keep the players active until the early part of the evening. We did everything that we were advised to do. Last year when we came they did what I advised them to do and you see it didn’t work out. So, now we’re actually listening to people that know what they’re doing and hopefully it helps our performance.”Gruden has been accused of being insane, but at least in some cases he doesn’t do the same thing over and over expecting different results.  in London, which they are already saying has a training camp feel to it. Most importantly, they were allowed a couple days to get the bearings and get some rest, much more like a typical game week.“The biggest thing is making sure you get on the proper sleep pattern,” said Tahir Whitehead. “At the end of the day you can’t beat sleep, that gives your body the opportunity to recharge. That was really the only thing I did.”Again, it’s hard to say how much it will affect their game on Sunday, but it certainly can’t hurt. They will need to be at their best physically to match up with the Bears for a full 60 minutes.Follow @LeviDamien


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