We get our first taste of Thursday Night Football this week with the Raiders facing the Chargers.
Our full projections won’t be ready in time for your lineup decisions, but this preview should help you decide whether you want to play your Chargers/Raiders or not.
First off, be sure to compare what’s in here with the Week 10 player rankings posted earlier. Remember our projections are typically sleeper-heavy. Those rankings, as posted currently, are the safest of the safe.
First, let’s talk injuries.
Ryan Mathews had a full practice on Tuesday. He is likely to play and, unless your lineup is stacked, you’ll want to get him in your lineup. His counterpart in Oakland, Darren McFadden, is less likely to play. Hue Jackson is holding out hope, but I’m not. We have Michael Bush projected for a huge game.
Malcolm Floyd is not likely to start, meaning more for Patrick Crayton, and Vincent Brown. That is, of course, after Vincent Jackson gets his.
In the IDP ranks, Tyvon Branch is always a candidate to have the best DB performance of the week. San Diego’s Eric Weddle is in position to have a big week, but other sites are predicting the other Chargers safety, Steve Gregory, for a bigger game. Chargers linebacker Donald Butler is likely to have a big game.
Some IDP names to watch that you won’t see in the projections below: Oakland’s Aaron Curry, Kamerion Wimbley and Lamarr Houston and San Diego’s Antwan Barnes.
Before we get to the full game projections, I’m going to give it some perspective. Typically you can compare these numbers to the rest of the league, but you won’t have that luxury here.
Here are some guidelines for the big names on the list based on totals from last week’s projections:
- Michael Bush‘s and Vincent Jackson‘s projections would make them top-3 plays at their positions last week.
- Ryan Mathews is a top-10 RB play as is Antonio Gates in the TE ranks, despite a bad matchup.
- Mike Tolbert is a top 15 RB. Denarious Moore and Derrius Heyward-Bey are in the Bermuda Triangle of top-30 receivers where you never know what you’re going to get.
- Both kickers and defense should be in the solid-but-unspectacular top-10 to top-15 range.
- For those of you in pick’em leagues, the formula says the Chargers will win 25.95 to 24.25.
2011 fantasy football Week 10: Chargers vs. Raiders projections
|OAK vs. SD|
|WRs and TEs||Pts||TM||OPP||REC||TAR||yds||TD||Att||Yds||TD||FUM|
|Tyvon Branch, DB||14.3||OAK||SD||6.6||0.0||0.7||0.2||0.0|
|Donald Butler, LB||12.9||SD||OAK||5.7||0.1||0.4||0.2||0.1|
|Eric Weddle, S||12.9||SD||OAK||4.6||0.0||2.5||0.8||0.0|
|Takeo Spikes, LB||12.4||SD||OAK||5.8||0.1||0.8||0.0||0.0|
|R. McClain, LB||10.9||OAK||SD||4.5||0.1||2.8||0.0||0.0|