The Oakland Raiders may have beat the Indianapolis Colts this past weekend, but took a major postseason hit after quarterback Derek Carr broke his fibula, ending his season. Now, Matt McGloin steps in to lead the Raiders when they go to Denver. It is hard to say what kind of competition the Broncos will bring to this game since there is no way for them to make the playoffs.
The Denver Broncos could go with Trevor Siemian or Paxton Lynch at quarterback, but there shouldn’t be much of a quarterback advantage with McGloin now starting. In a game where the Oakland Raiders can lock up the number two seed, a first round bye, and home field advantage for at least one week, expect the Raiders to be laser focused and for the Broncos to try and prevent the Raiders from being the two seed.
Let’s take a look at who to start and who to sit for the Oakland Raiders as they go on the road to face the Denver Broncos in Week 17.
Who to Start
Points will be hard to find in this highly physical, defensive battle. With the Raiders still hurting, look for Latavius Murray to lighten the mood and attack a disappointed Broncos defense who have gotten no help from their offense this season. Murray will try and run his team to a 13-3 record with an unproven quarterback playing in the biggest game of his life.
Who to Sit
Michael Crabtree/Amari Cooper
In the biggest week of Fantasy Football, don’t go with the wide receivers that have Matt McGloin throwing them the ball. There are too many options, especially now with non-contender teams giving players a shot to show what they can do for next year. Even though this is a huge, almost must win for the Oakland Raiders, Amari Cooper and Michael Crabtree have struggled most of the year, Fantasy wise, and that was with MVP candidate Derek Carr, not McGloin. Pick up a hot waiver wire player instead.
Under the Radar
In a game that will most likely be low-scoring, expect Janikowski to save the day and end drives with at least three points. Matt McGloin will try and extend the field and get first downs, but with it being the first game for him this season, Janikowski could be a safe bet in Week 17, possibly getting opportunities that will equal a quarterback’s total points.
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