Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!

Lost password? [X]

Receive free daily analysis:

NFL    NBA    MLB

Already have an account? Log in here.

[X]

Forgot Password


[X]

Thursday Night Football Matchups Analysis - Week 9


Deshaun Watson is BACK! Although the Houston Texans quarterback didn't exactly accomplish much on the ground, Watson managed to throw for five touchdowns in what was easily the highest number of passing scores he has had in a game this season.

Unfortunately, the Texans didn't escape the game unscathed, as wide receiver Will Fuller tore his ACL and will miss the remainder of 2018. Looking to the Miami Dolphins, Kenyan Drake (14 touches, 95 total yards, two touchdowns) and Devante Parker (six receptions, 134 yards) both turned in solid outings for fantasy owners in need.

NFL fans are desperately craving a highly-contested football game on a Thursday night. After watching two blowouts, is it possible that the Oakland Raiders and San Francisco 49ers will buck the trend and put up plenty of fantasy points? Let's dive into Thursday Night Football Analysis for Week 9!

Editor's Note: Get any full-season NFL Premium Pass for 50% off. Our exclusive In-Season Lineup Tools, Lineup Optimizer and over 150 days of Premium DFS Research. Sign Up Now!

 

Oakland Raiders @ San Francisco 49ers

Date and Start Time: Thursday, November 1 at 8:20 PM ET

Notable Injuries and Status:

 

Offensive and Defensive Rankings:

Raiders 49ers
Passing Yards 11th 25th
Rushing Yards 26th 6th
Pass Defense 22nd 21st
Rush Defense 32nd 13th

 

Must Starts

Top Performers That Have To Be In Your Lineup

Jared Cook (TE, OAK)

Jared Cook followed up the departure of wide receiver Amari Cooper with a four catch, 74-yard day that included a 25-yard touchdown reception in Week 8. Given how he leads all tight ends in targets inside of the 10-yard line and the San Francisco 49ers have proven to be susceptible to top-12 tight ends this season, it is easy to list Cook as the only true must-start for Thursday night.

 

Consider Sitting

Players To Avoid Putting In Your Lineup If Possible

Jordy NelsonMartavis Bryant (WRs, OAK)

The position group that was supposed to benefit the most from the absence of wide receiver Amari Cooper ended up not making much of a noticeable impact against a vulnerable Indianapolis Colts secondary last week. Jordy Nelson, Seth Roberts, and Brandon LaFell all received four targets, while Martavis Bryant dropped a goose egg for fantasy owners. Despite the nice matchup against a 21st ranked San Francisco 49ers passing defense, no Oakland wideout should be relied upon in this game.

Nick Mullens (QB, SF)

On a short week to recover from his wrist injury, starting quarterback C.J. Beathard has ended up on the wrong side of questionable and won't be playing on Thursday night. Rookie Nick Mullens has no experience throwing passes in an NFL regular season game and shouldn't be anywhere close to any fantasy owners radar when it comes to streaming options considering how the Oakland Raiders are allowing the second-fewest red zone plays in the NFL.

Marquise Goodwin (WR, SF)

Where Marquise Goodwin could have been considered a decent flex option against an Oakland Raiders squad that is known to be susceptible to big-gain plays, the information that rookie quarterback Nick Mullens is starting demolishes his floor. Those who need to gamble with so many bye weeks around the league could give Goodwin a shot, but know that the odds are against him performing beyond WR4/5 levels.

Other Notable Sit Candidates: Kendrick Bourne (WR, SF)

 

Solid Options/Sleepers

Which Players Will Have Solid Games and Which Could Surprise?

Solid Option: Derek Carr (QB, OAK)

Derek Carr's best games in 2018 have come in shootouts with the Miami Dolphins, Cleveland Browns, and Indianapolis Colts. A gun-slinging contest is definitely NOT the most likely game script, but San Francisco ranks 27th in passing points allowed per game and have allowed the most multiple passing touchdown games across their seven this season. The cards are aligning for Carr to turn out decent numbers and even surprise, given how bad both defenses are.

Solid Options: Doug MartinJalen Richard (RBs, OAK)

With some of the most brutal bye week absences for fantasy rosters taking place in Week 9, Doug Martin and Jalen Richard have to be in the mix to be solid options at the running back position. San Francisco is certainly no pushover when it comes to run defense, but Martin totaled 15 touches and 5.5 yards per carry taking over as the lead back a week ago while Richard has had six or more receptions in five games so far in 2018. Short version: Martin deserves attention in standard formats while Richard could prosper in PPR.

Solid Option: Matt Breida (RB, SF)

It is undeniable that Matt Breida's efficiency has been hobbled by a number of injuries. After rushing 32 times for 274 yards through his opening three games, Breida has rushed 52 times for 213 yards and a touchdown in the last five weeks. A date with the Oakland Raiders' 32nd ranked rushing defense that surrenders 169.1 total yards per game to backfields is just what the San Francisco 49ers lead back ordered to get back on track.

Solid Option: George Kittle (TE, SF)

While the downgrade at quarterback to Nick Mullens is a noteworthy problem, George Kittle has a market share of 23.9 percent of the San Francisco 49ers' receptions and the Oakland Raiders just gave up three touchdowns to the tight end position when facing Indianapolis. With so many tight ends on bye weeks, Kittle should remain a viable option considering his well established role in Kyle Shanahan's passing attack.

More Lineup Prep




More Recent Articles

 

Wide Receiver / Cornerback Matchups To Target in Week 11

In Week 10, the Buccaneers defeated the Cardinals in a game that featured a whopping 57 points scored between the two teams. Christian Kirk was expected to exploit the Buccaneers weak secondary, and he exceeded all expectations by catching three touchdowns, finishing as the No. 1 wide receiver on the week. On the other side... Read More


Fantasy Football Starts and Sits: Matchups Analysis for Week 11

Welcome to our Week 11 matchup analysis and start/sit column for fantasy football. We'll be covering every single contest from the Sunday slate in one convenient location, helping you make the best decisions for your fantasy lineups. Be sure to check back regularly because this article will be updated as news comes in regarding injuries and other... Read More


Week 11 Start/Sit: Monday Night Football Matchups Analysis

Welcome back to Mexico City. Last season, the Chiefs were supposed to take on the Rams in this game before field conditions moved the game to Los Angeles. Even though the game was moved, the fantasy output was amazing as both teams scored over 50 points and there was not an unhappy fan among us.... Read More


Week 11 Fantasy Football Staff Rankings

Below you will find all of RotoBaller's fantasy football weekly rankings, tiers, player news and stats for the 2019 NFL season. Our Ranking Wizard displays our staff's rankings for various league formats, all in one easy place. Here's what you'll find: Weekly PPR Rankings Weekly Half-PPR Rankings Weekly Standard Rankings Dynasty League Rankings <!-- 2019 Best... Read More


Late-Season Fantasy Football Surgers and Breakouts

Winning a fantasy football championship is about finding the right mix of players at the right time. It’s not easy to do, because it takes a full season process to build a roster that can win it all. You must start by drafting well, then making the right deals, pinpointing the best waiver pickups, and... Read More


Fantasy Football Mailbag - Q&A for Week 11

This article's content may vary week-to-week, but generally, it will be answering questions fielded from either the @RotoBallerNFL twitter account or my personal one (@RotoSurgeon). This week, the focus is on start/sit questions, and there were plenty. Every week, many of us struggle with which quarterback to start, or who to flex, and I am... Read More


The King's Key Starters and Tough Calls - Lineup Spotlights for Week 11

Welcome to Week 11, RotoBallers! Below you will find some of my spotlight plays and tough lineup decisions for the upcoming week of the fantasy football season. These player selections are based on my Premium Weekly Lineup Rankings, available as part of the RotoBaller's NFL Premium Pass. Enter promo code KING at checkout for a... Read More


QB vs Pass Rush Matchups To Watch - Week 11

It's Week 11, and we have to get wins. The playoffs are just around the corner, and we can't afford to take losses. You likely have just a week or two before the fantasy playoffs, and having the right quarterback can make all the difference. We have several great matchups coming up this week while... Read More


Woos and Boos - Starts and Sits for Week 11 Lineups

If we learned anything from the fantasy scoring in Week 10 is that hitting on the right quarterback can make or break your week. Sure, the household names like Lamar Jackson (35.65 FP) and Patrick Mahomes (34.30 FP) paced the field, but it was the play from lesser QBs like Daniel Jones (33.40 FP) and... Read More


Inside the Tent - Week 11 NFL Injury Insight

At RotoBaller, we can't stress enough the importance of keeping up with injuries and playing your best lineup week after week. Players are going to get injured, that's an unavoidable fact. What's avoidable though is making the wrong roster decisions based on the injuries surrounding your fantasy squad. If you want to dominate your leagues... Read More


Fantasy Football IDP Rankings for Week 11 (Top 100)

Don't underestimate the power of the IDP. We've already seen Joe Schobert put up a monster game on Thursday night with a sack, seven solo tackles, and two interceptions. Jamal Adams may have won some games single-handedly last week with his strip-sack for a TD along with eight tackles and another sack. Likewise, Jadveon Clowney... Read More


Give Up on Jared Goff Before It's Too Late

Not long ago, we were discussing the quarterback stable for the 2019 season in preparation for our season-long drafts. Two months and change, that is. Back in September, there were just a couple quarterbacks deemed as locks to be drafted inside the first three or four rounds: Patrick Mahomes, Deshaun Watson, and only for those... Read More


Dynasty League Running Back Trades: Getting the Proper Returns

In fantasy football dynasty leagues, there is always tomorrow. That is what makes the format so compelling. Yes, your team may be out of it this year, but your season is never really over. If your team has four wins, one more defeat and you are likely done for the season. If you have less... Read More


Fantasy Football News and Injuries - Running Updates

Below is a quick-hit list of running notes on relevant injuries and player news, including pre-game reports and live in-game updates. Stay tuned for updates all throughout the week and on Sunday morning game day:   Week 11 Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) is listed as questionable. Austin Hooper (knee) and running back Devonta Freeman (foot) have both... Read More


Darius Slayton: A Giant Success

Is he Odell Beckham Jr.? No. But at 6’1" and 190 pounds, Darius Slayton has taken over as the outside receiver in New York. But do we really know anything else about the rookie out of Auburn that would lead us to believe he can step up into a primary role on the Giants offense?... Read More