12 Sep Jonathan Cartu Declared: Fantasy Football Week 1 Sleepers: Target Raiders passing ga…
The Raiders are in a good spot in Week 1. They are road favorites at Carolina, and a lot of their Fantasy options are set up to succeed. There are several sleepers for the Raiders you can trust this week if needed, and you can also stack this team on DraftKings and FanDuel.
While Josh Jacobs and Darren Waller are must-start options in re-draft leagues, there are other players to target for Las Vegas in Week 1. We’re talking about Derek Carr, Henry Ruggs III, Bryan Edwards and Hunter Renfrow. All of the receivers won’t be good, but all have the chance to have a productive outing.
Let’s start with Carr, who certainly wasn’t drafted as a starting Fantasy option, but he’s a good streamer this week. The Panthers have a rebuilt defense, especially in the secondary, and we could see Carr pick up where last season ended when he scored at least 21 Fantasy points in three of his final four outings.
His top receivers, in order of their Fantasy value, are Ruggs, Edwards and Renfrow. For Ruggs, he could put on a show in his NFL debut. I’m hoping he leads the Las Vegas receivers in targets, and I wouldn’t be surprised if there are a few splash plays
Edwards has been a star in training camp, according to reports, and this is a homecoming of sorts for the former South Carolina standout. He benefits the most with Tyrell Williams (shoulder) being out, and Carr should like throwing to Edwards, who is a big target at 6-foot-3.
And then there’s Renfrow, who closed last season on a high note with 13 catches for 209 yards and two touchdowns on 18 targets in his final two games. None of that is replicable on a consistent basis, but he clearly has the best rapport with Carr. And like Edwards, this is close to a homecoming game for the former Clemson product.
This might be one of the best offensive games for the Raiders. And while Jacobs and Waller are must-start Fantasy options, don’t overlook the other skill players in this matchup with the Panthers.
Now, let’s check in on the rest of the sleepers for Week 1, as well as some DFS lineup recommendations for FanDuel and DraftKings.
Week 1 Sleepers
Week 1 Preview
QB – Derek Carr ($5,900) at CAR
RB – Austin Ekeler ($7,000) at CIN
RB – Marlon Mack ($5,300) at JAC
WR – D.J. Chark ($6,300) vs. IND
WR – Calvin Ridley ($6,100) vs. SEA
WR – DeSean Jackson ($4,900) at WAS
TE – Darren Waller ($5,900) at CAR
FLEX – T.Y. Hilton ($5,800) at JAC
DST – Chargers ($2,800) at CIN
I’m stacking Carr and Waller as stated above, and the Panthers should have a hard time staying with Waller this week. Going cheap at quarterback gives me the option of playing one high-end running back, and I expect Ekeler to dominate the Bengals in his first game as the featured rusher for the Chargers.
Mack is my second running back, and I love his matchup against the Jaguars. We’ll see how much he comes off the field for Jonathan Taylor, but Mack is worth the price in this spot.
My receivers all have big-play ability in Chark, Ridley and Jackson, as well as Hilton in the flex. You want that type of upside if you’re trying to win, and these four guys could all have huge outings.
QB – Josh Allen ($7,900) vs. NYJ
RB – Christian McCaffrey ($10,000) vs. LV
RB – Dalvin Cook ($8,700) vs. GB
WR – Tyler Lockett ($6,800) at ATL
WR – Stefon Diggs ($6,800) vs. NYJ
WR – DeSean Jackson ($5,700) at WAS
TE – Jack Doyle ($5,300) at JAC
FLEX – Tarik Cohen ($5,200) at DET
DST – Colts ($3,700) at JAC
I’m going with a Bills stack with Allen and Diggs, and Allen is our Start of the Week for Week 1. I expect him and Diggs to have a big game against the Jets.
I spent big for the top two running backs this week in McCaffrey and Cook, and both should have amazing games. While expensive, they are worth it, and I didn’t wreck my team by plugging them in my lineup.
My receivers behind Diggs are excellent with Lockett and Jackson, and both could have huge outings. Doyle, as stated above, should take advantage of his matchup with the Jaguars. And Cohen should benefit with David Montgomery (groin) hurt, making him a great flex play at his price.