Fantasy Football: Who You Need to Start for Raiders vs Panthers

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By micah_wright September 10, 2020 0 Comment
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Here’s a week one guide on who to start in fantasy football for the Raiders vs Panthers game in Carolina on Sunday.

One of the most intriguing matchups on Sunday is between two teams with a lot of fantasy football talent: Las Vegas Raiders vs Carolina Panthers.

Game Info

The game in Charlotte, NC is at 1 p.m. E.T. Sunday with a chance of rain and thunderstorms throughout.

In terms of injuries, Dennis Daley is questionable and Eli Apple is out for Carolina. Las Vegas is without Tyrell Williams, Nevin Lawson and Tanner Muse. While Damon Arnette and Trent Brown are questionable.

Who You Need to Start

Christian McCaffrey is the most obvious starter of all time, as he’s established himself as the top player in fantasy football. His 403 touches and 2,392 scrimmage yards, and 19 touchdowns last year was the definition of fantasy gold.

Other than McCaffrey, D.J. Moore is an absolute must start if he’s on your team. Las Vegas has one of the youngest and poorest secondaries in the league, which will result in a lot of production from Moore.

Similarly, the Raiders have two guys that should start in virtually every league with Josh Jacobs and Darren Waller.

Jacobs should be a top five running back in week one given how atrocious Carolina’s run game was last year. His offensive line has the clear advantage as well going against the youthful Panthers.

Darren Waller will be featured a ton because of the lack of experience the Raiders have at receiver. Derek Carr likes to throw to the guys who he trusts most, and he has far more chemistry with Waller than any of his other targets. Waller had an awesome breakout season last year with the second most receptions among tight ends with 90.

Start Worthy Sleepers

There’s no one else for Carolina that’s starter quality in most leagues outside of McCaffrey and Moore. If you are in an extremely deep league, Robby Anderson has great value as a second or third wide receiver because of the Raiders secondary issues.

Another sleeper is rookie Henry Ruggs III, who brings much needed speed to the Raiders offense. It’s hard not to think Jon Gruden will get the ball to his exciting first round pick early and often. This week’s matchup could be tough for him if Donte Jackson draws the assignment, but he will get a fair share of targets no matter what.

Many experts have Ruggs III ranked in the 40-50 range at his position, but keep in mind that he will be the Raiders number one wide receiver the entire season. Last time Derek Carr had a first round rookie wide receiver to throw to it was Amari Cooper. Cooper had 72 catches for 1,070 yards and 6 touchdowns on 130 targets that season.

It’s not out of the question for Ruggs to have similar production with his playmaking skillset.

One deep sleeper to keep an eye on for the Raiders is Hunter Renfrow, especially in PPR leagues. Renfrow was great towards the end of last year, racking up at least five catches in four of his last six games. He averaged over 5 catches and 67 yards per game during that stretch as the team’s number two receiver. His production will be significantly more with Tyrell Williams now out for the season.

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