Here we go with the Single Game NFL DFS slate for Thursday Night Football of Week 10. Tonight’s matchup is between the Raiders and Chargers, as LAC is listed as 1.5 point road favorites with an over/under of 49.
We’ll highlight the top picks and best bargains to assemble a cash-inducing lineup. On top of that, the “additional notes” section will feature several tournament selections while adding context to the rest of this slate.
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Philip Rivers - QB - LA Chargers
The Chargers’ passing attack is set up for success against a Raiders’ defense that ranks 29th in DVOA to the pass. Even though Phillip Rivers has been modest from a fantasy point of view over the last two weeks, he’s squarely in MVP/Captain conversation. That admittedly carries more weight on FanDuel, price sensitivity (and PPR scoring) could send you to one of his pass-catchers (Allen? Henry?) as Captain. Either way, this is a situation where Rivers could thrive with Oakland funneling production to the passing game.
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Keenan Allen - WR - LA Chargers
Allen was on a tear to begin the season, but he has failed to hit double-digit fantasy points (half PPR) over the past six games. General inefficiencies along with the return of Hunter Henry (and Melvin Gordon) are to blame. However, this is a promising bounce-back spot for Allen, drawing coverage from Lamarcus Joyner, who has the third-most yards to the slot this season. Allen has carved up in the Raiders in the past, fantasy backers should hit the panic button if he doesn’t post a respectable showing on Thursday.
Hunter Renfrow - WR - Oakland
The decision between Renfrow and fellow WR Tyrell Williams is a tough one on FanDuel, but there’s a large price gap on DraftKings. Renfrow has seen 11 targets over the past two weeks, hauling in 10 receptions for 142 yards and two scores. That’s marginally ahead of Williams’ 10 targets, six receptions, 139 yards, and one touchdown over that span. There’s a chance Renfrow could lead the Raiders in receiving yet again, as Williams could see tough coverage from CB Casey Heyward. The Chargers rank sixth in DVOA to tight ends, which could limit Darren Waller as well.
Michael Badgley - K - LA Chargers
Daniel Carlson - K - Oakland
There’s no hype in writing up a kicker, but both of these guys represent fine cash game fillers. Price sensitivity comes first when deciding between the two, as the 1.5 point spread gives each side virtually the same team total. Carlson is marginally cheaper on both sites, so I’d look his way while assuming the extra cap space could help elsewhere.
Hunter Henry (TE - LAC) deserves his own write-up, as he could realistically be placed in the “top plays” section. Henry has been the top-producing tight end over the last four weeks, and there’s a great chance he’ll keep it going against an Oakland team that has allowed the third-most fantasy points to the position. Stacking Rivers/Allen/Henry isn’t a bad idea through all formats.
Josh Jacobs (RB - OAK) finds himself with the best matchup from the Oakland side of the ball. The Chargers rank 25th in DVOA to the run this season. They limited Green Bay RB Aaron Jones in a surprisingly dominant performance last Sunday, but LAC allowed the following performances in recent weeks prior to that: James Conner 119 total yards & 2 TD, David Montgomery 27-135-1, Derrick Henry 22-90-1. Jacobs has amassed at least 120 rushing yards in two of his past three games, and the Raiders will utilize him to attack the Chargers’ vulnerability tonight.
Derek Carr (QB - OAK) has been very efficient this season, and he’s firmly in play through all formats tonight. We already mentioned Renfrow as a legitimate receiving option earlier, but Tyrell Williams (WR - OAK) and Darren Waller (TE - OAK) deserve a look as well. It’s hard to buy into either of them as cash options in difficult matchups, but the volume should fall in line to potentially make something happen.
Melvin Gordon III (RB - LAC) finally came to life with 109 total yards and two touchdowns last week against the Packers. He’s game flow dependent, and this matchup doesn’t necessarily look great against an Oakland team that ranks 11th in DVOA to the run. Gordon is a tournament lift to stack with the Raiders’ passing attack in a scenario where the Chargers break things open. Austin Ekeler (RB - LAC) is the inverse of that, checking in as a tournament pseudo-receiving option to stack alongside Rivers and probably Jacobs - covering the basis of Oakland jumping out to a firm lead.
Mike Williams (WR - LAC) has to find the end-zone sometime, right? Consider him a boom-or-bust receiver who is borderline cash playable if the salary meshes. The draw at Oakland represents his best matchup in a long time, so it wouldn’t be shocking if Williams finally hit paydirt here … Andre Patton (WR - LAC) is technically the Chargers’ WR3, but he hasn’t recorded a catch in the past three weeks. He’s nothing more than a dirt-cheap filler on DraftKings, crossing your fingers that he can produce something of fantasy significance … Zay Jones (WR - OAK) follows similar rationale as Oakland’s WR3. He has recorded five catches on six targets over the past two weeks, but Jones’ path to having a real fantasy impact on this slate probably depends on a touchdown. He’s another “cross your fingers” bargain filler to make the rest of your lineup work.