Schaub has returned in a big way from his knee injury. He had another strong performance in Week 115, passing for 284 yards and a TD in the win over the Titans. The Raiders have a good pass defense statistically, giving up only 195.1 yards a game, but Schaub is playing too well and the Titans have too many weapons in the passing game for Oakland to stop. If you've been starting Schaub, there's no reason to sit him now.
Slaton continues to make a late push for the Rookie of the Year award. He had his third-straight 100-yard game last week and is getting a healthy dose of carries as he's topped 20 in each of the past four games. The Raiders are terrible against the run, giving up 167.1 yards a game. Slaton is looking great this week and will come through in a huge way for his fantasy owners. Again.
Johnson had one of those games his owners will never forget last week. He tore the Titans to shreds, catching 11 passes for 207 yards and a touchdown. In the process, he topped 100 receptions for the second time in his career. The Raiders have shut down some fine WRs this year, but Johnson is playing at an elite level and will get it done this week. You don't sit a player who's this hot against anybody.
There wasn't much left for Walter (or anyone else) to get in the passing game last week with Andre Johnson dominating the action. Walter caught only two passes for eight yards, easily one of his worst games of the season. This may not be a winnable matchup for Walter but he has potential against any defense so if you need a WR3 with upside he certainly qualifies. But if you have someone who's producing more consistently, sitting Walter isn't a bad move this week.
You think Daniels is happy Schaub is back in the starting lineup? He caught four passes last week and now has 10 receptions in the two games since Schaub returned. The Raiders will likely focus a lot of attention on Johnson and that should leave room for Daniels to operate in the intermediate zones. He's a sound starter this week -- especially in PPR leagues.
Brown continues to deliver quality late-season production. He made two FGs last week and has converted 11 in his past four games. The Texans will have no trouble moving the ball this week so look for Brown to have another big game.
The Texans' defense is pretty horrible, but they have some sleeper potential this week. The Raiders struggle with pass protection (not good news when facing Mario Williams) and JaMarcus Russell will turn the ball over. Even though they're on the road, the Texans should be able to wreak some havoc this week. If you need to dig deep for a sleeper defense this week, the Titans are worth a look.
Soon the season will be over for the Raiders and maybe next year Russell will look like an NFL quarterback. Right now, he simply looks awful. He got some garbage time production against a soft New England defense last week, passing for 242 yards and two TDs. The Texans aren't a standout defense by any means so Russell has a good chance to throw a TD pass. But he isn't playing well and is far too risky to start in any league.
Fargas is quietly finishing the season on a respectable note. He rushed for 70 yards last week against the Patriots and has at least 50 yards rushing in each of his last four games. The Texans give up 125.3 rushing yards a game so Fargas has a chance to be a solid RB3 this week. In larger leagues, he's not a bad reach if you really need help with the flex spot.
McFadden had one of his best games of the season last week, rushing for 48 yards on 12 carries and catching three passes for 68 more yards. Granted, the production came against a New England team that had the game wrapped up at halftime, but it was still a promising sign. This isn't a scary matchup by any means for the Texans so McFadden could surprise with a decent game as a RB3. He's far from trustworthy and I wouldn't start him unless I absolutely had to. But if you're desperate for a flex play in a larger PPR league, he's not a bad reach.
Higgins again showed his big-play ability last week, catching a 59-yard TD in the loss to New England. He finished the game with three receptions for 66 yards. That was only the second time this season he had more than two catches in a game, so he isn't someone you want to be stating this week.
The Raiders' leading receiver had another solid day in PPR leagues, catching five passes for 60 yards. He has 18 receptions in his past three games and has at least 60 yards in each of those games. He's struggled to find the end zone, scoring only once this season, but the Texans have a weak defense so Miller has a shot at finding the end zone this week. At the very least, he'll be good for at least five receptions again.
Janikowski did little last week, only scoring two points on a pair of extra points in the loss to New England. He's scored 81 points this season so despite the matchup he's just a desperate reach in larger leagues. Avoid him if you can.
The Raiders offer nothing of substance defensively .They now give up 24.9 points per game after being lit up for 49 by the Patriots last week. Schaub is playing well and Slaton looks like a Hall of Famer. The Raiders have no chance this week.