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Oakland Raiders
Arrowhead Stadium | Sunday, September 20 | 1:00 p.m. EST (CBS)
Pick: Chiefs 16, Raiders 14
Kansas City Chiefs
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBJaMarcus Russell
135 pass yards, 1 pass TD, 2 INT
12 for 30 with 208 yards, 2 INT and 1 TD in Week 1? It's not great, but we've seen worse. Unfortunately for Raiders Nation, the 2007 No.1 overall pick might just be no good. That being said, we figure he'll at least throw for a TD this week against last year's 28th-ranked pass defense after they got torched by Flacco last week.
RBDarren McFadden
85 rush yards, 1 rush TD
The kid has all the potential in the world. He could be one of the great backs in the league. If he gets a full workload, he could get 1000 yards and more. It looks like they want to share carries though. He's a start though, in most leagues, for amount of potential.
RBJustin Fargas
30 rush yards
Fargas was inactive week one, so McFadden shared carries with Bush, who was quite effective. Fargas is going to have trouble finding carries with two
RBMichael Bush
25 rush yards
Bush had a good week backing up McFadden in Week 1, to the tune of 12 carries for 55 yards and at TD. When Fargas gets back, one would imagine it'll be Bush's carries that he cuts into, and not McFadden, who also had a solid game against the Chargers. You never know though...
WRLouis Murphy
4 rec, 40 yards
Had a big game Monday night, with 87 yards and a TD. Russell is going to need a WR to trust, and it looks like it might be the late round pick from Florida rather than the No. 7 overall pick from Maryland, Heyward-Bey. Does the level of play in the SEC better equip players to handle the speed of the NFL?
WRDarrius Heyward-Bey
2 rec, 35 yards
The reason that Michael Crabtree's not in the NFL had zero catches in his debut performance. He'll have to catch a pass at some point.
TEZach Miller
6 rec, 60 yards, 1 TD
JaMarcus' most trusted target last year went for 96 yards against San Diego. There's no reason why Miller wouldn't be considered a top of the line fantasy TE.
KSebastian Janikowski
2 PATs
An inconsistent offense limits his field-goal opportunities -- and his value as a fantasy kicker.
Defense
2 sacks, 1 Fumble
Oakland's defensive output against a strong Chargers' team was admirable (3 sacks, 1 INT, 1 fumble recovery) ... but 24 points allowed was anything but. You can do better.
Pos.PlayerProjection
QBMatt Cassel
175 pass yards, 1 pass TD
If Cassel is able to make his Kansas City debut, he'll still have his work cut out for him. He faces an underrated Raiders pass defense, that was 10th in the NFL last season and limited Phillip Rivers in Week 1. If Coyle starts, expect much of the same.
RBLarry Johnson
75 rush yards
LJ will breathe a sigh of relief to be repeatedly running into the Raiders' soft middle rather than Haloti Ngata who helped limit him to 20 yards and a 1.8 yard per carry average in Week 1. He's not the elite runner he once was, but should be a decent No. 2 option. He's probably in for a long season.
RBJamaal Charles
3 rec, 20 rec yards, 25 rush yards
Charles had eight touches against the Ravens. He should get around the same number this week and could be a dump off threat for whichever QB can't find an open WR. He's not recommended as an option with Larry Johnson healthy.
WRDwayne Bowe
5 rec, 80 yards, 1 TD
This talented third-year wideout has averaged 1000 yards during his first two years in the league. He caught a TD pass from Coyle against the Ravens and could really benefit from Cassel's return to the lineup.
WRMark Bradley
3 rec, 40 yards
The speedy Bradley was targeted 7 times by Brodie Coyle in Week 1, the most of any Chief. He has never gone for more than 380 yards any of his previous four years in the league. Every NFL WR is talented, and you never know when a guy will just bust out. Stay tuned to see if Chief QBs keep targeting him.
WRBobby Engram
2 rec, 20 yards
He was considered a super sleeper entering the season but simply doesn't produce enough to warrant a start.
TESean Ryan
2 rec, 15 yards
Primarily a blocking TE, Ryan caught 1 pass for 10 yards against the Ravens, Surprisingly, Brodie Coyle targeted him five times during the game. Maybe he looks like Tony Gonzalez?
KRyan Succop
1 PAT, 3 FGs
The strong-legged rook nailed a 53 yarder, going 1 for 1 in his NFL debut. He's a good kicker and he could be the difference in this game.
Defense
2 sacks, 2 INT
Don't be fooled by the point total -- inflated by a fluky defensive touchdown -- because this unit managed to cough up 38 points in Week 1.
 
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