THURSDAY NIGHT FOOTBALL SHOWDOWN: CHARGERS AT RAIDERS

Chargers (15.5) AT Raiders (18.5)

QB

With Justin Herbert out for the season, Easton Stick will take over the reins. Stick had some upside running the ball back in college and at 9.4K is worth taking a stab at. Looking back to the preseason this year Stick scored 24 DK points vs the Saints. This was mainly with his legs rushing for 63 yards and two touchdowns. Keenan Allen has been ruled out which will hurt him some. Stick has a passing prop of 189.5 yards and is +550 to score a touchdown.

Aidan O’Connell is also priced under 10K but has yet to even score 14 DK points in a game since taking over the starting job 5 weeks ago. AOC has been under 10 points in 3 of the 5 games and comes off a 6-point game last week. Aidan has no rushing upside and has been sacked 10 times and thrown 5 interceptions. I will be underweight on AOC in the Flex if not fully fading. I think there is a chance we could even see Jimmy G fill in if O’Connell continues to struggle. AOC has a passing prop of 204.5 yards.

RB

Austin Ekeler will need to shoulder the load here for the Chargers if they want to get this win. 11K flat for Ekeler in a game we should see him get a lot of dump-offs to help out Stick. Ekeler was fine last week scoring 21 DK points totaling 100 yards and ran for one touchdown. Ekeler caught 5 of 7 targets last week and I expect more of the same here and will have him in the Captain spot some. Kelley only played 7 snaps last week and the 6.8K price tag is too high for me. I would much rather play Spiller for 3K less who played 12 snaps last week totaling 19 yards on 6 carries. Spiller is a fine cheapie for the Flex spot. Ekeler has a rush/rec prop of 82.5 yards and is +150 to score a touchdown.

Josh Jacobs is questionable and could potentially miss this game so we need to follow this news as the day goes on. If Jacobs is active he has a great price tag of 10.2K vs a Chargers team that has given up a few big games to RBs this season. The Raiders will also be without 2 starters on the offensive line which only helps the Chargers. If Jacobs is not able to go I would look to target Zamir White and Ameer Abdullah. White is 3K flat and Abdullah is 4.8K I would look to get exposure to both, but would lean more on White for the savings if needed.

WR

Keenan Allen has been ruled out but it looks like Josh Palmer 6.2K will return from IR. Palmer will be a very popular option without Allen and the cheap price tag. Quentin Johnson continues to underperform this year but did catch a 57-yard pass last week. Johnson 5.4K will need to be in your player pool for raw points and should see around 5-8 targets in this game. Jalen Guyton will be a popular punt at 1.4K but is yet to catch more than 1 pass in the last 3 games but should see an increased roll. Alex Erickson only caught 1 of his 7 targets last week but played 45/68 snaps and is only 1K flat if you need another punt. Receiving yard props are Palmer 35.5 and Johnson 25.5 yards.

Davante Adams is listed as Questionable with an illness at this moment but I fully expect him to go. Adams is priced at 11.2K and is my preferred option for the Captain spot tonight. Davante has the biggest ceiling on the slate with an exception to Ekeler. AOC targets him at a high rate with 43 targets over the last 4 games. Adams’s ceiling has been held in check with the inability of AOC to push the ball downfield. Meyers at 8.6K is another solid option for raw points on this slate as he should see around 5-8 targets. Hunter Renfrow has caught at least 3 passes in the last 3 games and if he can get you 6-9 points at 4K that could be huge with how this game could go. Receiving props Adams 67.5, Meyers 44.5, and Renfrow 26.5 yards.

TE

Gerald Everett was targeted 4 times by Stick last week and is my favorite mid option at 5.2K or lower. I think Everett is one of the best options on the slate price per dollar for raw points in this low-scoring game. Everett should continue to be a safety value for Stick as he looked to him often while filling in for Herbert last week. Donald Parham saw 1 target from Stick last week and is a fine cheapie for the Flex. Everett has a prop of 29.5 yards and Parham has a 9.5-yard prop.

Michael Mayer priced at 3.2K has caught at least 1 pass in the last 9 games and looks to be another solid value option. Mayer is averaging over 10 yards per reception in the last 3 games and will be a guy I look to get overweight on in the Flex. Mayer has a prop of 19.5 yards.

DEF/K

We have a pair of backup quarterbacks here and a total of 34.5 points. The Raiders look to be without a pair of offensive linemen as well which should give the Chargers pass rush a nice advantage. I think we could see both defenses score double-digit points if we get more sloppy play at the QB position. It will be easy to mix in these defenses at only 4.4 and 4.2K. The kickers should provide good salary relief as well at 5K and 4.6K. Cameron Dicker has made his last 14 field goals and Carlson has a couple of games of 14+ points both at home.

SNYDER MAIN CORE

Davante Adams (CAPT) + Austin Ekeler + Gerald Everett 5.6K left per position

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