Raiders vs. Giants: Projections for Biggest Fantasy Players

The Oakland Raiders and New York Giants will be playing on Sunday, presenting some ideal matchups for a few key fantasy players.

Coming into the game, the Raiders are 3-5 after getting blown out 49-20 against the Philadelphia Eagles last week.  Meanwhile, the Giants are just 2-6 coming out of their bye week, but they’ve also won two straight over the Eagles and Minnesota Vikings.

While the game may be ugly, that’s not necessarily a bad thing for fantasy owners.  Let’s take a look at this game’s top fantasy players, breaking them down and predicting how many points they will score on Sunday.

Note: All information regarding points scored is based off of ESPN’s standard scoring leagues.

Terrelle Pryor, QB, Oakland Raiders

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While he may not be the best passer, Terrelle Pryor has become a legitimate fantasy quarterback thanks to his ability to make big plays with his legs.

Pryor is coming off of a nice game against the Philadelphia Eagles, putting up 16 fantasy points.  He threw for 288 yards and two interceptions while also putting up another 94 yards on the ground.

This season, Pryor has run for 485 yards and a touchdown, giving him a ton of fantasy points on the ground.  He’s only thrown for 1,437 yards and five scores, but he’s scored at least 10 points in every game that he’s started.

The Giants give up an average of 17.3 points to opposing quarterbacks, and we’ve seen them struggle against a dual-threat guy in Cam Newton, who ran for 45 yards and a touchdown.  

While I don’t expect Pryor to completely go off in this one, I do expect him to have his best fantasy performance of the year, making him an intriguing player to start this week.

Prediction: 23 Points (2 Total TDs, 1 INT, 214 Passing Yards, 53 Rushing Yards)

Victor Cruz, WR, New York Giants

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It’s been a while since Victor Cruz had a big-time performance, and that might mean that he’s due for one in Week 10.

How many points will Victor Cruz score this week?

How many points will Victor Cruz score this week?

  • 10 or fewer

  • 11-15

  • 16-20

  • 21 or more

The numbers have looked solid for Cruz, catching 47 passes for 677 yards and four touchdowns.  However, he’s scored in just two games and hasn’t scored in double digits since Week 4, when he went off for 22 points.  Over the past four games, he’s scored a total of 23 points.

This week has the potential to be different.  Eli Manning is starting to turn it around, not throwing an interception in his last two games, and the Giants are also coming off of a bye.

For the Raiders, they aren’t exactly the best pass defense against wide receivers.  They’re allowing 262.6 passing yards and 24.9 points per game.  They also allow 25.8 fantasy points per game to opposing wide receivers, the fifth-most in the NFL.

Cruz is due for another big game, and I think that he’ll be able to do it against the Raiders.

Prediction: 18 Points (1 TD, 126 Receiving Yards)

Rashad Jennings, RB, Oakland Raiders

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We saw Rashad Jennings go off last week against the Eagles, and he has another opportunity to make some plays on the ground against the Giants.

According to Michael Fabiano from NFL.com, Darren McFadden is out this week, which means that Jennings will get the majority of carries once again.

As expected, it looks like Darren McFadden won’t play this week. Rashad Jennings is a nice flex start in his absence.

— Michael Fabiano (@Michael_Fabiano) November 8, 2013

Last week, Jennings ran for 102 yards and a touchdown while grabbing another 74 yards receiving, giving him 23 fantasy points.  It was just his second game with at least 10 points, scoring 11 in Week 4 against the Washington Redskins.

The Giants aren’t exactly pushovers against the run, however, as they allow just 102.3 rushing yards per game.  Pro Football Focus (subscription required) has the Giants as the fourth-best team against the run with a 30.4 grade.

Jennings is just a backup running back, but he does have the potential to make a few plays.  He’s not going to be super productive, but he’s worth a flex play in 10 or 12-person leagues.

Prediction: 10 Points (78 Rushing Yards, 25 Receiving Yards)

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