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BUF at ARI *GB at HOU *NE at SEA *DEN at SD (MON)
*CIN at CLE *IND at NYJ *NYG at SF Bye:
*Updated DAL at BAL *KC at TB OAK at ATL CAR, CHI, JAC, NO

Prediction: OAK 17, ATL 34 (Line: ATL by 9.5)

Players to Watch: Darren McFadden, Roddy White

The 1-3 Raiders come off their bye having somehow only beaten the Steelers. Their only two trips away from home produced at total losing score of 19-72 and then have never came closer than 22 points to their opponent.

Oakland Raiders
Homefield: McAfee Coliseum
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 SD 14-22 10 @BAL -----
2 @MIA 13-35 11 NO -----
3 PIT 34-31 12 @CIN -----
4 @DEN 6-37 13 CLE -----
5 BYE ----- 14 DEN -----
6 @ATL ----- 15 KC -----
7 JAC ----- 16 @CAR -----
8 @KC ----- 17 @SD -----
9 TB ----- ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
vs Rush Catch Pass
RB Marshawn Lynch 80,1 3-20
WR Michael Crabtree 5-70
TE Jared Cook 3-30,1
PK Sebastian Janikowski 1 FG 2 XP

Pregame Notes: The new offense and defense being installed in Oakland remains a work in progress though the results are disappointing no matter what qualifier or rationale is given. Carson Palmer's passing has been far more anemic than last season and aside from the fluke three touchdowns against the Steelers, he scored only twice over three games. His worst effort yet was in Denver two weeks back when he only passed for 202 yards and no touchdowns. Palmer was throwing well last year with tons of yards and some scores using the same cast of receivers. This year - just not working out nearly as well in OC Greg Knapp's new scheme.

Worse of all is that Darren McFadden has gone from an oft-injured and yet wildly productive back to just a healthy guy who does almost nothing every week. He racked up 113 yards and a score on the visiting Steelers but otherwise has never gained more than 34 rushing yards in any game. Even his role as a receiver has declined to just a single meaningless catch. It is not that Mike Goodson or Taiwan Jones are cutting into his action. Jones does not even have a touch this season.

McFadden is completely boxed in on almost every play. He joins a growing cast of disappointing running backs. At least last year you got five or six great games from him. Now he just muddles along and kills your weekly score. He has a chance this week against the only real weakness of the Falcons but if he flops yet again it will be hard to start him without heavy consideration each remaining week.

Darrius Heyward-Bey missed one game with a concussion but is expected back for this tilt. He only has one score on the year and no more than 43 yards in any game. Denarius Moore has been much more productive with around 50 to 60 yards when he plays but he too has just one score and with only four catches per week for maybe 60 yards, he is not doing anyone favors. The rest of the wide receivers are so much worse as to be just blockers.

Brandon Meyers seemed to be one of the few productive pieces of the offense when he opened the year with three games of around 60 yards or so but just when people relied on that happening, he only had one catch for 22 yards in the most recent game. And he still has never scored.

Overall - this offense has been lethargic and bumbling. Now they hit the road where they have been distinctly worse. Going to Atlanta is no time to be a bad road team.

Gaining Fantasy Points OAK 20 11 27 13 21 32
Preventing Fantasy Points ATL 12 21 1 20 1 7

QB Derek Carr, OAK @WAS 0000025020 ***
The 'Skins have been sound versus quarterbacks, which included Carson Wentz (24 fantasy points) and Jared Goff (15.3). Carr has been brilliant so far, even if he hasn't racked up high yardage totals because of a more balanced approach.
RB Marshawn Lynch, OAK @WAS 701000000 ***
Beast Mode was dancing up a storm in his Oakland home debut, and now the Redskins offer up their seventh-worst defense of the position to be savaged. Most of the damage (2 TDs) came through the air, for the record.
RB Jalen Richard, OAK @WAS 2002301000 ***
Richard is explosive and can produce with limited touches. The Redskins have yielded two receiving touchdowns on 11 grabs by the position so far. Richard has a fair amount of upside.
WR Amari Cooper, OAK @WAS 005600000 ***
Cooper is most likely to see the stationary Josh Norman without the Raiders moving around their budding star. The Redskins have given up only one TD to wideouts through two games, even if one of those teams was the Rams.
WR Michael Crabtree, OAK @WAS 003400000 ***
Washington allowed a Nelson Agholor TD on a scramble drill in Week 1. Since, no receiver has scored. Granted, we're including the Rams, but Washington has a fairly strong pass defense, regardless.
TE Jared Cook, OAK @WAS 006701000 ***
Only Washington has given up more than 200 yards to the position. None of the 13 catches against the Redskins have scored, which is about the only way Cook figures to have fantasy worth.
  Opp fgaFGMxpaXPM ConFac
K Giorgio Tavecchio, OAK @WAS 1133 ***
Kickers have gone 3-for-4 on XPAs and 5-for-5 on field goals, resulting in an average of nine fantasy points against throw two weeks.

Atlanta Falcons
Homefield: Georgia Dome
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 @KC 40-24 10 @NO -----
2 DEN 27-21 11 ARI -----
3 @SD 27-3 12 @TB -----
4 CAR 30-28 13 NO -----
5 @WAS 24-17 14 @CAR -----
6 OAK ----- 15 NYG -----
7 BYE ----- 16 @DET -----
8 @PHI ----- 17 TB -----
9 DAL ----- ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
ATL vs OAK Rush Catch Pass
QB Matt Ryan 300,3
QB Matt Schaub 190,2
WR Julio Jones 6-80,1
WR Andre Roberts 6-80,1
PK Matt Bryant 2 FG 4 XP

Pregame Notes: The Falcons are one of only two unbeaten teams left and this home game should get them to the bye week intact. But three of the wins came by a touchdown or less and against the visiting Panthers it was just a two point win probably thanks to a late Cam Newton fumble. While NFL East opponents remain on the upcoming schedule, this is still one of the easiest slate of games in the league and one that actually looks easier once we have a better idea what teams are like this year. Anything short of home field advantage throughout the playoffs is going to be a disappointment and a bit of a surprise at this point.

Matt Ryan has still thrown multiple touchdowns in every game and had healthy yardage as well. He's not had an off week yet and ranks near the top of all fantasy league scoring. Ryan scored 13 times through the air against only three interceptions. He rarely even hit in most games.

Michael Turner has enjoyed his season so far with a touchdown in each of the last four games but only one effort that netted him over 100 total yards. Turner should be fresh down the stretch thanks to only rushing the ball about 16 times per week. He's no fantasy god but offers valuable consistent production every week. Jacquizz Rodgers has been mostly a minimal contributor and is not busy enough to merit a fantasy start.

Tony Gonzalez is singing his swan song but it is drowning out everyone else. He's currently the top tight end in fantasy with four touchdowns and 39 catches for 388 yards. He is everything you thought you were getting when you grabbed Rob Gronkowski or Jimmy Graham only you could have waited about five more rounds to net Gonzo.

Back at home means that Roddy White gets to score and have the big game. In two games in Atlanta, he has 16 catches for 271 yards and three touchdowns. In three away games, he only had 15 receptions for 210 yards and no scores. He did this last year. Apparently it is a secret agreement with Julio Jones who does the exact opposite. Jones caught 21 passes for 269 yards and four touchdowns but then only five receptions for 44 yards and no scores at home. Seriously - same thing last year. No need to explain it, just accept it as wonderfully consistent.

The Raiders present a defense weak enough in all areas that the fear is the Falcons let down and do not take the game nearly as serious as they should. They know they can win this. Even if they start in the fourth quarter, they can win this. Hopefully with only a bye the next week they take advantage of all the weaknesses of the Raiders defense.

Gaining Fantasy Points ATL 2 16 8 1 10 9
Preventing Fantasy Points OAK 29 30 23 26 29 1

QB Matt Ryan, ATL @DET 0000028010 ***
Detroit has picked off twice as many passes (4) as touchdowns allowed this year, which is quite the surprise. A strong pass rush has created opportunities. The Falcons have a far better line than either of Detroit's previous opponents. Expect a quality day from the 2016 MVP.
RB Devonta Freeman, ATL @DET 5012200000 ***
RBs have scored one time on 47 touches against the Lions. The veteran back is a decent bet to change this as Detroit focuses on Julio Jones.
RB Tevin Coleman, ATL @DET 2003300000 ***
Detroit has allowed nearly twice as many receiving yards as rushing to RBs so far, with the only TD granted coming on the ground. Coleman is versatile and could be worth a flex given his history of doing a lot with little.
WR Julio Jones, ATL @DET 006800000 ***
The Lions have surrendered a single TD in the last 24 catches to receivers, rating in the tougher half of the league. The secondary is improved and aided by a pass rush. Jones is a fine play but may not find the end zone.
WR Mohamed Sanu, ATL @DET 005600000 ***
Sanu could see extra work with Detroit focusing on keeping Julio Jones from going bonkers. The veteran is a capable third-down asset and should be deployed only as a desperation play in PPR.
WR Taylor Gabriel, ATL @DET 003400000 ***
Always a home run threat, Gabriel is a dangerous play in fantasy. Detroit's defense has played quite well thus far, making him a suspect start.
TE Austin Hooper, ATL @DET 003201000 **
Detroit gave up its first tight end score of 2017 to rookie Evan Engram last week. Overall, Hooper faces the 12th-best matchup for exploitation in Week 3, but he remains a risk-reward gamble.
  Opp fgaFGMxpaXPM ConFac
K Matt Bryant, ATL @DET 3322 ***
Kickers have averaged only 4.5 fantasy points per game through two weeks against the Lions, but that is bound to increase after facing the high-powered Falcons.

BUF at ARI *GB at HOU *NE at SEA *DEN at SD (MON)
*CIN at CLE *IND at NYJ *NYG at SF Bye:
*Updated DAL at BAL *KC at TB OAK at ATL CAR, CHI, JAC, NO

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