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Chargers Week 10 fantasy preview: Philip Rivers looks to air it out vs. Raiders

OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers signals against the Oakland Raiders during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 11, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
OAKLAND, CA - NOVEMBER 11: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers signals against the Oakland Raiders during their NFL game at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on November 11, 2018 in Oakland, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images) /
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CARSON, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 03: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts during the first half against the Green Bay Packers at Dignity Health Sports Park on November 03, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
CARSON, CALIFORNIA – NOVEMBER 03: Philip Rivers #17 of the Los Angeles Chargers reacts during the first half against the Green Bay Packers at Dignity Health Sports Park on November 03, 2019 in Carson, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images) /

Chargers fantasy preview: Philip Rivers and the wideouts

The passing game

Rivers managed a good performance last week with 294 yards, 75 percent completion, and a 108.3 passer rating. However, the big problem for fantasy players was the lack of finding the end zone on a passing touchdown. The Chargers settled for four field goals and punched in two Gordon touchdowns on the ground.

There’s reason to be optimistic about playing the Raiders from the standpoint of passing touchdowns. The Raiders have given up 22 passing touchdowns on the season, second only to the Arizona Cardinals who have allowed 24. For context, 22 passing touchdowns is as much league leader Russell Wilson has had all year.

Oakland’s only allowed five rushing touchdowns with a defensive line that’s better than its secondary, so expect Rivers to get into the end zone through the air multiple times.

The receiving game

It finally happened in 2019. Mike Williams had his breakout game last week with three catches for a whopping 111 yards. While he didn’t find pay dirt, Williams provided all fantasy owners who started him in the flex with a good start. On the other hand, Keenan Allen continued a sluggish fantasy stretch this season vs. the Packers.

Allen hasn’t caught for 100 yards or reached the end zone since Week 3. He’s the prime candidate for a bounce-back game going up against the Raiders’ passing defense. Even with the lack of volume the last few weeks, Allen could easily crack 100 yards receiving and a touchdown Thursday night.

Oakland simply doesn’t have the cornerbacks to keep up with him, and they might not for Williams either. Go with both for Week 10.

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