Chargers fantasy preview: Hunter Henry and Raiders players
Hunter Henry has been nothing short of immaculate since his return. And as crazy as it may sound, he may even have a better matchup than he did the last week.
The Packers have given up the fifth-most points to tight ends this year. The Raiders currently have given up the third-most fantasy points. Keep in mind, they have given up the third-most points with playing one fewer game than fourth and fifth place on the list.
Henry is an automatic start every week until fantasy season ends, especially against the lowly Raiders’ pass defense. Personally, it wouldn’t be a shock to me if Henry comes close to breaking some single-game career highs in this one.
Between Ekeler, Allen, Henry, and Williams, some of them are going to go off this game, and Henry may be the likeliest with Oakland not being able to cover tight ends.
Raiders players vs. Chargers
Where are my fellow Josh Jacobs fantasy owners at? The Offensive Rookie of the Year candidate is the Raiders’ best fantasy option by far, gashing defenses for 740 yards and six touchdowns in eight games so far this season.
As a Chargers fan, I’m nervous about the types of numbers he’s going to put up in the ‘Black Hole’ on Thursday, but fantasy owners have to love the matchup against the run defense.
As far as other fantasy options on the Raiders, you could do worse than Derek Carr at quarterback at home, especially in deeper leagues. Darren Waller has been the second biggest story of the season for Oakland with the unexpected numbers he’s been putting up. He’s leading the team in receiving yards as a tight end.
At receiver, Tyrell Williams is back against his old team in the Chargers, and it wouldn’t surprise me if he got some nice deep passes thrown his way.
The Chargers have a nice offensive matchup, but a pretty challenging defensive one on the road. Sit the defense this week even after the showing out against the Packers and lean on Rivers, Henry, Gordon, Ekeler, and Allen.
The passing game should really go well for the Chargers, and Steichen should be able to follow up his debut pretty easily against a bad Raiders’ defense. As far as options for the Raiders, Jacobs and Waller have to be at the top of the list, while Carr and Williams aren’t bad options in deeper leagues.