Chargers Fantasy Preview: Hunter Henry and Raiders options
Henry looks to bounce back from an abysmal performance vs. the Vikings. As far as a tight end start, even with last week’s performance, there’s still not much better out there than Henry. Tight ends as a whole in fantasy have been pretty inconsistent week to week.
It’s worth pointing out that the Raiders have been pretty bad in covering the tight ends in 2019, giving up the second-most points out of the whole league.
He did find the end zone last time out against the Raiders, and it wouldn’t surprise anyone if he does it again. All tight ends are risky, but Henry has a good matchup here against the Raiders that is worth taking advantage of, and it feels like he’s due for a big game.
Raiders fantasy options vs. Chargers
Josh Jacobs had been carrying fantasy teams to the playoffs over the course of his offensive Rookie of the Year campaign prior to his injury. His injured shoulder created a pretty big hole for fantasy players to fill, and the rest of the Raiders’ running backs are mostly running back by committee.
Derek Carr has been so-so against the Chargers in his career, despite having success earlier this year in the first matchup.
The best option is Raiders’ tight end Darren Waller, by far. He has 25 catches for 294 yards over the last three games.
In a year where wide receivers have disappointed for the team, Waller has become Carr’s favorite target. The struggle for him might be getting in the end zone, as he’s only crossed the pay dirt three times this year, but in PPR formats he works just fine. The yards may be plenty enough in non-PPR formats for a tight end anyway.
Week 16 is always a tough fantasy week to predict, but there are good options for this Chargers-Raiders matchup. The running game may be unpredictable, but expect Ekeler to have a good receiving game at least. If the offense doesn’t turn it over, the defense should have a good game against a Raiders team that’s struggled to score lately. Rivers-don’t hold your breath, fantasy-wise.
Allen and Williams are still the two only viable wideouts the Chargers have, so they’ll do well. Henry may find a way to have a big game again against an Oakland defensive unit that struggles to cover tight ends. While the Raiders are tough to gauge fantasy-wise, their best option to start is easily Waller with the injury to Jacobs.