By Mark Ackerman, CBS4 Fantasy Football Pro
DENVER (CBS4) – It’s Raiders Week! Sunday night, the 6-2 Broncos travel to Oakland to take on the 6-2 Raiders. With the lead in the AFC West on the line, we’ll see a contrast in styles, the Raiders high octane offense, which ranks in the Top 5 in passing yards and points scored, against the Broncos stingy defense, which ranks in the Top 5 in pass defense and fewest points allowed.
Which Broncos should you start in Week 9?
The Broncos will look to the ground game to try and control the clock and keep the Raiders offense off the field. Devontae Booker (84 yds, 1 TD last week) is the Bronco to own in the absence of C.J. Anderson (RB-DEN). The severity of Anderson’s injury was a surprise to a lot of fantasy experts last week – so listen up and be sure to watch the injury reports this week as Booker is dealing with a banged up shoulder. If he can’t go, Kapri Bibbs (RB-DEN) and Juwan Thompson (RB-DEN) are the next men up. Oakland gives up a lot of yards in the passing game, so look for more production this week from Demaryius Thomas (WR-DEN) and Emmanuel Sanders (WR-DEN) who were held to modest numbers last week against San Diego.
Which Raiders should you start against the Broncos in Week 9?
For the Raiders, Amari Cooper (WR-OAK) and Michael Crabtree (WR-OAK) have been steady producers all year long. If you own them, it would be hard to sit them down, even with Aqib Talib back in the mix to help solidify the Broncos secondary. Derek Carr (QB-OAK) has also put up strong numbers, but is a tough play against the Broncos. Don’t expect much from the Raiders rushers.
Which running backs should you target on the Week 9 Waiver Wire?
Tim Hightower (RB-NO) was a surprising success last week after the Saint benched Mark Ingram (RB-NO) after an early fumble. He’s headlining the Week 9 pickups. Charcandrick West (RB-KC) is also a must add, IF Spencer Ware (RB-KC) is unable to go due to a concussion suffered in Week 8. With Jamal Charles (RB-KC) awaiting a second knee surgery, West could see a huge game, considering Alex Smith (QB-KC) is also in the concussion protocol.
Which Wide Receivers should you target on the Week 9 Waiver Wire?
If you are in the market for a wide receiver, rookie Corey Coleman (WR-CLE) is expected to return for the Browns this week. On a team with little else going, he will see plenty of targets. Also, J.J. Nelson (WR-ARI) is someone to stash away for the home stretch. He’s making a name for himself as opposite Larry Fitzgerald (WR-ARI).
The Cardinals are on a bye week this week along with the Bears, Bengals, Patriots, Texans and Redskins.
Mark Ackerman’s credentials: CBS4 Producer. AFC North Expert. Childhood ruined by Drive & Fumble. Drafted Antonio Brown in the first round before it was fashionable.