Thursday night games can sometimes be offensive pillow fights. But this week’s Thursday night affair has the highest over-under on the slate, according to DraftKings Sportsbook. So, should you consider either defense for your Week 15 lineups?
Fantasy Football Analysis: Raiders D/ST, Chargers D/ST
Chargers quarterback Justin Herbert hasn’t been as prolific over the past month compared to how he began his rookie season. He has a 3:4 touchdown-to-interception ratio in his last three games. He has also been sacked multiple times in six of his last seven. But can the Raiders take advantage of it? Their 10 interceptions is a healthy total, but four of them came in one game against the Broncos back in Week 10. Plus, only the Titans have fewer sacks than the Raiders’ 15. The Chargers’ offense could be extremely short-handed — Austin Ekeler, Keenan Allen and Mike Williams are all battling injuries that held them out of practice at times this week — but Las Vegas’ defense has been a generally awful unit for most of the season. Maybe this week’s change at defensive coordinator will do something to fire them up.
The Chargers’ defense has tallied at least eight DraftKings points in three of their past four games. That’s because they have come away with seven turnovers, seven sacks and a touchdown during that span. They are dealing with plenty of injuries, but with Joey Bosa still around on the edge, this defense has the ability to wreck a game at times. Derek Carr is always good for a mistake or two as well. He has thrown an interception in four straight games.
The Chargers’ defense is an OK option in this game, but you tempt fate whenever you trust a middling defense on the road in a short week.
The Raiders’ D should be persona non grata in all formats.