The Duel

Thursday Night Football Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit 'Em for Chargers vs Raiders

Larry Rupp
Austin Ekeler's fantasy outlook points to RB1 production in Week 15.
Austin Ekeler's fantasy outlook points to RB1 production in Week 15. / Timothy T Ludwig/Getty Images

In Week 15, we get an AFC West matchup between the Los Angeles Chargers (4-9) and the Las Vegas Raiders (7-6). The Raiders are fighting to stay alive in the AFC playoff race and head into this game as 3.5-point favorites, according to FanDuel Sportsbook's NFL betting odds.

If you need some help with your fantasy lineups, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for this Week 15 Chargers-Raiders showdown.

Austin Ekeler Fantasy

Start Austin Ekeler, RB, Los Angeles Chargers: Austin Ekeler has picked up right where he left off since coming off of the IR as he has played in over 60% of the offensive snaps in all three games. This is the perfect matchup for Ekeler to exploit both in the running game and passing attack. The Raiders' defense is giving up 128.1 rushing yards per game (No. 25 in the NFL). Ekeler receives a boost in PPR leagues as he has seen at least 9 targets in each of the last three games. He is producing fantasy-relevant results despite not scoring touchdowns. Look for him to keep it going this week.

Nelson Agholor Fantasy

Start Nelson Agholor, WR, Las Vegas Raiders: Nelson Agholor is enjoying a 2020 season in which he is exceeding expectations. He has seen an average of 8.8 targets over the past four games and is quarterback Derek Carr's go-to deep threat on offense. He had his second 100-yard game of the season last week. Agholor has also scored a touchdown in seven out of the Raider's 13 games. He could easily reach the end zone again this week as the Chargers have given up 14 touchdowns to opposing wide receivers this season. That mark ties for the 12th-highest total in the NFL. You can feel comfortable sliding Agholor into your FLEX spot this week.

Tyron Johnson Fantasy

Sit Tyron Johnson, WR, Los Angeles Chargers: Tyron Johnson was an unknown name for most of this season before he caught 6 of 7 targets last week for 55 yards and a touchdown. He took over a starting role after Mike Williams left the game early on with a back injury. Williams status remains up in the air this week and that could bring some fantasy football managers to believe Johnson can replicate his performance. However, it is way too risky to start Johnson this week in Round 2 of the playoffs. He had 6 catches all season before last week. He is a great depth piece to add to your team this week, but that's all.

Derek Carr Fantasy

Sit Derek Carr, QB, Las Vegas Raiders: Derek Carr continues to be unpredictable when it comes to fantasy football. He has thrown for over 300 yards and multiple touchdowns each of the past two weeks, but has also thrown 3 interceptions in that span. He also had a 4 turnover game just three weeks ago. He has proven that while his ceiling is high, his floor is also very low. That is not the type of quarterback you want to be trusting to come through for you in the second round of the playoffs. Carr only threw for 165 yards and lost a fumble against this Chargers' defense back in Week 9. It would be best to look at other streaming quarterback options this week.

SIGN UP AND GET AN INSTANT DEPOSIT BONUS UP TO 500! We'll match 20% of your first deposit on FanDuel Fantasy Sports. Max bonus $500

Larry Rupp is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Larry Rupp also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username phillyfan424. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.