Week 11 Monday Night Football Preview
Azteca Stadium | ESPN | 8:30 p.m.[the_ad id=”63198″]Football returns to Mexico City as the Houston Texans (6-3) and the Oakland Raiders (7-2) travel south for Monday Night Football. Both teams led their division and are looking to separate themselves from the pack. Both teams have a chance to put multiple games between them and their division opponents.
Houston enters Monday night’s game as the leader of the AFC South division. Quarterback Brock Osweiler has struggled this season but has held it together enough to keep his team atop of the division. He has failed to throw for over 300 passing yards in a game this season and is only completing 58.6 percent of his passes.
Running back Lamar Miller has not had the season that most would have expected but he still is the RB12 in ESPN standard scoring leagues. He has seen a lot of volume and is eighth in the NFL in rushing yards with 720 but has only scored two rushing touchdowns. He should produce a solid day as the Raiders have allowed the eighth-most rushing yards per game.
Wide receiver DeAndre Hopkins has regressed in 2016 but it isn’t all on him. Osweiler’s play has brought down the entire offense, leading to Hopkins ranking 41st in the NFL in receptions. The entire group of wide receivers for the Texans, including Will Fuller and Braxton Miller, have not lived up to expectations this season.
Tight end C.J. Fiedorowicz has become a favorite target for Osweiler and has become more involved as the season has progressed. He only has three touchdown receptions on the season but that could change on Monday night as he goes against a defense allowing the eighth-most fantasy points to the tight end position.
The Texans defense is still solid but they just aren’t the same without defensive end J.J. Watt. They go up against a potent Raiders offense and if they can’t put pressure on the quarterback, it might be a long day for Houston.
The Raiders come into Monday night’s matchup looking to put themselves up multiple games in the AFC West. A big reason they have found success has been from the play of quarterback Derek Carr. Currently the QB7 in standard formats, Carr has slung it all over the field and has gotten great protection from his offensive line. Look for him to put on a show in Mexico City.
Running back Latavius Murray has had an interesting year. He has produced well with the touches the Raiders have given him but the coaching staff just doesn’t seem to want to give him the workhorse duties every week. One week he will lead the team in touches and the next he will be in a committee. He is in line for a big night though as the Texans have allowed the seventh-most rushing yards per game.
Wide Receivers Amari Cooper and Michaell Crabtree have proved to be quite the tandem and both have WR1 status. They face a tough test against the strong Texans secondary that has allowed the third-fewest fantasy points to the wide receiver position. If Carr has time, however, they could find their way to a big night.
The tight end position for the Raiders is too inconsistent. Between Clive Walford and Mychal Rivera, it is difficult to choose who will wind up seeing the targets from the position.
The Raiders defense has struggled mightily in 2016 and should not be considered to be put in fantasy lineups, even going against the struggling Texans offense.