by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/21/14) The Raiders hadn't looked particularly good defensively prior to Week 3 -- and in fact, gave up 30 points to the Texans in Week 2 -- but they performed admirably at New England, limiting the Patriots to 16 points on 241 yards.
They didn't force a turnover in the contest, but they did have two sacks, one each by Justin Tuck and C.J. Wilson.
The Raiders seemingly have a favorable matchup Week 4 against the Dolphins, but given how poorly they performed with what seemed like favorable matchups in their first two games, you may want to steer clear of the Raiders DST in Fantasy.
Kaluka Maiava big on tackles
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/21/14) Raiders linebacker Kaluka Maiava had a season-high eight tackles, including three solo, Week 3 at New England. His season high prior to this game was four.
Justin Tuck gets first sack as Raider
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/21/14) Raiders defensive lineman Justin Tuck, who missed a day of practice earlier in the week because of an illness, not only played Week 3 at New England, but he also recorded his first sack with his new team, finishing with four total tackles (two solo).
Tuck had 11 sacks for the Giants last year.
Charles Woodson has lowest tackle total yet
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/21/14) Raiders defensive back Charles Woodson, who had nine total tackles in Week 1 and eight in Week 2, had a modest four, including three solo, Week 3 at New England.
Woodson had a career-high 97 tackles in 2013, his first year back with the Raiders.
Tyvon Branch breaks his foot
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (9/21/14) Raiders defensive back Tyvon Branch broke his foot in the second half Week 3 at New England and will be out for an extended period of time. According to ESPN, the injury could even cost him the rest of the season.
Even though he left early, Branch still led the team with 10 tackles, including seven solo, putting him in double digits for the second time in three games. He played in only two games last season, missing much of the year with an ankle injury.
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The Raiders DST had more Fantasy points in a standard league than the Bears, Jets and Texans in 2013, which most years would be a great thing. But last year, it only put the Raiders at No. 25, which said more about the failures of those other teams than the Raiders having success. Oakland was second-worst in the NFL with just nine interceptions, and the Raiders had just 39 sacks, 13 rumble recoveries and four defensive touchdowns. The Raiders tried to upgrade their pass rush with the additions of rookie Khalil Mack, LaMarr Woodley, Justin Tuck and Antonio Smith, but they also lost Lamarr Houston to Chicago. Charles Woodson is back as a free agent, and we hope to see Tyvon Branch (ankle) back at 100 percent, which would allow the Raiders DST make more plays this season. That said, they have to prove themselves first before Fantasy owners can trust them. Ignore them in all leagues on Draft Day and just add them off waivers if they start out the season playing well.