Ah, Week 4. You’re already here. Week 4, of course, is the first week in which we have to worry about byes. The Patriots and Titans are the teams off this week, so surely there are plenty of you out there that will need to be replacing either Tom Brady or Marcus Mariota. Don’t worry, everyone. The Raiders’ QB is here to save you.
Yes, the Raiders QB. That’d be Derek Carr, younger brother of Houston Texans legend David Carr. He’s helped the Raiders to a surprising 2-1 start and has looked quite capable in the process. Carr has completed over 63% of his passes for 726 yards and five touchdowns with just one interception. He left the Week 1 defeat against the Bengals early with a hand injury, but has shown no ill effects in the two games since. He’s actually been one of the top fantasy QBs in both weeks, which is starting to turn some heads.
Notably, my head. If you’re in need of a QB this week, because of a bye, injury, underperformance, whatever, you can do worse than Carr. You see, Carr is driving his Raiders into Chicago this week for a date with the awful, horrendous, no-good, 0-3 Bears. The Bears, of course, are helmed presently by Jimmy Clausen, who is an abject disaster. I can’t even believe he’s on a roster, let alone a second-stringer. But here we are. It’s come to this. My condolences, Bears fans.
The Bears have allowed the seventh-most points to opposing fantasy QBs through three games this season, which actually seems pretty low. I mean, man, they really suck. It’s hard to even put into words. They’re also sixth-worst against WRs, because of course they are.
At his disposal, Carr has the likes of Amari Cooper, Latavius Murray, Michael Crabtree and Marcel Reece. That’s a pretty talented group. He’s wasted little time in helping Cooper become one of the NFL’s most lethal weapons, as his 290 receiving yards is already the eighth-best total in the league so far.
Basically, what I’m saying is that I’m all about Derek Carr this week. If you’re into the DFS thing, then Carr is an absolute bargain there, too, at just $5,300 on Draft Kings. $300 more than the minimum price for a QB, folks. Against the Bears? BARGAIN.
Guys, I love the Raiders this week. This future is a scary place.