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Week 14: Ronis’ Thursday Night Plays & Fades

Senior Fantasy Football Expert Adam Ronis examines the key DFS players suiting up for Thursday Night Football's critical Week 14 matchup between the 10-2 Oakland Raiders and the 9-3 Kansas City Chiefs in the AFC West!

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OAKLAND RAIDERS AT KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

QB DEREK CARR, OAKLAND RAIDERS

It's going to be very cold in Kansas City Thursday night with temperatures in the low 20s and the wind chill lower. The good news is no rain or snow and the wind won't be a factor. The Chiefs defense makes big plays, but you can move the ball against them. Arrowhead is a tough place to play and Carr is dealing with a finger injury that could be a problem in the extreme cold temperatures. The Chiefs allow yards to quarterbacks, but they have allowed multiple touchdown passes in five of 12 games. Carr passed for 225 yards and one touchdown with an interception and fumble in Week 6 at home against the Chiefs, the last time the Raiders lost. Carr has struggled in Kansas City, never throwing for multiple touchdowns. The Chiefs like to grind out the clock and play ball control and they did it a great job of it last time against the Raiders, who had the ball for 23 minutes. FADE

RB LATAVIUS MURRAY, OAKLAND RAIDERS

Murray was splitting time with other running backs most of the season, but the Raiders have gone with Murray and Jalen Richard the last few weeks. Murray has played a season high in snaps the last two weeks with 66 percent and 70 percent. Murray has at least 12 points in PPR formats in six consecutive games. Murray has at least 21 touches in three of the last four games. Murray has been dependent on touchdowns in that four-game stretch with six touchdowns. The Chiefs have allowed five rushing touchdowns to running backs. Over the last four games, the Chiefs have allowed 3.2 yards per carry. With so many other options in DFS and tight pricing this week, Murray is not a great play. FADE

RB SPENCER WARE, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

Ware had one of his best games of the season against the Raiders in Week 6. He rushed 24 times for 131 yards with a touchdown and caught two passes for 32 yards. The Chiefs had the ball for 37 minutes and it resulted in one of the two losses for the Raiders. The Chiefs will want to control the clock and feed Ware. The Raiders have allowed 396 rushing yards to running backs and five rushing touchdowns the last three weeks. PLAY

WR AMARI COOPER, OAKLAND RAIDERS

If the matchup in the previous game means anything, Cooper has the advantage of the Raiders wide receivers. Marcus Peters stays on one side and Cooper lines up on the opposite side of Peters. Cooper had 10 catches for 129 yards on 13 targets against the Chiefs in Week 6. Peters is not going to be tested often, so that means Cooper should get more targets. The Chiefs have allowed the most fantasy points to wide receivers this season. PLAY

WR MICHAEL CRABTREE, OAKLAND RAIDERS

Crabtree leads the team in targets and gets 23.5 percent of the looks in the red zone. He is expected to have the more difficult matchup against cornerback Marcus Peters. The last time the teams met in Week 6, Crabtree had one of his worst games of the season with two catches for 10 yards on four targets. FADE

TE TRAVIS KELCE, KANSAS CITY CHIEFS

If the Chiefs were smart, they would keep going to Kelce. He's clearly one of the best tight ends in the NFL but they weren't going to him enough. The absence of Jeremy Maclin has opened up more targets for Kelce. Maclin returns from a groin injury tonight, but it will be frigid and it's unclear if he will play a full complement of snaps. Kelce topped 60 yards three times in eight games with Maclin. In three of the four games without Maclin, Kelce topped 100 yards. Kelce has 38 targets in the last four games and the Raiders will be without safety Karl Joseph. Kelce is one of the most expensive tight ends and with tight pricing this week, it might be difficult to fit him in cash games. People might be scared due to the return of Maclin, so Kelce might get low ownership in tournaments. PLAY

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