Monday Night Football this week features two teams with pocket passing specialists at the QB position trying to feed some dynamic skill-position players. So, what are some fantasy football takeaways we have from this matchup between the Las Vegas Raiders and Detroit Lions?
Fantasy Takeaways From Monday Night Football
Jameson Williams, WR, Detroit Lions
Fantasy managers who invested late draft capital with plans to stash Jameson Williams away while serving his suspension were given an early Christmas gift when they surprisingly saw his suspension reduced by two games.
Unfortunately, outside of his 45-yard TD reception against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in his second game back, he has produced just three receptions on 11 targets for 10 yards.
To make matters worse, Williams dropped two passes in the fourth quarter of the team’s 38-6 loss at the hands of the Baltimore Ravens last week. Furthermore, he dropped his first target against the Las Vegas Raiders on Monday Night Football. The Lions look like they are committed to getting him involved in the passing game, but his lack of production may limit his snap count if he continues to have issues with drops.
Williams is worth a stash on your fantasy bench right now, but I wouldn’t recommend starting him unless you’re swinging for the fences with a boom-or-bust option in leagues that award bonus points for big plays.
Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Detroit Lions
After a slow start to his rookie season, Jahmyr Gibbs has seen his usage exponentially increase over the last two weeks. Gibbs produced a season-high 27.6 fantasy points in PPR formats with 126 total yards and a score on 20 total touches against the Ravens. His breakout performance was immediately followed up with the Lions feeding him 11 total touches in the first quarter.
His first quarter was only a tease of things to come… Gibbs posted another monster fantasy performance in Week 9. Finishing with 189 total yards and a score on a career high 31 total touches.
The big question that remains is exactly how confident should fantasy managers be inserting Gibbs into their fantasy starting lineup when David Montgomery returns?
Gibbs was outscored by Montgomery in every game they played together over the first four weeks of the 2023 season. Gibbs failed to top 10 fantasy points in three of the Lions’ first four contests while being out-touched by Montgomery 72 to 53 … even with Montgomery inactive for one of those games.
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The TD production was an even tougher pill to swallow for Gibbs’ managers. Montgomery produced five scores to Gibbs’ zero during that four-game stretch.
The Lions have already proven that Montgomery will be their leading ball carrier when healthy. He could return to the lineup as soon as this week.
If you still believe Gibbs will lead this backfield in 2023, I imagine you will start Gibbs even when Montgomery returns. Unfortunately, I tend to believe Gibbs will still see frustrating usage for fantasy managers once Montgomery returns.
Josh Jacobs, RB, Las Vegas Raiders
The Las Vegas Raiders’ offense got off to a slow start but managed to ride star RB Josh Jacobs for the majority of their 10-play, 75-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter. Jacobs scored his third touchdown of the season, which already has him at 13 fantasy points in the first half. It would be his third-highest outing of the season if he didn’t see another snap in this contest.
Jacobs is still getting RB1 volume but has seen a dramatic dip in his efficiency in a Raiders offense that has been inconsistent in 2023.
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