This article is part of our Showdown/Single Game DFS Breakdown series.
The Ravens head west battered by injuries, with three running backs already on season-ending IR in addition to starting cornerback Marcus Peters. That's not even to mention the short-term absence of rookie first-round pick wide receiver Rashod Bateman. Baltimore remains favored by four points (50.5 O/U) all the same.
The Raiders might be shorthanded themselves, with starting guard Richie Incognito out and starting running back Josh Jacobs questionable due to illness. Even at home and against a wounded Ravens team, Las Vegas appears less than intimidating.
The star of the game is of course Lamar Jackson ($12400 DK, $17000 FD), and even at a high price he might be the most popular pick on the slate. There's always thought to be given to differentiating our lineups from the field, but it's possible that Jackson is the category of player who's a borderline mandatory pick to be competitive in a game like this. That's particularly the case with the Ravens backfield in disarray – it's possible that the Ravens backup runners prove capable of doing the same level of lifting as J.K. Dobbins and Gus Edwards would have, but if they don't then Jackson is a fine candidate to pick up the slack. There's nothing concerning in the Las Vegas defense in terms of personnel – if the Raiders manage to stifle Jackson it would take at least one of a failure on Jackson's part or a heroic effort by the Raiders defense. Those scenarios are possible