This article is part of our Showdown/Single Game DFS Breakdown series.
The Chargers didn't exactly go into the 2021 season as conference favorites, but there was a good amount of excitement around the hiring of coach Brandon Staley and the sophomore year for Justin Herbert following his brilliant 2020 rookie season. Three games in, that excitement appears well-founded, to the point that the Chargers are legitimate Super Bowl contenders for the time being. None of that is especially shocking.
What's shocking is the Raiders half of this matchup – their 3-0 record, to be specific. Propelled by a strong start from Derek Carr and their best defense in many years, the Raiders are a legitimately intimidating team at the moment. The spread (Chargers -3) acknowledges this, though expectations generally remain higher for the Chargers. The over/under rests at 51.5 in what should be a hard-fought game for whoever ends up winning.
Justin Herbert ($11200 DK, $15500 FD) is arguably the biggest star in the game, if not on the momentum of his excellent rookie year then on the highly impressive Week 3 upset over Kansas City – at Arrowhead. Herbert's strong production is buttressed by his high usage volume, with the Chargers averaging around 40 pass attempts per game to this point in 2021. With details like those assured, Herbert has a considerably high floor and ceiling both in basically any matchup, this one included. The Raiders edge rush is intimidating with Maxx Crosby and Yannick Ngakoue playing at high levels, but if the Chargers can manage that rush