1. Derek Carr
If you faced Carr in fantasy this week (raises hand), odds are you won your matchup, so congratulations. The Raiders, however, should be embarrassed. While New Orleans is a tough place to play, the Saints entered Week 8 with a 2-5 record and two consecutive losses to the Cardinals and Bengals. And yet, they looked the part of a world-beater against Carr’s Raiders.
Shutouts in today’s NFL are rare and Carr couldn’t so much as lead Las Vegas’ high-powered offense past midfield. In fact, kicker Daniel Carlson didn’t even attempt a field goal. Carr is a really good quarterback — probably in the top 15 in the league — but he laid an egg with his team’s season on the line.
For the game, Carr finished 15/26 for 101 yards and zero touchdowns to one interception, which he threw into triple coverage without looking! He averaged a paltry 3.9 yards per attempt and Davante Adams, maybe the game’s premier receiver, logged one catch for 3 yards on five targets.
Just an inexcusable performance from Carr. With the loss, the Raiders dropped to 2-5 on the season, and now own the AFC’s fourth-worst record.
Advantage, Heinicke, over all three of these guys.