The Denver Broncos have been one of the NFL's best teams this season, sitting at 6-2 and in first place in the AFC West. Meanwhile, the Oakland Raiders have been the worst team in the league, and at 0-8 are the league's last winless team. You can guess who the favorite is in the teams' matchup Sunday.
Denver has some second-level fantasy players on its injury report this week, including running back Juwan Thompson (knee) and Montee Ball (groin) and wide receiver Wes Welker (back). Thompson and Welker are expected to be fine for Sunday, while Ball is more of a question to return from his five-week injury. The Raiders' fantasy-relevant players, meanwhile, come into Sunday basically healthy.
The Raiders will host Sunday's game at 4:05 p.m. ET. The fantasy intrigue largely lies with the road team, but let's look at it:
Start 'em: Another week, another slot at the top of the QB rankings for Peyton Manning. ... Even if Montee Ball returns, Ronnie Hillman has seized the team's No. 1 RB role, and he'll be keeping it. ... Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders have been as strong a 1-2 punch as any team in the league. ... Julius Thomas has tailed off a bit after his crazy-hot start to the season, but he's still a must-start. ... The Broncos' defense gets to face a putrid Oakland offense. It's a top-flight unit.
Start 'em?: We haven't seen much in the way of big games out of Brandon McManus, but Sunday's game certainly seems like a time when he'll get plenty of chances to kick.
Sit 'em: You can't realistically put Juwan Thompson, Montee Ball, C.J. Anderson or Wes Welker in your lineup. Too much downside, very little upside.
Start 'em?: There isn't a lot of upside to Darren McFadden, but he has offered a reliable floor all season long. He's a strong flex play. ... James Jones and Andre Holmes take turns being the top receiver in Oakland, but neither is anything more than a low-end flex.
Sit 'em: You'd probably have to call Derek Carr's rookie season a success overall, but he has had some truly awful games, and you can't rely on him in fantasy. ... Mychal Rivera has performed well in back-to-back games, but if he were a good fantasy play, wouldn't it have shown up sooner? I don't buy it. ... Sebastian Janikowski has had three straight reasonable fantasy games, but there's got to be a better option out there. ... A bad Raiders' defense against that Denver offense? Yikes.
Start in every league: Peyton Manning, Ronnie Hillman, Demaryius Thomas, Emmanuel Sanders, Julius Thomas, Denver defense
Start if you're desperate: Brandon McManus, Darren McFadden, James Jones, Andre Holmes
Bench: Juwan Thompson, Montee Ball, C.J. Anderson, Wes Welker, Derek Carr, Mychal Rivera, Sebastian Janikowski, Oakland defense