So could this be a week where the two opposites attract and make one great, gigantic points bonanza?
Decker's reemergence on the fantasy wasteland of Thursday night makes for a good theory. It's a lot of fun. It's something you could certainly explore if it weren't the first week of the playoffs. The playoffs aren't the time when I'm going with a "he's due" hunch.
Of course, you could just want to play the matchup. The Raiders have allowed the eighth most fantasy points to receivers this year and 16 touchdown receptions to receivers. That's good for third in the league. Decker also has a receiving touchdown in back-to-back games with the Raiders. So the matchup is top notch.
The anxiety was too much. And in the end, I have a feeling I'm going to be most bummed about Colston on the bench. Hey, I'm not the Fantasy Fraidy-cat for nothing.
Outside of a few rough starts early this season, he's had fewer than 14 fantasy points only once this year. Manning has 285 passing yards in five consecutive road games. The Raiders have allowed 24 pass touchdowns this season (second in the league) and at least three touchdown passes in seven of their last nine games.
Thomas has been the apple of Manning's eye in recent weeks, with at least 10 fantasy points in four consecutive games. He's had four touchdown receptions in his last three games. That was the rub with Thomas. Decker was getting the touchdowns and Thomas had the yards. Now Thomas has the touchdowns and the yards.
Tamme benefitted from Brandon Stokley's absence and had a solid outing against the Buccaneers in Week 13. And imagine how much better he would have been if Manning hadn't thrown the ball to one of his defensive linemen. But still, it's a tight end on Thursday night. Even if it is Peyton Manning, you can't feel comfortable.
The king of garbage points, Palmer has averaged 238 yards with six touchdowns and eight interceptions in his career against the Broncos. Denver has allowed eight touchdown passes in the last seven home games, and have seven interceptions in the last three games at Oakland. Palmer, though, has been solid at home with at least 16 points in each game. But still, this is the playoffs.
The most-played receiver for the Raiders, he's had eight fantasy points or less in three consecutive games. And fewer than seven points in three straight home games. Again, this is the playoffs.
Now this has been the stud of the Raiders lineup in recent weeks. He had 14(!) receptions for 130 yards and a touchdown last week. He had 15 targets, so he caught all but one pass thrown his way. The Broncos have allowed the second-most points to tight ends this season. I don't see how you can bench him unless you have Jimmy Graham and Aaron Hernandez. Even if it is a tight end on Thursday night.