The Raiders are making some changes in their quarterback room.
Marcus Mariota, the backup quarterback who has been struggling with a strained pectoral muscle, has been placed on injured reserve. Under the NFL’s rules for the 2020 season, that means Mariota can return after three weeks.
DeShone Kizer, who spent last season with the Raiders, has been added to their practice squad. A 2017 second-round pick of the Browns, Kizer has some playing experience, both in Cleveland and in Green Bay, and could be called upon in an emergency.
CLE QB DeShone Kizer - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 17 at Pittsburgh Steelers
For the second game in a row, DeShone Kizer finished with under 200 yards passing with 0 touchdowns and 2 interceptions. He's been amazingly bad as a passer this season, with a touchdown-to-interception ratio of 9-to-21 in 14 starts. Also, a third of his scores came in a single game.
Kizer gets a fairly tough matchup this week against the Steelers, although he surprisingly played well against them (222 yards, 1 pass TD, 1 rush TD) in his first career start all the way back in Week 1. There's also a chance the Steelers rest their starters in this game, so it could make things a tad easier for the rookie.
Still, Kizer has been awful this season and shouldn't be considered as a starting fantasy option this week.