Holmes didn't get his first catch until Terrelle Pryor entered the game on the team's third offensive drive late in the first quarter. Pryor targeted Holmes on a 23-yard pass into the end zone later on the drive, but it was a bad throw by Pryor, giving Holmes no chance to make a play.
Matt McGloin took over the offense on the next drive and then threw an interception on a pass intended for Holmes. Holmes really didn't make an impact until he had a 40-yard catch-and-run to the Raiders' 48-yard line late in the second quarter.
Holmes' final catch wouldn't come until the last play of the third quarter. He was targeted just once in the fourth quarter, which was a 15-yard pass into the end zone. Unfortunately, McGloin's pass was badly underthrown and nearly picked off. Holmes finished with seven targets in the loss.
The Raiders are back in action Week 15 vs. Kansas City.
After a breakout performance Week 13 at Dallas,
Wide receivers have had fairly good success against New York. They are averaging 25.7 Fantasy points per game, which is tied for the fifth-highest average. Wide receivers are averaging 186.8 receiving yards and have totaled 15 touchdowns in 12 games against New York.
Denarius Moore isn't expected back Week 14, which bodes well for Holmes' Fantasy value. What also bodes well is that quarterback Matt McGloin trusts the third-year receiver. McGloin said of Holmes, "He's definitely a guy I look for to try to get the ball to. He does good things when he gets the ball in his hands."
Holmes is certainly worth a flier in deep formats. He's an option as a third receiver or flex option Week 14 because of the favorable matchup. No. 2 receivers like Mike Williams, Aaron Dobson, Emmanuel Sanders, Marvin Jones, Marquise Goodwin, T.J. Graham, Jacoby Jones and Brian Hartline have all totaled double-digit Fantasy points against the Jets.
"He's a good player," Raiders quarterback Matthew McGloin said, per SFGate.com. "He works hard. He goes about his business day in and day out. ... He's definitely a guy I look for to try to get the ball to. He does good things when he gets the ball in his hands."
Holmes is an undrafted third-year player that bounced around before finally finding a home with his fourth team.
"I use my strengths a lot more than I did three years ago," Holmes said. "Playing bigger and making sure I come down with those 50-50 balls. When I was a rookie, it was more like a 20-80 ball."
Holmes entered Thursday with just five catches for 76 yards in 12 career NFL games. He broke out against the Cowboys for seven catches for 136 yards -- both team highs. Holmes, who was targeted a team-high 11 times, didn't have a catch less than 10 yards and had four catches of at least 20 yards.
Holmes came close to his first career touchdown in the second quarter, as initially he was given a 16-yard touchdown at the 10:33 mark. But the call was reversed after a replay showed Holmes knee was down before he stretched the football across the goal line. One play later, Rashad Jennings had a 1-yard touchdown run.
Holmes' longest reception came on a 35-yard catch-and-run to the Cowboys' 21-yard line in the fourth quarter. Holmes was wide open on a slant route across the middle of the field and ran for some time before being brought down by a Dallas defender.
Holmes was targeted on a 27-yard touchdown pass late in the fourth quarter, but the pass was badly thrown out of bounds by Matt McGloin. The Raiders are back in action Week 14 at N.Y. Jets.
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