Our newest writer, Phillip Simmons gives you his rundown of the Thursday Night game! Follow him on Twitter @Statsandfactsff!
Chiefs 30 Broncos 6
Good job Elway! You really know how to pick a QB during your tenure as a GM for the Broncos. I was one of the very few who thought that Joe Flacco would work in this offense because he has receivers that could make plays within the offense. In this game Thursday Night he looked like the Statue of Liberty when he dropped back to pass. Granted he had no time to throw the ball, but at least while he was in Baltimore he had a little bit of mobility in the pocket. The offensive line gave him no time to breathe due to Frank Clark breathing down his neck for four quarters.
The whole fantasy community had Phillip Lindsay as there start of the week due to the swiss cheese run defense of the Chiefs and they were gravely disappointed. Spag’s philosophy this week was to put 8 in the box all night and force Flacco to beat them deep and it finally worked for them. Due to the game script the running game had to go to the wayside and it forced Flacco to throw and boy was that a disaster. Lindsay and Freeman had a legit 50/50 split and they both performed exactly the same with the same exact line, except for the lone touchdown for the Broncos by Freeman on the first drive. They both have a 50% Clutch rating this year so they have been fringe flex starts all year. Totally matchup dependent for both backs even though this one was supposed to be a golden matchup.
The two fantasy relevant receivers for Denver had respectable games this week. Courtland Sutton has truly broken out this year and no one has been talking about him this year due to the struggles the Broncos have been having. In a PPR league 6 receptions for 87 yards is a solid start in your league and he’s an every week start despite his mediocre QB play. That is referenced by his Clutch percentage of 83%. Emmanuel Sanders had 5 receptions for 60 yards this week. He has been battling through injuries all year and he fought through it this year and had a fantasy relevant week. I would closely monitor his availability every week due to his DNP all week with his flurry of injuries.
Next week the Broncos have the Colts. Flacco cannot be started and if you have any better options at RB I wouldn’t start Phillip or Royce. Sutton and Sanders can be started in PPR leagues. They will get volume because they will most likely be down in this matchup.
OH BOY!!!!!!!!! Kansas City we have a big problem. I think this is so bad because of how Patrick hurt himself. On a routine QB sneak someone came across and hit his knee and dislocated his knee cap. It was a huge relief to see him walk off on his own power and an even bigger relief to know that he will only miss at least three weeks this year and come back and play this year for his team. Prior to the injury Pat was doing regular Pat things and doing it very efficiently with only one incompletion and threw his lone touchdown to Mecole Hardman. Luckily the Chiefs have a serviceable QB to spell Mahomes for the next three weeks in Matt Moore. We have seen him play in Carolina. He throws a good deep ball so I think he will play pretty well in this offense and keep the Chiefs in a good spot for playoff time and possible be a good play in superflex leagues where you are desperate like me if you need a second QB.
The running game situation is a hodgepodge of mess for fantasy. Usually Andy has uses one running back in his offense and they are the workhorse for the team. This week McCoy took over the backfield and had some quality runs up the middle and he still has some juice in his jukes for his age and the amount of carries he has during his career. He had 12 carries for 64 yards with an efficient 5.4 yards a carry Damien Williams was huge disappointment this week for fantasy and I’m not sure if you can start him until something happens drastically in this backfield. He did receive 9 carries but he did nothing with it at all. Looks like Darrel WIlliams is getting third down work as well and that was Damien’s role last year. That is where he made him look so great last year with his pass catching ability.
The receiving option on the Chiefs were underwhelming due to the injury to Pat but there were a few good fantasy plays this week for them. When we thought Tyreek Hill wasn't going to have a good week he breaks a long gain for a touchdown and he did it again. 3 receptions for 74 yards and a touchdown salvaged his fantasy week. Travis Kelce will be used even more with Matt Moore going forward. This week he had 6 receptions and I forecast more in these next few weeks until Matt gets more comfortable with the offense.
Next week the Kansas City has the Packers on Sunday Night Football. In 2 QB leagues I would start Matt Moore. For right now McCoy looks like the guy to start in this back field and Hill and Kelce as bonafide must starts against Green Bay.
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