Sunday Night Preview
Sunday Night Preview:
Kansas City Chiefs @ Las Vegas Raiders
Vegas Odds: KC -7.5, O/U 57
With a monster Vegas point total of 57 we can expect an exciting shootout of prime time football tonight, hopefully like their previous Week 5 40-32 fireworks show. In that game Patrick Mahomes and Derek Carr both threw for over 340 yards and multiple touchdowns, with Carr surprisingly getting the win and more fantasy points. This week Mahomes is our FantasyHolic’s expert ranked #1 QB, with Carr at QB #16. Both have MVP type numbers, with Mahomes having a 25 TDs/1 INT compared to Carr’s 16/2. This was the Chiefs only loss of the year, and you can bet they’ve had this rivalry game highlighted on their schedule since then. We are in for a treat.
The top RB in this game is LVR’s Joshua Jacobs, ranking as our RB #9 this week. His 3.85 yards per carry isn’t ideal, but as far as getting your squad points his 700 rushing yards and 8 touchdowns are exceptional. He’s also 3rd on the team with 23 catches. He’s an RB1 the rest of the season. His backup Devontae Booker has made some noise with 3 TDs in the last 2 weeks, but this usage has mostly been game flow dependent and unlikely to be repeated. He is outside our top 40 backs for the week. For the Chiefs Clyde Edwards-Helaire is our #16 RB. He hasn’t had the workhorse role he started off with since LeVeon Bell arrived, but still is expected to lead this top tier offense’s backfield in touches. His 28 receptions are 3rd on the team. Bell and Darrel “The Mentor” Williams are stuck as valuable handcuffs with limited upside as long CEH is healthy. Neither is worth a spot in your starting lineups.
It’s kind of crazy that Tyreek Hill is the only WR to crack our top 40 from this game, checking in at #3. The reality is that all 3 Raiders WRs (Nelson Agholor, Henry Ruggs, Hunter Renfrow) are WR4s with volatile floors and high ceilings. Carr likes to spread the ball around as each WR above between 250 and 400 yards for the year. Agholor is the most likely to score (5 TDs), Renfrow the most likely to rack up cheap catches and yards (leads the group in both) while Ruggs is the most explosive talent that’s overdue to have a surprise top 10 scoring week. Besides Hill the Chiefs have been very inconsistent targets as a position group. Mecole Hardman is a WR4 with Sammy Watkins out at least one more week. He does have 3 scores on the year but sadly has only been targeted 6 or more times in a game twice this year. His teammate Demarcus Robinson is more of a WR5. He’s not nearly as much of a big play threat as Hardman, although he does have a TD in each of the last two games. Note these were his only scores this year, however.
If you’re invested in Travis Kelce or Darren Waller the first thing that needs to be said is simple: congratulations! They are the top 2 scoring fantasy players at the position. This week should be no different for either stud. Back in week 5’s matchup both players scored a TD, although Kelce more than double up on Waller with 108 yards compared to 48. This week and for the rest of 2020 expect to see us rank TK at #1 and DW at #2.