Sunday Night Preview
Sunday Night Preview:
Denver Broncos @ Kansas City Chiefs
Vegas Odds: KC -13.5, O/U 50.5
A tale of two very different cities all begins at the most important position in football: quarterback. Patrick Mahomes has been simply phenomenal from his first career start on. His 317 passing yards per game and 30 touchdowns are ridiculous enough, and then add that he’s got only 2 interceptions and he’s just being unfair. On top of all of that he’s got 215 rushing yards and 2 scores. He’s our FantasyHolic’s expert ranked #1 QB for the week as he faces an average Broncos secondary. On the other side Drew Lock is no doubt a talented young gun but hasn’t put together much consistent professional success. His 7:11 TD:INT ratio is among the worst in the league, and he offers next to nothing in rushing points for you. He has some hope for the future but not much to speak of this year. He is ranked outside of our top 20 and his only chance of any production is by sheer volume if they are forced to throw all night due to game script.
Rookie grinder Clyde Edwards-Helaire has had a solid first season on the league’s most explosive offense. He doesn’t posses blazing speed or deliver much punishing wear-you-down power, but does a nice job fitting in as a versatile chess piece that has no true weaknesses. The Glide is approaching 1,000 total yards for the year to go with 30 catches and 5 total scores. He did miss Thursday and Friday practices this week with what’s being called a stomach virus. Keep an eye on this pregame but he’s questionable aka likely to play. If active he is ranked as our RB #17 as he faces a middle of the road Broncos front 7. Both Le’Veon Bell and Darrel Williams are ranked outside of our top 40 backs but would each be decent RB3s if CEH sits. Bell would be the preferred play but it could be close to a 50/50 timeshare. The Denver backfield has been underwhelming most of the year. It’s hard enough to rack up stats when the offense as a whole is struggling, not to mention when the coaches rotate backs frequently. Melvin Gordon has lead the charge but isn’t finding the same success as in previous years. Despite not racking up many yards he does have 7 TDs, which is definitely not something to ignore. He is our RB #22 against this good but not elite KC defense. His copilot Philip Lindsay is outside of our top 40 rankings but can be used as a desperate RB4 or flex if you’ve got limited options. He’s listed as questionable so keep tabs on that, but at least he is averaging 5 yards a carry. With only 1 TD and 2(!!!!!) catches in 2020 he posses overall low upside. Royce Freeman is also far off the radar.
Tyreek Hill’s season can be summed up fairly easily and simply with one word: unstoppable. He leads the league in receiving TDs (13), is second in receiving yards and even has 10 carries and a score on the ground. He checks in as our WR #2 overall. His teammates at the position have a crowded fight for attention with Sammy Watkins back from injury last week. Against Tampa Watkins lead the way (7 targets) over Demarcus Robinson (6 targets) and Micole Hardman (5). Treat Sammy as a high ceiling WR4 with DRob and Hardman more WR5/6. Denver’s receiver room has struggled to get much consistent numbers but has an appealing opportunity in what should be a shootout. Tim Patrick (36 rec/563 yd/3 TD) and Jerry Jeudy (37/589/2) have filled in decently for the hole left by last year’s 1K receiver Cortland Sutton. Patrick is our WR #31 and Jeudy WR #35. Both should get a healthy amount of targets as KC lights up the scoreboard early and often. Let’s hope for an early Christmas fireworks show for all managers to enjoy. Pace pace pace!
Travis Kelce. Enough said. There’s Kelce and then there’s the rest of the position. He is and will remain the #1 TE all week every week as has 10 more catches and 400 more yards than any other player at the position. Denver’s Noah Fant is a talented specimen that is only scratching the surface of his career potential. Unfortunately he’s tied to this disastrous offense. He’s actually leading the team with 40 catches but is averaging just 10.9 yards per receptions to go with a meager 2 scores. He’s our TE #9 since he should command some targets, just don’t expect him to carry you too far the rest of the year.