Fantasy Football Preview: Kansas City Chiefs vs Tennessee Titans
The head scratching year continues for both the Kansas City Chiefs and Tennessee Titans. Both teams are yet to live up to expectations heading into week seven. Something has got to give this week as both teams meet in a highly anticipated matchup. Tennessee is looking to keep their steady division lead and the Chiefs are looking to still catch up with the rest of the AFC West. So who will stand out in this matchup? Let’s dive into this fantasy football preview: Kansas City Chiefs vs Tennessee Titans.
It’s national tight ends day this weekend. Travis Kelce will ball out on one of his favorite holidays. Plus, with Tyreek Hill dealing with a quad injury there is a chance he misses this game giving Kelce even more of an opportunity to get additional receptions. Kelce currently has the second most receptions on the Chiefs (38) and four touchdowns. Look for Kelce to eat this Titans defense alive.
Prediction: 8 receptions, 140 receiving yards, 2 touchdowns
Derrick Henry is on pace for not one, not two, but three rushing records this season. What are the records? They are most rushing attempts, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns. Can Henry keep up this historic pace against the Chiefs who shut him down two years ago in the AFC Championship game? Considering Henry is coming off of a three touchdown performance rushing for 143 yards against Buffalo who has a solid run defense, it’s more than likely the Chiefs defense feels the wrath of Derrick Henry.
Prediction: 25 carries, 160 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns
No, Clyde Edwards-Helaire should not be in either running back position. Plug him into the flex position unless he’s the clear best option to be in the RB2 spot. Edwards-Helaire is due for a touchdown. In what might be a high scoring affair, expect Edwards-Helaire to be heavily involved in the rushing attack. It’s been a headache so far for fantasy owners, but, with the potential of Tyreek Hill missing this game, there could be more emphasis on the rushing attack from Kansas City.
Prediction: 15 carries, 90 yards, 1 touchdown
Yes, Ryan Tannehill should be in the starting lineup. Why? Bye weeks. The dreaded bye weeks are here and Ryan Tannehill is a very solid choice to start at quarterback this week if a normal top tier starting quarterback is on the bye like Dak Prescott for example. Kansas City’s defense has had it’s struggles this year making stops in general. With Julio Jones and AJ Brown yet to have big games as a wide receiver duo, it would make perfect sense if Tannehill was finding both of them at will against a struggling defense.
Prediction: 30-42, 210 passing yards, 2 touchdowns
Mecole Hardman only has one touchdown this season. Yes, Hardman might be on the receiving end of these long balls from Patrick Mahomes, but he’s overall struggled to go the distance this year. He’s also yet to break 100 receiving yards in a game. But, again, Tyreek Hill’s status for now is up in the air and there’s a chance Hardman could have a big game. Cautiously put Hardman in the flex position.
Prediction: 4 catches, 50 yards
Kansas City Chiefs defense/special teams
Normally an opposing defense will have a hard time when they face Derrick Henry. That Chiefs defense will also have to worry about AJ Brown and Julio Jones. It’s simple, fantasy owners should not start this defense. Save yourself from that headache. It’s not worth it.
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