The NFL kicks off Week 7 in a few hours, and we get a potentially fun divisional matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and Denver Broncos on Thursday Night Football. It will be a wild game for fantasy football fans, with some huge names on display. Whether you have Patrick Mahomes or Tyreek Hill or Phillip Lindsay, there are plenty of names to watch and every fantasy league will get off to a quick start tonight.
There are very few serious question marks heading into this game. We know Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins won’t play, and it appears Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders is good to go. We don’t quite know how the Chiefs backfield will shake out between Damien Williams and LeSean McCoy, and we don’t know if Phillip Lindsay or Royce Freeman will end up with more touches in the Broncos backfield.
Inactives are due at 6:50 p.m., but there will be news earlier in the day as we prepare for the game. If you’re trying to figure out your fantasy football lineups, this information is critical to getting the right players in the right spots. There’s plenty of time for the rest of your fantasy lineups, but many of us have some last minutes decisions to make on Thursday evening. And if you’re looking to play some DraftKings Showdown, make sure and combine this info with our last minute strategy piece.
We’ll provide updates on injuries, key start/sit decisions, and more leading up to the 8:20 p.m. kickoff.
Chiefs-Broncos inactives for Week 7
Chiefs: WR Sammy Watkins, OL Eric Fisher, DL Chris Jones, OL Andrew Wylie, CB Kendall Fuller, RB Darwin Thompson, OL Greg Senat
Broncos: WR Juwanna Winfree, CB Bryce Callahan, LB Corey Nelson, OT Ja’Wuan James, OT Calvin Anderson, TE Troy Fumagalli, DE Adam Gotsis
Patrick Mahomes dealing with ankle injury
The Chiefs will have their star quarterback in action Thursday, but he is dealing with an ankle injury. It was described as a “legit injury” and “probably worse than most people think it is,” according to NFL Network reporter James Palmer. The injury reportedly first occurred in Week 1, and has been aggravated each of the last two games. Palmer noted that after the injury happened and after each aggravation, opposing defenses switched to more man coverage. The Broncos don’t play a lot of man coverage, so that will be something to watch.
Mahomes is a guy you start no matter what in traditional fantasy, but you likely want to pass on him in DFS. His passing yardage is on a record-pace, but against an aggressive defense like that of the Broncos, it’s hard to get super jazzed about this matchup. The Chiefs are a field goal road favorite, and the whole world is betting on them, but the ankle injury is going to be something to track for both fantasy and gambling purposes.
Emmanuel Sanders looks good to go, Sammy Watkins sitting
Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins got in three limited practice sessions this week, but was formally ruled out on Wednesday due to his hamstring injury. Considering the short week and Tyreek Hill’s big return last week, it makes no sense to rush Watkins back. Mecole Hardman, Demarcus Robinson, and Byron Pringle will be battling for snaps, with Hardman the likely best candidate.
Meanwhile, the Broncos expect to have wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders back after he sat out the second half of Week 6 with a knee injury. He was listed as limited on Monday, but was a full participant on Tuesday and Wednesday. He’s a solid start against a shaky Chiefs defense.
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