Kansas City Chiefs DL Chris Jones is officially active for the AFC Championship game vs. the Tennessee Titans. He was unable to play in the Chiefs’ divisional round win over the Texans last week, and sat out the first two days of practice this week before getting in a limited session on Friday.
Jones is expected to play in a limited role, according to beat writer Sam McDowell. His absence didn’t impact much in Kansas City’s comeback against Houston, but getting him back will be a big deal for Sunday’s game against the Titans, even in a limited role. Let’s take a look.
Fantasy Football analysis: Kansas City Chiefs DL Chris Jones
Now, obviously you can’t play Jones in DFS or any type of fantasy format, but he is a Pro-Bowler and an anchor on defense. Jones led the Chiefs in sacks with 9.0 on the interior and outside of the secondary, was the bright spot of a mostly average Kansas City defense.
Last week without Jones, the Chiefs allowed 94 rushing yards on 21 carries, which isn’t bad. They were also able to get pressure on QB Deshaun Watson, sacking him four times. Carlos Hyde only managed 3.4 yards per carry as well, so most of the damage was done by Watson on scrambles. Titans QB Ryan Tannehill isn’t nearly as athletic, but Derrick Henry is.
Tennessee’s game plan is to funnel carries to Henry and limit the amount of times Tannehill has to throw downfield. As a result, the QB has only taken two sacks in two playoff games during this run. With Jones returning for the game, it provides a significant threat for the Chiefs defense. At $3,100, the Chiefs D/ST is a decent play without Jones, but with him back, they unit becomes a very intriguing play on DraftKings’ two-game Championship game slate. The Titans are one-dimensional and are easily the least imposing offense of the four remaining teams. In Showdown at $6,300/$4,200, same goes, if you’re stacking the Chiefs then their D/ST is a good play, particularly at home favored by a TD.