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It’s tough to get excited about the Colts when they’re facing such a dynamic offense in the Chiefs. At first glance, why would you even bother doing anything but stacking the Chiefs? Well, to be fair, the Colts have been holding their own in these simulations. Jacoby Brissett ($10,800) comes into this game averaging 17.5 DKFP, 240 passing yards and 49 touchdowns thrown through 30 games. He doesn’t run the ball much, averaging just 7.7 yards on the ground, but he does have two rushing touchdowns to his credit. He’ll by vastly under owned compared to Patrick Mahomes, so if you want to be different than the field, Brissett is a good place to start.
When he’s airing the ball out, Brissett has been going to Eric Ebron ($6,400) the most, as he’s averaging 4.8 receptions through 30 games. Ebron has also been finding the end zone lately, scoring in two of the Colts’ last three games. While he doesn’t rack up the yardage, you’re getting some really heavy volume in a sub-$7K receiver. He’s even averaging more receptions than T.Y. Hilton ($9,800), who is grabbing four per game with 65.8 yards and 17 touchdowns scored. Hilton is by far the more talented receiver but it’s hard to get him in if you’re looking at some of the Chiefs more expensive players. Again, if low ownership is your strategy here, the Colts’ receivers offer some really strong options. Zach Pascal ($5,000) has been one of the best mid-tier options to choose from, reaching the end zone 10 times while averaging 3.4 receptions and 38 yards per game. He can easily go overlooked by people looking at Demarcus Robinson, who is $200 cheaper. Chester Rogers ($1,800) is easily the best value in this game. At his near minimum salary, Rogers is averaging three receptions and 40 yards per game, which is truly a steal at his price point.
Don’t even bother looking at Marlon Mack ($7,400) unless you’re totally up for wasting $7,400 of your salary. I mean sure, maybe he can go out and have some magical game against the Chiefs because #AnyGivenSimDay, but it’s truly been a disaster for him, as evidenced by his average of 4.6 DKFP per game. Nyheim Hines ($2,200) has been the running back to use in this offense, as he’s catching out of the backfield and even carrying the ball an average of 25.6 yards per game.
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Kansas City Chiefs
Patrick Mahomes ($11,800) is likely going to be the highest owned player in this game and rightfully so. He has the highest DKFP average at 20.8 to go with 267 passing yards and 64 touchdowns thrown. It’s quite incredible when you consider he’s not even using his legs to rack up any points, as he’s run the ball for a total of 49 yards through 30 games. Mahomes is a dangerous fade to make, but you’d certainly have leverage on the field despite him being the most expensive player. With the benefit of a max of five lineups you can make, it’s worth making at least one without the highest overall player in this game.
While Mahomes is one of the highest rated players in this game at 99, his number one receiver in Tyreek Hill ($10,600) has the fastest speed rating at 99. With that in mind, it’s not a surprise to see him averaging 74.6 yards and 4.8 receptions per game. He’s scored 22 times, which accounts for 34% of the touchdowns thrown by Mahomes. Again, another scary fade, but pairing him with Mahomes really limits your roster and forces you to take the likely chalk players on the Colts like Rogers or Pascal. It poses an interesting spot for someone like Travis Kelce ($9,000), who isn’t the most expensive but is still a hefty $9K. Kelce sees the highest volume in this game with an average of 5.1 receptions and 66.3 yards. In a PPR format, Kelce can be a monster when he racks up five or six catches in a sim. The oft-forgotten Sammy Watkins ($6,200) is usually overlooked, as rosters either have the more expensive players or choose to spend down for someone like Demarcus Robinson ($4,800). Watkins is seeing nearly the same volume as Robinson, averaging 3.6 receptions compared to the 3.4 of Robinson. It usually has me leaning toward Robinson, who quietly has scored 13 times as well.
Damien Williams ($8,000) has really been struggling as of late, averaging 10.1 DKFP over his last five games. He’s only made it to double-digit fantasy points in two of those games with two touchdowns scored. His salary has come down a bit in response to his struggles, but again, it feels like a bit much to ask for $8K for a player that could bust, especially against the Colts. I’m likely leaving him on the board or putting him in a couple of lineups at most.
We have so many captain options to choose from in this game, which thankfully, allows us to make five lineups for. The quarterbacks are great options if you’re stacking teams, but overall, I really like the volume guys in my captain spots. For this game, that is Travis Kelce ($13,500) and Eric Ebron ($9,600). In a game that has the potential to be high scoring, I like the idea of getting nine receptions from these two, if they reach the current season average. Mixing these two up in the captain spot is something I would look for, and it doesn’t destroy the average salary you have remaining for the rest of your lineup.
Final Score: Colts 24 Chiefs 33
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