Sunday update: The game has been moved to Monday and will air at 7:05 p.m. ET nationally on CBS. Monday Night Football has been moved back from 8:15 p.m. to 8:50 p.m. ET and still airs on ESPN.
UPDATE: The game has been postponed due to Patriots QB Cam Newton and Chiefs QB Jordan Ta’amu testing positive for Covid-19. The NFL is hoping to play the game on Monday or Tuesday but is awaiting Covid-19 test results.
There are some matchups that are just must watch. Cancel the trip to the pumpkin patch, make sure the schedule is clear. This week, the Kansas City Chiefs are welcoming the New England Patriots in an top tier AFC showdown.
The Chiefs are coming off a dominant performance over the Ravens. They showed up the high powered Ravens offense, holding Lamar Jackson to under 100 yards passing and a mere 20 points. The offensive creativity that the Chiefs displayed throughout the game showed yet again they’re the team to beat in the AFC.
New England smacked the Los Vegas Raiders 36-20 despite a lackluster performance from Cam Newton. The Pats quarterback was 17 of 28 with a TD and interception. The Patriots running game was the highlight of the game, rushing for 250 yards.
Date: Sunday, Oct. 4
Time: 4:25 p.m. EST
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Patriots: 27th vs. Pass, 19th vs. Rush
Chiefs: 5th vs. Pass, 30th vs. Rush
Patriots: +6.5, +240
Chiefs: -6.5, -278
OUT: S Cody Davis (rib), QB Cam Newton (Covid-19)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Adam Butler (shoulder), WR Julian Edelman (knee), G Shaquille Mason (calf), RB Sony Michel (quadricep), T Isaiah Wynn (calf)
QUESTIONABLE: DT Chris Jones (groin)
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Rex Burkhead, Running Back, $4,800:
The Patriots running back situation seems to be gaining a bit more clarity after three weeks. With James White out, and assuming he’s out this week, you can expect more diversity in the backfield. Burkhead had a strong performance in week three being the Swiss army knife that the Pats offense desperately needed in White’s absence.
Sony Michel, Running Back, $4,600:
Michel played a great game against the Raiders. Kansas City is 27th in the league giving up 153 yards on the ground per game. You might be scared to rely on Sony Michel for any consistency, and you’d be right to be scared. But taking a risk on him of all weeks against the Chiefs, without James White, isn’t all that scary. Especially if you have another Pats running back for insurance.
Travis Kelce, Tight End, $6,800:
Kelce solidified himself yet again as one of Mahomes’ key targets in big games. The tight end was the second highest targeted receiver for Mahomes with seven. He led the Chiefs with 87 receiving yards on six catches. The Patriots are one of the best teams against opposing tight ends when it comes to fantasy points. If there’s a week to bench Kelce, its this week. He still isn’t a horrible start if you’re forced to do it.
Sammy Watkins, Wide Receiver, $4,400:
The man with the most targets against the Ravens was Sammy Watkins. The Chiefs receiver caught seven of his eight targets to keep the ball moving for Mahomes. The Chiefs offense will likely be put in at least a couple difficult situations. Watkins is a must have when teams like the Patriots try and stop the big plays from Tyreek Hill and the rest of the Chiefs big play makers.