The Kansas City Chiefs have been on a roll since losing to the Las Vegas Raiders and have rattled off three straight wins ahead of their Week 9 matchup against the Carolina Panthers at Arrowhead Stadium. The Panthers are looking to avoid losing a fourth straight game to the AFC West leaders to stay relevant in the NFC South.
The Chiefs are firing on all cylinders after getting a wake-up call four weeks ago. They’re favored to repeat as Super Bowl champs and Patrick Mahomes is only second to Russell Wilson in the MVP race. Kansas City ranks second in points per game (31.6) and is only forking up 19 points per game to opponents. Carolina will have a hard time beating such a well-rounded team on the road.
The Panthers have gotten plenty of production from Teddy Bridgewater, Robby Anderson, and D.J. Moore. The trio have turned out to be one of the best offensive units in the NFL when it comes to racking up yards but scoring has been a bit of a struggle. Mike Davis has exceeded expectations while filling in for Christian McCaffrey but the starter is nearing a return after recovering from an ankle injury for six games. Carolina needs to get a win here to hold off the rising Atlanta Falcons.
Date: Sunday, Nov. 8
Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Notable Statistical rankings (Football Outsiders)
Panthers: #16 Overall — #12 offense, #25 defense, #17 special teams
Chiefs: #4 Overall — #1 offense, #13 defense, #23 special teams
Panthers: +10.5, +430
Chiefs: -10.5, -530
Fantasy football start/sit advice
Robby Anderson, WR, $6,300
Anderson isn’t priced like a player with the third-most receiving yards in the NFL. He’s emerged as Teddy Bridgewater’s top target and is having a career year despite playing opposite D.J. Moore. He only has one score this season but ranks sixth in targets among wide receivers. The Chiefs have been solid on defense but Anderson is still capable of outperforming any receiver priced at $7,000 or more.
Christian McCaffrey, RB, $8,500
McCaffrey is the priciest back on the main slate despite his six-game layoff. The all-purpose back will take away touches from Mike Davis in his return but it’s hard to gauge how involved he’ll be now that Carolina has a viable backup. McCaffrey’s ownership will probably be low because of his high price and the uncertainty around how healthy he is. He could break slates if he performs at his usual level.
Patrick Mahomes, QB, $8,100
Mahomes is coming off his best performance of the season and has been priced up ahead of Week 9. While Carolina has actually been strong against the pass, Mahomes is a different animal. He ranks second in passing yards and touchdowns so far this season. The Panthers should have a tough time scrambling to lock down the diverse group of playmakers around him.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB, $6,100
Edwards-Helaire’s workload has been reduced significantly since Le’Veon Bell arrived but the Panthers rank 31st against running backs on DraftKings. Bell is getting more and more involved but I expect Edwards-Helaire to be the main option if Kansas City opts to pound the ground late in the game. The rookie still ranks third in rushing yards and could assert himself as a force again because of this ideal matchup.