This article originally appeared on Lucky Trader: Reignmakers Big Game Slate Breakdown
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- The Chiefs have no players listed on their final injury report heading into Super Bowl LVII. Mecole Hardman (pelvis) was previously placed on IR, and he’ll miss the game, but JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee) and Kadarius Toney (ankle) are both good to go. Additionally, Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle) was activated from IR, and he’ll be active for the big game.
- The Eagles are fully healthy when it comes to their main skill players on offense.
- Chiefs receivers JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee), Kadarius Toney (ankle) and Mecole Hardman (pelvis) were all absent from Chiefs practice throughout the week last week. Despite missing practice, JuJu and Toney are both listed questionable, while Hardman is listed as doubtful to play in the Super Bowl. For now, my assumption is that Justin Watson (who missed the Conference Championship with an illness), Smith-Schuster and Toney will be active, while Hardman will be inactive.
News & Notes
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With the housekeeping out of the way, let’s turn our attention to the big game!
Chiefs vs. Eagles, Sunday (2/12) 6:30 PM ET
The Eagles made quick work of the 49ers last week after San Francisco suffered injuries to both Brock Purdy (elbow) and Josh Johnson (concussion) at quarterback. The lopsided score allowed Jalen Hurts to take his foot off the gas, throwing for only 121 passing yards while giving way to backup Gardner Minshew in the fourth quarter. In two playoff games, Hurts has now totaled only 275 passing yards.
Defensively, Kansas City has ranked in the middle of the pack against the pass while fielding a top-10 rush defense. Expect the Eagles to throw more in the Super Bowl than they have in recent weeks, paving the way for Hurts to have a big fantasy performance.
In a one-game Showdown slate, we’re going to have to get unique somewhere. With the Eagles, I’m willing to take chances on their backfield, where Miles Sanders has commanded less than 50% of the team’s rushing share in three straight games now. Specifically, I’m willing to pair Kenneth Gainwell as the pass-catching back with Patrick Mahomes stacks. I don’t even mind going way off the board with Boston Scott, who isn’t going to see double-digit carries but does have reasonable touchdown equity in the offense.
On the Chiefs’ side, there are several injury situations to track on offense, mostly at wide receiver. JuJu Smith-Schuster (knee), Mecole Hardman (pelvis) and Kadarius Toney (ankle) all left last week’s win vs. the Bengals, while Justin Watson was inactive for the game with an illness. Watson should be available in the Super Bowl, but we’ll have to wait for more clarity on Smith-Schuster, Hardman and Toney, who all missed Kansas City’s first practice that followed the AFC Championship. This will be another position group I’ll be looking to get weird with to utilize differentiation options on the Showdown slate, depending on which players are active. If multiple Chiefs receivers are held out, tight end Noah Gray could help pick up the slack, although he is not available in Reignmakers.
At running back, head coach Andy Reid said Clyde Edwards-Helaire (ankle) had a chance to play in the AFC Championship before he was ultimately ruled out, but that could put CEH on track to play in the Super Bowl. I’ll need to see him on the practice field before I make any moves, but CEH could enter the long-shot conversation should he be activated from IR ahead of the big game. Otherwise, we can expect to see more of the same run-game/pass-game backfield split between Isiah Pacheco and Jerick McKinnon that the Chiefs have deployed in recent weeks.
For a single-game fantasy slate, this one has quite a few moving parts, and I’ll be updating this article with injury news as situations become more clear closer to kickoff.
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