Fantasy Football 2014: Patriots at Chiefs 9/29/14 Week 4 Preview
New England Patriots (2-1) at Kansas City Chiefs (1-2)
Monday, September 29, 2014 8:30 PM ET
Wrapping up the Week 4 NFL festivities on “Monday Night Football” we have a pretty solid matchup between the Patriots and the Chiefs. New England (2-1) is coming off a seven-point win over the Raiders in Week 3, while Kansas City (1-2) took care of the Dolphins for their first win of the year.
As expected, there will be plenty of fantasy considerations in this game, so with that in mind let’s take a closer look at a few of the big names and see what we should be expecting from our rosters on Monday.
Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots: Now that the Patriots have transformed themselves into a power-running team, some of the luster has come off Brady in fantasy terms. He managed just 234 yards in Week 3, and had one TD pass for the third consecutive game.
The good news is that Brady isn’t making any mistakes. The bad news is that it seems like his huge-scoring fantasy days are behind him.
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Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs: We doubt too many of you are utilizing Smith as a starting QB, but he’s a popular backup option. In Week 3, he was impressive, tossing three touchdown passes against the Dolphins. He still only passed for 186 yards, though.
Smith might find his way into some lineups this week, due to the byes and all, where he should be able to put up some decent numbers.
Stevan Ridley, RB, New England Patriots: Who would have guessed that three weeks into the season the definite Pats RB to have in fantasy would be Ridley? He’s provided great draft value so far, posting 176 yards and a score as the team’s preferred rusher.
That said, he wasn’t too impressive in Week 3, posting just 54 yards on 19 chances. Still, he’s getting the opportunities and will find pay dirt as long as he keeps getting the ball.
Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: All those fantasy owners who spent their top pick on Charles are banging their heads against the wall. He’s got just 23 yards on nine rushes so far, and sat out Week 3 due to an ankle injury.
That said, Charles should be practicing this week, which means he’s got a decent chance at seeing the field on Monday. It’ll be a situation to watch for his owners, as he’s an obvious must-start when he’s in there.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, New England Patriots: Speaking of must-start fantasy players, Gronkowski fits that bill. He’s been light on the yardage totals so far this season, but has a pair of scores to soften the blow.
Gronk is still working his way back to full health, so keep that in mind if you’re relying on him. We should see an increase in snaps once again this week as he continues to improve.
Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs don’t have much of a passing game to speak of, but one buzz-worthy name they do have is Kelce. He managed a 20-yard score (his first of his career) in Week 3, and finished with 36 total yards on three grabs.
If the Chiefs are smart, they’ll continue to increase Kelce’s snap count, as he’s one of the most dynamic players on their roster. He’s definitely a must-have fantasy guy and should be starting in all formats by now.
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