Fantasy Football 2014: Broncos at Chiefs 11/30/14 Week 13 Preview
Denver Broncos (8-3) at Kansas City Chiefs (7-4)
Sunday, November 30, 2014; 8:30 PM ET
Finishing off the weekend NFL schedule on “Sunday Night Football,” we’ve got a big-time matchup headed our way between the Broncos and the Chiefs. Denver (8-3) is coming off a come-from-behind win over the Dolphins, while Kansas City (7-4) surprisingly lost to the Raiders in Week 12.
With this being the last week of the regular season in many fantasy leagues, the stakes have never been higher, and owners need production. Let’s check out some of the key players on both sides to see what we can be expecting from this matchup.
Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos: After a hiccup against the Rams in Week 11, Manning came back with a vengeance against the Dolphins. He posted 257 yards and four touchdowns in the victory, and even more impressive he boasted an 80 percent completion rate, which wasn’t even his best of the season.
With so many weapons at his disposal--not to mention the talent level--Manning is one of the surest things in fantasy these days. He’ll get his points here, just like usual.
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Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs: Smith gets the starting nod in very few fantasy leagues, and it’s not hard to see why. Though he tossed a pair of touchdowns against Oakland, he’s seldom asked to sling the ball, which explains why he had just 285 yards and zero touchdowns combined in Weeks 10 and 11.
Unless you’re in a super-deep league, you won’t have to rely on Smith, but if the team’s in comeback mode he might do pretty well statistically.
C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos: After some disheartening totals against the Rams, Anderson was back at it again in the Dolphins game, and he took their stout defense to the cleaners. He finished with 167 rush yards and a touchdown on the ground, and also added 28 more on four receptions.
It seems Anderson will be getting the reps going forward, so count yourself lucky if you were able to pick him up. He’s a must-start with the Denver backfield in the shape it’s in.
Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Speaking of must-starts, Charles is obviously in that category. He posted 122 total yards and a receiving score against the Raiders, giving him his seventh consecutive week with double-digit fantasy points.
For the most part, Charles has been back to his old self this season, especially lately. He’s the lynchpin in the KC offense, and will get a heavy load no matter what the circumstances.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: Thomas kept his string of jaw-dropping performances going in Week 12, finally gettinb back to the end zone for the first time in over a month. He bagged three touchdowns and 87 yards on 10 receptions against the Dolphins, and the poor Miami defense simply had no answer for him.
Thomas is probably the favorite target on an offense filled with playmakers, which speaks to his talent level. His string of success doesn’t look like it’s stopping anytime soon.
Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs’ passing game isn’t much of anything to write home about, but they have one great playmaker in Kelce. The thing is, he’s ridiculously underused, as he only saw a handful of balls, grabbing four of them for 67 yards.
The Chiefs need to get Kelce into some mismatches this week so he can exploit his size and strength. If they can do that, he might just be able to get back into the end zone. If not, expect another criminally underwhelming target total.
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