Fantasy Football 2013: Chiefs at Broncos Week 11 Preview
Kansas City Chiefs (9-0) at Denver Broncos (8-1)
Sunday, November 17, 2013: 8:30 PM (ET)
The Week 11 edition of “Sunday Night Football” will be another great matchup in a string of must-see TV this season for NBC and the NFL. The undefeated Kansas City Chiefs will be heading to Denver to take on their divisional rival Broncos, and there will be no shortage of storylines to cover. The Chiefs (9-0) are well-rested and coming off a bye, while the Broncos (8-1) snagged a closer-than-expected win over the Chargers in Week 10. There are all sorts of playoff implications involved here, so you can be sure the football world will be watching closely.
As you might expect, this one will make (and break) plenty of fantasy matchups this week. Let’s take a look at some of the key players from both teams so that we can figure out what we should be expecting from our rosters.
Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs: Smith takes care of the football and plays the “game manager” role, which is good for his team, but bad for fantasy owners. There’s not a whole lot to get excited about in his numbers: he has just two touchdown passes (plus one on the ground) in the last five games, and both of those came in the same game. That said, Smith is a lower-end fantasy option here, as the scoring should see a bit of an up-tick. If you’re stuck for a QB, you could do worse.
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Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos: Most people figured Manning would be pretty good this season, but he’s just blown people away with his success. He already has 33 pass touchdowns this year, with four of those coming last week against the Chargers in a 25-of-36, 330-yard game. There’s literally nothing to complain about when it comes to his fantasy numbers. Manning owners may have to keep an eye on him in practice this week, however, as his ankle got a little banged up in the win over San Diego.
Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Charles has been the shining star of the Kansas City offense, and he’s a big reason for their success. He’s getting good yardage totals both on the ground and through the air, so he’s been one of the most valuable PPR backs out there. In the Chiefs’ last game, Charles posted 90 rush yards on 17 attempts and added a relatively paltry half-dozen more through the air. Expect a big workload on Sunday as the Chiefs try to slow the game down to their speed.
Knowshon Moreno, RB, Denver Broncos: Moreno didn’t get into the end zone against the Chargers, but he still had a good game. He posted 65 rush yards on 15 attempts, along with 49 more on eight receptions. Like Charles, he’s been a double-threat this year and has been giving fantasy owners quite a bit to be happy about. He’ll be a solid contributor from week to week, so keep him cemented in your lineup.
Dwayne Bowe, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: The Chiefs don’t post too many receiving yards, but when they do, a lot of them go to Bowe. He usually gets a healthy number of targets--just last week he got 12, catching seven of them--but they don’t always translate to fantasy points. His 67 yards against the Bills were a season-high, and he hasn’t scored since Week 4. Still, given the matchup and Bowe’s potential, it’s not a bad idea to start him here.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: If there’s ever a no-brainer start at wide receiver (besides Megatron and A.J. Green, maybe), it’s Thomas. He caught seven balls against the Chargers last week for 108 yards and three touchdowns, giving him nine total scores on the season. In just the last three games, he has five scores on 18 catches, so he’s definitely a standout player on a crowded offense. We don’t see him slowing down anytime soon.
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