Fantasy Football 2015: Broncos at Chiefs 9/17/15 Week 2 Preview
Denver Broncos (1-0) at Kansas City Chiefs (1-0)
September 17, 2015 8:25 PM ET
TV: CBS, NFL Network
Kicking off the Week 2 NFL festivities on “Thursday Night Football” this week, we’ve got a nice-looking rivalry game between the Broncos and the Chiefs. Kansas City (1-0) is coming off a seven-point win over the Texans in the opener, while Denver (1-0) eked out a victory over the Ravens.
There will be plenty of fantasy implications all over the place in this one, so with that said let’s check out some of the notable players on each side and see what we should be keeping an eye on.
Peyton Manning, QB, Denver Broncos: Manning owners can officially start worrying. Peyton hasn’t managed a touchdown pass yet in 21 drives--including the preseason. He finished Week 1 with 175 yards and an interception, likely burning many a fantasy owner in the process.
Manning is still an obvious must-start in fantasy--you’ve got to roll with him regardless. He should bounce back this week, as he certainly can’t get much worse.
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Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs: Smith had a nice game in Week 1 against the Texans, going 22-of-33 passing for 243 yards and three touchdowns.
We’re not going to sugar-coat things here: Smith is still a lower-end backup in fantasy. That said, a nice performance like this should earn him some extra consideration in deeper leagues for this upcoming game.
C.J. Anderson, RB, Denver Broncos: The Denver backfield is a fantasy minefield right now, and Week 1 didn’t help clarify things much. Anderson posted 12 rushing attempts--the same as fellow RB Ronnie Hillman--but was out-rushed 41-29.
Anderson did bag four receptions for 19 yards in Week 1, which should instill a little confidence in his owners. It’s hard basing anything off such a limp overall offensive performance, though.
Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: For the past few years, Charles has held his value as one of the premiere running backs in fantasy. He had a nice opener, logging 16 carries for 57 yards and 46 more with a TD through the air.
Charles is obviously a must-start fantasy candidate and is one of the top backs out there. He should post another nice game Thursday.
Demaryius Thomas, WR, Denver Broncos: Considering the bad offensive statistics Denver emerged with in Week 1, Thomas’ line actually looks pretty good. He finished with seven receptions for 60 yards, but was out-gained by Emmanuel Sanders, who had eight for 65 yards.
Owners will want to keep an eye on Thomas’ hand injury, sustained in Week 1. He’s got a short turnaround to get back to 100 percent.
Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: Those people who pegged Kelce for a breakout season in 2015 are patting themselves on the back this week. He bagged six balls in the opener for 106 yards and a pair of touchdowns, getting himself off to a great statistical start.
Kelce showed no signs of his ankle injury in Week 1, which is great news for his owners. He’s all systems go for Thursday.
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