Fantasy Football 2015: Chiefs at Packers Week 3 Preview
Kansas City Chiefs (1-1) at Green Bay Packers (2-0)
Monday, September 28, 2015 at 8:30 PM ET
Finishing up the Week 3 slate on “Monday Night Football,” we have a pretty good-looking matchup between the Chiefs and Packers at Lambeau. Kansas City (1-1) is coming off a stunning loss to their rival Broncos last Thursday, while Green Bay (2-0) was able to exact some revenge against the Seahawks in Week 2.
There will be plenty of notable fantasy football contributors on the field for this one, so let’s check out some of the recent numbers and see what we might be expecting on our rosters this week.
Alex Smith, QB, Kansas City Chiefs: Smith has never instilled excitement among fantasy owners, but he had always been reliable for a mistake-free--if unremarkable--performance each week.
That changed against the Broncos, when Smith posted 191 yards, no scores and two picks, which was very un-Smith-like. He’s a low-level fantasy consideration here.
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Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers: Of the top fantasy QB prospects out there, Rodgers has been the most reliable so far. He put up a solid game against a great Seattle defense in Week 2, with 249 yards and two touchdowns.
That makes five scores and no picks for Rodgers so far, and he’s got a stellar 128.4 passer rating. He’s obviously a no-duh fantasy start every week, even with a diminished roster due to all the injuries out there.
Jamaal Charles, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Speaking of no-duh fantasy starts, next we have Charles. Here’s the good news on him: he put up 21 carries for 125 yards and a score in Week 2. The bad news is that he coughed up a pair of costly fumbles that would ultimately seal the win for Denver.
Even with the mistakes, Charles is still obviously the lynchpin of the KC offense and will be featured prominently on a weekly basis.
Eddie Lacy, RB, Green Bay Packers: Now we get to those aforementioned injuries. Lacy didn’t even register one fantasy point in Week 2, leaving with an ankle injury after three carries for nine yards.
Lacy’s initial X-rays were negative, so you can breathe a sigh of relief there. That said, owners will have to pay close attention to see how much time he’ll end up missing. Grab James Starks in the meantime.
Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs: Outside of Charles, the only player on the KC offense to really get excited about is Kelce. He had a great opener but was stifled in Week 2 with four catches for 58 yards.
If the Chiefs are wise, they’ll put a heavy dose of Kelce in the game plan this week. We’d imagine he’ll get a solid workload as the offense tries to keep up with Rodgers on the other side.
Randall Cobb, WR, Green Bay Packers: Cobb has been banged up so far this year due to a shoulder injury, but hasn’t let it slow him down much. He posted 116 yards on 11 targets in Week 2, proving his reliability once again.
It’s good to see Cobb getting over that shoulder issue. The extra day of rest should certainly help him here, so you should obviously keep him locked in for Monday.
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