Kansas City Chiefs at Baltimore Ravens Matchup Preview 9/22/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy
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This is going to be the game to watch this week. Both teams come into this game after dominant performances in the first two weeks. This will be an early test in the season for both teams because they are both Super Bowl contenders. The Ravens offense has looked very good so far, but their offense has not been as consistently productive as the Chiefs offense. The Chiefs offense looks like the best in the league right now, but they will have trouble against the Ravens defense. This game could end up high-scoring, but it really depends on how well the Ravens defense can stop the Chiefs. The Ravens offense should put up a solid score on the board, but the matchup to watch will really be the Chiefs offense against the Ravens defense. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Kansas City Chiefs and Baltimore Ravens matchup page.
Date: Sunday, September 22nd, 2019
Time: 1:00 ET
Location: Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Chiefs: T Eric Fisher (Q) – Groin, RB Damien Williams (Q) – Knee, WR Tyreek Hill (O) – Shoulder, RB LeSean McCoy (Q) – Ankle
Baltimore Ravens: CB Jimmy Smith (O) – Knee
Kansas City Chiefs Analysis
The main question for the Chiefs coming into week two was at the receiver position. With Tyreek Hill injured, it was unclear who would emerge as a receiving threat along with Sammy Watkins. We got a very clear answer to that question. Demarcus Robinson had a huge performance against the Raiders, with 172 yards and 2 touchdowns. Rookie Mecole Hardman also had a great game, catching the ball 4 times for 61 yards and 1 touchdown. The Chiefs showed off their depth at the receiver position and their big play ability. Mahomes can throw the ball accurately to almost anywhere on the field. However, the Chiefs will not be able to constantly make big plays against the Ravens this week. The Cardinals were able to make a few big plays against the Ravens last week, but could only score one touchdown. The Chiefs offense has more playmakers than the Cardinals, but it could be hard to make big plays with Earl Thomas at safety for the Ravens.
The running back situation has been a bit more tricky for the Chiefs. Although Damien Williams is listed as the RB1 in the depth chart, LeSean McCoy has been getting his fair share of snaps. Williams was on the field for 51% of snaps, while McCoy was on the field for 41% of snaps. For the past two games, McCoy has had better success running the football, and Williams has had more success receiving the football. Williams has been more productive because he has been catching the football more. This running back timeshare is one to monitor for the coming weeks, but for now, it looks like Williams is more involved in the offense.
Kansas City Chiefs Depth Chart
Baltimore Ravens Analysis
Lamar Jackson has looked exceptional these past two weeks. He is playing at an MVP level right now, and it does not look like the Chiefs defense could stop him. The Chiefs have allowed 735 yards in the past two weeks, and the Ravens will take advantage of that. They have not been able to stop the running game, and have been slightly better against the passing game. Last week, the Chiefs allowed 99 yards to Josh Jacobs on only 12 carries. They also allowed only 198 to quarterback Derek Carr and forced 2 interceptions. Still, in week 1, the Chiefs allowed 347 passing yards to the Jaguars. Against the Ravens, the Chiefs will probably have trouble stopping anything because Lamar Jackson is such a threat to run and pass the ball. He has had over 30 fantasy points in the last two games and that trend should continue against the Chiefs.
Tight end Mark Andrews has had great games for the past two weeks. He has had 16 receptions, 220 yards, and 2 touchdowns in the first two games. He is emerging as a star for the Ravens. He will also do well against the Chiefs, as they have allowed 14 receptions for 112 yards to tight ends so far. Andrews should continue his hot streak this game as well. Mark Andrews is not the only playmaker on the Ravens to watch for this week. Marquise Brown has emerged as a favorite target for Lamar Jackson in the passing game. He had 8 receptions for 86 yards on 13 targets in week 2 following a monster performance in week 1. The Ravens offense will do very well this week against the Chiefs defense.
Baltimore Ravens Depth Chart
Daily Fantasy: Ravens Offense Continues Hot Streak
Lamar Jackson (DK: $7,000, FD: $8,500) and Patrick Mahomes (DK: $7,900, FD: $9,200) are very expensive this week, but they will have great games. Jackson should continue his hot streak against the Chiefs average defense and Mahomes will put up a great statline like he always does. For running backs, I like Damien Williams (DK: $5,200, FD: $6,400). He has not had much success running the ball this year, and the Ravens defense is very difficult to run against, but he is a threat in the passing game. He has 9 receptions for 87 yards in the last two games. Since the Chiefs will have difficulty running the ball, they will look to Williams in the passing game. I also like Mark Andrews (DK: $4,600, FD: $6,800) for the Ravens. He is extremely cheap on DraftKings and he will do very well against a Chiefs defense that has not been good at defending tight ends so far. Additionally, Marquise Brown (DK: $5,900, FD: $6,100) will have a good game because the Chiefs have not done well against fast receivers and Brown had 13 targets last game. He is extremely cheap and should have a big game against the Chiefs secondary.