Kansas City Chiefs vs Los Angeles Chargers Matchup Preview 11/18/2019: Analysis, Depth Chart, Daily Fantasy
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Kansas City Chiefs Injury Report: TE Blake Bell (Q), DE Emmanuel Ogbah (Q), DE Alex Okafor (Q), T Mitchell Schwartz (Q), WR Sammy Watkins (Q), DE Frank Clark (Q), G Laurent Duv
Los Angeles Chargers Injury Report: LB Denzel Perryman (Q), DT Justin Jones (Q), G Dan Feeney (Q), S Roderic Teamer (Q), WR Geremy Davis (Q), T Russell Okung (Q), T Sam Tevi (Q), RB Justin Jackson (Q), LS Cole Mazza (Q), LB Thomas Davis Sr. (Q), T Trey Pipkins (Q)
Kansas City Chiefs Analysis:
The Chiefs suffered their fourth loss this season against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday. Patrick Mahomes made his return from his knee injury throwing 36 completions for 446 yards and 3 touchdowns. An impressive return to action for the reigning league MVP against the strong defense of the Titans. Facing another solid defense during prime time against the Los Angeles Chargers. The Chargers have allowed a completion percentage of 71.7% on the season. Allowing the 13th fewest passing yards, 12th fewest yards per completion, 16th fewest passing touchdowns, and a red-zone efficiency of 56% with the 5th fewest red-zone touchdowns this season. They also have the 14th most interceptions this season. With Mahomes back and healthy the reigning league MVP should have himself another productive day.
The Chiefs backfield has been reclaimed by Damien Williams taking the starting role again. Since taking back over the backfield Williams has rushed 31 times for 202 yards and a touchdown in 2 games against some of the better run defenses in the league. He has also seen some passing work, catching 7 catches for 35 yards over the past 2 games. McCoy has taken a backseat to Williams in the backfield, seeing just 12 carries for 49 yards with 5 catches for 23 yards over the past 2 weeks. Facing the Chargers in week 11 who have allowed the 17th highest yards per attempt, 6th fewest fumbles, 10th most rushing yards, but the 12th fewest rushing touchdowns. A solid rush defense awaits the Chiefs backfield this week. However, the creativity of Andy Reid and his ability to get the ball into his playmaker’s hands will prevail.
As per usual, Tyreek Hill led the receivers this week. Catching 11 passes for 157 yards and a touchdown. Tight-end Travis Kelce caught 7 passes for 75 yards and a touchdown. The other speedster of the team, Mecole Hardman, caught 1 pass for 63 yards and a touchdown. Demarcus Robinson caught 4 for 56 and Sammy Watkins caught 5 passes for 29 yards, yet another disappointing game for Watkins. The Chiefs will face the Chargers secondary which has been tough against wide receivers this season. Allowing 10.1 yards per completion which ranks as the 12th lowest in the NFL. The Chargers pass defense is a middle of the pack group this season, sorely missing Safety Derwin James who has been an impact player since entering the league a year ago.
Kansas City Chiefs Depth Chart
Los Angeles Chargers Analysis:
The Chargers had a tough time against the otherwise lackluster Raiders defense. Phillip Rivers ended the game with a 54.8% completion percentage, completing just 17 yards for 207 yards with 2 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. Facing the Chiefs, who have been much improved this year. They have allowed the 15th most passing yards and 11th most passing touchdowns. But have allowed the 13th lowest yards per completion and the 10th fewest yards per attempt. Another middle of the pack defense for Phillip Rivers to have the chance to bounce back after an upsetting performance against the Raiders.
Melvin Gordon has officially reclaimed this backfield after coming back from a hold out this season. Over the past 2 weeks Gordon has seen 42 carries for 188 yards and 3 touchdowns and seeing a little bit of the passing game catching 4 passes for 54 yards. Austin Ekeler has been a chanfe of pace back for the Chargers, still seeing all 3 phases of the game. Rushing 18 times for 89 yards and catching 6 passes for 52 yards and a touchdown over the past 2 weeks. This Kansas City run defense has been the weakness of their defense. Allowing the 2nd most rushing yards, 3rd highest yards per carry, and the 5th most rushing touchdowns. This week will be a great week for both Gordon and Ekeler against the Chiefs.
Keenan Allen led all Chargers receivers with 8 catches for 68 yards, Mike Williams followed with 2 catches for 55 yards, and tight-end Hunter Henry caught 4 passes for 30 yards and a touchdown. A tough outing against one of the softer pass defenses in the Raiders. However, things do not get easier against the Chiefs. The Chiefs secondary has allowed a completion percentage of 69% to opposing offenses. Also allowing the 15th most passing yards and 11th most passing touchdowns. But have allowed the 13th lowest yards per completion and the 10th fewest yards per attempt. The Chargers need to clean up their offense if they want to compete against the Chiefs on Monday night.
Los Angeles Chargers Depth Chart
Melvin Gordon (DK:$6300|FD:$7200)
If the Chargers passing attack continues to struggle like they did last week the offense will have to be reliant upon the run game. Melvin Gordon has finally started to look like himself recently which is a good sign for this offense. Facing the Chiefs lackluster run defense which ranks as the 32nd best against opposing fantasy running-backs on Monday is a very promising sign for a boom week for Gordon and even backup Austin Ekeler. If you can afford Gordon in your lineup, I would hammer him this week. Ekeler could be a good value pick as well, seeing more passing work than Gordon as of recently.