Minnesota Vikings at Kansas City Chiefs Matchup Preview 11/3/19: Analysis, Depth Charts, Daily Fantasy
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The Chiefs have another difficult matchup after losing to the Packers last week. Star quarterback Patrick Mahomes will probably not play this game, so they have an even tougher test. The Vikings are a top team in the NFC and have beat some tough opponents. Kirk Cousins has played very well in the last few weeks and will pose a challenge for the Chiefs defense. The spread for this game is 3.5 points in favor of the Vikings. This could be a tough test for the Chiefs without their starting quarterback. For odds movement and full matchup history, visit the Minnesota Vikings and Kansas City Chiefs matchup page.
Date: Sunday, November 3rd, 2019
Time: 1:00 ET
Location: Arrowhead Stadium – Kansas City, MO
Minnesota Vikings: WR Adam Thielen (Q) – Hamstring
Kansas City Chiefs: CB Kendall Fuller (Q) – Thumb, QB Patrick Mahomes (D) – Kneecap, G Andrew Wylie (Q) – Ankle, DE Frank Clark (Q) – Neck, DE Chris Jones (Q) – Groin, T Eric Fisher (O) – Hernia, DE Alex Okafor (Q) – Ankle, G Laurent Duvernay-Tardif (Q) – Ankle, CB Bashaud Breeland (Q) – Shoulder
Minnesota Vikings Analysis
Stefon Diggs has performed extremely well in Adam Thielen’s absence. In his last 3 games, Diggs has had three 100+ yard games. He has performed extremely well, but is facing a Chiefs team that ranks 8th in fantasy points allowed to receivers. Since the Chiefs run defense is ranked 31st in yards allowed, most teams just run the ball against them, and receivers do not have many opportunities to make plays.
Dalvin Cook should have a great game this week. The Chiefs rank 29th in fantasy points allowed to running backs. Just last week against the Packers, they allowed 44.6 PPR fantasy points to Aaron Jones and 18.6 fantasy points to Jamaal Williams. Though Cook’s production was limited last week, he should have a great game this week. Backup running back Alexander Mattison has been eating into Cook’s carries. Mattison had 13 carries and Cook had 23 carries. It seems that the Vikings have only been using Mattison on occasion, and Cook still gets a significant majority of touches.
Kirk Cousins is also in line for a huge game. He has performed incredibly well recently, and is up against a Chiefs defense that ranks 23rd in points allowed to quarterbacks. The Chiefs defense also ranks 15th in pass yards allowed. They have allowed a lot of great games to quarterbacks, and should allow a great game to Kirk Cousins this week.
Minnesota Vikings Depth Chart
Kansas City Chiefs Analysis
With Patrick Mahomes out, Tyreek Hill has been the best receiver for the Chiefs. He has led the Chiefs in receiving yards in each of the last two games. Though he has not had many receptions, Matt Moore likes to take deep shots to Tyreek Hill, and he will likely do that against the Vikings. Hill may get a lot of targets, and the Vikings defense ranks 26th in fantasy points allowed to receivers. Expect him to make some big plays against the Vikings defense.
The running backs for the Chiefs have not been very effective. LeSean McCoy has taken the role of lead running back, but his stats have not been very impressive. The Chiefs rank 25th in rushing yards, so their running game has not been good. Last game, McCoy had only 9 carries for 40 yards, and in the game before that, he had 12 carries for 64 yards. Those are not solid numbers for a fantasy running back. The Vikings rank 8th in fantasy points allowed to running backs, so McCoy should not have a better game this week.
Travis Kelce is the only safe bet for fantasy on the Chiefs. With Matt Moore playing at quarterback, he has still had 10+ PPR points in each of his last two games. He is a solid starter that should do well against the Vikings.
Kansas City Chiefs Depth Chart
Daily Fantasy: Dalvin Cook
Dalvin Cook (DK: $9,500, FD: $5,000) should have a great game. Although his salary is extremely high, the Vikings defense has allowed the 3rd most fantasy points to running backs. Kirk Cousins (DK: $6,700, FD: $7,800) could also be a good option at quarterback. He has been extremely hot lately and is facing a Chiefs defense that ranks 23rd in points allowed to quarterbacks. On the Chiefs, no player is extremely good. Tyreek Hill (DK: $7,400, FD: $7,700) may have a decent game, but he is definitely not worth his high salary on DraftKings and FanDuel.