The Kansas City Chiefs lost to the New York Giants last week in a 12-9 barn-burner. With the Buffalo Bills coming to Arrowhead Stadium, the Chiefs will look to right the ship, having lost four of their last five games after starting 5-0.
In terms of fantasy football, there are quite a few solid matchups to consider when looking at Chiefs’ players.
RB Kareem Hunt
Buffalo has allowed 638 rushing yards over the last three games. During that time, they’ve also allowed nine rushing touchdowns. Hunt has been less of the scoring revelation that he was to begin the season of late, but this matchup is a very good one for him. Buffalo has allowed the second-most fantasy points to running backs in 2017.
WR Tyreek Hill
The Bills have struggled mightily against wide receivers over the last two weeks, especially when they’ve lined up in the slot. Keenan Allen absolutely decimated the Bills over the middle last week, and he finished the game with 12 catches, 159 yards, and 2 touchdowns. A week prior to that, Michael Thomas caught 9 passes for 117 yards. The Bills will need to find a way to slow down Kansas City’s jack-of-all-trades if they are going to win on Sunday. For fantasy players, Hill is in a prime matchup.
TE Travis Kelce
For nearly all the same reasons Hill is a good play this week, Kelce is a strong start, as well. Buffalo’s linebackers couldn’t cover a Heineken five-pack with snowman wrapping paper, and if they’re asked to shut down one of the NFL’s premier tight ends, they could be in for a very long day. The Bills will need to mix and match coverages on the afternoon, bracketing Kelce while also respecting Hill’s incredible deep speed.
QB Alex Smith
Buffalo’s defense has done well this year in limiting quarterbacks in terms of fantasy scoring, allowing the ninth-fewest fantasy points to the position. However, Smith always seems to play well against the Bills. Smith is 73-for-112 (65.2%) in his career against Buffalo, throwing 5 touchdowns against no interceptions, for a 103.2 quarterback rating. He’s also added 17 rushes for 116 yards and another touchdown on the ground. In the midst of a career year, Smith profiles as a good player to have in your fantasy starting lineup this week, although I’ll be hoping for this to be his worst start against Buffalo yet.