Week Nine: Great Win, Better Future Ahead

Wow, that may have been the greatest Halloween ever for us Kansas City Chiefs fans. Thankfully something must have scared Philip Rivers into that fumble. Chiefs’ fans would have settled for going 2-1 before the game against the New England Patriots, now they have a chance to go 3-0 and be 6-3 before that match-up. After the frightful 0-3 start this team endured a 6-3 record entering the Patriots game would have been an impossible dream, but now it is looking like a strong reality.

Before you continue reading the rest of this post please read a guest post from Mark Larison. He gives an in depth breakdown of how well Chiefs players will do this week against the Miami Dolphins.

I agree with a majority of what Mark predicts. I agree that Matt Cassel could be considered for a start this week, especially if the bye week is affecting your stud QB’s start. Cassel is a player you should have on your bench right now. If you are winning your league currently with a stud QB the chances are his team could be clinching a playoff spot early and could be resting him for the playoffs. Having a guy like Cassel who is sure to be playing during that time could be very valuable.

Mark is right on that Dwayne Bowe is a sure fire #1 WR in any format and should always remain in your lineup. Steve Breaston has seen more and more targets in the past few weeks and is worthy of a bench spot in most formats, however I feel like the emergence of Jonathan Baldwin makes him a risky start. On the flip side, Breaston makes Baldwin a risky start as well. This is where I disagree with Mark as I feel like Baldwin could be a better option at WR for you this week than Breaston. I do predict Breaston to get a TD this week, but I’m afraid Baldwin could steal that score from him. In the long run you are better off with Baldwin over Breaston.

If you were lucky enough to get Jackie Battle of waivers earlier this season I applaud you. He isn’t a fantasy stud by any means, but he is worth a start this week. I would start him over Chris Johnson and Rashard Mendenhall who were both considered top 10 RBs entering the 2011 season. I disagree with Mark again as I believe Dexter McCluster is useless no matter what format you play in. He sees him as a low end #2 RB in PPR leagues; I believe he shouldn’t be on any roster. He just doesn’t do anything productive with the touches he is given.

The Chiefs Defense may actually be worth a play this week as the Dolphins are in a word horrible. They have trouble moving the ball in all facets. Matt Moore is not a NFL QB and could be in for a long day. Brandon Flowers and Brandon Carr should be salivating at the opportunities to pick him off. Miami struggled to score any points the last two weeks against the Denver Broncos and New York Giants who both have questionable defenses. I predict the Dolphins would again have a hard time finding the endzone this weekend.

I have never been a fan of Ryan Succop as a fantasy kicker. However, this week FantasySharks.com has him as their #1 kicker this weekend. I don’t see it, but I’m not a paid expert. I would stay away unless you have no other option.

This Sunday should be another fun day for Chiefs fans, maybe not as exciting as Halloween Monday was, but still fun. Sunday’s game shouldn’t be a nail bitter, at least I hope not. This weekend could be a day where Todd Haley should have a lot of fun running some amazing plays. The Dolphins are a practice squad team, a perfect match-up for the Chiefs to work on their future offensive game plans.

Week nine Kansas City Chiefs Fantasy Projections:

Matt Cassel: 225 yards passing, 2 TD, 1 INT
Thomas Jones: 20 yards rushing
Dexter McCluster: 20 yards rushing, 3 receptions for 20 yards
Jackie Battle: 65 yards rushing
Dwayne Bowe: 6 receptions for 90 yards, 1TD
Jonathan Baldwin: 4 receptions for 45 yards
Steve Breaston: 4 receptions for 55 yards, 1TD
Leonard Pope: 2 receptions for 15 yards
Ryan Succop: 2/2 FG, 2/2 XP
Team Defense: 3 sack, 1 INT 16 points allowed

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QB: Eli Manning, Matt Ryan, Josh Freeman
RB: Beanie Wells, Darren Sproles, Cedric Benson
WR: Dwayne Bowe, Marques Colston, Brandon Lloyd
TE: Fred Davis, Owen Daniels, Jermaine Gresham
K: David Akers, Dan Bailey, Matt Bryant
DEF: 49ers, Bengals, Texans


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QB: Joe Flacco, Ryan Fitzpatrick, Jay Cutler
RB: Chris Johnson, Peyton Hillis, Rashard Mendenhall
WR: Anquan Boldin, Steve Johnson, Plaxico Burress
TE: Dallas Clark, Scott Chandler, Heath Miller
K: Rob Bironas, Nick Novak, Robbie Gould
DEF: Giants, Redskins, Chargers


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Tim Tebow
John Beck
Ryan Torain
Alfonso Smith
Danny Woodhead
Michael Jenkins
David Nelson
Robert Meachem


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Matt Cassel
Curtis Brinkley
Javon Ringer
Kevin Faulk
Chris Ogbonnaya
Jon Baldwin
T.J. Houshmandzadeh
Brent Celek


Tuesday November 8th is Election Day; please exercise your civic duty. For those of you living in Jackson and Clay counties, I urge you to please vote YES on the “One Zoo for All” issue on the ballot.

4 Comments Say Something
  • Which D should I start? Green Bay or Houston

    I’m from Cleveland and the offense is horrid so I’m leaning Houston.

  • Michael… I’m going with Houston this week so I suggest you do the same.

  • Great write up! I have Wells in my money league and it’s making me pull my hair out. If he stays healthy he is actually a beast this year. I have Battle and Wells. This week I’m starting Wells but I’m scared of how effective he will be. McCluster seems to be getting better each week and still getting a crazy amount of looks. I honestly think he will break a few against the Dolphins or hoping.

  • Also, thanks for the shout out :) Much appreciated.

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