Updated: Sep 10, 2019
Even without their number one option at WR, the Kansas City Chiefs were still able to slay the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1. QB Patrick Mahomes picked up 27.3 fantasy points on 378 passing yards and three touchdown passes, while new acquisition HB LeSean McCoy rushed for 81 yards on 10 carries.
WR Tyreek Hill had to be removed from the game in the first half after taking a big hit from Jags CB Jalen Ramsey - the hit injured Hill's collarbone. Hill, who signed a three-year contract extension on Friday, will miss the next few weeks but is not expected to need surgery.
Despite Hill's acclaim, WR Sammy Watkins was really the driving force behind KC's win today. Watkins racked up 198 yards and led all NFL players with 46.8 fantasy points. His three receiving touchdowns today tied his entire total for the 2018 season.
The Jaguars ended up with a thorn in their paws as well. QB Nick Foles' clavicle was broken by DT Chris Jones on a 35-yard touchdown pass to WR DJ Chark. There is no timetable for Foles' return.
Backup QB Gardner Minshew came into the game to replace Foles and performed admirably. Minshew threw 275 yards and two touchdown passes. He also completed 22 of 25 passes.
With so many major injuries in week 1, each team will have to adjust their game plans for their upcoming match ups. At the same time fantasy owners are scrambling to find replacements for Week 2 and beyond. So who will provide an impact for the upcoming weeks?
CHIEFS FANTASY FAVORITES:
The Chiefs travel to Oakland next week and look to defeat the Raiders. ESPN fantasy football ranks the Oakland Raiders defense as the worst in the league, so expect the Chiefs offense to dominate.
After his performance today and with Hill's injury, Sammy Watkins will be targeted even more next week. He is available in approximately six percent of fantasy leagues, so if he's still available in yours pick him up before he pops off again next week.
HB LeSean McCoy scored 10.3 fantasy points and had approximately the same number of rushes as HB Damien WIlliams, and he is available in 17 percent of leagues. He's not the top tier HB he used to be, but he can make an impact in 12-person leagues.
The Chiefs defense, though they allowed 26 points today, will tear apart the Raiders lackluster offense, so pick them up if they're still available in your league.
JAGUARS FANTASY FAVORITES:
The Jaguars will look to upset the Texans in Houston next week without their starting QB Nick Foles. The way QB Garner Minshew played today should give the Jags some optimism depending on how the Texans defense looks without DE Jadeveon Clowney this season. Minshew scored 17.6 fantasy points this week and his accuracy was deadly. The only real mistake he made was the interception he threw. He will take a majority of the snaps behind center for the team going forward, and he is owned in .1 percent of leagues - making him a definite option for any fantasy owner who is willing to take a chance on the unproven QB.
HB Leonard Fournette, who rushed for 66 yards and scored 11.4 fantasy points, will get more chances to run with the injury to Foles. He is available in less than one percent of leagues, so he's an unlikely pickup for most people unfortunately.
WR DJ Chark had a big day with 146 yards on four receptions and one receiving touchdown. He scored 24.6 fantasy points. He is only owned in 11.8 percent of leagues, so he's available, but he is taking on a strong Texans defense next week, so adding him is a risk.
The Chiefs looked better than the Jaguars today, but Jacksonville is a team with tremendous upside. It'll be interesting to watch each team in their intradivsion match ups next week.
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