Thigpen took another positive step forward in his development as the Chiefs' future QB as he completed 14-of-25 passes for 164 yards and a TD last week against Tampa Bay. He even caught a 37-yard TD pass on a trick play, but after leading the Chiefs to a 21-3 halftime lead he threw for only 38 yards in the second half. He now goes against the 32nd ranked pass defense in the NFL, but this road game will still be another tough learning lesson for this youngster. Leave him on your bench.
The season-ending injury to Kolby Smith means that Charles is now the starting halfback in Kansas City. Head coach Herm Edwards said that he doesn't think the 6-1, 205-pounder can be an every down back, but he sure looked good last week while rushing 18 times for 106 yards. He's the featured back this week and he's a worthy play for the short-term, at the very least.
Bowe found the end zone for the first time in four games last week vs. Tampa Bay, catching a 7-yard TD strike in the first quarter. It was one of his worst games of the season as he finished with only two catches for 29 yards, but it was good to finally see Bowe reach paydirt. He now has three TDs on the season and even with the poor QB play in K.C., Bowe remains a worthy play this week as the Chargers rank dead last against the pass.
Bradley is quickly becoming a No. 2 target in Kansas City and he might even be the No. 2 QB if he doesn't look out. He caught four passes for 65 yards last week vs. Tampa Bay and he also threw a 37-yard TD pass to Thigpen. He now has nine catches in his last two games and could be a bye-week fill-in this week at San Diego.
Gonzalez caught seven passes for 62 yards last week vs. Tampa Bay and now has three straight games with six or more catches. He's not having one of his best seasons ever, but the future Hall of Famer is still one of the best tight ends in the game and deserves a starting role this week against the worst ranked pass defense in the NFL.
Rivers is an MVP candidate for fantasy owners, having thrown for 2,038 yards and 19 TDs in eight games. Rivers already has five games with three TD passes and has at least one TD pass in all eight games. The Chiefs rank 22nd in the NFL vs. the pass, so look for Rivers to have continued success in Week 10.
Tomlinson had a forgettable first half as he rushed for just 551 yards and four TDs in eight games as he battled an assortment of injuries. But he faces a favorable second half schedule and it starts with this week's matchup against Kansas City, which is ranked dead last against the run. The Chiefs give up an average of 182.4 yards per game and have allowed a league-high 14 rushing TDs, so look for LT to post big numbers in Week 10.
Chambers bounced back from his ankle injury to play in Week 8 in London and caught five passes for 47 yards. He should be completely healthy this week and will put up solid numbers against a Chiefs' pass defense that ranks 22nd in the NFL.
Jackson has caught a TD pass in each of the last three games and now has 13 catches for 236 yards and three TDs during that time. He's becoming a more consistent wideout this year and is a worthy play in Week 10 against a weak Chiefs' defense.
Gates is starting to feel better physically and his numbers are starting to improve as a result. He had six catches for 96 yards and a TD against New Orleans in Week 8 and has 14 catches for 176 yards and two TDs over his last three games. He should have a strong second half, starting with this week's win over Kansas City.
Kaeding has been a pleasant surprise for fantasy owners in 2008, averaging almost 9 points per game as he has four games already of 12 points each. He should stay active this week and put up even more points during the second half of the season.
The No. 1-ranked fantasy defense at the start of the season hasn't performed up to its ranking yet, with just six interceptions, eight forced fumbles, 17 sacks and one defensive TD. But the second half will be better, starting with this home game vs. Kansas City.