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Kansas City Chiefs
Invesco Field | Sunday, December 07 | 4:05 p.m. EST (CBS)
Pick: Broncos 31, Chiefs 24
Denver Broncos
QBTyler Thigpen
240 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INT
As expected, Thigpen struggled last week against a stout Oakland pass defense, throwing for only 162 yards and zero TDs. He gets a much easier assignment this week against a Denver pass defense that allows 236.3 yards a game. Look for Thigpen to bounce back this week and be a solid fantasy option if you need him.
RBLarry Johnson
2 rec, 10 rec yards, 105 rush yards, 1 rush TD
LJ had a strong game in Week 13, rushing for 92 yards and a touchdown in the win over Oakland. He's looking real good again this week against a horrible Denver run defense. The Broncos allow 144.3 rushing yards a game and have yet to show any improvement as the season has gone along. LJ will get plenty of carries again and deliver for his owners in this critical fantasy week.
RBJamaal Charles
2 rec, 15 rec yards, 15 rush yards
Charles remains a backup for Larry Johnson and doesn't get enough consistent touches to merit fantasy consideration. Despite the appealing matchup this week, he isn't someone you want to be reaching for in any league.
WRDwayne Bowe
6 rec, 80 yards, 1 TD
Bowe struggled as expected against the Raiders last week, catching two passes for 27 yards. The Broncos hope to get Champ Bailey back this week, but the matchup is still a strong one for Bowe as Bailey wasn't playing all that well before he got hurt. The Chiefs will have plenty of success throwing the ball this week and that means Bowe will deliver. Start him with confidence this week.
WRMark Bradley
4 rec, 50 yards
Bradley was held without a catch last week as the Chiefs surprisingly ignored him in the passing game. That makes him a very risky pick this week despite the strong matchup. He has played well as a starter and has significant upside, but the lack of action last week lowers his value considerably. He's only worth starting as a major reach so hopefully you have better options to rely on.
TETony Gonzalez
8 rec, 105 yards, 1 TD
Gonzalez continues to play like a man possessed. He has at least five receptions in his last seven games and has caught 33 passes and three TDs in his past four. He's had difficulties in the past against Denver (he caught only three passes in the first meeting this year although one went for a TD), but he's playing far too well to sit against anyone. He's matchup proof and will deliver another huge game in Week 14.
KConnor Barth
3 PATs, 1 FG
Barth continues to produce solid numbers as the Chiefs' offense has improved in the second half of the season. He's made all eight of his FG attempts since joining the team. This game will feature plenty of scoring so Barth isn't a bad reach in larger leagues if you need him.
1 sack, 1 INT
The Chiefs provided some rare fantasy value last week, scoring on a TD in the win over the hapless Raiders. For the season, they give up 395 yards and 28.3 points per game so they're not stopping many offenses. They will struggle to stop the Broncos this week as Jay Cutler and Peyton Hillis will produce big numbers. Keep them benched.
QBJay Cutler
315 pass yards, 2 pass TD, 1 INT
Cutler was a fantasy stud in Week 13, passing for 357 yards and two TDs in the win over the Jets. That was his fifth 300-yard passing game of the season. He's looking great this week against a bad Chiefs' pass defense that allows 231.3 yards a game. Cutler will be a top fantasy QB again this week so start him with confidence.
RBPeyton Hillis
3 rec, 15 rec yards, 115 rush yards, 2 rush TD
Don't look now but the Broncos appear to have solved their RB problem. Hillis looked great again last week against a strong Jets' run defense, rushing for 129 yards and a touchdown. He has scored in three straight games and has improved his rushing output in three straight as well. The Chiefs are horrible against the run (163.7 yards allowed per game), so Hillis is looking great this week. He's a strong RB2 with RB1 upside.
WRBrandon Marshall
9 rec, 135 yards, 1 TD
Marshall had a decent game last week, but hardly a great one as he caught five passes for 55 yards in the win over the Jets. He's failed to score in three straight games and hasn't topped 100 yards since Week 2. The good news is he gets to face a Chiefs' pass defense that can't stop anybody and gives up big plays in bunches. Look for Marshall to regain his fantasy stud status with a huge game this week.
WREddie Royal
6 rec, 80 yards, 1 TD
Royal had another strong game in Week 13, catching five passes for 84 yards and a touchdown. The TD was a 59-yard catch and was his second scoring grab in four games. The Broncos will do what they want offensively so look for Royal to join in on the fun and have a big game on Sunday.
WRBrandon Stokley
3 rec, 30 yards
Stokley provided some fantasy punch last week, scoring for the second straight game. Despite the great matchup, he's too risky to start this week, however, as the third receiver isn't guaranteed a consistent number of targets. If you want to reach, he could deliver given the ease of the matchup, but I'd recommend a safer play in this critical fantasy week.
TETony Scheffler
5 rec, 55 yards
Scheffler broke out of his slump with a big game last week, catching seven passes for 90 yards against the Jets. He's been extremely inconsistent but this is a sweet matchup so he has an excellent chance to make a big play or two. He's a strong upside starter at TE this week.
KMatt Prater
4 PATs, 1 FG
After struggling in recent weeks, Prater had a strong game against the Jets, making both of his FG attempts and scoring 10 points. He looks safe to trust in a game which will feature plenty of scoring. So start him if you normally would.
1 sack, 1 INT
The Broncos scored on a fluke touchdown last week but have had a miserable season defensively. They give up 26.6 points per game and even the return of Champ Bailey isn't going to help much. The Chiefs' offense is clicking so Denver's D isn't looking good from a fantasy perspective this week.
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