Oct 20, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Dexter McCluster (22) gets past Houston Texans cornerback Brice McCain (21) in the second half at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs won 17-16. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
Week 9 in the NFL has arrived and the Kansas City Chiefs travel to New York to face off against the Buffalo Bills. If you’ve got Chiefs players on your fantasy football rosters, this is a game you’ll want to pay close attention to, because of the possibility of a couple of breakout performances.
Jamaal Charles – RB
I’ve said it before and I’ll continue to say it. If you’re not playing Charles every week, you’re doing fantasy football wrong. Last week Charles didn’t find the end zone for the first time all season, but I wouldn’t count on that being a trend. Charles is the Chiefs best playmaker and is primed to break a huge run for a score any week now.
Dwayne Bowe – WR
I know there are no fantasy points for wide receivers delivering pancake blocks, but if there was, Bowe would be getting owners 20 points a game. Since there aren’t, many owners are frustrated with Bowe’s lack of production. However, when Bowe does go off, it’ll be a tough pill to swallow if you had him sitting on your bench. If you have more sure handed receivers who are playing this week, I would say sit him. However, if you’ve got a couple of receivers on a bye this week and need someone to play, I would say give Bowe a shot.
Dexter McCluster – WR
The last two weeks have been a dream for the two percent of owners who have DMC on their roster and are playing him. McCluster has quickly become one of quarterback Alex Smith’s favorite targets, including a 28 yard touchdown strike last week. It seems as the Andy Reid playbook opens more and more, we’re seeing this “plan” Reid spoke of for DMC in the preseason. If you need a receiver to play in the flex as a fill in for your regular starters, Dex may not be a bad idea.
Alex Smith – QB
Many professional fantasy football guys are telling their listeners/viewers to start Smith. I say it’s a smart move. The Bill have the 24th defense against the pass. While we know that the Chiefs aren’t a huge play passing team, going up against a bad passing defense could open some opportunities in the aerial game that could lead to points for Smith owners. I’m not saying start Smith over other tried and true fantasy QB’s like Romo or RGIII but if you don’t have a better option and your team is otherwise strong, I would definitely consider it.
Ryan Succop – K
Succop has done nothing but nail field goals this season. His only downfall? He’s 1-4 from beyond 50 yards. Any closer and he’s right on the money. Considering the Chiefs have used him mainly when they stall in the red zone, and he’s a sure bet for points.
This is another no-brainer. The Bills don’t have much of an offense. Putting the Chiefs defense – especially their pass rush – against the Bills could mean good points for your teams.
There you have it, Addicts. My take on who you should start on your roster. Enjoy your Sunday of football. Good luck in all your leagues.