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Chiefs potentially down 2 more defensive starters vs. Pats

Wed Sep 30 2:35pm ET
By DAVE SKRETTA
AP Sports Writer

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) and head coach Andy Reid bump fists after an NFL football game against the Baltimore Ravens, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Baltimore. The Chiefs won 34-20. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)


Kansas City Chiefs cornerback L'Jarius Sneed (38) covers Baltimore Ravens wide receiver Willie Snead (83) as Snead catches a pass during the first half of an NFL football game Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Gail Burton)


KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) The Kansas City Chiefs learned shortly before kickoff last week that offensive lineman Andrew Wylie had been taken to the hospital for a suspected case of appendicitis, leaving them even more short-handed for a high-profile Monday night matchup with the Baltimore Ravens.

Mike Remmers stepped into the lineup and the Chiefs' sizzling offense never missed a beat.

Every team goes through injuries during the season - some have more than others, some have more crucial injuries than others. But in just three games this season, the reigning Super Bowl champions already have shown an uncanny ability to overcome them, whether it's an offensive lineman or one of the many pieces missing from their secondary.

''You know, football, things happen all the time,'' said Chiefs safety Juan Thornhill, who sustained a season-ending knee injury a year ago. ''Guys get hurt. Guys get in trouble. We have that next-guy-up mentality. Coaches are always talking about how everyone is a starter on our defense because you never know when your time is going to come.''

The latest injuries are potentially big blows to the Kansas City defense ahead of yet another marquee matchup against the New England Patriots on Sunday. Rookie cornerback L'Jarius Sneed, who already has a pair of interceptions, had surgery for the collarbone he broke in Baltimore and will miss the game, while defensive tackle Chris Jones - who leads the AFC with 3 1/2 sacks - could be a game-time decision because of a lingering groin injury.

The defensive backfield in particular has shown plenty of resilience this season.

One of the starters, Bashaud Breeland, will be wrapping up his four-game suspension on Sunday for violating the NFL's policy on substance abuse. The other, Charvarius Ward, returned last week with a cast on his hand from a fracture that had kept him out the previous week. And a backup, Antonio Hamilton, has dealt with a tweaked hamstring.

That has left Rashad Fenton, a sixth-round pick last year, and Bopete Keyes, a seventh-rounder this year, as the only truly healthy cornerbacks on the roster. They do have Chris Lammons, Rodney Clemons and Lavert Hill on the practice squad.

''The guys have been diligent with it, the guys that have been backup players and they're now playing,'' Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. ''So easy for a relief pitcher to back up and say, `Oh, we'll be fine.' But these guys have jumped into it, and I think the coaches have done a good job rotating guys back there, trying to get everybody in.''

All those various combinations have paid off. Last week, the Chiefs held Lamar Jackson to just 15 of 28 passing for 97 yards, turning the potent Baltimore offense into a one-dimensional run-only attack. And through their first three games, the Chiefs rank fourth in the league against the pass.

''I think when guys go down, we've been trained for those situations,'' Chiefs left tackle Eric Fisher said. ''It's not the first time. Something happens before the game, it doesn't matter. When someone goes down we don't expect a drop off.''

NOTES: Wylie planned to practice Wednesday, Reid said, but it's unclear whether he will play this weekend. ... QB Patrick Mahomes, who announced that his fiance is pregnant on Tuesday, called the idea of fatherhood ''extremely exciting. ''Being able to grow up and have all these drams of having a family and playing in the NFL, and to have that stuff happen and come to truth, is really exciting,'' he said. ... The Chiefs are not changing anything with regard to their COVID-19 protocol after an outbreak shut down the Tennessee facility this week. But the news did serve as a reminder to be diligent about wearing a face mask and social distancing. ''It's a pandemic,'' Reid said. ''Things can happen.''

Player Notes
Tim Patrick Sep 30 3:30pm ET

Denver Broncos wide receiver Tim Patrick had four catches for 43 yards and the team's lone touchdown in the Week 3 loss to the Buccaneers, but fantasy managers can't expect that kind of production again, even if it's against the 0-3 Jets on Thursday night. Outside of very deep PPR leagues, you can continue ignoring the 26-year-old from Utah, especially with quarterback Brett Rypien receiving his first career start this week. Patrick should be considered the No. 3 wideout behind rookies Jerry Jeudy and K.J. Hamler, with tight end Noah Fant likely to see more looks as well.

From RotoBaller

Anthony Miller Sep 30 3:30pm ET

Chicago Bears wide receiver Anthony Miller will try and display some consistency in Week 4 after another game-winning touchdown last week against the Falcons. Miller now has two, late-game, go-ahead scores for the Bears but failed to record a catch in Week 2. Miller and the Bears will go up against a Colts Defense that is off to a great start and currently is allowing the fifth fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers. But the Colts have also allowed four different receivers to post 10 or more fantasy points against them so there is an achievable floor for Miller. His questionable fantasy viability lies more in the receivers consistency than his talent heading into Week 4.

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Noah Fant Sep 30 3:30pm ET

Denver Broncos tight end Noah Fant will see his fantasy ceiling lowered with quarterback Brett Rypien making the start on Thursday night against the Jets, but he should continue to see a healthy amount of targets in the passing game, making him at least a low-end TE1 option for fantasy managers. Fant was targeted 10 times last week in the loss to the Buccaneers, catching five passes for 46 yards. Until quarterback Drew Lock (shoulder) returns, Fant won't be as intriguing as a starting tight end option in fantasy.

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Jimmy Graham Sep 30 3:30pm ET

Chicago Bears tight end Jimmy Graham will have a tough test in Week 4 against the Colts. Graham is coming off a game against the Falcons where he caught six passes for 60 yards and one touchdown. Backup quarterback Nick Foles looked for the veteran pass-catcher often and now Foles is the starter moving forward. But the Bears offense will have a stiff opponent in a Colts Defense that is allowing the fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends through the first three games. Nonetheless, Graham will have intriguing value as a touchdown-dependent option at tight end in deeper leagues and DFS formats for Week 4.

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David Montgomery Sep 30 3:20pm ET

Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery should see an uptick in touches Week 4 against the Colts. Montgomery has been a productive back for the Bears and should see even more touches with the news that Tarik Cohen is lost for the season with a torn ACL. The second-year back will have a tough matchup, however, against a Colts Defense that has not allowed more than 63 yards to an individual running back this season. The good news for fantasy teams is that Montgomery is fantastic at breaking tackles and gaining extra yards. He will carry solid, if unspectacular, RB2 value for Week 4.

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KJ Hamler Sep 30 3:20pm ET

Denver Broncos rookie wide receiver K.J. Hamler has a healthy 12 targets in his first two NFL games, but he's caught just six passes for 78 yards, including only three catches for 30 yards in the Week 3 loss to the Buccaneers. There's a lot to like long term about this speedy big-play 21-year-old, but fantasy managers will need to be patient with him in dynasty/keeper leagues. There's no real fantasy appeal in redraft leagues just yet with Hamler, at least until quarterback Drew Lock (shoulder) returns to the mix. With Brett Rypien making his first career start against the Jets on Thursday, you can do better than Hamler in deep leagues.

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Allen Robinson Sep 30 3:20pm ET

Chicago Bears wide receiver Allen Robinson II will try and stay hot in Week 4 after catching 10 passes for 123 yards and one touchdown last week. Robinson was already having a strong game but it went to another level after the team benched quarterback Mitchell Trubisky for Nick Foles. Now the team will go up against a Colts Defense that is off to a dominating start. The Colts currently are allowing the fifth fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers but four different pass-catchers have been able to post more than 10 fantasy points against them. Robinson may not post elite WR1 numbers in Week 4 but should be in lineups as a strong WR2 that could find the end zone.

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T.J. Hockenson Sep 30 3:10pm ET

Detroit Lions tight end T.J. Hockenson will have a fantastic matchup against the Saints in Week 4. Hockenson has been a solid presence in the Lions offense this season, averaging 4.3 receptions and 57 yards a game through the first three weeks. Hockenson will face a Saints Defense that is allowing the most fantasy points to opposing tight ends. They have surrendered three touchdowns and allowed four different tight ends to post more than eight fantasy points against them. Hockenson should carry a fairly high floor in Week 4 and could post top-10 fantasy numbers among his position.

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Jerry Jeudy Sep 30 3:10pm ET

Denver Broncos rookie wide receiver Jerry Jeudy is the team's No. 1 wideout moving forward with Courtland Sutton (knee) out for the season, but he still doesn't present his fantasy managers with a ton of upside as the Broncos scramble under center with Drew Lock (shoulder) injured. Brett Rypien will make his first career start against the Jets on Thursday, limiting the rookie's ceiling after he caught five passes for 55 yards in the Week 3 loss to the Buccaneers. Even against the 0-3 Jets this week, don't expect Denver's offense to move the ball consistently enough to give Jeudy enough chances to make a big impact for his fantasy managers.

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Nick Foles Sep 30 3:10pm ET

Chicago Bears quarterback Nick Foles will have a tough matchup in his first start in a Bears uniform in Week 4 against the Colts. Foles came off the bench to replace Mitchell Trubisky in Week 3 and exploded for 188 yards and three touchdowns in just over a quarter to lead a furious 16-point comeback. But the veteran could find more resistance this week against a Colts Defense that, through the first three games, has allowed the fewest fantasy points to opposing passers. The Colts have six interceptions over their last two games and have not even allowed a quarterback to pass for more than 200 yards against them. Fantasy teams that have picked up Foles off of waivers may need to wait a week before productive aspirations come to fruition.

From RotoBaller

Philadelphia Eagles Sep 30 3:10pm ET

The Philadelphia Eagles Defense is not a particularly good fantasy option in Week 4 despite a decent matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. The Eagles were able to rack up eight sacks in Week 3, doubling their output from Weeks 1 and 2 combined, but they have still not forced a turnover and have allowed an average of 337 yards per game. There are worse options out there, but most leagues should have higher-upside units available on the waiver wire.

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Jake Elliott Sep 30 3:00pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott has been a solid fantasy producer despite kicking with the awful Eagles offense. Through three weeks, Elliott has made six of his seven field goal tries and all five of his extra point attempts. If the offense starts clicking again, Elliott's upside will go up a bit, but until then he's at least a solid, decent-floor kicking option.

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Marvin Jones Sep 30 3:00pm ET

Detroit Lions wide receiver Marvin Jones Jr. will try and produce in Week 4 against the Saints. The veteran will play second fiddle to star receiver Kenny Golladay in the passing game. The Saints Defense has been brutal this season and has already allowed five touchdowns to receivers through the first three games. Jones Jr. is averaging only 43 yards per game in the early portion of the season and should not be considered higher than a WR5 in Week 4.

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Phillip Lindsay Sep 30 3:00pm ET

Denver Broncos running back Phillip Lindsay (foot) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Thursday night against the Jets. Lindsay suffered a turf-toe injury in Week 1 and sat out the last two weeks, but he's on track to make his return in a good matchup against the reeling Jets. However, we'd expect Denver to ease him back into the fold behind Melvin Gordon III, which makes Lindsay much too risky to trust in standard-sized leagues in Week 4 if he's active. The 26-year-old had just seven carries and one target in the passing game in the first half in Week 1 before his injury behind Gordon, so he'll most likely be a low-ceiling RB3/flex in deeper PPR leagues when he gets back up to speed.

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Kenny Golladay Sep 30 2:50pm ET

Detroit Lions wide receiver Kenny Golladay will be ready for more targets in Week 4 after returning to the field with 57 yards and one touchdown last week. After missing the first two games with a hamstring injury, Golladay was a boon to a Lions lineup that clearly missed him. The star receiver will go up against a Saints Defense that was torched by the Packers last week and already has allowed five touchdowns to receivers this season. Golladay should see plenty of targets and could post WR1 numbers in Week 4.

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Zach Ertz Sep 30 2:50pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles tight end Zach Ertz is a top-tier fantasy option in a Week 4 matchup against the San Francisco 49ers. With Dallas Goedert (ankle) out and not much else in terms of tight end depth, Ertz will be an every-down player and will likely run a route on almost every play. Ertz could see upwards of 10 targets per game while Goedert is out, but the Eagles offense is hard to trust this season. Still, Ertz is an easy TE1 with top-three upside.

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Greg Ward Sep 30 2:40pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Greg Ward took over the passing game in Week 3 and could be a decent option in PPR formats in Week 4 against the San Francisco 49ers. Ward posted eight catches for 72 yards and a touchdown last week, leading the Eagles receivers in all three categories. He was in on 84% of offensive snaps after only seeing 18% the previous week. Ward doesn't have a ton of upside, but he could be a solid high-floor WR4 option in PPR formats.

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D'Andre Swift Sep 30 2:40pm ET

Detroit Lions running back D'Andre Swift will go up against a Saints Defense that is allowing the 13th fewest fantasy points to opposing runners. The rookie's first few games this season have been games to forget, especially after dropping a game-winning touchdown in Week 1. With the news that veteran Adrian Peterson will have the starting job locked up for the foreseeable future, Swift's fantasy value has really plummeted since training camp. Swift will still see snaps and could make some plays in the passing game but should remain on the fantasy bench until more opportunity opens up.

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Alshon Jeffery Sep 30 2:40pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Alshon Jeffery (foot) is expected to see more and more work in practice this week and could be active for Week 4 if everything goes well. With the Eagles offense struggling and losing players each week, Jeffery could play a prominent role in the passing game as soon as he is able to suit up. Even if he does well in practice, it would be way too risky to start him in fantasy lineups in Week 4, but he is currently available in about 80% of fantasy leagues and should be added as a bench piece by teams with shallow wide receiving depth.

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Matthew Stafford Sep 30 2:30pm ET

Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford will have a fantastic matchup against a highly disappointing Saints Defense in Week 4. The Saints have allowed nine total touchdowns (eight passing, one rushing), 268.7 passing yards a game and at least 20+plus fantasy points to the first three quarterbacks they have faced. Stafford is averaging 270 passing yards a game and looked more lethal in Week 3 thanks to the return of star receiver Kenny Golladay. With the way the Saints defense is playing, Stafford has a chance at posting QB1 fantasy totals in Week 4.

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