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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
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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Adrian Peterson Sep 30 2:30pm ET

Detroit Lions running back Adrian Peterson will face one of his former teams when the Lions host the Saints in Week 4. Peterson has been named the lead runner in the backfield for Detroit and is averaging 4.9 yards per carry through 43 touches this season. The veteran will face a Saints Defense, however, that has held star runners like the Raiders Josh Jacobs and the Packers Aaron Jones mostly in check. New Orleans is currently giving up the 13th fewest fantasy points to opposing backs and Peterson will have RB3 value in Week 4 with a ceiling that could be capped by the matchup and the lack of explosiveness from the 35-year-old running back.

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DeSean Jackson Sep 30 2:30pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver DeSean Jackson did not practice on Wednesday and is questionable at best for Sunday's game against the San Francisco 49ers. Jackson didn't practice on any of the last two Wednesdays either, but this time he's coming off a hamstring injury that took him out of the game in Week 3. Even if Jackson is healthy, the Eagles offense has been an unmitigated disaster and the only real consistent piece has been running back Miles Sanders. Jackson, if healthy, is a desperation WR4/5 at best.

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Justin Jefferson Sep 30 2:20pm ET

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Justin Jefferson will try and build off his breakout performance last week against the Texans in Week 4. The rookie exploded for seven catches, 175 yards and one touchdown but the Vikings are still looking for their first win. Jefferson and the Vikings will take on a Texans secondary that has been sneaky tough on opposing pass-catchers. Through three games, Houston is allowing the 14th fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers and has not allowed more than 82 yards to an individual receiver thus far. Jefferson will have FLEX appeal in Week 4 but fantasy teams may be wise to stash him on the bench for one more week in an effort to gauge the rookie's consistency.

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Miles Sanders Sep 30 2:20pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders is a strong running back option in fantasy lineups for Week 4. The Eagles offense has been a complete disaster through three games so far this year, but Sanders has played well in the two games he's been in, averaging almost 16 fantasy points per game. He's been the one part of the Eagles offense that has worked, and the team will likely focus on him in both the running and passing game against the San Francisco 49ers. Sanders is a strong RB2 with touchdown upside in Week 4.

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Adam Thielen Sep 30 2:20pm ET

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Adam Thielen will go up against a sneaky tough Texans secondary in Week 4. After a huge Week 1 performance, Thielen has only six catches for 60 yards over his last two games. The veteran will go up against a Texans Defense that is allowing the 14th-fewest fantasy points to opposing receivers through three games. The Vikings are still looking for their first win and will need Thielen to step up if they intend on snapping that streak. Expect Thielen to see plenty of targets in Week 4, but his production could fall short of WR1 status against the Texans.

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Boston Scott Sep 30 2:20pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles running back Boston Scott is not a starting option in any fantasy format as long as Miles Sanders remains on the field. In Week 3, Scott was only in on 14% of the team's offensive snaps. With the Eagles offense running on fumes at best, Scott is unlikely to make any relevant contributions while remaining the direct backup to Sanders. Scott should still be rostered, as he could have solid value if Sanders were to go down, but Scott can't be started unless that happens.

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Carson Wentz Sep 30 2:10pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz is approaching unstartable status in most fantasy formats and should definitely not be starting in standard formats in Week 4. Wentz and the Eagles offense have been a mess this season, with the quarterback throwing three touchdowns and six interceptions while completing just 59.8% of his pass attempts. The Eagles offense was already struggling, and now they've lost one of their key pieces in tight end Dallas Goedert. Even in superflex formats, Wentz is looking like a low-end QB2 against a San Francisco 49ers Defense that pressures opposing quarterbacks.

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Dalvin Cook Sep 30 2:10pm ET

Minnesota Vikings running back Dalvin Cook will have a dynamite matchup one week after posting 181 rushing yards with one touchdown. Cook will go up against a Texans Defense that has been getting gashed by opposing runners, allowing the fourth most fantasy points to the position through the first three games. Houston has allowed at least 140 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown to each team they have played, setting up an opportunity for Cook to have a huge game. Cook will be a no-doubt RB1 in Week 4.

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Dallas Cowboys Sep 30 2:00pm ET

The Dallas Cowboys Defense is not a recommended start in Week 4 fantasy lineups. The Cowboys have allowed 35 or more points in back-to-back weeks and seem unable to stop opposing offenses. The Cleveland Browns have shown the ability to score points and it's unlikely that the Cowboys defense will suddenly be able to stop them. There are plenty of fantasy playmakers that will wear Cowboys uniforms in Week 4, the defense might not have any of them.

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Kirk Cousins Sep 30 2:00pm ET

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins will try and build off his Week 3 performance against the Texans this Sunday. The season is on the line for the Vikings (0-3) and Cousins is coming off a Week 3 performance that saw him pass for 251 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. He will go up against a Texans Defense that has allowed multiple touchdowns to two of the first three passers they have faced but are currently allowing the 13th fewest fantasy points to the position. With the Texans also searching for their first win, this game could surprise with offensive fireworks. Cousins fantasy value, however, will struggle to ascend to QB1 status for Week 4.

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Dalton Schultz Sep 30 1:50pm ET

Dallas Cowboys tight end Dalton Schultz is a solid high-floor Week 4 fantasy option. Schultz exploded in Week 2 but settled into a more realistic and expected role in Week 3, catching four passes for 48 yards. He's part of the powerful Cowboys passing game and could find the end zone on any red zone play, but he's more of a solid high-floor tight end play than a huge ceiling play. Week 2 will almost certainly be his best performance of the season.

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