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Chiefs' Mahomes to start against Titans, barring setbacks

Fri Nov 8 3:51pm ET
AP Sports Writer

Players: Matt Moore, Patrick Mahomes

In this Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes sits on the bench prior to an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos in Denver. The Chiefs have ruled Mahomes out for Sunday night's showdown against the Green Bay Packers because of his dislocated right kneecap. Mahomes, who hurt his knee last Thursday night in Denver, was a limited participant in practice all week. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)

In this Oct. 27, 2019, file photo, Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes follows the first half of an NFL football game against the Green Bay Packers from the sidelines, in Kansas City, Mo. Starting with Andrew Luck, who retired at age 29 after dealing with a series of injuries, so many star quarterbcks have been hurt that it's hard to keep track of who's confined to the sidelines. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga, File)

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) makes a call during the first half of an NFL football game against the Denver Broncos, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) Patrick Mahomes will start for the Kansas City Chiefs against the Tennessee Titans on Sunday, just over two weeks after the quarterback's season was jeopardized by a dislocated kneecap.

Mahomes never missed a practice after hurting his knee on a Thursday night against Denver. Some thought the seriousness of the injury could sideline the league MVP for months.

It turned out there was no structural damage, and it became a waiting game to see when Mahomes would take the field. He practiced on a limited basis the first week before being ruled out against Green Bay. He was limited against last week before being inactive against Minnesota.

Matt Moore had started in his place, losing to the Packers and beating the Vikings.

Player Notes
Saquon Barkley Dec 15 4:50pm ET

New York Giants running back Javorius Allen saw his first real action of the year, collecting 28 yards and a touchdown in relief of Saquon Barkley. Almost all of Allen's work came on a late fourth-quarter drive when the Giants were up comfortably and rested Barkley, so there's not much stand-alone value in future weeks. However, if the Giants go up big on the Redskins next week, he could see some more garbage time work.

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Ronald Jones II Dec 15 4:50pm ET

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Peyton Barber Dec 15 4:50pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Peyton Barber was quiet in the Bucs Week 15 win over the Detroit Lions. Barber accounted for 30 scoreless yards on 12 total touches. Those in the fantasy semi-finals that chose to rely on him this week were obviously disappointed. The Bucs backfield is a guessing game every week, with neither Barber Nor Ronald Jones II currently holding much fantasy value. Barber will not be a recommended fantasy start in Week 16 against the Houston Texans.

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Will Fuller Dec 15 4:50pm ET

Houston Texans wide receiver Will Fuller had a solid game against the Titans in Week 15. He caught five of his six targets for 61 yards. He was second on the team in receptions and yards, behind DeAndre Hopkins in both categories. Fuller's had a rollercoaster of a fantasy season, but it's mostly been disappointing outside of his 217-yard, three-touchdown explosion against the Falcons in early October. That remains the only game he's scored in this season. He'll be a potential WR3 or flex option in Week 16 against a Buccaneers Defense that struggles against the pass.

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Sterling Shepard Dec 15 4:50pm ET

New York Giants wide receiver Sterling Shepard was the star receiver for the team a week after Darius Slayton exploded on primetime against the Eagles. Shepard was second on the team in targets last week, so his role in the offense was never in doubt. This week, he led the team with 11 targets, finishing with nine catches for 111 yards. If Eli Manning remains under center next week, Shepard looks likely to remain his top target.

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Mitch Trubisky Dec 15 4:50pm ET

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky completed 29 of 53 passes for 348 yards, one touchdown and two interceptions in the Bears 21-13 loss to the Packers. With the team's slim playoff hopes alive, Trubisky and the offense came up short. Trubisky threw an inconsequential interception to end the first half but rebounded to zip a pass to receiver Anthony Miller for a score to make it a game. But despite some promising drives, the Bears offense failed consistently to convert them into points, unable to convert on three fourth-down situations. Trubisky was able to post a solid fantasy day but questions still remain moving forward about his ability to consistently operate an above average offense.

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Andy Dalton Dec 15 4:50pm ET

Cincinnati Bengals quarterback Andy Dalton went 17-for-31 passing for 151 yards, while throwing four interceptions and a touchdown during the loss to New England in Week 15. With Dalton without A.J. Green (ankle), who hasn't played a game this season, along with the recently injured Auden Tate (knee), the veteran wasn't able to get anything going against a difficult Patriots Defense. Dalton hasn't done much since reclaiming his job as the team's No. 1, throwing just two touchdowns to go along with five picks over his previous three outings. With Cincy having nothing left to play for but draft picks, Dalton's status as the primary signal-caller moving ahead isn't a lock, even though he likely isn't on many fantasy rosters at the moment.

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Kenny Golladay Dec 15 4:50pm ET

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Kenny Stills Dec 15 4:50pm ET

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Golden Tate Dec 15 4:50pm ET

New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate made his impact felt on one play on Sunday. The veteran slot receiver hauled in a 51-yard touchdown from Eli Manning for his only catch of the day on four targets. He's certainly taken a backseat to Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton and will be hard to trust with fantasy seasons on the line next week, even against the Redskins.

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David Montgomery Dec 15 4:50pm ET

Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery carried the ball 14 times for only 39 yards in the Bears 21-13 loss to the Packers in Week 15. The rookie added one catch for 10 yards but averaged only 2.8 yards per carry. The matchup was there for Montgomery to post a quality fantasy outing but the Bears ditched the run game as they played from behind the entire game. Montgomery has plenty of talent but the Bears lack of commitment to the running game deflates his value. He will be a hit-or-miss option in Week 16 against the Chiefs.

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Greg Ward Dec 15 4:40pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Greg Ward came up big in Week 15, catching seven passes for 61 yards and a touchdown. Ward's score was a huge four-yard toss from Carson Wentz in the fourth quarter. With DeSean Jackson, Alshon Jeffery, and Nelson Agholor all out and J.J. Arcega-Whiteside disappearing, Ward was basically the only Eagles wide receiver in this game.

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Duke Johnson Dec 15 4:40pm ET

Houston Texans running back Duke Johnson wasn't a major factor in the team's 24-21 win over the Titans in Week 15. Johnson had two carries for four yards and added two catches for 19 yards on three targets in the game. The Texans heavily featured Carlos Hyde in this game as Hyde had 26 carries and rushed for 104 yards and a score. Most of the damage in the passing game came through the wide receivers as DeAndre Hopkins and Kenny Stills both had big games. Johnson has 38 receptions on the year and is worthy of holding in PPR leagues. He will look to bounce back against the Buccaneers in Week 16.

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Jake Elliott Dec 15 4:40pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles kicker Jake Elliott made all five of his kicks in a Week 15 win over Washington. Elliott made four extra points and knocked through a 25-yard field goal as well. It was a nice game for Elliott after a few rough outings over the past couple of weeks.

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Eli Manning Dec 15 4:40pm ET

It wasn't pretty, but New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning helped his team, and fantasy teams, on Sunday in a win over the Dolphins. The veteran completed 20 of 28 passes for 283 yards and two touchdowns, but he did also throw three interceptions. Bottom line is that he took advantage of the opportunities that were there for him and kept the Giants offense moving. If Daniel Jones (ankle) isn't able to return next week, Manning would get another start against a vulnerable Redskins Defense.

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Breshad Perriman Dec 15 4:40pm ET

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Saquon Barkley Dec 15 4:40pm ET

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley took advantage of his prime matchup on Sunday and finally had his first big game since coming back from his ankle injury. The second-year star abused the Dolphins Defense for 112 yards and two touchdowns on the ground while catching four passes for another 31 yards. He gave up some work to his back-up, Javorius Allen, with the Giants up late, but this is a good sign for his health. He should keep it rolling next week against the Redskins.

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DeAndre Hopkins Dec 15 4:40pm ET

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Philadelphia Eagles Dec 15 4:40pm ET

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Boston Scott Dec 15 4:30pm ET

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