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FFL: Week 11 | NFL: Week 11

Patrick Mahomes hurts knee in Chiefs' win over Broncos

Thu Oct 17 11:29pm ET
By ARNIE STAPLETON
AP Pro Football Writer

Players: Matt Moore, Joe Flacco, Brandon McManus, Phillip Lindsay, Harrison Butker, Tyreek Hill, Royce Freeman, Patrick Mahomes, Mecole Hardman, Noah Fant

Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco (5) is sacked by Kansas City Chiefs defensive end Frank Clark (55) during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)


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 Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) leaves the game after getting injured against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) is helped by trainers after getting injured against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)


Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) is helped by trainers after getting injured against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)


Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) lies on the field after being injured against the Denver Broncos during the first half of an NFL football game, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)


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


Denver Broncos quarterback Joe Flacco (5) warms up prior to an NFL football game against the Kansas City Chiefs, Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019, in Denver. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)


DENVER (AP) Reigning MVP Patrick Mahomes injured his right knee in a pileup near the goal line before his Kansas City teammates rallied around their fallen superstar for a 30-6 thrashing of Denver on Thursday night.

Backup Matt Moore threw a 57-yard touchdown pass to Tyreek Hill and the Chiefs (5-2) had nine sacks, gave up a season-low 71 yards rushing and snapped a two-game skid in beating the Broncos (2-5) for the eighth straight time.

His balky left ankle heavily taped, Mahomes completed 10 of 11 passes for 76 yards and a touchdown before he got hurt on a successful sneak on fourth-and-inches at the Denver 5 early in the second quarter.

One by one, players peeled off the pile but when Mahomes didn't get up , the stadium grew quiet, Broncos players knelt and some Chiefs stormed away in aguish as their quarterback ripped off his helmet and covered his face.

As players milled about nervously, the Chiefs' medical personnel appeared to pop Mahomes' right knee back in place before he was helped from the field and taken into the locker room. The Chiefs announced minutes later that Mahomes had a knee injury and wouldn't return.

The Broncos had won two straight after a winless September and were hoping to turn the AFC West upside down by handling the Chiefs their third straight loss.

Coming in, the Chiefs were ranked 24th in the league with 11 sacks and they'd allowed an average of 190 yards rushing over their previous four games.

But the Chiefs sacked Joe Flacco a career-high eight times , drew three holding flags on grabby left tackle Garett Bolles, held Denver to 1-of-13 on third downs and benefited from Denver's poor special teams play and curious calls by coach Vic Fangio that backfired spectacularly.

When Flacco did stay upright to deliver deep passes, they fell incomplete. Rookie tight end Noah Fant dropped three passes that would have totaled more than 100 yards.

At one point, Fox NFL analyst Troy Aikman exclaimed, ''This is about as bad an offense as I've seen. I'm shocked there's as many people still here at the game.''

There weren't for very much longer as the fans streamed to the exits with the never-ending bungled plays by the Broncos, especially the porous O-line that was jeered by frustrated fans.

The Chiefs even sacked punter Colby Wadman, who had nowhere to throw the ball on a failed fake punt that gave Kansas City the ball at the Broncos 38 on the drive that ended with Mahomes' injury.

After Mahomes got hurt, Moore couldn't get the Chiefs into the end zone on three plays from the 3, and Harrison Butker's 20-yard field goal gave KC a 13-6 lead.

Flacco, who was sacked five times and knocked down eight more times in 15 first-half drop-backs, was sack-stripped by linebacker Anthony Hutchins on the next series and linebacker Reggie Ragland scooped up the loose ball at the 5 and rumbled into the end zone for a 20-6 halftime lead.

Brandon McManus missed a 45-yard field goal that sailed well above the top of the right upright.

The Broncos scored first after getting a reprieve on a three-and-out when Frank Clark's face mask gave Denver a first down and Royce Freeman took it in from a yard out seven plays later. But Fangio decided to take the extra point off the board and go for 2 when Alex Okafor was whistled for encroachment.

Instead of handing the ball off to Freeman again, Fangio had Phillip Lindsay, who's about 50 pounds lighter, pound the ball up the middle and he was stuffed, leaving the Chiefs celebrating instead and the crowd no longer buzzing.

Their 6-0 lead was short-lived as Mahomes somehow escaped the clutches of Von Miller and fired a pass that safety Will Parks tipped but Mecole Hardman reigned in anyway before avoiding sidestepping safety Kareem Jackson for a 21-yard score .

Hardman added a 37-yard punt return that led to a 33-yard field goal.

Moore finished 10 of 19 for 117 yards.

INJURIES: Parks left the game with a hand injury and didn't return and Broncos rookie linebacker Justin Hollins left with a knee injury.

UP NEXT

Chiefs: Face the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 27.

Broncos: Visit the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 27.

Player Notes
Budda Baker Nov 15 7:00pm ET

Arizona Cardinals safety Budda Baker has emerged as one of the best defensive backs in fantasy of late with the fourth-most fantasy points the last five weeks. The San Francisco 49ers aren't a great matchup for him, but the volume figures to be there for him to land enough tackles as a DB1.

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Chandler Jones Nov 15 7:00pm ET

Arizona Cardinals linebacker Chandler Jones makes his fantasy living with sacking quarterbacks. The San Francisco 49ers allow 2.6 sacks per game over the last five weeks. Jones is a risky play because he's all-or-nothing, and he'll have to reach the quarterback to score many points. Treat him as a flex option.

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Andy Isabella Nov 15 7:00pm ET

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Andy Isabella has flashed some big plays the last couple of weeks, and he has become the de facto third receiver for the club. He's not worth the risk against the San Francisco 49ers, though. The Niners are too tough of a defense to bank on Isabella's inconsistency.

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Zane Gonzalez Nov 15 7:00pm ET

Arizona Cardinals kicker Zane Gonzalez has entrenched himself as a solid PK1 going a perfect 10-for-10 in field goals and 12-for-12 in extra points the last five games. He's facing the toughest team to kick against during the stretch in the San Francisco 49ers. He's still worth running as a low-end PK1, but there could be better options on waivers this week.

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Christian Kirk Nov 15 7:00pm ET

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Christian Kirk broke out for six catches, 138 yards and three touchdowns last week. However, that momentum may halt against the San Francisco 49ers, which are one of the better teams against wideouts. Kirk has the talent and upside to overcome the matchup, though. Wide receivers have averaged 9.8 receptions for 102.8 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game over the last five against the Niners. Kirk is still worthy of a WR3 play.

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Larry Fitzgerald Nov 15 7:00pm ET

Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald is coming off an eight-catch game that energized his owners after several stale showings. Don't expect him to carry that over into Week 11. The San Francisco 49ers are one of the top-five teams at defending receivers the last five weeks. They've allowed 9.8 receptions for 102.8 yards and 0.4 touchdowns per game to opposing receivers. That doesn't leave a lot of upside for Fitz, who has struggled to do much with his receptions. He's a flex option in point-per-reception formats, but he's not a very enticing one.

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Demarcus Robinson Nov 15 6:50pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Demarcus Robinson has been forced into a split time role with Mecole Hardman for the third receiver position. The Chiefs have both Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins back healthy and ahead of them on the depth chart. Robinson caught four of five targets for 56 yards in the loss to the Titans in Week 10. He saw five targets, while Hardman was targeted just once last week. However, he'll have a limited role going forward, so consider him a low-end flex option for deep leagues for Week 11.

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Travis Kelce Nov 15 6:50pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce has been reliable for the team and fantasy owners all season long. He's only caught three touchdowns this season, but that hasn't hurt this fantasy value. He's heading into a matchup against the Chargers in Week 11. The Chargers are fairly good at stopping tight ends, but Kelce is elite. He's going to find a way to get open and make receptions. Fantasy owners can feel confident with Kelce as a high-end TE1 for Week 11.

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Sammy Watkins Nov 15 6:40pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Sammy Watkins has caught at least five receptions for 39 yards or more over each of the last three games. He's been targeted eight or more times during those contests. The Chiefs are looking his way often and Watkins is making plays. The Chargers Defense has been tough at times against receivers, so Watkins could be slowed down a bit. Fantasy owners should consider Watkins a WR3 with good upside for Week 11.

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Mecole Hardman Nov 15 6:40pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Mecole Hardman has seen one target over the last two weeks as his fantasy value is quickly fading away. Hardman was targeted once for a 63-yard touchdown in Week 10 versus the Titans. Both Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins are back healthy, so that has pushed Hardman into a split role for the No. 3 spot. He'll have a limited role going forward and shouldn't see more than two or three targets against the Chargers this week. Fantasy owners should avoid Hardman unless there is really no one better available.

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Tyreek Hill Nov 15 6:30pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Tyreek Hill looked unstoppable versus the Titans in Week 10. He caught 11 of 19 targets for 157 yards and one touchdown. Getting quarterback Patrick Mahomes back was a huge boost for Hill. They have great chemistry together and that should continue in Week 11 against the Chargers. Fantasy owners can count on Hill as a reliable WR1 and he should surpass his projection on Monday night.

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Kyler Murray Nov 15 6:30pm ET

Arizona Cardinals quarterback Kyler Murray may be relegated to the fantasy bench this week against the beefy San Francisco 49ers Defense. The Niners have been the best defense against the quarterback position the last five weeks, and they have consistently tortured them all season. Opposing signal callers averaged just 157.2 passing yards per game over the last five games, and QBs tossed three touchdowns and four interceptions as a whole. Murray was decent against them a couple of weeks ago with 241 passing yards, two scores and no picks in a 28-25 loss. He's a low-end QB1 on his own merits, but you really have to be in a jam to throw him out there against this squad. Seek a one-week play with a great matchup off waivers.

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Patrick Mahomes Nov 15 6:20pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes returned last week from an injury and threw for 446 yards and three touchdowns. The injury clearly isn't lingering on Mahomes and he's back to being an elite fantasy option. They head into a matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers on Monday. Mahomes should have no problems getting what he's projected and then some for Week 11.

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Patrick Peterson Nov 15 6:20pm ET

Arizona Cardinals cornerback Patrick Peterson (calf) returned to practice fully Friday after he was limited by a calf injury the first part of the week. Peterson will be good to go for the Cardinals Defense against the San Francisco 49ers. Peterson isn't a great player to use in individual defensive player formats, but he fortifies a low-end option in the Cardinals Defense.

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Damien Williams Nov 15 6:20pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs running back Damien Williams has been solid for fantasy owners over the last two games. He gave owners headaches for most of the season, but is finally beginning to pay off. Veteran LeSean McCoy was scratched in Week 10, so that helped Williams get 19 carries with ease. It's unclear whether McCoy will suit up this week or not. The Chiefs are seeing positive results when they run with Williams, so they should continue to trust him. He'll have RB2 value for Monday night against the Chargers.

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LeSean McCoy Nov 15 6:20pm ET

Kansas City Chiefs running back LeSean McCoy was a healthy scratch for Week 10 versus the Tennessee Titans. There is no signs of him sitting out for Week 11, so fantasy owners should prepare for him to play. However, Damien Williams has been running the ball very well over the last two weeks. The Chiefs are likely going to stick with what's working right now. McCoy is basically a deep league desperation option at this point with little upside. He shouldn't be trusted against the Chargers on Monday.

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Chris Conley Nov 15 6:10pm ET

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Seth DeValve Nov 15 6:10pm ET

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Jeff Driskel Nov 15 6:10pm ET

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Josh Lambo Nov 15 6:10pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars kicker Josh Lambo has tied for 10th in fantasy points among kickers the last four weeks by going a perfect 10-for-10. He'd be even better if he had more than four extra-point attempts, which he made three of. He could have a golden ticket this weekend against the Indianapolis Colts, who have surrendered the most fantasy points per game to kickers over the last five weeks. PKs have gone 12-for-12 in field goals and 6-for-6 in extra-point attempts. Treat Lambo like a midrange kicking option this week.

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