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BUF at ARI *GB at HOU *NE at SEA *DEN at SD (MON)
*CIN at CLE *IND at NYJ *NYG at SF Bye:
*Updated DAL at BAL *KC at TB OAK at ATL CAR, CHI, JAC, NO

Prediction: KC 17, TB 23 (Line: TB by 3.5)

Player Updated: Jon Baldwin

Players to Watch: Brady Quinn

The 1-4 Chiefs are 1-1 on the road thanks to the Saints and head to face the 1-3 Buccaneers are fresh off their bye and ready face the easiest two game stretch of their season. This is no "gimmee" game because that simply would never exist for either team but has to favor the rested, prepared and at home Buccaneers.

Kansas City Chiefs
Homefield: Arrowhead Stadium
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 ATL 24-40 10 @PIT -----
2 @BUF 17-35 11 CIN -----
3 @NO 27-24 12 DEN -----
4 SD 20-37 13 CAR -----
5 BAL 6-9 14 @CLE -----
6 @TB ----- 15 @OAK -----
7 BYE ----- 16 IND -----
8 OAK ----- 17 @DEN -----
9 @SD ----- ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
KC @ TB Rush Catch Pass
QB Alex Smith 10 240,1

Pregame Notes: The Chiefs biggest problem - aside from a defense that has ranked as one of the worst until last week - was the passing game under Matt Cassel. While the team still stood behind him as the starter, there were plenty of rumblings that Cassel was not long for being a starter and that his inability to score compared to his ability to lose the ball presented a bad ratio. Like five passing scores against nine interceptions and four lost fumbles.

A concussion last week made the switch they were contemplating anyway and now Brady Quinn will take the reins and likely show once again why he has been a mostly just a backup for his six years in the NFL. His last start came in Cleveland four years ago. He gets the benefit of the perception "well he cannot be any worse."

The entirety of the offense not only runs through Jamaal Charles who leads the NFL with 515 rushing yards, but HC Romeo Crennel said the 30 carries against the Ravens were not enough. Be still my fantasy heart. For the last three weeks, Charles has been a machine with no real signs of the knee injury that ended his 2011 season. He is not only back to form but Peyton Hillis has been out with a bad ankle and Shane Draughn does very little to get in the way of Charles who already has two games with 30 or more carries. Charles is about the only thing that has worked in Kansas City aside from late game catches by Dwayne Bowe when the opponent doesn't care anymore.

The tight ends are among the least used in the entire league. Bowe has been generally solid every week with at least 60 yards and twice he has topped 100 yards with a score thanks to trash time in losses. Jonathan Baldwin has never gained more than 62 yards in any game and generally has less than 50 yards, He took a promising 2011 and has just been mediocre at best this year. Steve Breaston only has four catches total and Dexter McCluster has declined to where he never even had a pass last week.

Brady Quinn is not likely to energize this offense and traveling to Tampa Bay means hoping that somehow Jamaal Charles is going to be enough to win the game. He'll keep them in it, but he's not enough to win it and he doesn't play defense.

Gaining Fantasy Points KC 25 1 28 30 18 26
Preventing Fantasy Points TB 25 14 30 13 24 12

QB Alex Smith, KC PHI 20100020000 ***
Coming off of a monster Week 1 showing, the real Alex Smith will shine through the fog. Last season, he exploded in Week 1 and failed to come close to that performance the rest of the way. Philly is a stout pass defense and should keep him in check.
RB Kareem Hunt, KC PHI 10014200000 ***
The do-all back will come back down to this planet after enjoying a history season opener. Philly is going to be a much better challenge for the Chiefs up front than the Pats were last week, but Andy Reid is creative enough to find ways to get the ball to Hunt in space.
WR Tyreek Hill, KC PHI 2006800000 ***
The matchup is mediocre. Hill can score from anywhere on the planet, but the volume isn't ideal. Downgrade him a tick as a starting WR2 or No. 3.
WR Chris Conley, KC PHI 002300000 ***
Philly allowed 14 catches for 152 yards against Washington in Week 1. A dropped TD should have been in that stat line, for whatever it matters. Conley isn't a logical play.
WR Albert Wilson, KC PHI 002200000 ***
Wilson doesn't warrant a roster spot, much less starting consideration.
TE Travis Kelce, KC PHI 005600000 ***
Kelce is a must-play asset each week. New England focused on removing him from the game plan last week, apparently forgetting about everyone else along the way. Philly was awesome in 2016 against TEs, and last week it held its own.
  Opp fgaFGMxpaXPM ConFac
K Cairo Santos, KC PHI 3333 ***
The Eagles gave up only five kicking points last week against a much worse offense than KC's. Try to get your mitts on any piece of this offense, including Santos, for the time being.

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Homefield: Raymond James Stadium
  Opp Score   Opp Score
1 CAR 16-10 10 SD -----
2 @NYG 34-41 11 @CAR -----
3 @DAL 10-16 12 ATL -----
4 WAS 22-24 13 @DEN -----
5 BYE ----- 14 PHI -----
6 KC ----- 15 @NO -----
7 NO ----- 16 STL -----
8 @MIN ----- 17 @ATL -----
9 @OAK ----- ----- ----- -----
News | Statistics | Roster
TB vs KC Rush Catch Pass
QB Ryan Fitzpatrick 10 210,1
RB Doug Martin 70,1 2-20
RB Jacquizz Rodgers 40 4-30
WR DeSean Jackson 4-60,1
PK Nick Folk 3 FG 2 XP

Pregame Notes: This is an important week because it may not get any better than coming off a bye week and facing the visiting Chiefs. Josh Freeman scored in every game this year but just once had more than one touchdown. He has also varied greatly in the yardage. He's been as good as 299 yards when the Skins showed up and yet twice has failed to top 140 yards in a game. He has also stopped adding rushing attempts for himself. Freeman is little more than a game manager quarterback only without the solid rushing and sound defense that normally accompanies such a marginal passing attack.

Doug Martin has decreased each week since starting out against the Panthers with 95 yards on 24 runs. He scored only once this year and against the Redskins only produced 33 yards on eight runs. LeGarrette Blount was even given the short touchdown. Martin only gets a couple of passes per game for minimal gain. His 247 yards on 71 carries is just 3.5 yards per carry.

Dallas Clark prompted optimism this summer but it was completely unfounded. He has never gained more than 33 yards, has never scored and usually catches only one pass each week. The one touchdown thrown to the position went to Luke Stocker who only has two catches on the year.

Surprisingly, there is fantasy value with the wide receivers. The reality is that almost all the passing and scores end up with just Mike Williams and Vincent Jackson. Williams has two touchdowns on the season but marginal yardage until week four when he turned in 115 yards on four catches against the Redskins (like everyone else). Jackson also has two touchdowns on the year and over 100 yards in two of the last three games. Problem is that his game in Dallas saw him removed from the passing game plan thanks to Brandon Carr and Jackson only had one catch that week.

The Chiefs defense has been average at best and allowed 24 or more points to every opponent until the near trap game with the Ravens last week. Prior to that they had never allowed less than two passing touchdowns per game and their rushing defense has been much less formidable on the road. They only ranks as well as they do from facing the Saints ground game.

Gaining Fantasy Points TB 30 24 24 31 12 13
Preventing Fantasy Points KC 21 22 6 11 27 31

QB Jameis Winston, TB CHI 0000030020 ***
Matt Ryan went for 321-1-0 last week against the Bears. Winston had a few more days of prep time for this one, and the Bucs have a wealth of weaponry.
RB Jacquizz Rodgers, TB CHI 6012100000 **
Here's Game 2 of Doug Martin's four-game break, and Rodgers should get the bulk of the action. Charles Sims may be a factor in the passing game, though. The Bears lost Jerrell Freeman in Week 1. Outside of a Martin TD in Week 10 last year, Chicago owned Tampa's RBs.
WR DeSean Jackson, TB CHI 003701000 **
Jackson's Tampa debut draws a moderate matchup against a Bears defense that did a pretty good job of containing Atlanta's offense in Week 1. He's a better choice in non-PPR given the chance of a big play.
WR Mike Evans, TB CHI 006800000 ***
Tampa's star receiver may have a tough go of it in this one. The Bears held Julio Jones down last weekend. The plus side is that Evans had extra prep time.
WR Adam Humphries, TB CHI 004400000 ***
Humphries checks in as a fringe lineup gamble in deep formats. The Bears will be focused stopping Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson, so there's hope for a surprise performance.
TE Cameron Brate, TB CHI 005601000 **
While it happened on just two plays, Chicago was smacked upside its head by Atlanta TE Austin Hooper in Week 1. Brate is the starter here and has reasonable upside with a fairly safe floor.
TE O.J. Howard, TB CHI 002200000 ***
Howard has a bright outlook that we will see on display in ... you guessed it, the future. Rookie TEs rarely make noise in fantasy, especially in their first start.
  Opp fgaFGMxpaXPM ConFac
K Nick Folk, TB CHI 1133 ***
Folk's offense should provide ample chances against a Chicago defense ready to be beaten up by a Buccaneers squad with extra prep time.

BUF at ARI *GB at HOU *NE at SEA *DEN at SD (MON)
*CIN at CLE *IND at NYJ *NYG at SF Bye:
*Updated DAL at BAL *KC at TB OAK at ATL CAR, CHI, JAC, NO

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