Don't have an account?
Join the Best Live Fantasy Chat Community!

Lost password? [X]

Receive free daily analysis:


Already have an account? Log in here.


Forgot Password


Thursday Night Football Matchups Analysis - Week 7

The New England Patriots continue to roll through the competition.

Tom Brady managed to trounce the New York Giants with 334 passing yards and two rushing touchdowns, vulturing goal line work from Sony Michel who failed to eclipse 100 yards despite carrying the football 22 times. Each team's top receiving option produced exceptional fantasy days, with Julian Edelman catching nine passes for 113 yards and Golden Tate hauling in six catches for 102 yards and a touchdown in his Giants debut.

Kansas City and Patrick Mahomes will look to get back on track after two straight losses, whereas Denver is aiming to keep the ball rolling after a home victory against Tennessee. With a rebounding offense facing off against a surging defense, let's dive in to Thursday Night Football Matchups Analysis for Week 7!

Editor's Note: Get any full-season NFL Premium Pass for 50% off. Our exclusive In-Season Lineup Tools, Lineup Optimizer and over 150 days of Premium DFS Research. Sign Up Now!


Kansas City Chiefs @ Denver Broncos

Date and Start Time: October 17 at 8:20 PM ET

Notable Injuries and Status:


Offensive and Defensive Rankings in 2019:

Chiefs Broncos
Passing Yards 1st 23rd
Rushing Yards 24th 14th
Pass Defense 19th 4th
Rush Defense 30th 18th


Must Starts

Top Performers That Have To Be In Your Lineups

Patrick Mahomes (QB, KC)

Even though Denver has stymied the likes of Marcus Mariota (63 passing yards, two  interceptions) and Philip Rivers (211 passing yards, two interceptions) over their last two contests, it goes without saying that Mahomes is going to be a fixture in starting lineups when healthy. Of course, a tweaked ankle he suffered back in Week 5 and a short turnaround before Thursday night could become problematic in the event he re-aggravates his injury.

Tyreek Hill (WR, KC)

Before we knew it, Hill had hauled in a 46-yard touchdown reception against the Houston Texans in his return from injury and reestablished himself as the No.1 pass-catching option in Kansas City. His team-leading 10 targets in Week 6 show that Patrick Mahomes will look his way early and often. Hill should be considered a weekly WR1 irrespective of the matchup.

Travis Kelce (TE, KC)

Kelce is in line for touchdown regression after having failed to find the end zone since Week 2. The big-bodied Chiefs tight end has received less than eight targets only once this season and can only benefit from having Tyreek Hill draw attention away from him.

Phillip Lindsay (RB, DEN)

The Kansas City Chiefs give up the 10th-most fantasy points per game to the running back position and although Lindsay is in a near 50/50 split with backfield-mate Royce Freeman, he is out-touching him in goal-line work 14 to Freeman's nine. Further, if Denver is forced to play catchup, you can bet Lindsay will be on the field for his dual-threat capabilities.

Courtland Sutton (WR, DEN)

Entering Week 6, Sutton was top-five in the league in passer rating when targeted. He continued to establish himself as the Broncos top wide receiver with his fifth 60-plus yard outing against the Tennessee Titans and looks to have a solid floor with upside against Kansas City's vulnerable secondary.


Solid Options and Sleepers

Which Players Will Have Solid Games and Which Could Surprise?

Solid Option: Royce Freeman (RB, DEN)

Denver currently ranks 13th in the NFL in rush attempts and the Indianapolis Colts proved that the method to beat the Kansas City Chiefs is ball control with plenty of handoffs. Freeman may be in a timeshare with Phillip Lindsay, but he can likely gash the Chiefs Defense on the abnormally high work that he is likely to get.

Solid Option: Emmanuel Sanders (WR, DEN)

It appears that Sanders will not be hindered by a knee injury he suffered in Week 6 as he goes into Thursday night, but there are definitely concerns about his workload. Since opening the season averaging 8.5 targets per game, he has received four over his last two games. However, a game-script in which the Broncos have to play from behind could force Joe Flacco to look Sanders' way more often.

Sleeper: Joe Flacco (QB, DEN)

There have been flashes of Flacco looking like a startable fantasy quarterback in 2019, but the challenge has become predicting which matchups he could reach his ceiling in. Kansas City is a prime opportunity, with the Chiefs giving up the eighth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.


Consider Sitting

Players To Avoid Putting In Your Lineup If Possible

Damien Williams / LeSean McCoy / Darrel Williams (RBs, KC)

McCoy was on the field for the most snaps in the Chiefs backfield last week (23 to 18 for Damien Williams and six for Darrel Williams) and had the most touches (10 to Damien Williams' two and Darrel Williams' one). Receiving work appeared to go to the Williams crew, but McCoy got the playing time and by-and-large failed to capitalize for fantasy purposes. At the end of the day, none of these backs are viable starting assets against a Broncos Defense that has given up less than 40 yards on the ground in their previous two games.

Sammy Watkins / Demarcus Robinson / Mecole Hardman (WRs, KC)

Even with Sammy Watkins ruled out, the return of Tyreek Hill has limited opportunities for the remainder of the Chiefs wide receiver core and relegated them solely to being playable in vulnerable matchups. Denver has allowed the fewest fantasy points to the wide receiver position in 2019 and can smother opposing wide receivers.

Noah Fant (TE, DEN)

Until Fant shows he can get more than four targets a game, he will be unstartable in fantasy football despite the Chiefs being a bottom-four team against tight ends.

More Fantasy Football Analysis

More Recent Articles


Colts Conundrum: What To Do With Marlon Mack Hurt

Hello, my name is Eric Samulski, and I spent all my FAAB on Brian Hill last week. Phew! I’m glad we got that out of the way. Now that that’s on the table, we can talk honestly about this week's biggest running back decision: How the Colts will replace Marlon Mack, who just underwent surgery on... Read More

Offensive Line Rankings Analysis: Week 12

Apologies for not making it out last week. I welcomed my daughter into the world, and while I would have loved the distraction of looking at the ability of offensive lines, that wasn't going to happen. Moving onto Week 12, the outcome of your season-long leagues is now taking shape and you know if you... Read More

Fantasy Football Disaster Recovery: Kenny Golladay

Welcome to Disaster Recovery, where each week I'll examine why your studs played like duds. This isn't a place to find out why you should have sat a player for somebody else on your bench. Disaster Recovery is here to examine the guys who you didn't think twice about starting and to help you decide if you should... Read More

Receiver Leaderboards Entering the Final Stretch - NFL Next Gen Stats

We've consumed our first "double-digit week" set of games. That means we've entered the final part of the season and, in fact, the fantasy football playoffs are closer than you may realize. There are just three more weeks to go until we hit Week 14 and celebrate our presence in the run for the chip,... Read More

NFL Survivor Pool Picks (Week 12) - Targets and Avoids

Sunday was one of the worst Sunday's Vegas has had all season and remaining entrants in survivor pools nearly had the same fate. However, the Vikings rallied from a 20-0 halftime deficit, the 49ers scored late, and the Cowboys win was much narrower than it should have been. The Saints, Bills, and Ravens took care... Read More

Fantasy Football Risers and Fallers - Jeff Driskel, Deebo Samuel, Kenyan Drake

Whether due to their own play, the play of others, or injuries, players' stock increases and decreases on a weekly basis. Perhaps more than any other, the NFL is a league that experiences ups and downs at a rapid pace. With only 16 games, there’s little room for error and seemingly endless opportunities for improvement.... Read More

Deeper League Free Agent Pickups for Week 12

Rotoballers, if you're not active on the waiver wire this time of year, there are only two reasonable explanations: 1) You're sitting at 3-8 (or worse) and don't find it enjoyable to play spoiler to your league mates, or 2) You're 8-3 (or better) and have nothing but matchup-proof studs on your starting lineup and... Read More

FAAB Bidding - Week 12 Waiver Wire Targets

Assisting our famous waiver wire pickups list, and our weekly waiver wire columns by position, this column focuses on suggested waiver wire bidding percentages for fantasy football owners in leagues using a Free Agent Acquisition Budget (FAAB). As a caveat, these prices do not by any means indicate how much these free agent players will... Read More

Week 12 Waiver Wire Pickups & Adds

This could be the most exciting installment of waiver wire adds in a while. Not that any of these choices are necessarily league-winners but at least we have a bunch of new names to ponder. Bye weeks are nearly over but this one will be particularly tough with the high-scoring Chiefs, Vikings, Chargers, and Cardinals... Read More

Week 12 Defense (DEF) Streamers and Starts - 2019 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

Almost out of time to make that last push for the playoffs--no time like the present to squeak out a win because you picked the right defense. Below are RotoBaller's Week 12 defense tiers and rankings, or which defenses to stream, start and target off the waiver wire for Week 12 of the NFL and... Read More

Week 12 Kicker Streamers and Starts - 2019 Fantasy Tiers, Rankings

It's Week 12, and the fantasy football playoffs are just around the corner. Teams are jostling for playoff position both in the real world and the fantasy world. You gotta have the right kicker at the right time in the right matchup, and it matters now more than ever. The margin for error in these... Read More

Running Back Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 12

The regular season continues to advance at a relentless pace as we have now entered the planning process for Week 12. Some of you are concentrating on building lineups that will commandeer a spot in the fantasy playoffs, while others are making slight adjustments to teams that have already secured their place in the postseason.... Read More

Wide Receiver Waiver Wire Pickups - Week 12

Week 11 is behind us and we're getting closer and closer to the end of the fantasy regular season. For some of us, Week 12 represents the final chance to get into the postseason, while for others we have another week or two left. Here, to help you get ready for the playoffs, is a... Read More

Week 12 Tight End Waiver Wire Picks and Streamers

With fantasy football leagues only a couple weeks away from their playoffs, this is not the time for teams to be short a tight end. Not only do fantasy footballers have no Travis Kelce or Hunter Henry during this crucial week in their fantasy seasons, they do not get to take advantage of using a... Read More

Quarterback Waiver Wire Pickups and Streamers - Week 12

We saw some monster weeks at the quarterbacks position, with four quarterbacks topping 37 points, and ten scoring over 25 points. These weren't all big names putting up these points either, as low-owned quarterbacks like Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold, and even Jeff Driskel had some big numbers in Week 11. That means we've got plenty... Read More