Chiefs Week 2 Recap

This trip to Houston didn’t go quite as well as the Chiefs’ last couple of visits, as they fell to the Texans 19–12. The defense put forth a decent effort, holding Lamar Miller to just 3.3 yards per carry while Marcus Peters, the Kansas City Thief, picked off Brock Osweiler twice. The Chiefs offense, however, failed to ever get into a rhythm, converting just 3 of 14 third downs. Not only was the offense unable to capitalize on the two turnovers, they committed 3 turnovers themselves, including a lost fumble from week 1 standout Spencer Ware. The Texans defense tallied 4 sacks on Alex Smith, who was playing behind an offensive line that was missing both starting guards due to injury, and completed just 20 of 37 pass attempts (54%).

Fantasy impact

While Jeremy Maclin’s final stat line (6 catches, 68 yards) was a bit disappointing, it’s encouraging to note that he received 15 targets. Expect Alex Smith to continue to lean heavily on Maclin in the passing game going forward, making him a solid WR2 or flex option. Travis Kelce also had a disappointing showing, catching 5 passes on 7 targets for just 34 yards. Usually much better at picking up yards after the catch, he remains a mid level TE1 with upside. Spencer Ware had another solid performance in the absence of Jamaal Charles, with 105 combined rushing and receiving yards (although he did lose a fumble). Ware should remain in starting line ups until Charles returns. Perhaps the best Chiefs fantasy performance of the day belonged to kicker Cairo Santos, who went 4/4 on FGs, including a 53 yard attempt. Kickers are difficult to project, but if yours has been struggling, Santos may be worth an add.

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