This week’s fantasy jackpot game of the week is the Baltimore Ravens vs Kansas City Chiefs. With two explosive offenses and defenses that can be exploited, we should be in line for a fast-paced, high-scoring game that leads to some big fantasy points.
Baltimore Ravens (2-0, 1-0 Road) vs Kansas City Chiefs (2-0, 0-0 Home)
Date: Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019
Time: 1:00 pm EST
This matchup bodes very well for all Ravens skills players, especially for Lamar Jackson and Mark Ingram. The Chiefs currently allow the fifth-most points to opposing QBs, at 19.92 points, and that was against the lackluster Gardner Minshew and Derek Carr. Lamar Jackson is in line to repeat as a top fantasy quarterback for the week. The Chiefs are also very bad against opposing RBs, as allowing 29.94 fantasy points per game. This is a very intriguing matchup for Ingram, but I do approach him with some caution, as Ingram can easily get game scripted out of the game like we saw last week, as Justice Hill got the passing work.
This is guaranteed to be a fast-paced game, and that makes Marquise Brown in line for a very solid week. The Chiefs defense is allowing 29.5 fantasy points per game to opposing WRs, and out of all the WR fantasy points the Ravens have produced this year, Brown has 65% of the points. If that stat stays true, then Hollywood is in line for 19.18 PPR points this week. Start, start, start Hollywood Brown. The last piece to this explosive offense is tight end Mark Andrews, and lucky for Andrews, the Chiefs are allowing the fifth-most fantasy points to opposing TEs. Andrews did not practice on Friday, so monitor that, but if he plays then he should be in line for a solid game.
Kansas City Chiefs
I would talk about Patrick Mahomes and how he is lined up for a great week, but I think every fantasy player knows that he is going to be a top play at the QB position every week. Damien Williams has been ruled out this week, so LeSean McCoy is penciled in for the start. However, the Ravens are allowing the third-lowest points to opposing RBs. To add on top of the bad matchup, Chiefs starting left tackle, Erick Fisher, has been ruled out, so I am not in love with any Chiefs running backs this week.
On paper, the matchup for Chiefs wide receivers looks bad, but you need to dig deeper to see that the Ravens defense does not man up well against 3-4 receiver sets. Take last week for example when the Cardinals offense was able to sustain two 100-yard receivers against the defense all while lining up in two receivers sets in only 13 total plays. The Chiefs, especially with thin depth at running back, will line up in three receiver sets often this week. And with starting cornerback Jimmy Smith out, all three receivers (Sammy Watkins, Demarcus Robinson, Mecole Hardman) will have good weeks. The Ravens are a middle of the pack defense in allowed fantasy points to the tight end, but with a tight end like Travis Kelce, there is no need to worry about him this week.