The Kansas City Chiefs looked much more like the reigning Super Bowl champions, with a 34-20 win over the Baltimore Ravens on Monday Night Football. The first half was all Kansas City, with the Baltimore Ravens able to do little outside of a long kickoff return by Devin Duvernay.
This matchup should be a good indication for fantasy values for all involved for weeks to come. While it is only Week 3, you can find out the most about players’ impact when they play stiff competition. So, who impressed and who should fantasy owners be a little worried about as the season progresses?
MNF Takeaways | Kansas City Chiefs
This looked much more like the Patrick Mahomes NFL fans know and love. He simply couldn’t be stopped, throwing dimes all night long. He continued to show the ability to escape when the pocket was collapsing, as well as the toughness to stand in and take a hit. Although he looked shaky at times against the Los Angeles Chargers, this looks more like a fluke than anything else.
Clyde Edwards-Helaire broke out Week 1 against the Houston Texans, but he was relatively quiet in Week 2 against the Chargers. While he may not have been as effective as he was against the Texans, he is always good for a decent amount of carries and a good among of targets in the passing game. While CEH may not turn out to be the stud RB1 some fantasy owners thought he’d be, he should always be a plug and forget type player.
Tyreek Hill is a tough receiver to understand for fantasy owners. His targets fluctuate a decent amount, yet he has yet to prove the ability to post consistent receiving yardage. With that being said, he also has caught a touchdown in each of his first three games this season. I don’t think Tyreek Hill is a WR1 like some owners may have drafted him to be. He will always get a fair share of targets, but his touchdown output is not sustainable, so he’s more of a high end WR2 than a WR1 option.
MNF Takeaways | Baltimore Ravens
Ravens Running Backs
In shocking news, the Ravens love to run the football. With that being said, I don’t think any of their running backs should be owned as anything more than a RB3/FLEX option, with their current situation. Mark Ingram, Gus Edwards and J.K. Dobbins are all more than capable backs in their own right. With the constant changing of touches they get and with the amount of people they need to share those touches with, none of them at the can provide any semblance of consistency. Unless one of them goes down and/or one of them loses the confidence of the coaching staff, there isn’t much value among running backs.
Ravens Wide Receivers
I know I probably look lazy not singling anybody out for Baltimore, but I don’t care. All of the Ravens pass catchers are in the same category. There is really no reliable option for the Ravens, outside of tight end Mark Andrews. Among Willie Snead, Marquise Brown and Miles Boykin, nobody has shown any sort of consistency. Neither Boykin nor Snead have ever posted over 70 receiving yards or four receptions. Sure, Brown posted 101 yards in Week 1, but take out his 47-yard reception and his numbers are pitiful for a guy who some thought could be a WR2 this season.
Although positive game script has affected him, take out that one reception and he has nine catches for 96 yards over the span of two games. In three quarters against Kansas City, while playing from behind, he still could only muster up a single reception for seven yards on four targets.
Like all players, these three will have their ups and downs, but, for the most part, Snead and Boykin shouldn’t be rostered and Brown shouldn’t be viewed as anything more than a WR3.