Monday Night Football
Washington Redskins at Kansas City Chiefs
Line: Chiefs -7 | Over/Under 49.5
The first Monday Night Football of 2017 sees the 3-0 Kansas City Chiefs taking on the Washington Redskins, coming off two consecutive wins after a Week 1 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. These sides have only met nine times in the past, with the Chiefs dominating the series 8-1. The Redskins sole win came back in Week 3 of the 1983 season when John Riggins 84 yards on 21 carries helped the Redskins to a 27-12 win.
Despite allowing the ninth most passing yards through three weeks, the Chiefs rank 24th in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks. Redskins quarterback Kirk Cousins is ninth in passing yards through weeks and is QB12 in overall fantasy points. He has five touchdowns and an interception on the young season, while the Chiefs have allowed just two touchdowns while picking off five passes.
The Redskins defense, thought by many to be one of the weaker units in the NFL coming into the season, has performed admirably against the pass so far. The 641 yards they have allowed through the air are the 12th fewest, while they have allowed an average of 11.7 fantasy points to quarterbacks in 2017. Alex Smith sits second in fantasy points among quarterbacks, but it is worth noting that after his 31 point outing in Week 1 he has managed only 31.2 in the two games since combined.[the_ad id=”65749″][the_ad id=”66090″]
The Chiefs have only seen 78 rushing attempts against them this season, tied for 18th most in the NFL, but are allowing an average of 23.1 fantasy points to opposing running backs in 2017. Redskins running back Chris Thompson has 72 PPR points on just 27 touches through three weeks, while his teammates Rob Kelley and Samaje Perine have just 23 between them, with neither playing finding the end zone so far.
Rookie running back Kareem Hunt is enjoying a dream start to his NFL career, with 538 total yards from scrimmage and six touchdowns in his first three games. He has 66% of the teams total rushing attempts, as well as an 11% share of the passing targets. The Redskins have allowed just one touchdown to a running back so far this season and bottled the Raiders up to the tune of just 22 yards on nine carries last Sunday night.
The Chiefs two passing scores allowed this season have come from wide receivers, and in their three games so far wideouts have averaged 12.6 receptions for 192.6 yards against the Chiefs. Washington wide receivers have struggled somewhat to open the season, with Ryan Grant Terrelle Pryor and Jamison Crowder only posting 66.2 PPR points between them through three games, with a lone touchdown.
Wide receivers have not enjoyed their time against the Redskins in 2017. After allowing ten catches for 154 yards and a touchdown in Week 1, opposing wideouts have managed just 14 grabs for 139 yards in the two games since, with no trips to the end zone. Tyreek Hill is behind only Antonio Brown and Stefon Diggs regarding fantasy points but sandwiched in between his stellar Week 1 and three outings he did only manage four catches for 43 yards in the Week 2 win over the Eagles. No other Chiefs wide receiver is within 150 yards of the 252 that Hill has on the season already.
Six of the ten catches the Chiefs have allowed to tight ends came in Week 2, with the Chiefs doing an excellent job of shutting down Rob Gronkowski (two catches for 33 yards) and the Chargers pair of Antonio Gates and Hunter Henry in their other games (two catches for 30 yards combined). The Redskins have one of the most dynamic tight ends in the league in Jordan Reed, but he missed the win over the Raiders in Week 3. In relief, the veteran Vernon Davis helped himself to five catches for 58 yards and a touchdown. Even if Reed is healthy, neither he nor Davis should be expected to make much of an impact in this one.
Tight end has been something of a problem for the Redskins, as they have allowed the 8th most fantasy points in the league to this position group. Tight ends are catching 85.7% of their targets against the Redskins this season, with 18 grabs from 21 looks. They have only allowed one touchdown pass, however. In Travis Kelce, the Chiefs boast the TE6 this season, but most of his production came in the Week 2 win over the Eagles. In this game, he had eight of his 14 receptions this season, as well as 103 of his 144 yards and his only touchdown. If he could just get through the game without incurring any penalties, he should be in for a big night. He has two taunting infractions in his three games played in 2017.[the_ad id=”73965″][the_ad id=”63198″]
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Neil’s been playing fantasy football for ten years, including a victory in 2014 in a league arranged by NFL.com Fantasy expert Adam Rank. Huge Philadelphia Eagles fan, and follows the fortunes of the England cricket team, usually with his head in his hands for both. Neil lives with his fiancé Kate and their daughter Zoe. He is an atrocious Words with Friends player.