Week 9: Chiefs at Bills
The Chiefs beat the Bills yesterday at Ralph Wilson Stadium, and there was a lot to talk about from a fantasy perspective. For the Chiefs, Jamaal Charles was his usual productive self with 90 yards rushing and six receptions. Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith was good enough to win the game, but had a brutal day for fantasy purposes. Smith passed for 124 yards with no touchdowns. My apologies go out to anyone who started Smith based on anything I may have said.
Perhaps the biggest story on offense for Kansas City was the play of lead receiver Dwayne Bowe, who had seven receptions for 67 yards and looked healthy in the process. While we didn’t see the typical explosion that we’ve seen from Bowe in the past, he did look good enough to be a reliable WR3 for fantasy owners down the stretch.
Dexter McCluster, was a different story. McCluster disappeared after a big Week 8 performance and is back to being classified a a fantasy enigma. He’s still a player to consider in large PPR formats.
Right now with Kansas City’s offense the bottom line is this, only Jamaal Charles and Dwayne Bowe are weekly options.
So, the takeaways for Kansas City are as follows.
- Alex Smith is a game manager and, thusly, has a risky floor on a weekly basis.
- Jamaal Charles is a monster.
- Dwayne Bowe looks good enough to be a weekly WR3 in 12-team leagues.
- Dexter McCluster is too risky to play in performance leagues. Use him only in PPR.
On the Buffalo side of the ledger we have plenty to talk about. I’ll start with rookie quarterback Jeff Tuel. The rookie had an uneven performance but we did see some of the things that we liked on his college game tape, including an ability to throw the deep ball, though he had his problems there too. Tuel is a player that needs more time to develop, but that is not a luxury afforded to Buffalo passers in 2013. They have already lost Kevin Kolb, E.J. Manuel and Thad Lewis to injury. Thusly, it’s Tuel Time.
Week 9 marked the return of tailback CJ Spiller. Spiller ran with surprising burst showing off his trademark agility and elusiveness. He ran for 116 yards on 12 carries and had two receptions for an additional 39 yards. Most of all, Spiller looked like a back who can do serious damage between now and the end of the season. One note of caution, C.J. did leave the game with a limp and we’ll have to see how he does in practice this week. This is a player for teams with good records to consider dealing for, especially if Spiller is going to miss Week 10. His potential during the playoff weeks is outstanding. The Bills have their bye Week 12.
Fred Jackson was his usual productive self getting 77 yards on his 16 rushing attempts. Jackson also caught one pass for 22 yards, but was held out of the end zone for only the second time since Week 3. Jackson is a player you might consider trading right now while his value is still high.
Most of the Bills receivers were involved and all played pretty well, but the one player that stood out a bit was rookie Marquise Goodwin, who caught a 59 yard touchdown pass from Jeff Tuel. Goodwin is definitely a player to watch, if he can stay healthy.
So, the takeaways from this game for Buffalo are.
- The Bills can still throw the ball with Jeff Tuel at quarterback.
- CJ Spiller can still make big plays at less than 100%.
- Marquise Goodwin is a serious big-play threat when healthy.