Fantasy Futures: Kansas City vs. New Orleans

Here we go again. The Chiefs' collective backs are up against the wall in a must win situation as they face the struggling Saints this weekend in New Orleans. After a disappointing loss to the Buccaneers last week, Kansas City finds themselves without their fantasy stud Priest Holmes who will be on the sidelines this weekend.

Without Holmes and desperate for a win, the Chiefs must play great football this weekend in order to survive and stay in modest contention. Is your fantasy situation the same? If so there are some options abound in this match-up you may need to start.

Without a win this week the Chiefs are in dire straits. Forget a wild card spot; this team needs to win the AFC West outright. The Saints pose quite a challenge. Offensively, New Orleans is as talented a group in the league. Aaron Brooks, Joe Horn, Deuce McAllister, Donte Stallworth are all quality playmakers. So strap yourself in, this should be a high scoring affair.

The Saints defense is terrible, ranked 32nd overall, the Saints give up the pass, 31st in the league, and the run, 30th in the league. Kansas City will pound the ball with running backs Derrick Blaylock and Larry Johnson thanks to the knee injury to the knee of Holmes. Blaylock is coming off an injury, but should be fine to shoulder the load. Green will find open receivers all over the field on Sunday and his play has been stellar the last few games. Kansas City should score a lot of points this weekend, so start your Chiefs players!

Let's look at the match-up and see how they'll affect your fantasy team.

QUARTERBACK:
Trent Green —Green faces a defense that gives up an average of 272 yards passing per game. The Chiefs are among the top three in time of possession in the NFL, while New Orleans is among the league's worst. Expect a big day from Green as Holmes will be out and the Saints secondary is well below average. Green should throw for 275+ yards and at least 2 scores. Get him in your starting line-up.

Aaron Brooks—Brooks season hasn't been great. The Saints are 3-5 on the year and really haven't played a complete game yet. Fortunately for Brooks he's at home, where the Saints always play better, and he faces a Chiefs defense that gives up a ton of yards. Both of these quarterbacks are strong plays as each face a porous pass defense and have weapons that can find the end zone. Brooks should have a big day as well and will pass for 250+ yards and 2 scores.

RUNNING BACK:
Derrick Blaylock—The one. At least this week he is. Blaylock will handle most of the running duties with Holmes out and should be fine. The Saints run defense is struggling and the Chiefs offensive versatility will have New Orleans guessing all day. Larry Johnson will see some carries as the Chiefs will control the clock and dominate the line of scrimmage. Blaylock looked good thus far and if fully recovered from his thigh bruise, should have a big day. Johnson looked pretty good last week considering it was his first real game since drafted two seasons ago. Blaylock is a must start and should reward with 120 yards and a score.

Deuce McAllister—Crippled by injury most of the season, McAllister is still a premier back in this league. The Saints must run the ball effectively to have a chance this week. Saints Head Coach Jim Haslett is fighting for his job, and if he can turn this season around he will be back next year. He must lean on McAllister to dictate tempo and limit turnovers. Deuce is a great start this week and should finish the day among the rushing leaders. Expect 135 yards and a score.

WIDE RECEIVER:
Eddie Kennison/Johnnie Morton — Both of these guys looked good last week. I think Kennison is the better start, but either one could have a hundred yard day against this secondary. Morton keeps putting together good games and has become a reliable target for Green. I like both receivers as a third receiver option or a flex player. Kennison is good for 80 yards and a score. Morton should catch about 6 balls for 75 yards and a possible score.

Joe Horn/Donte Stallworth—Stallworth is an enigma. Loaded with talent but isn't consistent. Horn is a must start as he always plays great at home. Neither player should struggle against the Chiefs secondary and with all the points scored on Sunday, each figures to benefit. Start Horn and you shall be rewarded with 120 yards and a score. Stallworth could match Horn's numbers, or he could have 35 yards. He's a risk so start him as a third receiver or a flex.

TIGHT END:
Tony Gonzalez—He's a stud. Start him and don't think twice about it. The Saints will focus plenty of attention on Gonzalez so until Green spreads the ball around, expect double teams on Gonzalez. Fortunately, the Saints secondary is weak and their linebackers can't cover him. Gonzalez should have a big day with about 110 yards and one or two scores.

Boo Williams—Thus far Williams is a fantasy bust. Lacking the numbers to warrant a start week-in and week-out, this is the game to get him in your starting line-up. Williams is a big physical player with speed. He reminds me of Alge Crumpler but with more speed. I like Williams this week, but tight ends haven't had great days against the Chiefs. Start him anyway as he could see the ball in the red zone. Expect 65 yards and a possible score.

KICKER:
Lawrence Tynes—Again I don't recommend Tynes, but there are worse options. Start him and he should reward with a field goal and several extra points.

John Carney—Carney is great dome kicker. Start him this week as there will be points galore in this game.

DEFENSE:
Kansas City—This Saints offense has done a good job limiting turnovers this season. Both Brooks and Green haven't thrown a lot of INT's and the offensive has limited their fumbles. This week the Chiefs will force the Saints into some mishaps. Also Dante Hall returns a punt to the end zone.

New Orleans—Don't start this defense. The Chiefs will put up a lot of points and Green hasn't made a lot of mistakes. Find a different defense to start this week.


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