Fantasy Futures: Kansas City vs. Tennessee

With Priest Holmes on the sidelines for the rest of the season, fantasy playoff participants already have filled the void. If you were lucky enough to snag Derrick Blaylock then you find yourself in a precarious position as Larry Johnson is coming on strong and likely to steal the majority of carries. Or is he?

Stay tuned as Johnson could become the main back as the next few weeks go by since that's probably the player they'll keep next year.. The Chiefs and Titans are primed this week to provide a outpouring of fantasy points. Get as many Chiefs and Titans in your lineup as possible especially if Steve McNair plays in what could be his last game against the Chiefs.

The Titans find themselves with a question at running back this week as well. Chris Brown is suffering from a case of turf toe and is listed as questionable this week. Brown stated earlier this week he plans to play on Monday. If Brown can't go, Antowain Smith has played well in his absence.

Kansas City's Trent Green has played fantastic the last few weeks and this week should be no different. Tennessee's star cornerback Samari Rolle is out and the Chiefs will test the Titans secondary with plenty of passes downfield. This should be a high scoring affair and any players involved should help you advance through to the next round.

If Tennessee quarterback Steve McNair sits this game out, back-up Billy Volek is a solid play and has shown a reliable back-up and fantasy starter.

Let's take a closer look at the match-ups for this Monday Night shoot-out.

QB:
Trent Green -What a second half by Green last week. He was nearly perfect as he led Kansas City to a victory over their most hated rival. This week should be more of the same as the Titans defense is banged up and the Colts hung a 51 on the scoreboard last week against Tennessee. Start Green this week and he will reward with a 300 yard day along with at least two scores, though three is more likely.

Steve McNair & Billy Volek - Whoever starts for Tennessee this week should have a great day. The Titans receivers, Drew Bennett and Derrick Mason, could torch the secondary this week if Jerome Woods and Greg Wesley are out again. The Titans running game could be hampered if Chris Brown can't go. Pay attention to the injury report as the game gets closer to see who will start. Expect 250 yards and a couple of scores this week for the Tennessee quarterback.

RB:
Larry Johnson & Derrick Blaylock - Blaylock started last week and left with a neck injury. Johnson came in and showed his value as a first round selection. Kansas City is in a position to test Johnson to see if they need to resign Blaylock to be Holmes back-up nest season. Though coach Vermeil is stating Blaylock will start, don't be surprised if Johnson gets the majority of carries. Start either as a flex position, but Johnson is the better start. Combined they'll get over 180 yards, individually Johnson is likely to get 100 yards and a score or two.

Chris Brown The Titans top rusher has not practiced this week and has the benefit of an extra day of rest since the game is on Monday night. He played the first half last week, but was replaced due to the re-aggravation of his toe injury. It's tough to put Brown into your starting line-up this week with out reassurances he will play. I'd look somewhere else as Brown could start and then lose carries to Antowain Smith. Whoever is in the backfield will probably not see the ball a whole lot as the Titans could be playing from behind.

WR
Eddie Kennison - The Chiefs fastest receiver has been one of the hottest receivers in the NFL the last four or five weeks and in fantasy football it's always good to go with the hot hand. Kennison should see plenty of balls this week and is a solid start at wide receiver this week. This game should produce a lot of fantasy points so if he's on your squad or an available free agent, you may want to get him in your line-up. He'll have 130 yards and a score.

Derrick Mason & Drew Bennett - With so much attention on Mason, teams are allowing Bennett to get deep. Last week he had three receptions, all three went for scores. Look for Kansas City to keep Bennett tied up, but Mason could have a huge game. Both players are worth a start and should reward with at least 100 yards. I like both players to score, with Mason likely getting two touchdowns.

TE:
Tony Gonzalez - Once again Gonzalez should feast on the Titans defense Monday night. The Titans will commit a linebacker to cover Gonzalez, most likely Keith Bulluck. Bulluck is a solid player with speed to cover, but Gonzalez is special and will have plenty of opportunities to score. Start Gonzalez and expect 80 yards and a score.

Erron Kinney - The Titans tight end has struggled without McNair in the line-up. He and Volek have yet to get on the same page in the Titans offense. With Kansas City putting so much focus on stopping the deep ball, Kinney will split the middle and catch some balls. Expect 50 yards and a possible score, but a touchdown is not likely.

Kicker:
Lawrence Tynes and Gary Anderson won't have many field goal opportunities as these teams will be scoring touchdowns. Start either at your own risk, but realize there are many better options out there.

Defense:
Kansas City - Dante Hall is on national television and should have plenty of kickoff returns. Will any go for scores? The odds say no, but the gut says yes. But if he doesn't return any for touchdowns, your fantasy defense is going to suffer. Look elsewhere.

Tennessee - The Titans defense is banged up and the Chiefs will put up a lot of points. Stay away this week as their pass rushers will face a solid Kansas City offensive line.


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