Fantasy Futures: Kansas City vs. San Diego

After a quick trip to Miami last Friday night, the Chiefs turn their attention to San Diego where they'll face a Chargers team trying to find their identity. This game marks the final divisional road game of the season for the Chiefs.

A victory would put the Chiefs at a distinct advantage for the second half of the season with three AFC West games all at the friendly confines of Arrowhead Stadium. The fantasy world should pay close attention to this game, as there are plenty of strong fantasy players competing in this AFC West battle.

Consider the fact that this game features the games top tight ends and two of the best running backs in the NFL who each have the ability to score lots of points.

That means this game could dictate the outcome of several fantasy match-ups this weekend. Games like these are easy to predict from a start or sit stand point. That means lots of points equals very happy fantasy team owners.

Statistically the Chiefs and Chargers are two of the best offensive teams in the NFL. Each is ranked in the Top 10 and both can be explosive if they get hot. But defenses are susceptible to the pass this making the plethora of offensive talent to choose from important to your fantasy roster this weekend.

I think if you can start a player in this game, your team already has an advantage over your fantasy opponent this week. So if you've got a fantasy player in this game, he's a start. This should be a shoot-out with plenty of points for both sides.

Let's look at the players and what you can expect from them this Sunday.

QUARTERBACK: Trent Green — Trent has yet to really "explode" fantasy wise, and is among the biggest fantasy disappointments this season. But this should be a game his draft position is warranted. The Chargers rank 29th in the NFL against the pass and will focus on stuffing the run and trying to cover Tony Gonzalez. Fortunately for the Chargers, linebacker Donnie Edwards has plenty of experience against Gonzalez and this will force Green to look downfield. Expect some big plays from the wide receiver position this weekend as Green throws for 270 yards and two scores.

Drew Brees — Brees is a good start this weekend, but the Chargers will focus on controlling the clock by feeding the ball to LaDainian Tomlinson. Classic "Marty-ball" is on the menu this weekend. But if the Chiefs can get up on San Diego early and force Brees to beat them with his arm, then Kansas City will be at a distinct advantage. Look for Brees to toss for around 225 yards and at least one score, but two is more likely.

Priest Holmes/Larry Johnson — I still think you have to start both of these guys. Priest is the better start simply because he has more opportunities. The Chargers will give Kansas City plenty of 8 men in the box looks, but the Chiefs faced that last weekend against the Dolphins and managed 183 yards on the ground combined. Statistically, the Chargers rank 2nd in the NFL against the run, but I still like Priest to top the century mark with a score. Johnson is good for 80 yards.

LaDainian Tomlinson — He is the best offensive weapon in the NFL. He can do it all and deserves all the accolades thrown his way. But the Chiefs saw the Philadelphia Eagles shut down LT last Sunday and now know the man is mortal. Question is can Kansas City shut him down as well? History says no, so start LT, (like you would leave him on the beach), and enjoy your 155 total yards and two scores.

WIDE RECEIVER: Eddie Kennison/Marc Boerigter — I really think these guys both have good games this weekend. So much attention lies on the running game and Tony G. so these boys should run free in the secondary against a group that is playing poorly right now. Expect Kennison to finish with 6+ catches for over 85 yards with a score. Boerigter is a risky start, and unlikely on many rosters, but he could surprise with a long score. Keep your eyes on Boerigter as he could be a solid fantasy sleeper for the second half of the season.

Keenan McCardell/Eric Parker — McCardell is an every week start and this week is no different. The Chiefs get a boost to their secondary with Warfield's return and should see an improved pass rush with his addition. I like McCardell to get his yards, but no end zone. As for Parker, he is hit or miss and since he's nursing some minor injuries, I don't recommend him this weekend.

TIGHT END: Tony Gonzalez — Last week was the Tony G. we are accustomed to seeing. Even though he's yet to score a touchdown this season, he's still an every week starter. This week is no different. Get him in your line-up and hope former Chief Donnie Edwards isn't playing very well on Sunday.

Antonio Gates — I hate to say it but, he is the best tight end in the NFL. I say that because it doesn't matter who defends him, he gets his. Expect a whole lot of the same from Gates as he will likely lead all tight ends in fantasy points once again. This guy will catch at least one score and have over 80 yards receiving.

KICKER: Lawrence Tynes — Another good start for Tynes as there will be plenty of opportunities for points this weekend.

Nate Kaeding — Among the league leaders for scoring, Kaeding is a strong start this week.
EDGE: TYNES (Let's give it to the Special Teams Player of the Week)

DEFENSE: Kansas City — Gunther will have this unit jacked to play this weekend against his old buddy Marty Schottenheimer. I can't recommend either defense as a must start just because there will be so many points scored this weekend. I like the Chiefs defense to put more pressure on the quarterback this weekend so if you must choose one, make it KC.

San Diego - Aside from their stellar rush defense, which really is a product of LT's ability to control the clock, this is a middle of the pack defense. They don't get after the quarterback that much and their secondary is suspect. Sit San Diego this weekend.