Houston Texans @ Kansas City Chiefs

Over/Under - 54.5

Spread: KC -9.5

Final: KC 34-20

The Chiefs offense not only didn’t skip a beat, it looked like they got better. They got better because they added a running back in Clyde Edwards-Helaire that fits their system like a glove. The Chiefs are going to be haaaard to beat this season, especially when they’re blowing a good football team out and their $500M quarterback doesn’t play his best game.

Fantasy Studs

Patrick Mahomes, QB KC

Mahomes didn’t sling the rock for 300-plus yards like we’ve come to expect, but he did throw for three touchdowns and didn’t turn the ball over. He was sacked just once as his offensive line held up for him all game. He completed 24 passes to six different receivers and on a week-to-week basis will be the first or second ranked quarterback in fantasy football. Don’t need to go into further detail there.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire, RB KC

It was quite the debut for the Chiefs first-round pick as he rushed 25 times for 138 yards and a touchdown. What was disappointing was that he was only targeted twice and failed to haul in any catches. Edwards-Helaire caught 55 passes his final year at LSU, so we were expecting him to contribute in that department right away. If and when he adds that to his repertoire, he’s going to live up to the mid-to-late first round draft capital he ended up with by the end of draft season.

David Johnson, RB KC

There were some really, really impressive moments for Johnson in Week 1. Moments we haven’t seen since 2016. Johnson had a beautiful jump cut on his touchdown run and was active in the passing game as well catching 3-of-4 targets for 32 yards. Those 32 yards put him over the 100 total yard threshold considering he also had 77 rushing yards. We saw Johnson being taken as early as the second round and late as the fourth this offseason. In games in which the Texams stay competitive for longer, expect Johnson to see more than 11 carries. That should only have us salivating at the mouth more than we already were after Week 1.

Sammy Watkins, WR KC

Should we just rename Week 1 the Sammy Watkins week because this was the second consecutive year he blew up during KC’s first game. Watkins caught 7-of-9 targets for 82 yards and a score. The problem with burning a lot of your FAAB budget on Watkins is how deep the Chiefs are offensively. We saw Mecole Hardman, a deep threat favorite of Mahomes, see just one target his way and we know that won’t continue. He also saw three more targets than both Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill . That also won’t continue. I think Watkins is a solid waiver wire pickup, but don’t go overboard with your FAAB budget.

Will Fuller, WR HOU

After an early drop, Fuller came back to have a big game catching 8-of-10 passes for 112 yards. We’ve never questioned Fuller’s talent, but his inability to stay healthy and drop issues have haunted his five year career. With the departure of DeAndre Hopkins , Fuller was pegged as the Texans top pass catcher. Fuller has weekly WR2 pull if he can continue to see extended targets and stay healthy. The elephant in the room is obviously the health.

Tyreek Hill, WR KC

It wasn’t a monster game for Hill as we didn’t see him get to use his blazing speed in the open field at all, but he secured 5-of-6 targets for 46 yards and a score. The touchdown pushed him over the top and made this outing a solid one. Hill is a top-10 player at his position for the remainder of the year in this Chiefs offense.

Travis Kelce, TE KC

It wasn’t a day of crazy volume for Kelce, but it was so efficient when the ball was thrown his way catching all six targets for 50 yards and a score. This is still the league’s top tight end and you saw that in the offseason when the Chiefs rewarded him with a nice new shiny contract. Kelce is TE1 until further notice.

Jordan Akins, TE HOU

Darren Fells may be the “starter” but Akins is the better pass catcher and the player that’s more valuable for fantasy leagues. Considering how deep the position is, he’s not someone we’re seeking in 10-12 team leagues, but in a 14-team league and your weakness is TE? He’s someone worth watching.

Fantasy Duds

Brandin Cooks, WR HOU

Injuries are already a concern for Cooks and we’re only one game into the year. He came into this game hurt and left it that way as well. Cooks caught just two passes for 20 yards but did see five targets. Cooks has been very good when he’s been able to stay on the field posting four 1,000 yard seasons during his 6+ campaigns. Cooks is a WR3/FLEX option when healthy but the key phrase there is when healthy.

Randall Cobb, WR HOU

Cobb was a popular fantasy pick late in drafts but he did not show up on the score sheet until the final drive or so for the Texans. He finished with just two catches on three targets for 23 yards. One positive note, he saw 84% of the offensive snaps so at least he was on the field.

Mecole Hardman, WR KC

29-percent.....That is the number of offensive snaps Hardman saw in Week 1....29-percent !!! This was a player that was rising up draft boards as the season got closer but it's hard to imagine he is making any sort of fantasy impact playing just 29-percent of the offensive plays. He finished with one catch on one target for six yards.


Duke Johnson, RB HOU

After leaving Week 1’s contest with an ankle sprain, we’re unsure what Johnson’s Week 2 status will be. Considering it’s only a sprain, he’ll have a chance at suiting up in this one.