2020 Dynasty/Fantasy Week 13 Game Analysis: Chiefs 22, Broncos 16
I take notes during the live watch. I re-watch the game on tape looking for hidden clues to report on. Here are my notes/takes on what I saw and how it related to FF 2020. I write anywhere from 1,000-3,000+ words on each game, and I must move fast to get to all of them through the week…so, please forgive any typos/grammar.
I saved this as the last game study/report of the week. Why? What did we learn here that we didn’t already know for fantasy next week/into the future? Nothing, really.
The Chiefs kept driving down into the red zone all game, as you’d expect, but through a comedy of errors kept failing to convert TDs…which is totally unlike their offense – so, they settled for field goals and just put the Broncos to sleep that way.
I mean…Tyreek had that bomb TD catch that was ruled not a catch but was a catch on replay…but no one on the Chiefs challenged it – there was one real TD lost. Side note – I saw 3-4 instances of teams not challenging something they should have Week 13. It made me wonder…these teams make like 10 gazillion dollars a year and have so many coaches, etc., on staff they can’t hardly fit in a team photo. Why aren’t they spending money for someone or multiple people to just focus on reviewable plays in-game? If they do…their system ain’t working real well.
So, KC lost a Tyreek bomb TD because they didn’t challenge it. Later, they lost another Tyreek bomb TD reversed due to a holding call. Harrison Butker kicked five FGs for the game…he outscored Tyreek. It was just ‘that kind of game’ for the Chiefs. Denver plays them tough. KC sleepwalks through games because they are so much better than everyone. This was a bad KC output game on offense…unlikely to be seen again like this. No one believes ‘something has happened with the Chiefs! Time to sell everything off’.
KC won in dull fashion, closer than it should’ve been, but they were clearly the superior team and they snuck by on a Sunday night…and we all moved on with our lives.
KC moves to (11-1) and got an extra ‘win’ when the Steelers lost to Washington to drop to (11-1), tied with KC. The Chiefs earning a #1 seed is destined at this point.
Denver’s Drew Lock nightmare continues…they fall to (4-8), probably on their way to 5 wins tops. They have been decimated by injury once again, and Drew Lock is killing them. I’m not sure they fully realize/admit that yet.
Fantasy Player Notes…
-- Here’s something we did learn from this game… Le’Veon Bell (11-40-0, 2-15-0/3) was given a spot start for the ill (non-COVID) Clyde Edwards-Helaire…and, as I’ve been harping on, Le’Veon doesn’t have any ‘it’ left. The juice seems to be all squeezed out of this orange.
Bell got the full start and looked like every random ‘who cares’ back in the NFL. He has virtually no FF-redraft value remaining. Darrell Williams (6-38-0, 1-5-0/2) looks exponentially better and will split with Bell if CEH is down – and in NFL situations, Williams would be more trusted in key spots if it really came down to it.
-- Bell would be the 4th-most talented RB on the Broncos current roster. Phillip Lindsay (14-26-0) might be the most talented, but his career is swirling down the drain miscast as a pure runner of the ball in the interior – he needs to be the league's elite 3rd-down/C.O.P./pass game back – the new James White or J.D. McKissic.
Shocker, Pat Shurmur doesn’t see it.
Between disappointing results and lack of PPR and constant injury…why even keep Lindsay rostered in redraft right now? I guess waiting for a Gordon injury is all.
-- I’d be selling Tim Patrick (4-44-2/4) stock this week. Sweet 2 TD games but as long as he is stuck with Drew Lock, he’s never going to find consistency. He’s just a Flex hopeful at this stage in good matchups…and he really doesn’t have any sweet matchups the next 3 games. He’s talented but Lock-dependent is not good for FF scoring.
-- Speaking of Drew Lock (15-28 for 151 yards, 2 TDs/2 INTs)…
Another less than 55% Comp. Pct. event.
Another INT game…seven straight games with at least one INT – 13 INTs in his last 7 games. When does anyone step in and throw in the towel?
He’s barely getting pressured. Teams just let him/beg him to throw (it to them) and he does.
It’s not even worth mentioning anymore, it's so far gone.
-- Jerry Jeudy (1-5-0/4) has one catch for 4 yards on 6 targets total his last two games.
Denver QBs have a 48.5 QB rating throwing in his direction. Nice. Great 1st-round pick. Real difference maker. He’s OK…but Lock-dependent is no way to go through FF-life.
Jeudy and Mecole Hardman (1-15-0/3) should get together and discuss how great they are among today’s WRs.
Snap Counts of Interest:
33 = Le’Veon
31 = Darr Williams
61 = Tyreek
48 = Watkins
37 = Dem Rob
21 = Mecole
35 = Gordon
26 = Lindsay
04 = R Freeman
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