Chiefs vs. Chargers Fantasy Football Start ‘Em Sit ‘Em for Week 15 ‘Thursday Night Football’

“Thursday Night Football” is back to kick off another week of fantasy football. Week 15 brings an exciting, offensive-minded showdown between the Chiefs and Chargers in Los Angeles (8:20 p.m. ET, Fox, NFL Network, Amazon Prime Video). As always, you’ll want to make the right decisions to start, sit down, especially during the fantasy football playoffs, whether that’s deploying players who can give you a good early lead for Sunday or avoiding players who are tied up. bust in prime time.

Aside from star left tackle Rashawn Slate, the Chargers should be in full force offensively around quarterback Justin Herbert. Running back Austin Ekeler (ankle), wide receiver Mike Williams (heel) and tight end Jared Cook (quad) are hurt a bit, but they’re all expected to play. Additionally, wide receiver Keenan Allen will return after missing Week 13 against the Giants while on the reserve / COVID roster.

MORE TNF: Ekeler Update

The Chiefs will have all their main and peripherals available around quarterback Patrick Mahomes. From the backfield to the receiving body, they are engaging more players. One who won’t go is wide receiver Josh Gordon, who joins defensive tackle Chris Jones on the reserve / COVID list, a great opportunity for Herbert.

Here’s a breakdown of the entire start ’em sit’ em image for TNF, including some DFS alignment suggestions for FanDuel and DraftKings:

Chiefs: who to start or sit in in fantasy football on Thursday night

Start: QB Patrick Mahomes

Believe it or not, Mahomes has only had two top-12 fantasy finishes in the past seven games, and both came at the expense of the reeling Raiders. In the first meeting with the Chargers in Week 3, he threw for 260 yards and three TDs, and both of his interceptions were erased by 45 rushing yards.

Mahomes has turned into a slightly different type of quarterback to overcome his slump of impatience and force things downfield. He is more inclined to run, his companions and his own. That said, the Chargers’ offense should force him to put the ball higher up here and play on his back for some favorable down and distance shots. He should hit 250 yards and two TDs as a floor with a good push-up shot to a 300-yard, three TD ceiling.

Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker

Starting: Running backs Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams | Sit: RB Derrick Gore

Edwards-Helaire had just 42 hitting yards against the Raiders last week, but he did have two short TDs. He rushed for exactly 100 yards and a TD on the Chargers’ first affair. You’ll get more work here completely healthy, but don’t forget about Williams, who has been an RB2 for the past two weeks and was complimented by CEH, who surprisingly isn’t getting much love in that capacity.

Williams must stay involved in passing situations and the Chiefs will be in short scoring position a few times to help CEH. However, you can’t go with Gore, despite his long TD in trash time against Las Vegas.

Hill caught five of seven goals for 56 yards in Week 3, putting him outside of WR3’s range. He barely accomplished that with four receptions for 76 yards against the Raiders last week. His latest results in WR1 came in Week 8 against the Raiders and Week 10 against the Giants. The Chargers present a tough showdown with Michael Davis, Chris Harris Jr. and Asante Samuel Jr.

That said, Hill can blow up at any moment, and Kansas City’s success can create some deep shots for him at second and third and close range. Hill is late for a big game, and Mahomes will ask him to move to open. The Chiefs can also put the ball in his hands in the outfield so he can make something happen with his speed after the catch. As has been the standard without Gordon, you can’t trust either Hardman or Pringle to do what you need.

Kelce used to struggle with the way the Chargers covered him. Not this year. In Week 3, he caught seven of 11 goals for 104 yards. The Chargers’ poor defense is tied to their linebacker game. Kelce may be showing some signs of wear and tear, but he’ll be digging deep to go here when his team needs him most to get back on the dominant track.

Field marshal | Running backwards | Wide receiver | Tight end | D / ST | Kicker

Kansas City dominated the Broncos and Raiders at home. This is not home and the Chargers are a more dangerous divisional offense than both. You can do much better with a streamer this week.

He’s still a butt kicker for Harrison at position. Block, load and prepare for a possible long game winning field goal.

Chargers: who to start or sit in in fantasy football on Thursday night

Herbert has been a torrid QB1 the past four weeks, finishing in the top six in each. He’s lighting it up now consistently with multiple TDs and also increasing the stats with his career. The kid outscored the Chiefs for 284 yards and four touchdowns in Week 3 and looks like a “league winner” in the fantasy playoffs with the juicy showdown of the Texans to follow.

Ekeler should get over his latest ankle injury. You might see a carry or two less than usual, but the Chargers tend to calculate with their touches to call them in ideal spots. Ekeler has been very consistent, with six RB1 finishes and five RB2 finishes, meeting his exact value in fantasy drafts. Due to their status, you can’t trust both of LA’s endorsements at all.

Allen was rolling big with Herbert until he couldn’t play the Giants due to COVID. The rest is probably good for an older player to warm up again as a key goal across the field with high volume, and he’s even scoring well again.

Williams has been amazing for much of the season, even with a slight fading in the second half. It’s an obvious play as a WR3 bullish behind Allen’s WR1 / 2 status each week. Guyton has had two great weeks in a row as the dynamic No. 3, first with Allen and then without him. It’s more of a reaching dart throw if you’re desperate and a good DFS pivot, but it shouldn’t get much early consideration in most leagues.

Cook’s low-end TE1 value comes down to scoring a TD. The Chiefs have struggled to cover tight end all season, though lately they have been improving with their linebackers and safeties. If you know Cook is booming or falling based on that, as many tight ends are, then he’s a viable option unless you have an elite TE.

The Chargers have had two straight strong weeks against the Bengals and Giants. They cool off here against Mahomes and the Chiefs, who have cleaned up their fumble and pressure mess from their midseason losing streak.

Start: K Dustin Hopkins

The other “D Hop” has been pretty good as K1 this season. With various teams, he has scored as much as Tyler Bass of the Bills.

Chiefs vs. Chargers: FanDuel Single Game Lineup

  • MVP (1.5X): QB Justin Herbert $ 16,500
  • AnyFLEX: TE Travis Kelce $ 12,500
  • AnyFLEX: WR Keenan Allen $ 12,000
  • AnyFLEX: RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire $ 11,000
  • AnyFLEX: TE Jared Cook $ 7,500

The Chiefs’ running game needs to be used here in some way, and it should be a great rebounding game for Kelce, too. Herbert and Allen make a good pile, and Cook can call with a TD.

Chiefs vs Chargers: DraftKings Showdown lineup

  • Captain (1.5X): QB Justin Herbert $ 16,200
  • FLEX: RB Austin Ekeler $ 10,200
  • FLEX: TE Travis Kelce $ 8,600
  • FLEX: RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire $ 7,000
  • FLEX: WR Jalen Guyton $ 4,800
  • FLEX: RB Darrel Williams $ 3,200

There’s similar thinking here, except doubling down on Chiefs running backs, putting Ekeler in there, and shooting Guyton to keep him warm despite Allen and Williams playing. Herbert, Kelce and CEH are our main players either way.