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Chiefs promoted WR Gehrig Dieter from the practice squad.

It's a sign the Chiefs don't expect Sammy Watkins to play. A 2017 UDFA, Dieter's role should be limited to special teams.
Nov 18 - 1:56 PM

Sammy Watkins (foot) is questionable for Week 11 against the Rams.

Watkins is trending toward missing another game after not practicing the last two days. Coach Andy Reid said Watkins is only dealing with soreness, but it would be a surprise if Kansas City pushed him before their Week 12 bye. Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce would see an uptick in targets it Watkins, with Chris Conley starting opposite Hill in two wide sets.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: Watkins appears to be more on the doubtful side of questionable as he was limited in practice Thursday, then sat out Friday and Saturday, suggesting he may have suffered a setback during the week. Look for Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce to be the most heavily-targeted pass catchers for the Cheifs, with Chris Conley possibly seeing a few extra looks as well if Watkins is unable to go. All active parts of the Kansas City passing attack make for viable DFS targets this weekend for any slates that include the much anticipated shootout.
Nov 17 - 3:39 PM

Sammy Watkins (foot) will not practice Saturday.

Watkins wasn't spotted during the early portion of Kansas City's practice. He was downgraded Friday, so this isn't a good sign for his availability ahead of Monday night. Chris Conley was in on 91.5% of the Chiefs' offensive snaps without Watkins in their last game, but saw just two targets on the day.
Nov 17 - 12:57 PM

Sammy Watkins (foot) will not practice Friday.

Watkins was limited on Thursday, so this is a concerning downgrade ahead of Monday night's showdown with the Rams. It could very easily be a maintenance day for the veteran, but we now need to monitor him Saturday.
Nov 16 - 12:55 PM

Patrick Mahomes is listed on the Week 11 injury report with a foot issue but is practicing in full.

Mahomes had previously avoided the injury report this season. The "full" designation means it will not be an issue for Week 11. Mahomes is the top fantasy quarterback of the week in a game that had a gaudy 63.5-point over/under as of Thursday afternoon.
Nov 15 - 4:58 PM

Sammy Watkins (foot) will practice Thursday.

He was officially limited. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Watkins is "expected to play," and this practice certainly puts him on track barring any setbacks. In what could be the highest-scoring game of the year, Watkins will be an upside WR2.
Nov 15 - 1:00 PM

Monday's Rams/Chiefs game has been moved from Mexico City back to Los Angeles due to poor field conditions at Azteca Stadium.

It's surprising but absolutely the right call based on pictures and videos circulating on social media. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier Tuesday that some players were considering boycotting the game they were so concerned. Although moving the game was the right thing to do, it's an utter fiasco for the NFL, which continues to be confoundingly bad at ensuring neutral-site fields are in proper condition. The move has zero ramifications for fantasy.
Nov 13 - 4:46 PM

Poor field conditions at Mexico City's Azteca Stadium has the NFL considering moving Monday's game between the Rams and Chiefs to Los Angeles.

The field is in "serious disrepair" after a Saturday concert. It is a turf/grass combination, and sod replacements were being made on Tuesday. "We are working closely with the field manager at Azteca Stadium and others to ensure that we have an NFL quality surface for our game, and we are looking forward to kicking off in Mexico City on Monday night," a league spokesman said. It would be very un-NFL to move the game. Short of truly catastrophic playing conditions, we expect the league to keep the game in Mexico.
Nov 13 - 2:26 PM

Sammy Watkins (foot) is expected to return for Week 11 against the Rams.

Watkins seemed close to suiting up for Week 10 and will have an extra day to get healthy for Week 11 with the Chiefs playing on Monday Night Football. They will then head on bye, giving Watkins almost two weeks for any further healing. Watkins will be a WR2 for what should be a guaranteed shootout with the Rams.
Nov 12 - 1:42 PM

Travis Kelce caught 6-of-7 targets for 46 yards in Week 11 against the Cardinals.

It breaks a two-game scoring streak for Kelce. Kelce finished behind only Tyreek Hill in targets and yards, but there just wasn't much volume for him with Patrick Mahomes throwing for only 249 yards. Even if Sammy Watkins returns, Kelce should rebound in a potential Week 11 shootout against the Rams.
Nov 11 - 4:52 PM

Chris Conley caught 1-of-2 targets for 22 yards in Week 10 against Cardinals.

Conley started with Sammy Watkins out but continued to be a non-factor. Even if Watkins doesn't return next week, Conley should be avoided as a streaming option.
Nov 11 - 4:46 PM

Tyreek Hill caught 7-of-10 targets for 117 yards and two touchdowns in Week 10 against the Cardinals.

He also had a 20-yard run. Hill was forced touches with Sammy Watkins sidelined, going for 75 yards on Kansas City's opening drive. He later added a 14-yard score, but wasn't needed much after that. It's a nice rebound for Hill after getting held to 69 scoreless yards last week. With Watkins not a lock to return in Week 11, Hill will be a top-10 receiver play against the Rams.
Nov 11 - 4:39 PM

Kareem Hunt rushed 16 times for 71 yards and caught two passes for 25 yards in Week 10 against the Cardinals.

Hunt finished just under 100 total yards. It's also the first time since Week 1 he was held out of the end-zone. Spencer Ware vultured Hunt's best chance to score at the three-yard line. There just wasn't much room for Hunt to do anything against a Cardinals defense that did a good job of limiting Kansas City's run game. Hunt should rebound in a Week 11 matchup against the Rams.
Nov 11 - 4:19 PM

Patrick Mahomes completed 21-of-28 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns in Week 10 against the Cardinals.

It's the first time in the last four weeks Mahomes has been held under 300-plus yards and three touchdowns. Mahomes threw both of his TDs to Tyreek Hill, who accounted for half of his yards. He faced a stronger than expected Cardinals pass rush, taking five sacks. Mahomes made some plays outside of the pocket with 21 yards on four carries. Mahomes is now up to a league best 31 touchdowns through 10 games. The Chiefs get the Rams for a likely Monday night shootout in Week 11.
Nov 11 - 4:04 PM

Sammy Watkins (foot) is inactive for Week 10 against the Cardinals.

This was expected, but Watkins looks on track to return in Week 11. The rest of Kansas City's inactives are S Eric Berry, OL Kahlil McKenzie, DL Justin Hamilton, DB Josh Shaw, LB Frank Zombo, and OL Mitch Morse.
Nov 11 - 11:33 AM


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