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KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - DECEMBER 13: Running back Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers carries the ball as cornerback Kendall Fuller #23 of the Kansas City Chiefs defends during the game at Arrowhead Stadium on December 13, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI - DECEMBER 13: Running back Austin Ekeler #30 of the Los Angeles Chargers carries the ball as cornerback Kendall Fuller #23 of the Kansas City Chiefs defends during the game at Arrowhead Stadium on December 13, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
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JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – DECEMBER 08: Hunter Henry #86 of the Los Angeles Chargers scores a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second quarter at TIAA Bank Field on December 08, 2019, in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Harry Aaron/Getty Images)
JACKSONVILLE, FLORIDA – DECEMBER 08: Hunter Henry #86 of the Los Angeles Chargers scores a touchdown against the Jacksonville Jaguars in the second quarter at TIAA Bank Field on December 08, 2019, in Jacksonville, Florida. (Photo by Harry Aaron/Getty Images)

Chargers Fantasy Preview: Tight E\ends and Chiefs players vs. Chargers

Tight Ends

Hunter Henry has slowed down in recent weeks, not hitting 50 yards since the last time the Chargers played the Chiefs. While Henry could be in for a rebound week, it’s not really close to a sure thing.

He had an exploitable matchup against the Raiders last week, third-worst in fantasy points given up to tight ends, and it never really came to fruition. The Chiefs’ linebacker group with Reggie Ragland and Damien Wilson have been much improved in coverage this year, and the Chiefs defense against tight ends has been pretty solid. Combine that with a Henry slump and it doesn’t feel like a great matchup.

Chiefs players vs. Chargers

Patrick Mahomes isn’t quite as explosive as he was in 2018, but he’s still a danger to go off at any time. Being at home with the state of the Chargers’ defense the last few weeks, he could be in for a really good game.

The Chargers also struggled with Travis Kelce when the teams played earlier this season. Granted, those two are must starts regardless of matchup.

The interesting aspect might be the running game for Kansas City. It’s been a week to week dilemma for the team as Damien Williams, Darrel Williams, and LeSean McCoy have all been out at times.

Damien Williams seems to be in line to get the bulk of the carries this week with McCoy hurt and Darrel Williams on IR. Darwin Thompson could get some snaps as well. Other than that, Tyreek Hill is the killer that always burns the Chargers, and a definite fantasy start.

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Overall, it’s a tough week to try to play spoiler for the Chargers as the Chiefs still have a lot to play for in attempting to get a first-round bye, no matter the odds. The Chargers do have a lot to prove in terms of individual players and coaches trying to hold down their spots in 2020, but the Chiefs feel like too much to handle, especially at Arrowhead.

Ekeler, Allen, and Williams feel like the Chargers to go with. Gordon could be a decent option, but it all comes down to if he gets in the end zone.

Avoid Henry and Rivers if your team can given their recent slumps. Mahomes, Hill, Kelce, and Damien Williams seem to be the best options for the Chiefs, despite a backfield that’s been in flux. And just don’t start the Chargers’ defense at this point, regardless of Mahomes.

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