The Fanatics Starts of the Week
Philip Rivers (LAC) @ BUF
The Buffalo Bills are rapidly becoming the team that you must start your offensive and defensive players against every week. Last week against a less than average Joe Flacco the Bills gave up 260 yards and three touchdowns. Philip Rivers is no average Joe and coming off a tough loss against the Chiefs I am looking for Rivers to go off this weekend. I have high hopes for Rivers this season and after last weeks 34-51/424/3-1 line against a Chiefs team that usually does well against the Chargers and I am really excited about what he can do against a team that looks like it might the worst team from top to bottom. Do not be surprised if Rivers throws for over 350 yards and another three touchdowns against a Bills team that will be giving him good field position all day.
The Fanatics Sits of the Week
Patrick Mahomes (KC) @ PIT
WOW! What a week for Patrick Mahomes, 15-27/256/4 could not have been a better start for him this year. Mahomes was five for five and passes behind the line of scrimmage which includes three for three where he takes the shotgun snap and just tosses right in front of himself and the receiver comes running across and grabs it and takes off. That means the passes that traveled past the line of scrimmage he was 10-22/228/2. The yardage and touchdowns are fine, but that completion percentage has me very concerned. Mahomes has a rocket arm and when you have guys as talented as Tyreek Hill and Sammy Watkins you can just chuck the ball and those guys to the rest. But when you are forced to pick apart a defense that won’t work, and to date, I have yet to see Mahomes consistently read a defense and hit the open guy as he progresses through his options. I think that is why we saw a big drop in Travis Kelce‘s production. Mahomes in ability to methodically work the passing game will hurt Kelce and some weeks really hurt his own production. This could be one of those weeks where he faces a solid Steelers defense. I am expecting Mahomes barely completes 50 percent of his passes and has less than 250 yards with multiple turnovers. I wanna see him dominate a drive, not just chuck the ball a mile before I consider him a weekly starter.