Mahomes vs. Jackson
The two highest scoring fantasy quarterbacks square off in what Vegas predicts to be the highest point total on the Sunday slate. Now, there is an 80% chance of a downpour in KC during the game, which could result in the high-flying offensive matchup coming in a bit short of expectations. However, they’re predicted to score a full touchdown more than the second highest scoring match up so I wouldn’t be too concerned.
Last year Mahomes threw for 377 yards and 2 TDs against this Ravens club, who on Sunday will be without their veteran CB, Jimmy Smith. And as I touched on in my week 1 article, call me crazy but I think Mahomes is even better than he was last year! He’s more comfortable in the pocket, he’s more accurate, and when he launches that ball, nearly the length of the entire field, it is just seems effortless. Mahomes has looked truly incredible through the first two games, slinging it 443 yards and connecting with three different receivers to score 4 touchdowns last week! I don’t see this week versus the Ravens being any different. In fact, facing a relatively strong Ravens D is a good thing for those rollin’ with Mahomes in their fantasy lineup because in DFS he won’t be as highly owned. And as we’ve seen with Mahomes time and time again, our gunslinger is matchup proof.
Lamar Jackson has been a fantasy beast so far this season. He has learned how to throw and it shows. The one-dimensional Lamar from last season is no more. The Chiefs cannot rely on stacking the box on Sunday. When teams have tried that so far, Lamar has straight up smoked them. However, when Lamar is under pressure his completion rate plummets. The only concern is there, when he feels the heat — he takes off… The Chiefs will have to keep this in mind when drawing up their defensive schemes.
All the Chiefs receivers are in play when you’re rostering show-me-the-money Mahomes, but my favorite pick this week is slammin’ Sammy Watkins. After a earth-shattering season opener for Watkins, he wasn’t needed as much in game 2 where Robinson, Hardman, and Kelce were finding separation time, time, time, and time again. But in game 3, look for Watkins to be more involved with a very winnable matchup against CB Brandon Carr.
If you’re Chiefs game stacking, you may want to think about bringing it back with Ravens RB Mark Ingram. They’re going to be feeding him any chance they can to try and slow down the high-octane Chiefs offense. We will probably see some Justice Hill and Gus Edwards mixed in as well as they tend to go with an RB committee approach.
It’s going to be a fun one! Go Chiefs!!