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Preseason Week 2 Fantasy Football Game Recap: Kansas City Chiefs vs. Arizona Cardinals

2MA83E6 Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes celebrates during an NFL football game against the Las Vegas Raiders Monday, Oct. 10, 2022, in Kansas City, Mo. (AP Photo/Ed Zurga)

Michael Wilson wins a starting job in Arizona: Wilson had been competing with Zach Pascal for the outside receiver spot opposite Marquise Brown. Today, he was clearly on top in that competition.

Keaontay Ingram wins the Cardinals' backup running back job: Corey Clement only played late in the game for Arizona, while Ingram played a few snaps with the starters.

• Kansas City opens up the wide receiver competition: Richie James and Justyn Ross played with Patrick Mahomes after playing only with the backups last week.

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Michael Wilson earns a starting job for Arizona: Wilson started the game and played all but one snap with the starters.

  • All of Arizona’s notable wide receivers played in this game, so it seems likely that Wilson will hold this job until the regular season. 
  • He and Marquise Brown played in two-receiver sets, with Rondale Moore joining for three-receiver sets.
  • Zach Pascal gave Brown and Wilson a little time off in the first quarter and took over for Brown a few snaps before other starters left the game.
  • Wilson stopped playing when Arizona's starters left the game.
  • It’s also worth noting Greg Dortch didn’t play any snaps with the first-team offense for a second straight week. He is a clear fifth on the depth chart.
  • Wilson is worth a late-round pick, as any full-time starting wide receiver is. There is at least a chance he can break out as a rookie.

Keaontay Ingram appears to be the Cardinals' backup running back: James Conner played most of the snaps with the starters, with Ingram playing significant snaps before Corey Clement entered the game.

  • Ingram received a few snaps with the starters and was the clear lead running back for the second quarter.
  • He ran seven times for 28 yards and a touchdown.
  • Corey Clement was expected to be Ingram’s primary competition. Clement played the first 20 minutes of Arizona’s first preseason game while Ingram sat the game out.
  • Clement primarily played in the fourth quarter, with undrafted rookie Emari Demercado was the running back in the third quarter.
  • Ingram should be Conner's handcuff going forward.

Kansas City’s wide receiver competition heats up: Only four wide receivers played with Patrick Mahomes last week. This week, it was six.

  • Kadarius Toney was the only noteworthy wide receiver not to play in this game.
  • Marquez Valdes-Scantling’s role in the offense is secure. He played 80% of snaps with the starters, but he is a deep threat who doesn’t see a high target share, so he’s not the best fantasy asset despite the snap count.
  • The Chiefs heavily rotated the other two spots in three-receiver sets, but Skyy Moore played 100% of snaps in 12 personnel, giving him the clear lead over the other wide receivers.
  • He should be the favorite on the team to lead the wide receivers in fantasy points.
  • Justin Watson’s playing time declined in this game, while other players got more playing time with Mahomes than in previous weeks.
  • Richie James’ value rose the most in this game, playing a few snaps on all three drives.
  • Justyn Ross played only on the third drive with the starters.
  • Valdes-Scantling was the only receiver to leave the game at the same time as Mahomes and Travis Kelce, reaffirming that his job is the most secure and everything else could still be up for grabs.
  • This means Moore, Toney, Rashee Rice, James and Ross could all be worth late draft picks, as any one of them could end up exceeding expectations.

Miscellaneous Notes

  • Isiah Pacheco was the only noteworthy Chiefs skill player not to play in this game. He’s still been recovering from surgery but is expected to play in Week 1.
  • Zach Ertz was fully cleared for football activity after tearing his ACL and MCL, but that didn’t mean he was ready to play for the Cardinals in this game.

Table Notes

Snaps include plays called back due to penalties, including offensive holding or defensive pass interference. The other three stats have these plays removed.

Targets may differ from official NFL sources. The most likely discrepancy would be from a clear thrown-away pass, where the NFL may give the target to the nearest receiver, while this data will not.

Carries are only on designed plays. Quarterback scrambles won’t count for the total number of carries in the game.


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