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NFL Week 11 Fantasy Football Recap: Los Angeles Chargers vs. Kansas City Chiefs

Inglewood, California, USA; Kansas City Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce (87) celebrates against the Los Angeles Chargers in the first half at SoFi Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Travis Kelce: 6 receptions, 115 yards, 3 touchdowns

• Josh Palmer: 8 receptions, 106 yards, 2 touchdowns

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Monitor the Clyde Edwards-Helaire injury: Edwards-Helaire suffered an ankle injury in the middle of the first quarter and was later ruled out of the game.

  • The third-year back played only four snaps last week, but Kansas City tried getting him more involved in Week 11.
  • Isiah Pacheco started the game, as he has been, but Edwards-Helaire replaced him after six snaps.
  • Pacheco started the second drive, but Edwards-Helaire again replaced him mid-drive. He suffered his injury later on that drive.
  • Like last week, Kansas City went back to its two-man backfield, with Pacheco taking most of the early down work and McKinnon playing on passing-down and goal-line snaps.
  • Pacheco had the best game of his career, gaining 107 yards on 15 carries.
  • He remains a top waiver wire target, regardless of Edwards-Helaire’s health. 
  • The Chiefs have a top-five schedule for running backs during the fantasy playoffs and the third-easiest schedule over the rest of the season. Pacheco will get both volume and efficiency based on the schedule.
  • If Edwards-Helaire misses time, expect Ronald Jones to join the active roster and take the snaps Edwards-Helaire usually takes.

Monitor Kadarius Toney‘s health: Toney suffered a hamstring injury late in the second quarter and didn’t return.

  • The Chiefs were already without Mecole Hardman, who recently landed on injured reserve. JuJu Smith-Schuster was also out with a concussion.
  • Justin Watson took Smith-Schuster’s spot in the starting lineup, while Toney was elevated to the third receiver spot.
  • Watson played the most snaps of everyone by being the sole wide receiver in three-tight end sets.
  • Toney didn’t catch his only target in the first half.
  • Skyy Moore took over as the team’s third receiver in the second half. He was rotated in on a limited basis in the first half.
  • Watson led the wide receivers in receiving yards (67), while Moore wasn’t far behind (63).
  • The Chiefs have one of the easiest schedules remaining. That means there will be more rushing and fewer targets to go around. Trusting anyone who isn’t first or second on the depth chart will be hard.

Monitor Mike Williams‘ health: The Chargers were supposed to have their top three receivers for the first time since Week 1,  but that latest for less than a quarter.

  • Williams and Keenan Allen were both being eased back into action. Both played 6-of-11 snaps on the first two drives.
  • Williams suffered an ankle injury and didn’t return after those two drives.
  • Allen was effectively the team’s third wide receiver for the rest of the game. Josh Palmer and DeAndre Carter rarely left the field after Williams left, while Allen would join the pair in three-receiver sets.
  • Allen can probably be put back into fantasy starting lineups after catching five passes for 94 yards. He will likely play more going forward, depending on his health.
  • It will probably be best to wait for Williams to play a full game before putting him back in fantasy starting lineups.

The Chargers without Gerald Everett: Everett was limited in practice with a groin injury all week. He wasn’t given an injury status on Friday but was declared questionable on Saturday. He was ultimately inactive for Sunday Night Football. 

  • Tre’ McKitty was expected to play an every-down role. He’s frequently been playing in two-tight end sets all season and has often taken snaps in 11 personnel from Everett.
  • McKitty took plenty of snaps in 11 personnel and two-tight end sets, but undrafted rookie Stone Smartt took most of the snaps on third downs. This was Smartt’s first NFL game.
  • This makes the Chargers' tight end situation one to avoid if Everett misses more time.
  • In most important passing situations, the Chargers overlooked McKitty in favor of an undrafted rookie who has never played in the NFL — not great for McKitty's dynasty value. 
  • McKitty’s 29.5 overall grade heading into Week 11 was the lowest for all tight ends. 

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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