WR Junior Hemingway - Kansas City Chiefs
|6-1, 225||Born: 12-27-1988||College: Michigan||Drafted: Round 7|
Photo: John Rieger, US Presswire
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Week 4: at Pittsburgh Steelers
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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Alex Smith bounced back from a poor Week Two effort (20/37 for 186 yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions thrown, with four sacks taken for -14 yards) to post an effective 25/33 for 237 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown vs. the Jets last weekend (two sacks taken for -16 yards). Travis Kelce (seven targets for 6/89/1 receiving), Chris Conley (five for 3/44/0) and Jeremy Maclin (seven for 4/35/0) were the top three receivers for Smith as the Chiefs trounced the Jets 24-3 off a very strong defensive effort (six interceptions by the pass defense last week).
The Steelers were spanked by the Eagles last weekend, 3-34, and they allowed over 300 yards passing to rookie Carson Wentz (23/31 for 301 net yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions) with zero sacks to their credit. So far this year the Steelers are 31st in the NFL averaging 332.0 net passing yards given out per game, with three passing scores given out, vs two interceptions and a pathetic one sack (worst in the NFL in this category). Over the first three weeks of the season, Pittsburgh has averaged 20.8 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (15th-most in the NFL); and 18.6 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (eighth-least); with 6.9 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (16th in the NFL).
This looks like a good matchup for Smith despite traveling to hostile Heinz Stadium - the Steelers' pass D is reeling entering Week Four. Also, the rushing matchup is tough for the running backs, so Smith may need to sling it quite a bit in this game.
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