WR Junior Hemingway - Kansas City Chiefs
|6-1, 225||Born: 12-27-1988||College: Michigan||Drafted: Round 7|
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Week 13: at Atlanta Falcons
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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. Alex Smith and company eked out a buzzer-beating 30-27 win at Denver Sunday night (off a karoming field-goal that bounced off an upright and just barely inside the other) in which Smith managed 26/44 for 220 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions thrown, and six sacks taken for -30 yards. In the continuing absence of Jeremy Maclin (groin injury), Travis Kelce (15 targets for 8/101/0 receiving) and new #1 wide receiver Tyreek Hill (10 for 9/52/1) handled the bulk of Smith's passes - Spencer Ware was third on the team in receiving with two for 2/32/0). Hill also ran in a TD (1/3/1) and returned a kick 86 yards for a third TD last weekend - he's becoming a fantasy force in the final weeks of 2016.
The Falcons' pass defense coughed up 25/45 for 274 net yards, two TDs and one interception with two sacks generated for -15 yards to the Cardinals' passing attack last weekend - two weeks ago the Falcons surrendered just 25/36 for 221 net yards passing, zero TDs or interceptions and notched two sacks of Carson Wentz for -10 yards. From Week Nine to Week 12 of the 2016 season (over the last four weeks, but includes 14 teams on bye during that time span - each team has at least three games played in the last four weeks), Atlanta has averaged 22.7 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (13th-most in the NFL); and 20.6 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (11th-least); with 8.7 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (14th-most). They enter Week 13 dead last in the NFL averaging 282.2 net passing yards allowed per game, with 25 passing scores handed over vs. just seven interceptions (tied for 19th in the league) and 24 sacks (tied for 15th in the NFL) generated so far. The news that top cornerback Desmond Trufant is gone for the season (torn pectoral muscle) and that defensive end Adrian Clayborn will undergo surgery to repair a partially torn meniscus and miss three to five weeks, is a double-dose of bad tidings for the Falcons as they enter the run-up to Christmas.
This is a good matchup for the so-so Chiefs' attack, given the injury woes of the Falcons entering Week 13.
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