WR Byron Pringle - Kansas City Chiefs
|6-2, 205||Born: 11-17-1993||College: Kansas State||Drafted: ---|
Week 20: vs Tennessee Titans - $3000
FBG says: Good matchup. Patrick Mahomes may have closed out the season with a few question marks with multiple passing touchdowns in just two of his last six games and an uncharacteristic four interceptions over that span, but he squashed all concern last week with his spectacular 321-yard, 5-touchdown thrashing of the Texans. Mahomes also had one of his best games of the season back in Week 10 against the Titans (446 yards and three touchdowns), so he will enter this matchup with plenty of confidence. Tight end Travis Kelce should also be riding high coming into this week, as he finished the regular season as the top-producing fantasy tight end and is also coming off a massive performance of 10 catches for 134 yards and three touchdowns last week--his first multi-touchdown game of 2019. Kelce has handily led the Chiefs passing attack in targets and remains the most predictable piece of this passing offense. Tyreek Hill has been quiet in recent weeks with fewer than 75 yards in each of his last seven games and only two scores over that span. However, he exploded for a season-high 11 catches, 157 yards, and a touchdown the last time these two teams met--and the Titans secondary is in worse shape now than they were back in Week 10, which should only bode well for Hill. The Titans passing defense is far from a scary unit on paper, as they finished the regular season ranked 24th allowing 255 passing yards per game while racking up a mediocre 43 sacks (T-13th). Finding a consistent pass rush has been a struggle for this team all season, but they did get to Lamar Jackson four times last week. These Titans edge rushers should be in for a challenge against stout Chiefs tackles this week though, and Patrick Mahomes is one of the more elusive quarterbacks in football. The real story here is Tennessee's secondary, which has been noted as a highly susceptible unit. They have allowed plenty of yards to be racked up against them on multiple occasions, including a season-high 446 yards from Mahomes back in Week 10 and 365 yards from Jackson last week. However, where this defense has excelled is through their playmaking ability, finishing tied with the eighth-most interceptions (14) in the season while racking up three interceptions during the postseason. Kevin Byard is one of the top safeties in football while slot cornerback Logan Ryan is having arguably the best season of his career. Outside cornerback Adoree Jackson is back from injury and playing well, while late-season addition Trumaine Brock is surprising many with his physical and relatively effective play. With that all said, this group will still have challenges containing the many weapons on this Chiefs offense. Even if they assign Byard to watch over Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce can easily gash this team that has notably struggled to cover tight ends, giving up the seventh-most yards (916) to the position during the regular season. Both Hill and Kelce have distinct advantages in their matchups, so the Titans will definitely need a few big plays by this defense to have a chance at stopping the dynamic Chiefs passing attack.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Byron Pringle's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 6 vs HOU (3 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec - 4.4 points, $3500)
Byron Pringle caught two passes for 24 yards on three targets in the Chiefs loss to the Texans on Sunday. Pringle went the way of Hardman and Robinson, which is to say the three of them were left with less than 30% of Mahomes targets on pass attempts. Pringle played very well when given a chance in the Chiefs lineup, but that time has largely come to an end with Hill returning to the lineup and Watkins due back as early as this week against the Broncos.
2019 Week 5 vs IND (9 / 6 / 103 / 1 rec - 25.3 points, $3000)
Byron Pringle caught six passes on 9 targets for 103 yards and one touchdown. The Chiefs #5 receiver came on in a big way against the Colts, scoring the Chiefs only offensive touchdown while also generating big plays down the field. Pringle caught passes of 28, 27, and 27 yards, which were three of the Chiefs four longest plays of the game. Pringle's touchdown catch came on wild play (described above) where Mahomes was able to elude the Colts pass rush with an improbably set of moves before throwing a pin point pass to Pringle in the end zone. Pringle gets some credit on this play too, as he ran his route and then recognized that Mahomes was scrambling and worked back to his quarterback, which his defender had no way of recovering on. His 28 yard catch was of a similar variety, with Mahomes scrambling outside the pocket and Pringle doing a good job of working back to his quarterback and getting open. He also managed to slip out of a leg tackle that had him tied up, showing nice strength when he has the ball in his hands. Now that he's popped, lets hope he can't stop. Sorry, I couldn't resist the Pringle joke.
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