WR De'Anthony Thomas - Kansas City Chiefs

5-9, 174Born: 1-5-1993College: OregonDrafted: Round 4, pick 2014

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Week 6: vs Houston Texans

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FBG says: Good matchup. The Chiefs suffered their first loss last week as this passing offense was noticeably slowed by a combination of strong defense from the Colts, the early loss of Sammy Watkins to a shoulder injury, and a tweaked ankle by Patrick Mahomes that had him hobbled for most of the game. While Mahomes is expected to play in Week 6, Watkins remains questionable as of early in the week--so keep an eye on his practice status. Even with all those factors going against them. Mahomes still racked up over 300 passing yards and a touchdown while remaining clean in the interception column. The absence of Watkins gave way to snaps for Byron Pringle, who led the wide receiving group in targets (9), receptions (6), and yards (103) while scoring the only touchdown for the Chiefs. Last week was further proof of how Patrick Mahomes can elevate almost any player to fantasy relevance. Expect Pringle's snap count to drop back down if Watkins suits up this week. Travis Kelce actually led the team in targets last week, but he only managed to haul in four receptions for 70 yards--his worst showing of the season despite a season-high in targets. Kelce has found the end zone just once this season, but he remains a constant threat to explode in this high-profile passing offense. Finally, do keep an eye on the status of Tyreek Hill as well--he has been practicing and is close to a return, which would immediately lower the outlook of guys like Demarcus Robinson and Mecole Hardman while elevating Hill back to WR1 status. The Texans passing defense has been an inconsistent group to start the season. Since Week 1, they have alternated weeks of either allowing over 300 passing yards and two touchdowns (against the Saints, Chargers, and Falcons) or shutting down opposing passing offenses for fewer than 240 yards and one or fewer touchdowns (Jaguars and Panthers). Based on the trend, it appears this defense is unable to keep up with higher volume passing offenses as one commonality between those three poor showings included at least 43 pass attempts by each quarterback. Patrick Mahomes is exactly what this group will not want to see. This Texans secondary has a few talented pieces. Rookie Lonnie Johnson Jr. presents a particularly soft matchup for Chiefs outside wide receivers. On the other hand, the veteran Johnathan Joseph has proven to be capable of stiff coverage as he played a big part in shutting down Julio Jones last week and D.J. Moore the week prior. Travis Kelce should also have a slightly positive matchup. Safety Tashaun Gipson has played pretty well in coverage this season, but he did contribute to giving up six catches for 56 yards to Austin Hooper last week. The final factor to consider is the Texans pass rush, which remains a strength of this unit and should give the banged-up Chiefs offensive line fits. Mahomes has dealt with strong pressure well in the past, but if his ankle even slightly limits his mobility, J.J. Watt and Whitney Mercilus could slow down this passing offense.

Recent Stats and Projections

2 at OAK 4 0 0 0 1 1.0 6 0 0 0.6
3 vs BAL 1 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
4 at DET 0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 -1
5 vs IND 7 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
6 vs HOU 1 4 0 1 0.0 0 0 0 0.4
6 vs HOU PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 0.0 * * * *
6 vs HOU PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 0.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

De'Anthony Thomas's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

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