TE Deon Yelder - Kansas City Chiefs
|6-4, 255||Born: 3-6-1995||College: Western Kentucky||Drafted: ---|
Week 20: vs Tennessee Titans
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.
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