FBG says: Bad matchup. The Chiefs haven't been effective on the ground thus far in 2019, with their running backs averaging just 3.2 yards per carry. But they demand fantasy attention, if only due to the dynamism of the Kansas City offense. As a result, the statuses of Damien Williams and LeSean McCoy should be monitored closely - both left Week 2 early with injuries that have yet to be clarified. If one or both can't suit up, rookie Darwin Thompson, who dazzled in all phases of the offense throughout training camp, will dominate the backfield. If his preseason was any indicator, he could equal or top Williams' production from late last season. All of the Chiefs' backs benefit greatly from Patrick Mahomes' brilliance, which keeps defenses honest and provides plenty of scoring opportunity. They also operate behind a strong run-blocking line, led by All-Pro right tackle Mitchell Schwartz. The team might get left tackle Eric Fisher back this week, though backup Cameron Erving is solid in relief.
The Baltimore run defense remained its usual, dominant self in Week 2, holding the Cardinals to a total of 20 ground yards on the day. That came on the heels of giving up just 21 yards to the Dolphins in Week 1. The competition hasn't been robust, but it's still been impressive to see the Ravens smother these two attacks. Even with major offseason turnover - C.J. Mosley, Terrell Suggs, and Eric Weddle all left town - they still dominate in the trenches and fill effectively in the box. The second level benefits greatly from the play of an elite line, led by Michael Pierce and Brandon Williams. New middle linebacker Patrick Onwuasor isn't on Mosley's talent level but has stepped in commendably thus far. When runners test the edges, they're pursued by rising star Matt Judon and a strong-tackling secondary. The Chiefs present far more of a challenge than they've faced thus far, but this unit has earned its reputation as a prohibitive fantasy matchup.