QB Jeff Driskel - Cincinnati Bengals
|6-4, 234||Born: 4-23-1993||College: Louisiana Tech||Drafted: Round 6, pick 2016 |
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Week 7: at Kansas City Chiefs
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FBG says: Great matchup. Andy Dalton continues to show marked improvement with coordinator Bill Lazor calling the shots. Dalton appeared to be at a career-low point early last season, but Lazor's creative offensive scheme has rescued him. There's innovation in this offense now, thanks in large part to the emergence of Swiss Army knife Tyler Boyd. For years, Dalton was handcuffed to A.J. Green and Tyler Eifert, while both faced heavy coverage in the absence of viable other receivers. But Boyd has been fantastic from the slot, catching 71% of his targets and routinely commanding attention away from Green. For his part, Green continues to look like the class of the league - he's topped 58 yards in each game thus far, and he's averaged 92 over the last three. His Week 6 drops were fairly anomalous and not a concern - he's still a walking mismatch, always capable of skying over defenders for the ball, or merely out-positioning them and winning with physicality. All in all, Dalton's arsenal is talented and versatile for the first time in years, and he's producing as a borderline QB1 as a result.
Kansas City's pass defense remains weak and fully targetable for fantasy purposes. In fact, fantasy players seeking massive passing lines should probably look at this matchup first. The Chiefs have already allowed 3 quarterbacks to top 420 yards through the air, and the other 3 they've faced have averaged 279. It doesn't help that the electrifying offense keeps handing opponents tons of volume opportunity, but the Chiefs are giving up efficiency, too. Opposing passers are averaging 7.1 net yards per attempt (sixth-most in the league), which measures sacks and losses alongside yardage. There's a dynamic pass rush in place here, even when All-Pro Justin Houston sits. End Chris Jones has sizzled thus far, as have breakout veteran Dee Ford and rookie Breeland Speaks, who have papered nicely over Houston's absence on the edge. But the mix-and-match secondary, low on talent and ravaged by injury, has been bad enough to skew that number itself. There are huge holes at the safety spots, especially after a pair of recent injuries there.
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