WR Tyreek Hill - Kansas City Chiefs
|5-10, 185||Born: 3-1-1994||College: West Alabama||Drafted: Round 5, pick 2016|
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.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Tyreek Hill's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 19 vs HOU (4 / 3 / 41 / 0 rec, 1 / 4 / 0 rush)
Tyreek Hill caught three passes for 41 yards on four targets and rushed one time for four yards. Considering the five touchdown passes and 300+ yards for Mahomes, I would have pegged Hill for a larger share than 41 yards and four targets, but that's the way it goes when you play with two superstars in Kelce and Mahomes, and an efficient running back in Willliams. When all are on their game, there isn't going to be much scraps for the fourth player. Hill did have catches of 17 and 20 yards, and forced a deep pass interference penalty. On the bad side, Hill muffed a punt early in the first quarter that gave the Texans the ball at the Chiefs six yard line. This resulted in an easy touchdown drive for the Texans, and a 21-0 lead, a lead that would have broke most teams but not the Chiefs.
2019 Week 17 vs LAC (5 / 4 / 61 / 0 rec)
Tyreek Hill caught four passes on five targets for 61 yards in the Chiefs win over the Chargers on Sunday. Hill was bottled up for most of the game with a majority of his total coming on a 47 yard gain that set up Williams second touchdown. On that play, the Chiefs were facing a third and seven from their own 26 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and was given a clean pocket from his offensive line. Hill was lined up in the right slot and ran a go-route straight up the field, outrunning the Chargers secondary. Mahomes put a nice ball on Hill, but had it been further out in front of him it would have gone for an easy touchdown. Instead, Hill had to turn back and make the catch over his shoulder for the 47 yard gain. After having back to back 100+ yard games, Hill has not had one since week 10, and has scored only once in his past six games.
2019 Week 16 vs CHI (5 / 5 / 72 / 0 rec)
Tyreek Hill caught five passes on five targets for 72 yards in the Chiefs win over the Bears in week 16. The Chiefs wore down the Bears with long, sustained offensive drives, so Hill's explosive playmaking took a backseat to Kelce and the Chiefs backfield. Hill had the long catch of the night for the Chiefs on a 19 yard reception that kicked off the Chiefs second touchdown drive. Hill also pulled down catches of 13 and 15 yards, which were some of the longest of the night for Mahomes. Hill's five targets were second only to Travis Kelce, who lead the team in catches, yards, targets and touchdowns. Mahomes will need to depend on Hill a bit more next week when the Chiefs take on a Chargers secondary that ranks as a top five unit this season. In their first meeting, the Chargers were able to hold Hill without a catch on two targets, the only time where the explosive wide receiver failed to record a reception this season.
2019 Week 15 vs DEN (7 / 5 / 67 / 2 rec, 1 / 1 / 0 rush)
Tyreek Hill caught five passes for 67 yards and two touchdowns on seven targets in the Chiefs win over the Broncos on Sunday. Hill got off to a very fast start in this game, catching a 41 yard touchdown on the Chiefs first possession. With the Chiefs facing a first and 10 from the Broncos 41 yard line, Mahomes took the snap under center and play-action faked the handoff to his running back. Hill was lined up on the left side of the formation and ran a deep post-route where he angled his route a bit flatter than usual, which gave him more field to outrun the two defenders the Broncos had on him. Hill was able to get behind the two defenders and give Mahomes a wide margin for error on the deep ball. This didn't end up mattering though, as Mahomes dropped the ball perfectly onto Hill's hands, in stride and out in front of him where only Hill could make the catch. When Mahomes has this much time in the pocket to wait for Hill to get behind his defender, it is nearly impossible to stop as Hill is one of the best in the NFL in creating separation deep down the field. Hill's second touchdown catch of the game came on the Chiefs first possession of the second half, and the offense facing a first and goal from the Denver five yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and immediately rolled out to his left on a designed bootleg. Hill was positioned on the inside left slot and ran an out-route to the left side of the end zone where he set up his defender by stutter-stepping and faking to the inside. Hill picked his spot perfectly, as he was able to break at the exact point where Watkins was coming to the inside of the field, effectively creating a pick on Hill's man which left him wide open for the easy five yard touchdown catch.
2019 Week 14 vs NE (8 / 6 / 62 / 0 rec, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)
Tyreek Hill caught seven passes on nine targets for 66 yards while also rushing two times for four yards in the Chiefs win over the Patriots on Sunday. Hill has had quite a bit of success against the Patriots in the past, which could account for the New England defense bracketing him in coverage this game and not letting him see one on one coverage down the field. Hill's most impact catch in this game came with the Chiefs facing a third and 19 at their own 46 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun and was given a clean pocket by his offensive linemen. Mahomes waited for Hill to break free down the field on a deep crossing route before firing a strike to his receiver. Hill made a tough catch on the play, extending out to snag the ball as a Patriots defender hit him from behind. This play set up one of two touchdown drives for the Chiefs on the day and ended up being the difference between the two teams at the end of regulation.
2019 Week 13 vs OAK (8 / 5 / 55 / 0 rec, 1 / -4 / 0 rush)
Hill was covered well by Trayvon Mullen and mostly limited to medium gains on the day. Maxx Crosby engulfed him on one end around and Hill did have one big 3rd and long conversion into the red zone, but mostly didn't have a big effect on the game.
2019 Week 10 vs TEN (19 / 11 / 157 / 1 rec, 1 / 3 / 0 rush)
Tyreek Hill caught 11 passes on 19 targets for 157 yards and one touchdown, while also rushing one time for three yards. The 19 targets were a career high for Hill, and a sure sign that the Chiefs know who their offense runs through. It was the second consecutive week that Hill has gone over 140 yards and a touchdown. Hill's day could have been even bigger had Mahomes not overthrown him on a deep ball where Hill had several steps on the Titans safeties. If you wanted to see how much Hill has grown as a route-runner since entering the NFL, this was a good game to watch. Hill not only consistently beat his defender down the field, but he also used that speed to set himself up on shorter routes where the defense needed to give him a cushion. This resulted in a lot of yards after the catch for Hill, but more importantly it kept the Titans secondary guessing, which is why he was able to beat them over the top, despite the Titans constantly throwing double teams at him. Hill's touchdown catch came with the Chiefs facing a first and 10 from the Titans 11 yard line. Mahomes took the snap out of the shotgun with Hill and two other receives bunched to his right and Williams sprinting in motion to the right side of the formation just prior to the snap. The play was designed to be a clear out route for Hill, who ran a crossing route where he angled himself diagonally to the back left corner of the endzone and ran to it. Hill was able to create separation from his defender immediately, which gave Mahomes plenty of real estate to find him in the back of the end zone. For the 11 yard score. While Hill's speed should not shock anyone at this point, it is certainly impressive to see how quickly he can get a step on his man, especially in the short field where defending speed is much, much easier.
2019 Week 9 vs MIN (8 / 6 / 140 / 1 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
LeSean McCoy rushed three times for nine yards and caught one pass on one target for zero yards. After fumbling at crucial points in the game in weeks past, McCoy is looking like he might be phased out of his time share with Williams. It is not that Williams is the more effective runner, because he is not, McCoy has been very efficient this season and looks spry for a player with so many miles on him. McCoy has always carried the ball like someone running to give a cell-phone call to another person, with one hand and no semblance of protection. This was less of a problem when McCoy was the featured back on the Eagles and Bills, and was churning out big plays and 1,000 yard seasons. Now, he is the second man in a platoon of running backs, and any fumble is going to be criticized and looked at closely. His fumble last week was avoidable, and it came at a crucial point in the game, so it is not surprising that Andy Reid has turned to Williams to head his rushing attack. I don't see McCoy being completely phased out going forward, but the chances of him becoming the lead back have come and gone, barring injury. .
2019 Week 8 vs GB (9 / 6 / 76 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Tyreek Hill caught six passes on nine targets for 76 yards against the Packers on Sunday night. Hill was Moore's most targeted player on the offense, and he did well with the opportunities he was given. Hill's main weapon is his speed, but Moore is not the type of target who is going to throw him open down the field like Mahomes, so Hill depended mostly on his ability to gain yards after the catch in the short and intermediate passing game. Hill had a long gain of 21 yards that set up a Chiefs field goal, bringing them from near midfield to the Packers red zone. With Mahomes coming back next week, Hill's value remains a high value target and a proven playmaker who will convert long touchdowns with an average target volume for a #1 receiver.
2019 Week 7 vs DEN (5 / 3 / 74 / 1 rec)
Tyreek Hill caught three passes for 74 yards and a touchdown on five targets in the Chiefs win over the Broncos on Thursday. Since returning from an injury last week, Hill now has three touchdown catches in the past two weeks and his return could not have come at a better time with Mahomes injury. He will be depended on to give the Chiefs explosive plays as Matt Moore does not have the same type of playmaking ability as Mahomes. Although Hill only had three catches in this game, he made his presence felt by scoring on a 57 yard touchdown. With the Chiefs facing a first and 10 from their own 43 yard line, Moore took the snap under center and play action faked the ball to McCoy in the backfield. Hill started on the left outside left position and ran a crossing pattern towards the right sideline. He was able to get out in front of his defender and turn his route upfield as Moore lofted a pass up and over the defense. From there it was all Hill, as he outran his defender without being touched on his way to the 57 yard score. In order for the Chiefs to keep pace in the AFC, they will need Hill to keep churning out big plays until Mahomes returns from his injury.
2019 Week 6 vs HOU (10 / 5 / 80 / 2 rec)
Tyreek Hill caught five passes on 10 targets for 80 yards and two touchdowns in the Chiefs loss to the Texans on Sunday. In his first game back, Hill made his presence felt by scoring two touchdowns, and leading the Chiefs in receptions, targets, receiving yards and touchdowns. Hill's first touchdown catch was a thing of beauty, as the diminutive wide receiver went up and high pointed the ball against two Texans defenders. It was the type of play that reminds you Hill is much more than just a burner at the receiver position. He has improved his route-running by leaps and bounds since his rookie season, and he doesn't just have speed, but is an incredible athlete capable of coming down with contested passes. He also showed impressive strength by dragging two Texans across the goal line after making the jumping catch. Hill's second touchdown was an easy one as the Texans defense left him wide open after Hill ran a double move, starting with a crossing route to the middle of the field from the right slot, before running back to the right side of the end zone for an easy six yard touchdown. Hill's presence gives the Chiefs an extra dimension on offense, and I would not be surprised to see this offense get back on track Thursday night against the Broncos.
2019 Week 1 vs JAX (2 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Tyreek Hill caught two passes for 16 yards on two targets, while also rushing one time for five yards. Hill left early in the game with what has been described as a "sternoclavicular joint injury" which was originally thought to be sending him to Injured Reserve. Hill managed to avoid IR, and the latest injury reports have him slated to miss somewhere between three and five weeks.
Latest NewsChiefs | Kansas City advances to AFC Championship Game (Sun Jan 12, 06:36 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes completed 23-of-35 passes for 321 yards, five touchdowns and no interceptions in Sunday's AFC Divisional Round win over the Houston Texans. He also led the team with 53 rushing yards on seven attempts. RB Damien Williams ran 12 times for 47 yards with two touchdowns, while adding two grabs for 21 yards and a third score. TE Travis Kelce had a monster game with 10 grabs, 134 yards and three touchdowns. WR Sammy Watkins had two grabs for 76 yards and he added 14 rushing yards. WR Tyreek Hill ran three times for 41 yards with a four-yard run and one lost fumble. WR Mecole Hardman was good for two receptions and 19 yards, while WR Demarcus Robinson ended his day with one catch for four yards on four targets. Our View: Mahomes was a cool customer and the Chiefs got even more special teams and defense breaks than the Texans by the time the game was over. The Chiefs offense is clicking at the right time although the Titans beat them earlier this year. Kelce had a record-breaking performance as the first player to catch three touchdowns in a quarter in the postseason.
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