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Sammy Watkins (foot) will not practice Friday.

Watkins was limited on Thursday, so this is a concerning downgrade ahead of Monday night's showdown with the Rams. It could very easily be a maintenance day for the veteran, but we now need to monitor him Saturday.
Nov 16 - 12:55 PM

Patrick Mahomes is listed on the Week 11 injury report with a foot issue but is practicing in full.

Mahomes had previously avoided the injury report this season. The "full" designation means it will not be an issue for Week 11. Mahomes is the top fantasy quarterback of the week in a game that had a gaudy 63.5-point over/under as of Thursday afternoon.
Nov 15 - 4:58 PM

Sammy Watkins (foot) will practice Thursday.

He was officially limited. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports Watkins is "expected to play," and this practice certainly puts him on track barring any setbacks. In what could be the highest-scoring game of the year, Watkins will be an upside WR2.
Nov 15 - 1:00 PM

Monday's Rams/Chiefs game has been moved from Mexico City back to Los Angeles due to poor field conditions at Azteca Stadium.

It's surprising but absolutely the right call based on pictures and videos circulating on social media. ESPN's Adam Schefter reported earlier Tuesday that some players were considering boycotting the game they were so concerned. Although moving the game was the right thing to do, it's an utter fiasco for the NFL, which continues to be confoundingly bad at ensuring neutral-site fields are in proper condition. The move has zero ramifications for fantasy.
Nov 13 - 4:46 PM

Poor field conditions at Mexico City's Azteca Stadium has the NFL considering moving Monday's game between the Rams and Chiefs to Los Angeles.

The field is in "serious disrepair" after a Saturday concert. It is a turf/grass combination, and sod replacements were being made on Tuesday. "We are working closely with the field manager at Azteca Stadium and others to ensure that we have an NFL quality surface for our game, and we are looking forward to kicking off in Mexico City on Monday night," a league spokesman said. It would be very un-NFL to move the game. Short of truly catastrophic playing conditions, we expect the league to keep the game in Mexico.
Nov 13 - 2:26 PM

Sammy Watkins (foot) is expected to return for Week 11 against the Rams.

Watkins seemed close to suiting up for Week 10 and will have an extra day to get healthy for Week 11 with the Chiefs playing on Monday Night Football. They will then head on bye, giving Watkins almost two weeks for any further healing. Watkins will be a WR2 for what should be a guaranteed shootout with the Rams.
Nov 12 - 1:42 PM

Travis Kelce caught 6-of-7 targets for 46 yards in Week 11 against the Cardinals.

It breaks a two-game scoring streak for Kelce. Kelce finished behind only Tyreek Hill in targets and yards, but there just wasn't much volume for him with Patrick Mahomes throwing for only 249 yards. Even if Sammy Watkins returns, Kelce should rebound in a potential Week 11 shootout against the Rams.
Nov 11 - 4:52 PM

Chris Conley caught 1-of-2 targets for 22 yards in Week 10 against Cardinals.

Conley started with Sammy Watkins out but continued to be a non-factor. Even if Watkins doesn't return next week, Conley should be avoided as a streaming option.
Nov 11 - 4:46 PM

Tyreek Hill caught 7-of-10 targets for 117 yards and two touchdowns in Week 10 against the Cardinals.

He also had a 20-yard run. Hill was forced touches with Sammy Watkins sidelined, going for 75 yards on Kansas City's opening drive. He later added a 14-yard score, but wasn't needed much after that. It's a nice rebound for Hill after getting held to 69 scoreless yards last week. With Watkins not a lock to return in Week 11, Hill will be a top-10 receiver play against the Rams.
Nov 11 - 4:39 PM

Kareem Hunt rushed 16 times for 71 yards and caught two passes for 25 yards in Week 10 against the Cardinals.

Hunt finished just under 100 total yards. It's also the first time since Week 1 he was held out of the end-zone. Spencer Ware vultured Hunt's best chance to score at the three-yard line. There just wasn't much room for Hunt to do anything against a Cardinals defense that did a good job of limiting Kansas City's run game. Hunt should rebound in a Week 11 matchup against the Rams.
Nov 11 - 4:19 PM

Patrick Mahomes completed 21-of-28 passes for 249 yards and two touchdowns in Week 10 against the Cardinals.

It's the first time in the last four weeks Mahomes has been held under 300-plus yards and three touchdowns. Mahomes threw both of his TDs to Tyreek Hill, who accounted for half of his yards. He faced a stronger than expected Cardinals pass rush, taking five sacks. Mahomes made some plays outside of the pocket with 21 yards on four carries. Mahomes is now up to a league best 31 touchdowns through 10 games. The Chiefs get the Rams for a likely Monday night shootout in Week 11.
Nov 11 - 4:04 PM

Sammy Watkins (foot) is inactive for Week 10 against the Cardinals.

This was expected, but Watkins looks on track to return in Week 11. The rest of Kansas City's inactives are S Eric Berry, OL Kahlil McKenzie, DL Justin Hamilton, DB Josh Shaw, LB Frank Zombo, and OL Mitch Morse.
Nov 11 - 11:33 AM

Sammy Watkins (questionable, foot) is not expected to play Week 10 against the Cardinals.

Watkins was never likely to play this week. His foot injury isn't considered serious, so it sounds like this may only be a one game absence. Chris Conley will start opposite Tyreek Hill in Watkins' place. Hill is going to see a lot of Patrick Peterson with Watkins out.

RotoGrinders.com Daily Slant: There was some speculation that Watkins might suit up after logging a limited practice on Friday, but it appears he'll have to set his sights on a Week 11 return. In his absence, look for Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill to see a bump in targets, with Chris Conley also potentially picking up a few extra looks. That said, the Chiefs are expected to dominate their Week 10 matchup with the Cardinals, so it may be Kareem Hunt who's leaned on most heavily this afternoon in a game the Chiefs should control throughout.
Nov 11 - 8:16 AM

Sammy Watkins (foot) is questionable for Week 10 against the Cardinals.

Watkins returned to practice on Friday (albeit on limited participation), suddenly making it possible he suits up. If active, he'll be a boom-bust WR3/FLEX in his usual role. Chris Conley would need to be downgraded as he'll be on the field, but used sparingly.
Nov 9 - 3:48 PM

Sammy Watkins (foot) returned to practice Friday.

Watkins had initially seemed like a long shot to play. Even limited participation is an encouraging sign for his trending availability against the Cardinals come Sunday. He'll be a boom-bust WR3/FLEX if he's on the field, with Chris Conley being downgraded in his usual role.
Nov 9 - 1:02 PM


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