Thursday Night Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: Week 7 (2019): Is There A Chiefs’ Running Back To Trust, Is Courtland Sutton A Must Start & More

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Thursday games are always tricky, especially in Week 5 when we are going more based on assumptions than actual facts (that’s even more true this season, when most teams hardly used their regulars in the preseason).  Let’s take a quick look at some of the more questionable decisions for tonight’s game and try to decide who we should trust and who should be avoided:

Kansas City Chiefs Running Backs

Thursday games are often difficult to make decisions on, given that they could put you in a significant hole early on in the week. When you have a muddled running back situation, where the upside is there but the touches aren’t guaranteed, things get that much worse.

Just look at the usage from Week 6 against the Houston Texans for the Kansas City running backs as an example:

  • LeSean McCoy – 8 carries for 44 yards (5.5 YPC)
  • Damien Williams – 1 carry for 6 yards

Williams’ day was “saved” by a 14 yard touchdown catch (his only target in the game), and interestingly running backs were only targeted three times (Darrel Williams received the other two). He was supposed to be the lead back, but if he’s not going to get carries and with a passing attack full of weapons (Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelece and a host of others) can he really be trusted?

The Denver Broncos rank in the middle of the pack against opposing running backs thus far:

  • Rushing – 589 yards and 5 TD
  • Receiving – 35 receptions, 252 yards and 1 TD

The matchup isn’t particularly easy in any area and McCoy has been the far better runner averaging 5.4 yards/carry (compared to 2.0 for Williams). In other words if we are going to trust anyone it’s McCoy as a low-end RB2/FLEX.

Kansas City Chiefs Start/Sit Decisions:

  • Patrick Mahomes (QB) – Must Start
  • LeSean McCoy (RB) – Borderline RB2/FLEX
  • Damien Williams (RB) – Desperation FLEX
  • Tyreek Hill (WR) – Must Start
  • Mecole Hardman (WR) – Desperation WR3
  • Demarcus Robinson (WR) – Sit ‘Em
  • Travis Kelce (TE) – Must Start

Has Courtland Sutton Become A Must Start?

We all knew the upside potential of Sutton, but it’s nice to see the talent translate to results on the field. Sutton has been targeted at least 7 times each week, and while the completion percentage isn’t ideal (about 65%) he’s topped 85 yards in three of six games and has started to find the end zone (3 TD over his past three games).

The Chiefs have been fairly stingy against opposing wide receivers, ranking in the bottom half of the league in terms of points against. However we aren’t far removed from the Detroit Lions receivers piling up 191 yards and 2 TD against them and with Sutton’s usage/production it’s easy to envision another strong performance.

Denver Broncos Start/Sit Decisions:

  • Joe Flacco (QB) – Sit ‘Em
  • Philip Lindsay (RB) – Must Start
  • Royce Freeman (RB) – Desperation FLEX
  • Courtland Sutton (RB) – Must Start (Viable WR2)
  • Emmanuel Sanders (WR) – Viable WR3
  • Noah Fant (TE) – Desperation TE1 (better left on bench)

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Make sure to check out all of our Week 7 rankings:

Quarterbacks
Running Backs
Wide Receivers
Tight Ends
Kickers
Defenses

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