The Week 2 matchup between the Kansas City Chiefs and the Houston Texans features two teams who posted comeback victories to open the season. We've got the fantasy projections courtesy of numberFire.
Kansas City Chiefs
Midway through the third quarter of last week’s opening game against the San Diego Chargers, the Chiefs found themselves down by a score of 24-3. Quarterback Alex Smith then proceeded to put together three touchdowns, including a rushing score in overtime for the win. While he did throw an interception, Smith finished with 363 passing yards and one of the biggest comebacks in the NFL’s recent history. There is no doubt head coach Andy Reid will stress to his team the importance of getting off to a good start in Houston this time around. That likely means the Chiefs not only keep the game closer, but focus more on the running game, which should allow Smith to hand the ball off more. That means he likely won’t pass for nearly as many yards this week.
The good news is a "run more often" philosophy will benefit owners of running back Spencer Ware. Ware caught seven of eight targets last week for 129 receiving yards and also chipped in 70 yards rushing on just 11 carries. Houston’s defense is a little bit better than that of San Diego’s, but given that teammate Jamaal Charles is likely another week away from returning to the lineup, Ware should be good for plenty of touches against the Texans in Week 2.
While the Texans' come-from-behind win against the Chicago Bears wasn’t nearly as dramatic as what the Chiefs did to the Chargers, the team did display a strong sense of resiliency to open the season. Twice coming from behind, Houston sealed the deal with the fourth-quarter touchdown by standout rookie Will Fuller. Fuller was targeted 11 times in his NFL debut and caught five passes for 107 yards and a touchdown. He posted better numbers than teammate DeAndre Hopkins, who likely won’t have to catch as many passes this year as he had in the past. Regardless, Houston’s better for it from a team perspective, but fantasy owners should take note depending on which of the two receivers they own.
Perhaps the best bet for consistency in Houston now is running back Lamar Miller. In his Texans debut, Miller showed that he can be an every-down back. While he only managed to gain 11 yards in the receiving game on four receptions, Miller made his hay on the ground by rushing for 106 yards on 28 carries. With that kind of volume he’ll be a threat to cross the 100-yard plateau on a regular basis. He should be able to find the end zone against the Chiefs this week. After all, San Diego’s Melvin Gordon managed to score twice against them after not scoring at all last year.