The Kansas City Chiefs sit at 4-2 and in complete control of the AFC West. They're leading the Oakland Raiders by a game and a half and the San Diego Chargers and Denver Broncos by two and a half games. Things are good in Kansas City these days.
This week's mailbag focuses on Matt Cassel and fantasy football, overblown stories in KC and figuring out if the Chiefs will win the division.
I need a QB this week for my 6-1 fantasy team…would you start Cassel against Buffalo or Stafford against Washington?
That's a tough call because Lions QB Matthew Stafford is playing against the 31st ranked Washington pass defense.
Here's what you'll get with QB Matt Cassel: 175-200 yards and 1-2 TDs. He's been pretty consistent with numbers like that over the last few weeks so I'd feel confident he lands in that range again. The Chiefs are going up against the Bills 32nd ranked rush defense so clearly their game plan is going in will be to run it all day. That's usually their game plan anyway and Cassel will be there to complete some key third downs when the run game breaks down. I expect him to put up numbers listed above.
So if you think Stafford can top those 175-200 yards and 1-2 TDs then I'd go with him. If not I feel pretty confident Cassel will put up numbers in that range.
What's the most overblown story in Kansas City this year?
I'm guilty of pushing this one: The Thomas Jones vs. Jamaal Charles debate. Six weeks ago we were going crazy as fans wondering why Charles wasn't getting more carries. Now with both players on pace for nearly 1,000 yards and the Chiefs winning with the run game the questions are gone.
Who cares who is No. 1 and who is No. 2? The Chiefs are clearly doing this based up matchups as Charles has gotten more carries than Jones in a game before. The Chiefs have a major strength being able to use both backs and stay fresher throughout the game. It seems to be that the starter vs. second string debate was silly and pointless. The Chiefs run game is dominating at this point and I'd hate for the Chiefs to mess up a good thing.
When do you think KC wraps up the division?
As long as I can't be considered jinxing the Chiefs I'll answer this question because it's a fun one (and acknowledging that it's about two months early to be answering this question).
Right now I think the best case scenario for the Chargers is seven wins. They usually go on a run at some point in the season so I could see them doing that and winning seven games this year. The Raiders? I think they're more likely to flop. The Broncos are going nowhere.
And then there's the Chiefs. The next six games before playing the Chargers in Week 13 are very, very winnable. I know I'm jinxing the Chiefs but I'll go with them having it wrapped up after Week 16. That means the Chiefs will have to make a decision we've all been dying for them to make: Should they sit their starters in Week 17?
Sheesh...we're set for a huge let down if the Chiefs can't finish this thing out.