If Chiefs fans were worried that the team would take a step back this season with Patrick Mahomes replacing Alex Smith at quarterback, well, Mahomes is having none of it.
They’re getting contributions from four widely available players who warrant your Week 5 lineup consideration, the first in ESPN standard leagues and the rest generally in larger-than-12-team mixed: Jeimer Candelario (68.3 percent available), who has started 47 of the past 51 regular-season Tigers games and batted .308/.382/.508 during that time span; Leonys Martin (78.8 percent), the team’s leadoff hitter in all but two games; James McCann (91.8), who has started 17 of the Tigers’ 23 games at catcher; JaCoby Jones (95.5), a .324/.333/.618 hitter in his past nine games; Victor Martinez (96.8), the team’s typical No. 5 hitter; and Jose Iglesias (98.8), a .349 hitter (15-for-43) in his past 11 games. That’s especially the case with the team set to face opponents with bottom-10 pitching staffs thus far in the Tampa Bay Rays and Kansas City Royals.
The Boston Red Sox should feast upon weak Royals pitching to open the week, and they’ll conclude Week 5 with a four-game trip to Texas’ hitting-friendly Globe Life Park. While Red Sox hitters are generally obvious fantasy plays in any week, this should be one of their brighter weeks on offense overall.
It’s hard to believe Watt is better than all those players, but he has dominated like few defensive players ever have. To get that productive of a 3-4 end outside of the top 10 gives the Texans the best pick in the past 17 drafts.
Just coming … with the recent past that we’ve had with and the two back-to-back AFC West champions, the next step is the Super Bowl, Mahomes said. So, for us, that is the only goal that we’re going for is to get to the Super Bowl and try to win it, and for us, every single day in these OTAs and the offseason is come in, work out and that’s kind of been our mind-set. We say every time we break it down: know what you’re working for, and for us, it’s to work to get to that Super Bowl, and we brought a lot of the pieces back — now it’s time to take that next step and get there.
Smith said that Chiefs teammates like tight end Travis Kelce and running back Kareem Hunt have raved about Mahomes. Kellerman asked why expectations are so high for Mahomes, who has played in just one game.