Thursday Night Football Fantasy Picks: Start 'Em, Sit' Em for Denver Broncos vs Kansas City Chiefs

Jason Schandl
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Thursday Night Football games aren't always the most well-played NFL contests, since both teams are on short weeks. But that doesn't reduce their importance when it comes to fantasy football. With only a couple of days to think about start/sit decisions, they are often some of the toughest of the week.

With that in mind, here's some start 'em, sit 'em advice for Thursday's matchup between the Denver Broncos and Kansas City Chiefs.

Who to Start in Fantasy Football

Start Phillip Lindsay and Royce Freeman, RB, Denver Broncos: Phillip Lindsay is something of a no-brainer at this point in the season, but the key here is that you can feel confident about putting both Denver RBs in your starting lineup. There's been more than enough opportunity to go around for both backs this season, with Royce Freeman averaging 15.3 opportunities per game (11.0 carries plus 4.3 targets) and Lindsay averaging 18.3 (14.0 carries plus 4.3 targets). KC is allowing the 10th-most PPR fantasy points per game to opposing RBs, and both could be in for big games on Thursday night.

Start Demarcus Robinson, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: Tyreek Hill is back and healthy, but Sammy Watkins has been ruled out for tonight, meaning we can expect Demarcus Robinson to play north of 85 percent of the Chiefs' snaps for the sixth straight game. Robinson didn't have any receptions in Week 6, but was still targeted four times, and he hasn't seen less than that number since Week 1. Robinson has a low floor in any given week, but his big-play ability (four receptions of more than 25 yards) and touchdown upside give him plenty of value as a low-end WR3 play.

Fantasy Football Sit 'Em

Sit Noah Fant, TE, Denver Broncos: Noah Fant is getting some buzz as the Broncos' starting tight end, but he has yet to turn that buzz into much fantasy production. He's averaging 3.3 targets per game and has also seen his snap share drop some lately. after eclipsing 70 percent twice in his first four games, the tight end has played 67 and 65 percent in his last two, respectively. That kind of limited volume is going to keep Fant on your bench in fantasy, until the Broncos decide to feature him as a bigger part of their passing game.

Sit Damien Williams, RB, Kansas City Chiefs: Even though his fantasy score was salvaged by a touchdown in Week 6, Damien Williams is either still working back from his injury or simply fallen down the Chiefs' depth chart. He played more than 50 percent of KC's snaps in each of his first two games, but has played 22 percent and 38 percent post-injury snaps in the last two games. He touched the ball only twice last week, meaning it's best to keep him on your bench until we get some evidence that he's back to full health and going to see any volume. Williams doesn't even crack the top 36 running backs in our Week 7 PPR fantasy football rankings.

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