The NFL kicks off Thursday night with a shootout match in Kansas City as the Chiefs take on the Houston Texans. The Kansas City Chiefs are currently 9-point favorites in an ideal fantasy environment boasting a monster implied total of 54.5 points. With two of the most productive offenses in the NFL, there are a ton of players to choose from when creating lineups for DraftKings and FanDuel. We have compiled a list of our favorite players by position for today’s article – let’s start off the season with a bang!

QB: Both Patrick Mahomes and Deshaun Watson are extremely attractive plays for this showdown slate. Having at least one of these two in your lineups is 100% needed if you are looking to take down a tournament. These quarterbacks have a plethora of options to throw to and will rack up fantasy points in this high game-total environment.

Our Top Pick: Patrick Mahomes

RB: Clyde-Edwards Helaire (CEH), David Johnson, and Darrel Williams are all running backs that we love for this slate.

Rookie RB CEH is looking to make a name for himself in the NFL and has the potential to be a top 5 RB this year if he performs well in this high-octane Chiefs offense. The Chiefs have shown how deadly they can be when throwing the ball, so having an elite RB to change the flow of the game could pose a huge threat to Houston’s struggling defense.

Newly acquired RB David Johnson has the potential to be a huge part of Houston’s offense this year. In the past, DJ has been utilized as a receiving back throughout most of his career, which is great for fantasy production. If he can get a few checkdown passes and run the ball effectively, David Johnson could post elite fantasy numbers.

Primary backup RB Darrel Williams is one of our favorite contrarian plays of the day. With Damien Williams opting out of the 2020 season and Darrel Williams beating out DeAndre Washington for the primary backup spot, we love the potential Darrel Williams has at just $1,800 on DraftKings and $6,000 on FanDuel. If he can get some goal-line touches and get into the endzone, this backup RB will pay off his value with ease.

Our Top Pick: Clyde Edwards-Helaire

WR: Tyreek Hill, Will Fuller V, and Brandin Cooks are deadly targets in this offense-heavy game environment.

Lightning-fast WR Tyreek Hill has been a nightmare for every defense in the NFL to handle. Patrick Mahomes is a great quarterback and this Top 5 Wideout is in prime condition to destroy the Texans’ defense Thursday night.

Deep-threat Will Fuller V has always been one of Houston’s top receivers. With DeAndre Hopkins joining the Cardinals in the off-season, there is a ton of volume in the passing department to go around. Look for Will to soak up a lot of these targets from Watson, especially if Cooks is limited or ruled out.

Newly acquired Brandin Cooks is one of our favorite plays on the entire slate if he is healthy. With an affordable price tag and great match-up, Cooks can easily fit into your lineups. We expect Cooks to line up in the slot when the Texans need some yardage, which is great for PPR. Like Fuller, Cooks will also have to fill in the hole that star wide-out DeAndre Hopkins left behind in Houston.

Our Top Pick: Will Fuller V

TE: Kansas City tight end Travis Kelce and Houston Texans tight ends Darren Fells + Jordan Akins are our top plays for tight end on this slate.

Star tight end Travis Kelce is another one of Kansas City’s huge threats in the air. Kelce soaked up about 9 targets per game last year which is great usage for fantasy production. If he can get into the end-zone too, Kelce will be a must have in your lineups.

Tight ends Darren Fells and Jordan Akins will likely split the workload for Houston. In the past, these tight ends have both gotten solid targets and had good performances in the past year. It is tough to predict who exactly will have more usage but, if either of these two get a touchdown, they will easily pay off their cheap price tags.

Our Top Pick: Travis Kelce

Summary: Top Plays: Patrick Mahomes, Clyde-Edwards Helaire, Will Fuller V, and Travis Kelce

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