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The news surrounding the Chiefs this week has focused on the health of the right ankle of Patrick Mahomes. Obviously, his availability and effectiveness will have a huge effect on the Chiefs offense and the game as a whole. After a week of practicing, it appears clear that Mahomes will play but it is reasonable to expect he won’t have the same play-extending magic we usually see due to lower mobility. The Chiefs are obviously aware of those limitations and will have to plan ahead for ways to replace his improvisational genius and playmaking ability. If there is one player on the Chiefs with the skill set to “create” things for the Chiefs, it is midseason acquisition Kadarius Toney. The Chiefs have given Toney a lot of usage when healthy and on the field, and his snap rate could spike this week with the season on the line and the Chiefs needing a spark.
Through two playoff games, George Kittle has only seven total targets and has not yet scored a touchdown. This weekend, he is projected to be 4th in ownership among the four starting tight ends on the slate, but he is playing in a matchup against an Eagles defense that is extremely strong on the perimeter and has historically built their defense around pass rush and secondary, with a low emphasis on talent in the middle of the field. This game presents the biggest chance the 49ers fall behind and Kittle has been a safety blanket for Brock Purdy over his time as a starter, something that we could see to an even greater degree this week with the season on the line. Matchup + potentially funneled volume + low ownership relative to position….those are some good ingredients and I am curious to see the recipe they create.