Cleared of rumored concussion and participating fully in practice on Tuesday, fantasy owners should not fear Kansas City WR Tyreek Hill not taking the field tonight against the Oakland Raiders.
Failing to top 80 yards in all but one game this season, Hill has had an up-and-down year. After his Week 1 boom against the Patriots (7/133/1), Hill has averaged a pedestrian, for his standards, average stat line of 4.6/51.4/0.2 as a receiver.
Still, hesitant Hill owners should feel confident playing him as he goes up against a Raiders defense that ranks 20th in the league against the pass. The Chiefs, who are thin at receiver, will find ways to feed the ball to Hill, who has yet to dip under six targets this season. According to Pro Football Focus, Hill ranks 10th in the league in yards per pass route run, coming in at 2.07 a route, bracketed by Giants WR Odell Beckham Jr. (2.08) and Chargers WR Keenan Allen (2.06).
The last time these two teams played, in 2016 Week 14, Hill dropped a 6/66/1 receiving day on the Raiders. Hill’s 384 rushing yards should also be taken into consideration and he also provides the opportunity to double up with the Chiefs D/ST as a returner with 3 career punt return touchdowns, including one in Week 5 against the Texans. Raiders QB Derek Carr has struggled with the Chiefs in recent history, adding extra incentive to playing the Hill/Chiefs stack.
Hill provides a solid floor and a high ceiling and owners should have no concerns firing him up for the Thursday Night Football tilt.