Chiefs stock watch: Which players impressed during Week 17

Chiefs stock watch: Which players impressed during Week 17

The Cincinnati Bengals defeated the Kansas City Chiefs by a last-second field goal ending their winning streak. After an impressive stretch, the Chiefs’ defense finally had an off game as they struggled to keep the Bengals out of the end zone in the 34-31 loss.

Here’s a look at how the stock is trending for some players after Week 17. Check it out:

Stock Up: Joe Thuney

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The offseason signing of veteran offensive lineman Joe Thuney showed its importance on Sunday. Thuney filled in tremendously at left tackle with Orlando Brown Jr.’s pregame injury and Lucas Niang’s injury in the first quarter. Between the holes opened up in the running game and the protection of Mahomes, Thuney was a seamless fit throughout the game.

Stock Up: Darrel Williams

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Williams had another strong performance as the starting running back with Clyde Edwards-Helaire unavailable due to injury. The former LSU Tiger rushed for 88 yards on 14 carries and two touchdowns. Williams continues to be an effective dual-threat in the run and pass game opening up more opportunities for the offense.

Stock Down: Rashad Fenton

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Fenton seemed very rusty in his return to the lineup after a stint on the Reserve/COVID-19 list. He led the team in tackles, but it was apparent that he had trouble staying in front of receivers. While in coverage, Fenton was also called for two pass interference penalties, keeping Bengals scoring drives alive.

Stock Down: Charvarius Ward

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Ward ends up on the stock-down side of the list for his ineffective coverage on Ja’Marr Chase, most prominently in the second half. The rookie receiver set an NFL record against the Chiefs secondary in Week 16. Against Ward, in particular, he scored a touchdown and converted a 3rd and 27 to extend the Bengals’ drive. The man-to-man coverage was hard to watch as defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo failed to help his veteran cornerback as he struggled.

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