Hitchens completed 2018 with 135 tackles (81 solo) over 15 games during 2018. Although Hitchens didn't do much else of note for fantasy purposes, he finished fifth in the NFL in tackles thanks to a move from Dallas to Kansas City last offseason, boosting him onto the fantasy radar. Set for the second year of a five-year deal with the Chiefs in 2019, Hitchens should sit near the top of IDP options again next season and could top his output from 2018 if he can stay on the field for all 16 games.
Hitchens racked up 12 tackles (five solo) during Sunday's 38-31 loss to the Seahawks. Hitchens logged his second straight game with double-digit tackles, and he performed admirably against Seattle's run-heavy offense. The 26-year-old has been a valuable IDP asset this season, with 126 tackles through 14 games.
Hitchens had 11 tackles (five solo) in Thursday's 29-28 loss to the Chargers. Hitchens has produced well throughout the season, yet Thursday was the first time he reached double-digit tackles since Week 6 at New England. The 26-year-old has 114 total tackles and a forced fumble through 13 games and has a matchup against the run-heavy Seahawks on tap in Week 16.
Hitchens (ribs) was a full participant in Thursday's practice. Hitchens sat out a Week 10 win over the Cardinals due to a ribs injury, but he appears to have fully recovered. Barring any setbacks, expect Hitchens to return to his usual starting role during Monday's game against the Rams.
Hitchens was active but didn't play in Sunday's game against Arizona, Brooke Pryor of The Kansas City Star reports. Chiefs coach Andy Reid said that Hitchens was only active so that he could play in an emergency situation. Hitchens had been questionable with a rib injury entering Sunday's game, and it seems he's not back to 100 percent quite yet. For the time being he's expected to play against the Rams in Week 11, Nate Taylor of The Athletic reports. Look for Dorian O'Daniel or Ben Niemann to see some extra snaps if Hitchens is limited next week.
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|11||11/19||@Los Angeles Chargers||23|
|14||12/08||@New England Patriots||7|
|17||12/29||Los Angeles Chargers||23|