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 notched 10 tackles (five solo) during Sunday's Week 13 matchup with the Raiders.
Hitchens exited the game for a bit with a quad injury, but that didn't prevent from reaching double digits in tackles for the fifth time this season. Barring an injury, the fifth-year linebacker is a lock to reach triple-digit tackles for the first time in his career, making him a valuable IDP option in many formats. He needs just four Sunday against the Ravens to reach triple digits, a total he has surpassed in all but two of the games he's played in this season.
Hitchens (quad) was able to return to the field for the Chiefs on Sunday, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Hitchens was questionable to return after suffering a quad injury in the first half of Sunday's game. Now that he's back, expect Hitchens to assume his normal role as one of the starting linebackers for Kansas City.
Hitchens (quad) is questionable to return to Sunday's game against the Raiders.
Hitchens suffered the quad injury in the second quarter of Sunday's game, and his status is currently up in the air. As long as Hitchens is sidelined, Dorian O'Daniel could see increased snaps in his stead.
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.
Hitchens (ribs) is active for Sunday's game versus the Cardinals, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Hitchens has posted eight or more tackles in four of the last five games. The fifth-year pro already has 80 stops through nine games, and needs just five more to notch a new career high in the category.
Hitchens (ribs) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Hitchens managed to log limited participation in Friday's practice after having been sidelined to begin the week. The starting linebacker suffered a rib injury during a Week 9 win over the Browns, and he appears truly questionable for Sunday's tilt against the Cardinals. If Hitchens is unable to suit up, expect Dorian O'Daniel to slot into the starting lineup.
Hitchens (ribs) did not practice Wednesday.
Hitchens was able to retake the field after suffering a rib injury during Kansas City's win over the Browns in Week 10 but still appears to hindered by the injury. The starting linebacker should be considered questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals, but, given that Hitchens has played through this issue before, it appears that he has a solid chance of suiting up.
Hitchens finished Sunday's game against the Browns with eight tackles (all solo).
Hitchens briefly exited Sunday's contest, but it didn't prevent him from returning and playing 69 percent of the team's defensive snaps. The veteran linebacker owns 79 tackles (50 solo) through nine contests this season and should remain one of the better IDP options on the Chiefs' defense.
Hitchens (ribs) returned to Sunday's contest following a brief absence, Brooke Pryor of The Kansas City Star reports.
Hitchens' injury only kept him out for a few minutes before he was able to make a return. Given the quick return, it's likely the injury is not something that will linger too much or affect Hitchens' availability down the line.
Hitchens left Sunday's game against Cleveland with an apparent rib injury.
It's unclear how severe Hitchens' rib issue is right now. He'll likely go through a series of evaluations with the medical staff before any decision regarding a potential return is reached. Dorian O'Daniel is the likely replacement during Hitchens' absence.
Hitchens (ribs) is listed as active for Sunday's game against the Browns, BJ Kissel of Chiefs.com reports.
Hitchens was able to practice in a limited fashion late in the week after suffering an injury to his ribs during the Chiefs' Week 8 win over the Broncos, setting him up to play Sunday barring any pregame setbacks.
Hitchens (ribs) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Browns.
Hitchens sustained the rib injury in last Sunday's win over the Broncos and was given a week-to-week recovery time frame. The 26-year-old was a limited practice participant Thursday and Friday, and he at least appears to be trending in the proper direction.
Hitchens (ribs) was a limited participant in Thursday's practice, BJ Kissel of the Chiefs' official site reports.
Hitchens was unable to practice to begin the week after suffering bruised ribs during a Week 8 win over the Broncos, so his limited participation is encouraging. It wouldn't be surprising for the Chiefs to take a cautious approach to Hitchens' health if he's unable to fully recover prior to Sunday's game against the Browns. If Hitchens misses any time, expect Dorian O'Daniel to enter the starting lineup.
Hitchens severely bruised his ribs in Sunday's win over the Broncos and is considered week-to-week, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Hitchens avoided breaking any ribs but could still miss some time due to the injury. He's currently without a return timetable and should be considered questionable for the time being ahead of Sunday's tilt against the Browns.
Hitchens suffered a ribs injury during Sunday's 30-23 win over the Broncos.
Hitchens was initially listed as questionable to return to the Week 8 contest but was ultimately downgraded to out. A timetable for Hitchens' recovery remains unclear, and Dorian O'Daniel is expected to slot into the starting lineup if Hitchens misses any time.
Hitchens made 14 tackles (six solo) in Sunday's 43-40 loss to the Patriots.
Hitchens played all 78 defensive snaps in the Chiefs' first loss of the season. It's his fourth double-digit tackle performance and he's averaging 10 per game overall, which puts him on pace to shatter his previous career high of 84 stops.
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