Chiefs Fantasy News

Friday, July 25, 2014, 5:35pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

For all the unsolicited advice the Kansas City Chiefs receive about how to best preserve running back Jamaal Charles for the long term, they don’t seem inclined to listen. Days after they fortified Charles’ contract, the Chiefs appear prepared to utilize their best offensive player as much if not more than in seasons past.

"I think he's got a lot in the tank," coach Andy Reid said. “We're going to keep using him. He's a good football player and he enjoys playing the game, so we'll keep getting him the football."

Fantasy Impact:

It sounds as if the team will continue to give Charles a heavy dose of touches. He was 5th in that category at 21.9 per game.

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Marshawn Lynch expected to hold out
Thursday, July 24, 2014, 7:50pm

The Seattle Times - [Full Article]

When the Seahawks begin training camp tomorrow, running back Marshawn Lynch is expected to be absent.

That’s according to former Seahawk Michael Robinson, who is now a commentator on the NFL Network and said on-air moments ago that Lynch will hold out.

Marshawn Lynch just called me, we just talked,” Robinson said. “He said he will be holding out from training camp this year with the Seahawks.”

Fantasy Impact:

There's no telling how or when this will end, though the Seahawks are less likely to bend to Lynch's will than the Chiefs were with Jamaal Charles. Expect Christine Michael's ADP to shoot up and Lynch's to potentially fall into the 3rd or 4th round, depending on how long this drags on. Holdouts seem to lead to injuries and lackluster play, so fantasy owners shouldn't expect the usual Lynch in 2014.

Jamaal Charles signs two-year extension
Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 4:59pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

It’s a 2-year extension for #Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles worth $18M in new money, source says. Extra $5M over the next 2 years. Top 5 RB money.

Fantasy Impact:

Well, we no longer have to worry about a holdout. The Chiefs face some questions along their offensive line, but Charles should once again be one of the most productive running backs in fantasy football.

Report: Jamaal Charles indeed planning to hold out
Wednesday, July 23, 2014, 11:16am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Jamaal Charles knows he is underpaid and is willing to sit out until his contract is remedied.

NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported Wednesday morning that, barring a contract breakthrough, the running back will not report for Kansas City Chiefs training camp Wednesday, according to a source familiar with Charles' thinking.

Fantasy Impact:

We'll know for sure later today, but Terez A. Paylor of the KC Star says that the Chiefs expect Charles to report to camp.

Despite rumors, Jamaal Charles expected to report
Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 7:37pm

Terez A. Paylor, Twitter - [Full Article]

Amid rumors of a holdout, Chiefs beat writer Terez A. Paylor (of the Kansas City Star) says that Jamaal Charles is expected to "report to camp tomorrow, whether there's an extension in place or not." He "can also confirm reports that talks have been had between the two sides."

Fantasy Impact:

This is probably a minor issue, but it's something to monitor as the Chiefs report to camp tomorrow.

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (knee) returns to practice
Monday, July 21, 2014, 7:05pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The most realistic hope for the Kansas City Chiefs to improve their passing game in 2014 is for them to get more than the 55 receptions they got last year from their tight ends. Their chances for that got better on Monday when Travis Kelce went through a full practice for the first time in almost a year.

Kelce moved around well and did so without a brace or any other kind of protection on the knee.

“From here, it’s just a matter of getting back into football shape and getting ready to play a 16-game season," he said.

Fantasy Impact:

Kelce is a player to monitor as training camp wears on. If he's healthy and making plays in practice, then there's a good chance that he'll see a lot of snaps during the regular season, as the Chiefs are hurting for playmakers in the passing game.

Monday, July 14, 2014, 7:50pm

USA Today - [Full Article]

Kansas City Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe says the way he's running routes right now is no illusion: he's lighter, faster and prepared to rebound in a big way this season.

"I made the initiative to be in better shape," Bowe told USA TODAY Sports on Monday. "I'm getting older, and talking to the old vets, the only way you last longer is to be in better conditioning. I took that to the heart and am training extremely hard this year."

A couple months shy of his 30th birthday, Bowe said he weighs around 212 pounds — down from his playing weight of 222 to 225 in the past — thanks to a diet featuring fish, vegetables and fewer carbs, plus intense workouts in Miami with his personal trainer.

Fantasy Impact:

We rank Bowe 45th on our WR list. He got off to a slow start but did come on Weeks 11-16 and was a usable WR3. Still, Alex Smith has been known to check down and that hurts Bowe's value. He's currently going in the 12th round, and guys like Rueben Randle and Tavon Austin who rank right there with Bowe probably offer more upside.

Friday, July 4, 2014, 4:23pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Chiefs would like to use a lot of two-tight end formations. They planned to do more of that last season, but Travis Kelce and Tony Moeaki missed all season and Anthony Fasano missed half of it, so they were limited in what they could do there. You mentioned Demetrius Harris and he might help. But the guy who would make a two-tight end formation work for the Chiefs is Kelce. He's 260 pounds but is also a deep threat. If he's healthy, I could see the Chiefs using a lot of two tight ends. The Chiefs got 53 catches from their tight ends last season. That number needs to increase greatly this season.

"Pass-happy" Jay Gruden isn't so pass-happy
Thursday, July 3, 2014, 10:21am

Real Redskins - [Full Article]

On the topic of Redskins HC Jay Gruden having a reputation for being "pass-happy":

The Bengals attempted 1,764 passes from 2011-2013. Coincidentally, that is exactly as many passes as the Redskins under Mike and Kyle Shanahan attempted. Gruden’s past and present teams tied for 19th in the NFL in pass attempts. The Lions led the league in pass attempts with 2,128 while the 49ers threw 1,430 times, the fewest in the NFL.

Peeling back the onion a little more, how often did Gruden call passes on first down? Since all options are open to the play caller, that’s perhaps a better indicator of his run or pass mindset. During his time in Cincinnati only four teams called fewer pass plays on first down than did Gruden. He called 595 first-down passes; only the Chiefs, 49ers, Jets, and Seahawks called fewer. The Patriots called the most with 831.

Fantasy Impact:

In 2013, Bengals threw it 55.0% of the time which was #22 in the league. The running game should get plenty of work in Washington, provided the team can stay competitive.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014, 6:01pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Before the draft, Mike Evans got compared to two current NFL wide receivers more than any others.

Buccaneers teammate Vincent Jackson and the other was Bears wide receiver Brandon Marshall have the same imposing size and impressive athletic ability that Evans showed while he was at Texas A&M, leading many to point to the duo as a sign of what Evans could become once he hit the NFL. Evans got to spend the spring working with Jackson and he’s spending the early part of his summer working with Marshall.

Both men are training with Fit Speed Athletic Performance in Florida.

Fantasy Impact:

We have Evans ranked 48th, but as is the case with a lot of rookies, his ADP is high for his ranking. It currently sits in the 8th round while others ranked around him like Doug Baldwin, Briant Hartline and Dwayne Bowe, for example, are all the 12th round or later.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014, 3:11pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Chiefs are making an effort to get DeAnthony Thomas involved and need to find a way to put his speed to use. But he’s only 5-foot-9 and 174 pounds, so there’s a limit on how much they can expect to get from Thomas. At a minimum, he should be the kickoff and punt returner, where he should excel immediately.

“He’s just an explosive playmaker. He’s got worldclass speed. He ran track on the Oregon track team up there, which is one of the better programs in the country. He’s the alltime leading punt return average guy in Oregon school history. He’s got the most kick return yards in school history. In addition to that, he’s averaged over 6 yards a carry as a running back. I think with his speed, his explosiveness in the open field, I think there’s a variety of ways we can find a way to use him on both offense and special teams.” -- Chiefs scout Trey Koziol.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014, 4:08pm

Fox Sports Kansas City - [Full Article]

Former basketball player turned tight end Demetrius Harris was listed as one of three Chiefs to make the most gains in offseason workouts:

Largely a cute story but a regular-season afterthought in 2013, there's scuttlebutt that the battle for No. 3 tight end between Harris and incumbent Sean McGrath, who wound up getting more snaps than any other player at the position a year ago, might wind up becoming one of the more feisty ones of training camp.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 12:10pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce hasn't practiced this spring. He had knee surgery last year, missing all of the season, and has been rehabbing, but Reid held out some hope Kelce could get some work this week.

Fantasy Impact:

Kelce could surprise if he can get healthy.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014, 12:06pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chiefs RB/WR DeAnthony Thomas hasn't been able to practice since the rookie camp shortly after the draft. Classes had still been in session at Oregon, where Thomas went to college, and NFL rules prohibited him from working with the Chiefs. That ban is now over and it will be interesting to see how Andy Reid utilizes Thomas' speed in the offense. He lined up in a variety of spots during rookie camp, including wide receiver, slot receiver and running back. He also should get a turn as the kickoff and punt returner.

Fantasy Impact:

Thomas could take over the Dexter McCluster role in the offense.

Reid: Dwayne Bowe is in 'phenomenal shape'
Saturday, June 14, 2014, 4:38pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Per The Star, Chiefs QB Alex Smith and WR Dwayne Bowe have been firing on all cylinders during OTAs. Smith even dispensed with his usual low-risk approach, hitting Bowe on several shots downfield. Reid is encouraged with the offseason results of his top pairing.

"I think Dwayne came back in phenomenal shape, that's one thing, Reid said. "It looks like it out here. He's really moving around well."

Fantasy Impact:

Bowe finished the season as the #44 fantasy WR, but was the #26 wideout from Week 11 to Week 16. (The Chiefs rested their starters in Week 17.) He had the 34th-most targets on the season, and he posted 8-150-1 against the Colts in the Wild Card round of the playoffs, so there is some reason for optimism heading into 2014.