Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Fantasy Preview: Kansas City Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs
2008 record: 2-14
2009 record: 4-12
2010 prediction: 7-9

Week 1: San Diego
Week 2: at Cleveland
Week 3: San Francisco
Week 4: BYE
Week 5: at Indianapolis
Week 6: at Houston
Week 7: Jacksonville
Week 8: Buffalo
Week 9: at Oakland
Week 10: at Denver
Week 11: Arizona
Week 12: at Seattle
Week 13: Denver
Week 14: at San Diego
Week 15: at St. Louis
Week 16: Tennessee
Week 17: Oakland

The Chiefs will be a much more competitive team this year and have a friendly schedule to pick up some wins against lesser opponents. They are a bit unlucky to have such an early bye week. Todd Haley’s biggest additions this year might be on the sideline with Charlie Weis returning to the NFL as the offensive coordinator and Romeo Crennel his defensive counterpart. It's still an uphill battle, but they'll make some progress this year.

Matt Cassel struggled in his first year and never looked comfortable. A weak offensive line, a disgruntled Larry Johnson, and a new system were all contributing factors, but things will improve this year-not enough that you want him as your fantasy starter, but in a deep league he could be your bye week QB.

Running Back:
Jamal Charles rushed for 968 yards in the last 8 games to finish the season with a bang. Everyone likes to jump on the bandwagon and assume that if you double those numbers then that’s what he’d put up for a season. Not exactly. Charles is dynamic, but he’s not your #1 RB. He’s going to put up some solid numbers, quite possibly spectacular-after all he did average a mind boggling 5.9ypc, but there are better backs that you know can take the grind of a 16 game season. He’s your #2 or flex style pick, but he’ll be off the board by the 3rd round because someone will have him as this year's Chris Johnson.

Thomas Jones is another reason to give fantasy owners some concern about Charles being your #1RB back because Jones might be entering his 11th season, but he hasn’t shown any sign of slowing down. Last year with the Jets (and a great O-line) he ran for 1400 yards and 14 TDs. His production this year will be about half of that, but look for him to get goal line carries or those tough inside yards.

Dexter McCluster is their 2nd round pick who will play all over the field. They list him as a RB, but he’ll get more touches coming out of the backfield as a receiver or in a wildcat formation. Think Percy Harvin type athlete. McCluster is worth a late round pick up. Don’t waste anything before the 12th round on him unless he has a spectacular preseason, but he’s worth a spot on your roster.

Wide Receiver:
Dwayne Bowe is the best of the bunch, but he’s a headache. He’s a #2 or #3 WR on your team. Ideally, he’s the guy you bring in during bye weeks, but with a questionable QB and offense no telling about his production.

Tight End:
Leonard Pope will go into the season as the started, but they drafted Tony Moeaki in the third round this year to compete with him. Neither player warrants a spot on your roster.

Defense: They’ll be better than last year, but last year they were 30th in the league. This year maybe 25th. Drafting Eric Berry will improve the secondary, but he won’t help much with the front 7 that is still suspect.

Kicker: Ryan Succop-finally a player worth drafting-make him your Mr. Irrelevant and you’ll be happy. Missed 4 FGs last year and 3 of them were over 50yards. Now if only Cassel can get them within range.

Tomorrow: Oakland Raiders

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