The Kansas City Chiefs are one of the NFL’s most consistent teams. This offseason, they released two of their offensive stars, Jamaal Charles and Jeremy Maclin. With a group of young, talented weapons, what can you expect from the Chiefs offense this season?
— Jesse MacWilliam (@Jesse_MacKQ2) July 30, 2017
The release of Jeremy Maclin makes Tyreek Hill the Chiefs WR1. Hill broke out as a rookie, making plays on offense and special teams. With a large percentage of their play calls being short passes and screens, Hill could see 100 catches this season.
Hill’s size will limit his scoring ability but he is a threat to score from anywhere on the field with the ball. His return ability adds more value, as he showed last year with three return touchdowns. Hill is a WR2 in standard leagues and has potential to be a WR1 in PPR leagues.
Travis Kelce finally eclipsed the 1,000 yard mark last season. Kelce has showed the potential to be an elite tight end but needed the targets. With Maclin gone, his production will only increase. Expect 90+ catches and 1,200 yards this season from Kelce.
With Rob Gronkowski and Jordan Reed’s injury history, Kelce could easily be the top tight end again this season in PPR scoring. Being drafted in late round three, Kelce is a great value. He’s a much safer pick than Sammy Watkins who’s going three picks before him.
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BUST: Spencer Ware
Spencer Ware was forced into the lead back role last season with Charles injury. He performed adequately in the role, when you consider he was drafted as a fullback. With Kareem Hunt behind him, Ware will be splitting carries this season. Without passing down work, Ware will be touchdown dependent and a low end RB2.
Ware is being drafted in late round three, which is too high for what he will return. Ty Montgomery, is being drafted a round later and provides much higher upside.
From today's 7 on 7 drills: Rookie RB Kareem Hunt hauls in a one-handed grab from QB Tyler Bray. Fans greet him in the end zone with cheers. pic.twitter.com/xqg7YkLkfg
— KCTV5 News (@KCTV5) July 30, 2017
SLEEPER: Kareem Hunt
The main reason that Ware has lost value, is the addition of Hunt. With Ware’s injury issues, Hunt could become the lead back for the Chiefs at some point this season. Coming off the board early in round nine, Hunt provides extreme value. In PPR leagues, he could be a FLEX early in the season, but by mid season he should be an RB2.
Chris Conley is someone to look at late in drafts. The Chiefs felt confident in their young receiving core when they released Maclin this offseason. Conley has all the tools to excel in the NFL, standing 6’3” and running a 4.35 40-yard dash. As the Chiefs number two receiver, Conley won’t have a huge role but could be an injury away from consistent targets.