I know you’re just dying to know, aren’t you? I’m pretty sure the Kansas City Chiefs are just a more eastern version of the San Diego Chargers. They’re typically going to be somewhere between mediocre and okay, though never, ever good enough to really matter. They’ll randomly show up in the Divisional Round of the playoffs and you’ll be like, “wow, the Chiefs are here!”, and then they’ll blow it all to hell and that’ll be that. By the next month you’ll have already forgotten the Chiefs were a playoff team and you’ll have to Google who their quarterback is.
Yep, still Alex Smith! Colin Kaepernick may be not be good at the football, but you will never convince me that jettisoning Smith in favor of Kaep wasn’t the right call for the 49ers at the time. Alex Smith was the No. 1 overall pick in the draft once upon a time, which remains incredible. As a rookie, he threw one touchdown, 11 picks and fumbled nine times in nine games. Efficient!
Alex Smith’s career-high for passing yards is 3,313, set back in 2013. When Peyton Manning set the single-season record for passing yardage that same season, he passed the 3,213-yard mark in Week 11. In 15 games for KC last season, Smith completed over 65% of his passes for 3,265 yards with 18 touchdowns and six interceptions. He rarely throws picks, which is neat, but he also is afraid to throw the ball more than five yards down the freaking field. Smith averaged just over seven yards-per-attempt last year, good for 24th in the league.
There’s really very little to be gained by owning Alex Smith in fantasy football. Maybe you can throw him out there in the two matchups against the Raiders, but that’s about it. Move along.
Jamaal Charles is pretty great and stuff, but he’s coming off a down year during which he barely topped the 1,000-yard plateau. He did score 14 touchdowns (five receiving), and he remains one of the more versatile threats in the league. But are the Chiefs gonna, ya know, use him? Charles had a grand total of one game in which he ran for over 100 yards, and it came against the damn Seahawks, of all teams. Over the season’s final five games, he got no more than 13 carries in any of them.
Do you really feel good about wasting a first-round pick on a guy whose role might be diminishing? Andy Reid admitted frequently last season that he needed to get Charles more involved…then never did. What the hell, Andy Reid? The Chiefs had very little on offense with which to work last season, yet somehow still managed to completely ignore the one guy they should be involving nonstop. That’s, like, going out of your way to do some shitty coaching!
If Andy has pulled his head out of his ass during the offseason, maybe Charles will enjoy a bounce-back season. He’s really the only hope for the Chiefs to do anything of significance this season, so one would imagine they’ll make a conscious effort to put the stupid ball in his hands. Let’s be honest, running back is a crap position, so obviously Charles will still be a RB1, health permitting.
Knile Davis is also on this team, but he apparently just suffered a knee sprain. Knile Davis offers zero fantasy value unless Charles goes down, anyway, so no reason to waste effort talking about him.
Ah, Chiefs wide receivers, who combined for zero touchdowns last season. This is something that happened, and I still can’t really believe it. I know Dwayne Bowe sucked and all, but even he couldn’t find the end zone ONE time? Good god.
In an attempt to rectify the situation, KC dumped a truckload of money on Jeremy Maclin as a free agent. Maclin is a fun player, and he’s coming off a fantastic season in which he hauled-in over 1,300 yards worth of passes and scored 10 times. This is all fun and good until we circle back and remind ourselves that he’ll now be trying to catch passes from Alex Smith. Maclin is a speedster and he’s got a QB that I assume would rather take his own life than throw the ball 30 yards downfield. Sounds like a match made in heaven!
Maclin is probably a WR1 talent that’s gonna wind up something like a WR3 because he’ll finish the season with 852 yards and three touchdowns, or something.
The other WRs on this team are Jason Avant and something called Albert Wilson. There’s nothing more to say.
Travis Kelce! What a delight. He’s following the Gronk career path of being a pretty good TE while also being as bro-y as humanly possible.
Kelce emerged as the Chiefs’ leading receiver a year ago (a whopping 862 yards!) and also scored five times. Tight end is a shitty fantasy position if you don’t have Gronk or Jimmy Graham, so Kelce is probably good enough to be a TE1 in spite of his passer.
This is weird, because the Chiefs have a boatload of talent on defense, but not a ton to show for it. They were stricken with injuries/illnesses last year, though, and getting Eric Berry back should be a huge lift. Still, until we actually see results, they’re probably not much more than a matchup play.