Alex Smith - QBPosted 1/16/17 10:58am ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith was given a vote of confidence Monday, Jan. 16, in regards to holding onto the starting job in 2017. Head coach Andy Reid told reporters: 'Do I still think we can win with Alex? Yeah, we were right there.'
Huddle Up: With weapons like Travis Kelce, Jeremy Maclin and Tyreek Hill, a less risk-averse quarterback might be able to put up low-end QB1 numbers in Kansas City. Instead, Reid is apparently willing to live through another season of conservative offense and presumably another short playoff stay with Smith as his guy. The Chiefs would be wise to at least consider the heir apparent at the position in April's draft.
Alex Smith - QBPosted 1/15/17 9:38pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith went 20 of 34 for 172 yards, with one touchdown and one interception, in an 18-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday, Jan. 15.
Huddle Up: It's hard to tell whether Smith was hampered by the Steelers' solid defense or by the weather conditions, but Kansas City's offense had one passing touchdown and one rushing score. Smith has some limitations that make him no better than a QB2 in most drafts entering 2017, but it could be much worse for the Chiefs.
Tyreek Hill - WRPosted 1/15/17 10:16pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill was held to three rushing attempts for 18 yards and four catches for 27 yards in an 18-16 loss Sunday, Jan. 15, to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Huddle Up: It's clear Pittsburgh knew Hill would be a prominent part of Kansas City's offense and acted to shut him down. The gambit worked. Hill may be a decent WR2 candidate heading into next season, but draft him as a return specialist if you can. Leagues with KR or PR positions will benefit greatly.
Spencer Ware - RBPosted 1/15/17 10:01pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware ran eight times for 35 yards Sunday, Jan. 15, in an 18-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Huddle Up: Ware's low output was the result of Pittsburgh's stifling run defense, which forced Alex Smith to have to throw more. There was some success on both the running and passing game, but Ware will likely go back into a reduced role next year with Jamaal Charles likely returning. He might make a good handcuff pick, however.
Travis Kelce - TEPosted 1/15/17 10:25pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Travis Kelce had five catches for 77 yards in an 18-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Huddle Up: Kelce is a decent TE1 option as long as Alex Smith is at quarterback, because Smith and Kelce have developed a pretty strong rapport together. To get that many yards against the Steelers' vaunted defense is a nice accomplishment.
Spencer Ware - RBPosted 1/13/17 3:16pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (rib) fully participated in practice Friday, Jan. 13, and is not on the injury report for the Divisional round playoff game against the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Huddle Up: Ware received two weeks to rest his injured rib and should receive his normal workload against the Steelers. He will be facing an improved Steelers defense but can be considered a low-end No. 1 or a No. 2 running back in fantasy leagues.
Spencer Ware - RBPosted 1/12/17 2:56pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (rib) practiced in full for the second straight day Thursday, Jan. 12.
Huddle Up: Ware should be at or very close to 100 percent health for the Divisional Round, especially when considering he sat out the team's regular season finale in San Diego a couple of weeks ago as a precautionary measure. He was a little less effective as the season wore on, having scored only one rushing touchdown since Week 6, but he's expected to retain his role as the club's feature back and will be looking at a sizable workload.
Spencer Ware - RBPosted 1/11/17 2:45pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (rib) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Jan. 11.
Huddle Up: Ware appears to be on track to return to the lineup after missing Week 17 because of the injury. He likely will receive most of the work in the running game if he does not suffer a setback during the week. Owners in fantasy leagues should consider Ware a No. 1 or No. 2 running back.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 1/10/17 10:40am ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) stated on his website recently that he wants to continue playing.
Huddle Up: Charles has played in only eight games over the last seasons and finished with 40 yards on 12 carries in 2016, so the Chiefs may be inclined to part ways with the 30-year-old this offseason. On the other hand, Spencer Ware's second-half fade may convince the team to bring him back. Assuming he returns to Kansas City, Charles figures to be a high-risk, high-reward mid-round pick in 2017 fantasy drafts.
Spencer Ware - RBPosted 1/9/17 10:33am ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (ribs) should be 'good to go' for the team's Divisional Round matchup against the Pittsburgh Steelers, according to head coach Andy Reid.
Huddle Up: Ware set out Week 17 as the Chiefs chose to play it safe with his injury and give him some rest after his effectiveness dropped off in a big way over the second half of the season. He is unlikely to find much success running against the Steelers' improved defense this weekend, so he is more of a low-end option at best in all playoff fantasy formats.
Tyreek Hill - WRPosted 1/4/17 2:58pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill is the first rookie since Gale Sayers in 1965 to achieve a rushing touchdown, receiving touchdown, kick return touchdown and punt return touchdown in the same season.
Huddle Up: There's no denying Hill's skills. He's arguably the fastest player in the NFL and quickly proved to be an invaluable weapon for the Chiefs. View him as a WR2 with added value in leagues that reward return yards.
Spencer Ware - RBPosted 1/1/17 6:30am ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (rib) is hopeful that he will be able to play in Week 17's game against the San Diego Chargers. He was a limited participant in practice throughout the week and was listed as questionable on the injury report.
Huddle Up: Even though Kansas City has already clinched a playoff berth, they still have an opportunity to win the division, so the possibility looms that Ware could see a decent number of carries in Week 17. As extra incentive, he will also receive a $600,000 bonus next season if he gains at least 79 yards today. If Ware is active, he should be viewed as a low-end RB1 or high-end RB2.
Spencer Ware - RBPosted 1/1/17 12:28pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (rib) has been declared inactive for the team's Week 17 game.
Huddle Up: Charcandrick West should receive most of the work at running back and can be considered a No. 2 running back or a flex option in all fantasy leagues.
Spencer Ware - RBPosted 12/30/16 1:27pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (rib) was a limited participant at practice for the third consecutive day Friday, Dec. 30. He is considered questionable to play in the team's Week 17 game Sunday, Jan. 1, versus the San Diego Chargers.
Huddle Up: The Chiefs still have the opportunity to win the AFC West division and secure a first-round bye, meaning Ware could tough it out with so much still at stake. He may be hard to lean on regardless, as Kansas City also may elect to limit his snaps if he indeed suits up. If Ware ends up sitting out, Charcandrick West would take over and be worth a look in all formats.
Spencer Ware - RBPosted 12/30/16 11:27am ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (ribs) will be a game-time decision in Week 17 against the San Diego Chargers, according to head coach Andy Reid.
Huddle Up: Ware has been 'limited' in practice all week. While he is expected to play, he's not a lock to do so. If Ware is unable to play, Charcandrick West should be in line for a full workload in a solid matchup. In such a case, West would be worth a DFS play based on volume alone in a week where finding running backs with heavy workloads figures to be a huge challenge.
Spencer Ware - RBPosted 12/28/16 3:56pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (ribs) was limited in practice Wednesday, Dec. 28.
Huddle Up: The Chiefs still have playoff seeding to determine, so they'll want Ware on the field. He has a great matchup against the San Diego Chargers, too. If he's active then Ware should be started as an RB2.
Spencer Ware - RBPosted 12/26/16 8:33am ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (ribs) will have an MRI on his ribs Monday, Dec. 26.
Huddle Up: Ware had 13 carries for 62 yards in Week 16 and left with sore ribs. We'll know more about his status after the MRI, but he should remain a solid RB2 if everything checks out.
Spencer Ware - RBPosted 12/26/16 10:44am ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (ribs) could have returned to the team's Week 16 win over the Denver Broncos, but the team chose to be cautious and hold him out.
Huddle Up: Ware's results from Monday's MRI must have turned out fine, so expect him to suit up in Week 17 versus the San Diego Chargers as the Chiefs take aim on the No. 2 seed in the NFL Playoffs - a goal they can reach with a win over San Diego and a loss by the Derek Carr-less Oakland Raiders in Denver to the Broncos. Ware should be a serviceable RB2 play this weekend.
Jeremy Maclin - WRPosted 12/25/16 7:14pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin said he feels he is finally back in top form after dealing with 'some stuff' on and off the field this season.
Huddle Up: Maclin had is most productive game of the season in Week 15, don't expect him to be more than a WR3 in the final weeks of the season.
Tyreek Hill - WRPosted 12/25/16 8:55pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill finished with six carries for 95 yards, including a 70-yard touchdown, and failed to catch any of his five targets in a 33-10 win over the Denver Broncos Sunday, Dec. 25.
Huddle Up: It was the second game in a row Hill has been held without a catch, but it was also the second game in a row he has scored on a long run. Hill can score whenever he touches the ball, and he is a high-upside WR3 heading into Week 17.
Travis Kelce - TEPosted 12/25/16 8:54pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce set a franchise record for receiving yards by a tight end, catching 11 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown in a 33-10 win over the Denver Broncos Sunday, Dec. 25.
Huddle Up: Kelce torched Denver's linebackers, and he now has five 100-yard games in his last six contests. He has left no doubt he is on the short list of elite fantasy tight ends.
Jeremy Maclin - WRPosted 12/25/16 9:15pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin finished with nine yards on three catches in a 33-10 win over the Denver Broncos Sunday, Dec. 25.
Huddle Up: The Chiefs avoided Denver's stout corners by targeting Travis Kelce early and often, leaving Maclin and the rest of the receivers with little action. Expect better numbers from Maclin against San Diego in Week 17, and he could be make a solid flex play in deeper leagues.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 12/22/16 7:53am ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) was not activated from the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Dec. 21, and his season is over.
Huddle Up: Charles turns 30 next week, and he has had two season plagued by knee injuries. His draft stock will take a severe hit next season, and it may be a question mark if he returns to the Chiefs. Charles will probably fall into the RB3 range in drafts unless he lands on a team where he's the clear-cut back.
Travis Kelce - TEPosted 12/18/16 8:00pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce managed three receptions for 41 yards in the Week 15 game against the Tennessee Titans. He was targeted five times.
Huddle Up: Kelce saw his four-game streak of 100-plus games come to an end, but he remains an obvious must-start fantasy option across the board. He has been the most effective TE in all of fantasy lately despite the fact he hasn't visited the end zone since Week 7.
Jeremy Maclin - WRPosted 12/18/16 7:59pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin posted six receptions for a team-high 82 yards on eight targets in the Week 15 game against the Tennessee Titans.
Huddle Up: Maclin's yardage total was a season best. Still, he has just one touchdown over the past nine games dating back to Week 1 and he should be treated more as a WR3 heading into Week 16 in most fantasy leagues.
Tyreek Hill - WRPosted 12/18/16 7:59pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill was targeted three times in the Week 15 game against the Tennessee Titans, but he had no receptions. However, he still made his presence felt with a 68- yard rushing score on his only rushing attempt.
Huddle Up: Hill has found the end zone five times over the past four games with two receiving scores, two rushing scores and a special teams touchdown. He has emerged as a solid WR3 in most fantasy leagues, and he is a WR2 in those formats rewarding individual return yardage.
Spencer Ware - RBPosted 12/18/16 7:57pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware rushed 18 times for 70 yards in the Week 15 game against the Tennessee Titans and he added three receptions for 25 yards on his only three targets.
Huddle Up: Ware's rushing yardage total was his highest since eight games dating back to Week 6. He still has just one rushing score and one receiving score over the past seven outings and should be treated more as a low-end RB2 heading into Week 16.
Alex Smith - QBPosted 12/18/16 7:56pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith completed 15 of his 28 pass attempts for 163 yards, no touchdowns and an interception in the Week 15 game against the Tennessee Titans. He did run four times for 11 yards and a touchdown to somewhat salvage his stat line.
Huddle Up: Smith has seven straight games with one or no passing touchdowns and he hasn't had a 300-yard passing game since Week 1. Needless to say he is more of a low-end QB2 in most fantasy leagues for the remainder of the season.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 12/8/16 1:14pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) is doing well in his recovery from two knee surgeries. He is hopeful that he'll be able to return for the playoffs.
Huddle Up: Charles won't be fantasy relevant for the remainder of the regular season, but those who participate in fantasy games for the playoffs should pay attention to Charles' progress. Spencer Ware has filled in splendidly and both would likely be startable depending on the matchup.
Travis Kelce - TEPosted 12/8/16 9:36pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce caught five of his eight targets for 101 yards in a 21-13 win over the Oakland Raiders Thursday, Dec. 8.
Huddle Up: Kelce has a steady role in Kansas City's passing attack, and he is one of the few players you can count on to provide TE1 numbers on a weekly basis.
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