Kareem Hunt - RBPosted 6/16/19 9:13am ET
Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt has drawn the praise of former Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce. 'I think so, without a doubt,' Kelce said Saturday, June 15, when asked if he believes the Browns are getting the best version of Hunt. '... I think you guys are getting an unbelievable athlete, somebody who can change the game with one or two carries, one or two touches and really give you a chance to win.'
Huddle Up: Hunt is suspended for the first eight games of the season due to his personal-conduct violations, but he could be a factor late in the fantasy season while also serving as a potential spoiler for Nick Chubb and his fantasy owners. Don't bother, though, with trying to stash Hunt from the start of the season unless you have the bench spot to burn.
Patrick Mahomes - QBPosted 6/15/19 8:28am ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes said that he would work on his footwork during the period between minicamp and training camp. He said that he misses many plays because his feet are in the wrong position and he relies too heavily on his arm.
Huddle Up: Generally speaking, it is an ill-advised strategy to select a quarterback in the first round of fantasy football drafts but Mahomes may be the exception to that rule. The defending Most Valuable Player is worthy of consideration as the top quarterback off the board in all formats.
Chris Conley - WRPosted 6/14/19 7:16am ET
Jacksonville Jaguars WR Chris Conley has been the best receiver in the team's organized team activities and minicamp. He has grown a rapport with QB Nick Foles, and Conley could emerge as the team's top receiver.
Huddle Up: It's early, but Conley is a WR5 target at minimum. He'll need to show strides in training camp before we get too excited.
Tyreek Hill - WRPosted 6/9/19 9:15am ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill still could face league punishment even though a local district attorney said Friday, June 7, he is no longer the subject of an active criminal investigation involving domestic-abuse allegations. The NFL's Personal Conduct Policy, as written, entails the league can, and will, investigate and punish a player for domestic violence even if he's never arrested or charged. The NFL also can, and will, punish a player for domestic misconduct that does not involve actual violence has been demonstrated by precedents.
Huddle Up: While the D.A. announcement was a positive development for Hill and the Chiefs, a lot of gray area remains here, and Hill is far from out of the woods yet. It's advisable to stay away in fantasy pending further developments.
Tyreek Hill - WRPosted 6/7/19 9:44am ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill is currently not under investigation for child abuse it was revealed Friday, June 7. 'It is not an active investigation,' Johnson County District Attorney Steve Howe said in an email Friday to the Kansas City Star. 'As in any case, if we receive additional evidence, we reevaluate.'
Huddle Up: Hill is certainly not out of the woods yet as he remains suspended by the Chiefs and will almost certainly miss some time this coming season. Stay away until further notice.
Damien Williams - RBPosted 5/30/19 11:31am ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams is 'our starter' and someone the team expects to 'excel in that role,' according to offensive coordinator Eric Bieniemy.
Huddle Up: Williams famously closed out last season doing his best Kareem Hunt on-field impression, erupting for 572 total yards and eight total touchdowns beginning in week 15 and ending in the AFC Championship Game. He's done enough to buy himself time to prove his finish wasn't a fluke, but the fact of the matter he isn't considered more of a lock to be a 16-game starter is that last year's 73 regular-season touches were the most of his career. He's a high-end RB2 with some risk but potential RB1 upside.
Darwin Thompson - RBPosted 5/17/19 7:15pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Darwin Thompson was a 'playmaker in the passing game' during rookie minicamp, according to B.J. Kissel of Chiefs.com.
Huddle Up: Thompson has been tabbed as a potential change-of-pace back for the Chiefs, and it sounds like he could be on his way to carving out a role in passing situations. Given how explosive the Kansas City offense can be, he's not a bad rookie to take a flier on in the later rounds in PPR leagues.
Mecole Hardman - WRPosted 5/7/19 11:14am ET
Kansas City Chiefs second-round WR Mecole Hardman got off to a rough start in rookie minicamp Saturday, May 4 - showing rawness in his routes, mishandling a couple of punts during individual return drills and dropping a couple catches off easy throws - but he was fielding punts cleanly and making difficult, leaping catches just over the goal line during red-zone drills by Monday, May 6, according to Brooke Pryor of the Kansas City Star. 'Every day he got a little better. ... These routes are new to him. He did a nice job in the red zone, which normally is the toughest place to work, but he did extremely well there. He had a good finish,' head coach Andy Reid said.
Huddle Up: The Chiefs sent a message by trading up for Hardman on Day 2 of the draft, suggesting they view him as the potential replacement for Tyreek Hill in the likely event the latter receives a long suspension, gets released or both. The Georgia product may not be a stud right away for fantasy purposes given how much refinement he needs as a receiver and how much Kansas City wants to use him in the return game, but he could not have asked for a better situation. He should be considered a high-upside WR3 for now.
Mecole Hardman - WRPosted 5/4/19 10:07am ET
Kansas City Chiefs second-round draft choice WR Mecole Hardman signed a four-year contract with the Chiefs Saturday, May 4. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Hardman could have a solid role in the passing game this upcoming season depending on what happens to Tyreek Hill. Fantasy players should keep an eye on Hardman during the preseason because he could be a late-round option in some fantasy leagues.
Tyreek Hill - WRPosted 5/2/19 10:26am ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill's lawyer has issued a denial in letter form of the child-abuse allegations made against Hill in a recent audio recording. N. Trey Pettlo's four-page letter, which was sent to the NFL on Thursday, May 2, also accuses Hill's fiancee, Crystal Espinal, of inflicting some the abuse to the couple's 3-year-old son that has been attributed to Hill. Pettlon said Hill is willing to meet with NFL investigators and will cooperate with the investigation 'to the extent that he can under the law.'
Huddle Up: Hill remains suspended from the team while the Chiefs conduct an internal investigation, and his NFL future remains up in the air.
Darwin Thompson - RBPosted 5/2/19 12:00pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs sixth-round RB Darwin Thompson is expected to serve as a change-of-pace back for the team, according to Chiefs national scout Trey Koziol.
Huddle Up: In other words, he is expected to be what Charcandrick West was to Kareem Hunt a couple of years ago. With that said, Thompson offers more big-play ability than West ever did. While Damien Williams and Carlos Hyde are probably safe for 2019, owners need to pay attention whenever head coach Andy Reid & Co. add a running back. Whether he gets used as a change-of-pace or replaces Tyreek Hill as the primary "space player" in Kansas City, Thompson should have a notable role with the team as a rookie.
Spencer Ware - RBPosted 4/30/19 7:04am ET
Free-agent RB Spencer Ware (Chiefs) signed an undisclosed deal with the Indianapolis Colts Tuesday, April 30.
Huddle Up: Ware will provide depth, but he could be a solid short-yardage option behind Marlon Mack in the offense. Take a look at him as an RB5 in traditional leagues, and he receives a boost in TD-only leagues.
Mecole Hardman - WRPosted 4/29/19 12:41pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs second-round WR Mecole Hardman was the focus of a potential trade up by the New York Jets on the second day of the 2019 NFL Draft before the Chiefs gave up a fifth-round pick to move up five spots to select him.
Huddle Up: Hardman would have been fortunate to serve as anything more than a deep-ball specialist with the Jets, fighting for snaps behind Robby Anderson, Quincy Enunwa and Jamison Crowder. As it turned out, he could not have landed in a much better spot, assuming Tyreek Hill's time draws to a close sooner than later. Hardman will likely come off the board in the middle-to-late part of the first round in rookie drafts and figures to be a sleeper pick for many in redrafts this summer.
Mecole Hardman - WRPosted 4/26/19 5:54pm ET
Georgia WR Mecole Hardman was selected by the Kansas City Chiefs with the 56th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: Hardman should have a role in the passing game this upcoming season depending on what happens with Tyreek Hill. He could be a late-round option in some leagues but is not a lock to be drafted in fantasy leagues.
Tyreek Hill - WRPosted 4/25/19 9:39pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill will not take part in any team activities for the 'foreseeable future,' according to GM Brett Veach, who added the team will gather more information before making the 'right decision.'
Huddle Up: This action is in direct response to an audio recording that came out earlier in the day that appears to feature Hill discussing events surrounding the injury suffered by his three-year-old son. Clearly the decision not to prosecute Hill is not the end of this story, and it's unclear what the final resolution will be regarding Hill's future in the NFL.
Tyreek Hill - WRPosted 4/24/19 2:38pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill will not be charged in a child abuse investigation involving his son.
Huddle Up: Hill can still be punished by the NFL even though he was not charged with any crimes, so people should keep an eye on the situation. He has been one of the best receivers in the NFL over the last few seasons and should be a No. 1 receiver in fantasy leagues.
Patrick Mahomes - QBPosted 4/11/19 9:46am ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes came through with a big-time throw on an NFL-best 12.97 percent of his attempts under pressure last season.
Huddle Up: Even if Mahomes suffers a bit of a sophomore slump (in what technically will be his third season) he still should finish among the top-five fantasy QBs after totaling 74 more fantasy points than any other QB in 2018.
Kareem Hunt - RBPosted 4/7/19 7:31am ET
Cleveland Browns RB Nick Chubb is likely to remain the starter in 2019 even after RB Kareem Hunt is eligible to return from his eight-game suspension, in the opinion of beat writer Scott Petrak. Chubb earned the team's trust with a strong rookie year, but Hunt could be the starter in 2020.
Huddle Up: Chubb will be an RB2 for the bulk of the fantasy season, and Hunt will need time to acclimate himself in the offense and kick rust off. It could be Week 10 before Hunt makes a considerable dent in Chubb's fantasy stock. Hunt is worth stashing as an RB5, but Chubb seems to be safe atop the pecking order.
Spencer Ware - RBPosted 3/18/19 7:41am ET
Free-agent RB Spencer Ware (Chiefs) is visiting the Detroit Lions Monday, March 18.
Huddle Up: Ware can still be an RB4 if he lands in the right timeshare to run between the tackles.
Chris Conley - WRPosted 3/16/19 7:55am ET
The Jacksonville Jaguars signed free-agent WR Chris Conley (Chiefs) Saturday, March 16, according to a source. Terms of the deal were not immediately disclosed.
Huddle Up: The 26-year-old Conley had 32 receptions for 334 yards and five touchdowns for Kansas City last season. He will be battling the likes of Keelan Cole, Dede Westbrook and Marqise Lee in Jacksonville for targets and should be viewed as a possible late-round flier in deeper fantasy football leagues.
Kareem Hunt - RBPosted 3/15/19 7:07am ET
Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt was suspended eight games Friday, March 15, for violating the personal conduct policy, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Hunt can still appeal the ruling, but he's gone for 75 percent of the fantasy season in a lot of leagues. You're really going to have to be lucky avoiding the injury bug if you're going to carry him as an RB5 all season. There is obvious risk of rust and obvious reward for the latter part of the season and playoffs. Nick Chubb will be an RB2 or RB3 in Hunt's stead.
Tyreek Hill - WRPosted 3/15/19 3:05pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill is the subject of a battery investigation involving a juvenile, USA TODAY Sports has confirmed. The alleged incident was reported Thursday, March 14, to Overland Park (Kan.) Police Department, but it is unclear when the alleged incident took place. The Chiefs issued a statement acknowledging the investigation, noting the team has been in communication with the associated authorities. Hill has not been charged with any crime. The Athletic reported the address listed on the police report is Hill's residence, and The Kansas City Star reported the alleged incident involved Hill's son.
Huddle Up: Stay tuned. This could amount to nothing, or it may be a major derailment for his career. Hill was previously convicted of domestic violence in 2015, which could result in the league imposing a harsher penalty than usual, if this situation indeed proves to be true.
Kareem Hunt - RBPosted 3/14/19 10:24am ET
Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt is likely facing a multiple-game disciplinary suspension, but Browns general manager John Dorsey said Thursday, March 14, he doesn't have any updated information on the specifics of the suspension. Dorsey did add that Hunt has been at the team's facilities and has been doing a 'great job.'
Huddle Up: Until we get clarity on the length of Hunt's ban, he'll be a late-round fantasy draft option who could pay off late next season.
Demetrius Harris - TEPosted 3/13/19 9:26pm ET
Updating a previous report, Cleveland Browns TE Demetrius Harris agreed to a two-year, $6 million deal that includes $3.25 million in guaranteed money, a source said Thursday, March 14.
Huddle Up: David Njoku will be the starter, but Harris gives them a nice look in two-TE sets for their red-zone offense. He posted a career-high three touchdowns last season in 15 games with the Kansas City Chiefs. He'll likely only have fantasy appeal if Njoku goes down with a long-term injury.
Tyreek Hill - WRPosted 3/5/19 11:10am ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill has begun contract extension talks with the Chiefs on what is expected to be a record-breaking deal, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Hill has been one of the best receivers since entering the league and has posted 3,255 yards and 25 touchdowns in three seasons. He should continue to be one of the most valuable fantasy receivers and likely will be selected in one of the first few rounds.
Kareem Hunt - RBPosted 3/4/19 5:04pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt is expected to be suspended for his off-field issues, but NFL spokesperson Brian McCarthy said there is no timetable for a decision.
Huddle Up: Hunt is expected to receive a lengthy suspension, but the team will have Nick Chubb and Duke Johnson to play at the position while Hunt is out. He is will be a risky option in fantasy leagues next season but could help during the second half of the season.
Travis Kelce - TEPosted 3/2/19 9:14am ET
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (ankle) recently underwent ankle surgery and will miss at least some of the offseason workouts, according to sources. Kelce is expected to be ready for training camp.
Huddle Up: Kelce is one of the best tight ends in the NFL and does not appear to be in any danger of missing the start of the regular season. He likely will be the first or second tight end selected in all fantasy drafts next season.
Kareem Hunt - RBPosted 2/28/19 9:17am ET
Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt's addition was helped by general manager John Dorsey's 2016 experience in Kansas City in deciding whether to draft WR Tyreek Hill in 2016. When you make a decision of that magnitude, you have to have depth of knowledge,' Dorsey said Thursday, Feb. 28, at the NFL Scouting Combine. 'You have to be able to communicate what everybody sees, and then from a managing up position, you have to be able to express that with clarity to your bosses and get them to understand that this is a good person, so just trust us on this.'
Huddle Up: Signing Hunt was one thing, but having him actually able to play will be another as he remains on the Commissioner's Exempt List. That likely will be the case for a good chunk of the 2019 season.
Damien Williams - RBPosted 2/28/19 6:54pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Damien Williams will have the first opportunity to secure the starting running back job, according to general manager Brett Veach.
Huddle Up: Williams put up strong numbers after replacing Kareem Hunt as the starter. As long as he enters 2019 as the clear No. 1 back, he should at least be able to deliver high-end RB2 numbers in such a potent offense.
Kareem Hunt - RBPosted 2/12/19 3:18pm ET
Cleveland Browns RB Kareem Hunt could be suspended up to 10 or 12 games as a result of the domestiv violence incident he was involved in last year, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Huddle Up: The Browns, of course, knew this before signing him, but they took a chance on Hunt with a one-year deal anyway. As for Hunt's fantasy value, it is greatly hindered by the presence of Nick Chubb, Duke Johnson and his impending suspension. As of now he is merely worth a waiver wire add in dynasty leagues if available.
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