Chris Conley - WRPosted 6/20/17 12:24pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Chris Conley is just one piece of a young offensive group that has given head coach Andy Reid confidence despite the loss of Baltimore Ravens WR Jeremy Maclin. 'We have a lot of talent right here to do whatever we need to do,' Reid said. Conley himself is ready to take on a leadership role. 'You have to be a good listener [in order to lead], and I got a lot of time being able to watch and listen, and I think that's the way you help these younger guys is you just pay attention,' Conley said.
Huddle Up: Conley seems to be the favorite to take over the Chiefs' No. 2 wide receiver position behind Tyreek Hill. As for fantasy purposes, Conley does have some upside, but he's only ideal as a late-round option in standard formats.
Alex Smith - QBPosted 6/16/17 8:01pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith has 'started back faster' in OTAs than ever before, according to assistant head coach Brad Childress.
Huddle Up: Even if Smith is off to the best start of his life in OTAs, it doesn't change his value to fantasy owners. He is a low-upside QB2.
Travis Kelce - TEPosted 6/15/17 11:42am ET
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (shoulder) has a 'pretty good chance' of being ready for training camp, according to head coach Andy Reid. Kelce is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery and it was originally believed that he would not be healthy enough for training camp.
Huddle Up: Kelce is the best tight end in the NFL not named Rob Gronkowski. What he lacks in touchdowns he makes up for in receptions and yards. As long as Kelce is at full health by the start of the season, he should be one of the first three tight ends drafted.
Spencer Ware - RBPosted 6/13/17 8:58pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) suffered a minor hamstring injury during practice Tuesday, June 13.
Huddle Up: Ware may sit out the final two days of minicamp but should be read for training camp. He posted 921 rushing yards, 447 receiving yards and five total touchdowns in 2016 and should receive most of the work again this season. He probably should be considered a No. 2 running back in most fantasy leagues.
Tyreek Hill - WRPosted 6/12/17 11:35am ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill will not be returning kickoffs this season, according to special teams coordinator Dave Toub. Toub and the Chiefs view Hill as too valuable of a wide receiver in light of free-agent WR Jeremy Maclin's (Chiefs) release. Hill will remain the Chiefs' punt returner, however. Head coach Andy Reid has already said that managing Hill's workload won't be an issue. Reid has managed similar players in former Philadelphia Eagles RB Brian Westbrook and Tampa Bay Buccaneers WR DeSean Jackson.
Huddle Up: It makes sense that Hill would be taken off kick returns. He's more susceptible to injury on kickoffs and will be able to utilize his speed and shiftiness more on punt returns. Kansas City's Swiss Army knife is a prime WR2 candidate.
Chris Conley - WRPosted 6/8/17 5:38am ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Chris Conley will play the 'X' receiver, which is a possession receiver role in head coach Andy Reid's offense. Conley said he has moved around the last two practices and played some of the 'Z' receiver role.
Huddle Up: Conley had a 44-530-0 line in his second season and should see a jump in his third season. He'll be a WR4 possibility in fantasy.
Tyreek Hill - WRPosted 6/7/17 9:41pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill will 'likely' get the first crack at replacing free-agent WR Jeremy Maclin (Chiefs) at the 'Z' position, the spotlight receiver spot in head coach Andy Reid's West Coast offense.
Huddle Up: Hill enjoyed a breakout season in 2016, so this news shouldn't be all that surprising, especially since he caught more passes (61) for more yards (593) than Maclin did, while playing in 215 fewer snaps. The 23-year-old could turn out to be a very dangerous weapon in fantasy leagues in the upcoming campaign with the increased volume.
Kareem Hunt - RBPosted 6/5/17 12:13pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt signed his four-year rookie deal Monday, June 5. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Huddle Up: Hunt's playmaking ability and athleticism will help him challenge Spence Ware right away. Ware won't be pushed over easily, but Hunt should be targeted as a mid- to late-round handcuff for those who draf Ware.
Jeremy Maclin - WRPosted 6/4/17 12:57pm ET
Free-agent WR Jeremy Maclin (Chiefs) has been getting 'recruited' by Buffalo Bills RB LeSean McCoy - a former teammate with the Philadelphia Eagles - to sign with the Bills.
Huddle Up: Buffalo is hurting at the moment with Sammy Watkins' proneness to injury and the knee injury second-round pick Zay Jones suffered in OTAs. The landing spot wouldn't be great initially for a number of reasons and he'd likely be a WR4 at best in fantasy as a result, but Watkins' contract is up after the year and Jones may be able to benefit from Maclin's experience.
Albert Wilson - WRPosted 6/4/17 3:25pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WRs Demarcus Robinson and Albert Wilson are considered the leading candidates for the starting receiver job opposite WR Chris Conley, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Adam Teicher.
Huddle Up: Wilson could have an edge over Robinson because of his experience, but owners should keep an eye on the competition during training camp. The winner of the job probably will not receive a lot of targets during the season and probably can be avoided in most leagues.
Tyreek Hill - WRPosted 6/4/17 3:23pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill likely will not be one of the starting wide receivers in 2017 but will see plenty of playing time as a receiver and a running back.
Huddle Up: Hill will be a significant part of the offense even if he is not in the starting lineup. He posted 593 receiving yards and 267 rushing yards as a rookie with nine total touchdowns. Hill likely will be at least a weekly flex option for owners and could be a low-end No. 2 receiver in deeper leagues.
Jeremy Maclin - WRPosted 6/4/17 5:15pm ET
Free-agent WR Jeremy Maclin (Chiefs) is in 'preliminary talks' with the Buffalo Bills, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Buffalo isn't exactly a fantasy gold mine for receivers, but with Sammy Watkins' injury history and no proven No. 2 option, Maclin would be worth grabbing as a WR4 if he lands with the Bills.
Jeremy Maclin - WRPosted 6/3/17 9:50am ET
Free-agent WR Jeremy Maclin (Chiefs) could be a target for the Baltimore Ravens, according to ESPN's Jamison Hensley, who believes Baltimore would be the 'perfect landing spot' for the 29-year-old receiver.
Huddle Up: Current Ravens offensive coordinator Marty Mornhinweg was Maclin's coordinator in Philadelphia for his first four seasons from 2009-12, and Baltimore could use the receiving help after losing sure-handed Dennis Pitta yesterday. With only Mike Wallace and Breshad Perriman to battle, the Ravens may be one of the few teams able to give Maclin the No. 1 job and a chance to compete for a title. If he does become a Raven, he would likely maintain WR3 value in fantasy.
Jeremy Maclin - WRPosted 6/3/17 11:34am ET
Free-agent WR Jeremy Maclin (Chiefs) could be an intriguing option for the Detroit Lions if the price is reasonable, in the opinion of MLive.com's Nate Atkins.
Huddle Up: Maclin should receive interest from multiple teams but would likely serve as the No. 3 receiver if he decided to sign with the Lions. Maclin had a down year in 2016 because he was dealing with injury but has been a solid receiver during his career. He has a chance to be a No. 3 fantasy receiver no matter where he signs.
Alex Smith - QBPosted 6/3/17 6:40pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith said he was expecting free-agent WR Jeremy Maclin (Chiefs) to be his No. 1 receiver again this season and was 'shocked' by Maclin's release. 'For us, we have to move on a roll as a group,' Smith said. 'We obviously wish Jeremy well wherever he lands, and he'll land on his feet.'
Huddle Up: Smith is a game manager for the Kansas City offense, and losing Maclin doesn't change his value. He remains strictly a fantasy backup.
Jeremy Maclin - WRPosted 6/2/17 4:45pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin was released Friday, June 2.
Huddle Up: Maclin had a down year in 2016 with 536 receiving yards and two touchdowns but should easily be able to find another team. Maclin could be a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver depending on his team and his role. The Chiefs may go with Chris Conley and Tyreek Hill as their starting receivers for 2017. Hill was a playmaker during his rookie season and can be a No. 3 receiver in some leagues while Conley could be a late-round option in fantasy drafts.
Jeremy Maclin - WRPosted 6/2/17 7:19pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Chris Conley and WR Tyreek Hill should become Kansas City's top two receivers in 2017 following the release of WR Jeremy Maclin, according to beat writer Terez A. Paylor.
Huddle Up: Hill was already in the WR3 conversation because of his big-play ability, but Conley is now worth a look in the later rounds.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 5/24/17 7:26pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB C.J. Spiller reportedly looks as 'healthy and spry as he has in years,' according to a source.
Huddle Up: Although unlikely, it wouldn't be terribly surprising if Spiller is actually healthy this spring after spending so little time on the field last season. Entering his age-30 season and on a team with two very good options at his position already in Spencer Ware and rookie Kareem Hunt, Spiller would do well to find a part-time role on passing downs, although he could make some noise as a returner.
Kareem Hunt - RBPosted 5/19/17 9:37pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt will lead the team in rushing and be the leading receiver among the running backs, according to beat writer Adam Teicher.
Huddle Up: Hunt has all the tools to be an every-down back, and Spencer Ware is by no means untouchable. The buzz continues to build around Hunt, and he could be a hidden gem later in drafts.
Spencer Ware - RBPosted 5/9/17 6:53am ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware is likely to start and see the majority of the work as the featured back, in the opinion of beat writer Adam Teicher.
Huddle Up: Ware posted a 214-914-3 line rushing last year, and he had a 33-447-2 line receiving. He wasn't nearly as effective as in 2015 when he averaged 5.6 yards per carry in a smaller sample size. The Chiefs drafted Kareem Hunt, and he could see a decent-sized role with a good camp. Ware is looking like a low-end RB2 in fantasy.
Jehu Chesson - WRPosted 5/7/17 6:03pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Jehu Chesson said his mentality is to 'win when the ball is in the air,' and he expects to catch plenty of deep passes and jump balls in the red zone.
Huddle Up: Chesson has the size and athleticism to be a matchup problem in the red zone, but he is merely a stash candidate in dynasty leagues at this point.
Patrick Mahomes - QBPosted 5/7/17 6:47pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes said he studied his playbook all night when he received it Friday, May 5, and head coach Andy Reid said the toughest part of Mahomes' transition to the NFL will be 'getting the verbiage down and the formations' for the offense.
Huddle Up: Mahomes has all the arm talent in the world, and being tutored by Reid should boost his development. He won't have value in redraft leagues this year, but he is an excellent stash candidate in keeper leagues. Mahomes could end up being the best fantasy quarterback to come out of this class.
Kareem Hunt - RBPosted 4/28/17 7:49pm ET
The Kansas City Chiefs selected RB Kareem Hunt with the 86th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Friday, April 28.
Huddle Up: Hunt has the tools to be a three-down back, and he could be one of the bigger fantasy surprises from this draft class. He is a sleeper candidate in redraft leagues and someone to draft aggressively in keeper formats.
Kareem Hunt - RBPosted 4/28/17 9:08pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt's 'contact balance' and running style stood out, according to general manager John Dorsey.
Huddle Up: Hunt has the tools to challenge for the starting gig as a rookie or at least share carries with Spencer Ware. Grab him in the later rounds in redraft leagues, and he is worth considering in the first round in rookie drafts.
Patrick Mahomes - QBPosted 4/28/17 9:25pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes was being targeted by the New Orleans Saints with the 11th pick in the 2017 NFL Draft.
Huddle Up: The Chiefs moved up and grabbed Mahomes, who will now be groomed by Andy Reid. He won't have fantasy value in redraft leagues in 2017, but he has tons of arm talent and QB1 upside. Stash him in keeper formats.
Patrick Mahomes - QBPosted 4/27/17 6:21pm ET
The Kansas City Chiefs selected Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes with the No. 10 overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft Thursday, April 27.
Huddle Up: Mahomes should sit on the bench for a few years since he played in a spread offense during college and needs to learn an NFL offense. He will not have much value in most standard leagues but should be an option in keeper leagues because he has a chance to be a No. 1 fantasy quarterback in the future.
Alex Smith - QBPosted 4/27/17 10:19pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith will remain the team's starter, according to head coach Andy Reid.
Huddle Up: There was a 100 percent guarantee Reid was going to say this, and he certainly means it... for now. Reid says rookie Patrick Mahomes will 'come in and learn,' but it's hard not to feel a nagging sense of deja vu to a time when a young quarterback named Colin Kaepernick backed up a title contender led by Smith. The veteran never had much fantasy appeal due to his dink-and-dunk nature, but even as your fantasy backup it's hard to generate much enthusiasm for Smith.
C.J. Spiller - RBPosted 4/21/17 11:19am ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB C.J. Spiller has 'that speed and twitch back', according to general manager John Dorsey.
Huddle Up: Spiller will turn 30 this summer and hasn't been a fantasy factor since 2013, bouncing around the league for much of the last two years. Perhaps he can push Charcandrick West for some snaps behind Spencer Ware in 2017, but it seems just as likely he won't make the team.
Travis Kelce - TEPosted 4/17/17 12:29pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (shoulder) is not expected to be completely healthy before the start of training camp, although he may participate in some light activities, according to head coach Andy Reid. Kelce underwent shoulder surgery earlier this offseason.
Huddle Up: The Chiefs may take it easy with their star tight end so as to not risky any aggravation. If he avoids any setbacks along the way, he should be full go before the regular season commences. Kelce deserves to be one of the first three tight ends drafted in 2017 after being the top scoring fantasy tight end last season.
Charcandrick West - RBPosted 4/17/17 12:58pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Charcandrick West has lost 10 pounds this offseason but is as strong as he was last year. He is optimistic that he'll be able to be more explosive in 2017.
Huddle Up: West will likely back up Spencer Ware as long as Ware is healthy, although they could make up a formidable committee. West was a big help to Ware and the Chiefs with Jamaal Charles sidelined last season. He'll be one of the top handcuff options in 2017 fantasy drafts.
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