Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 6/14/18 10:16am ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes and WR Sammy Watkins already appear to have a good rapport. Their connection has been a 'consistent sight' throughout the offseason program. WR Chris Conley said Watkins has been picking up the offense quickly and CB Steve Nelson added that Watkins has been putting in more time to work out.
Huddle Up: Drafting Watkins to your fantasy squad is a tempting but difficult affair. He did score a career-high eight times last season, but only caught 39 passes for 593 yards. The upside is apparent and Watkins has the ability to achieve WR2 numbers, but it would behoove fantasy gamers to select him as a WR3.
Kareem Hunt - RBPosted 6/14/18 10:48am ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt (hamstring) will be fine for the start of training camp, according to head coach Andy Reid. He has missed a large portion of the offseason program with a hamstring issue.
Huddle Up: The Chiefs will likely take a cautious approach with their starting running back in training camp and the preseason. There's no reason to risk aggravation with such a valuable player. Assuming he stays healthy, Hunt is a late-first to early-second round draft consideration.
Tyreek Hill - WRPosted 6/7/18 11:29am ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill (ankle) did not practice Thursday, June 7, after twisting his ankle.
Huddle Up: No biggie. Hill should be back at practice this week if the injury is as minor as it sounds. He's a WR1 option in both PPR and standard leagues.
Kareem Hunt - RBPosted 5/31/18 1:05pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt (hamstring) did not participate in organized team activities Thursday, May 31, because of a hamstring injury.
Huddle Up: The Chiefs likely will be cautious with Hunt, so he may not do much until training camp in July. He was one of the top running backs in the NFL as a rookie in 2017 and should have a similar workload this upcoming season. Hunt should be a No. 1 fantasy running back in all leagues.
Kareem Hunt - RBPosted 5/29/18 7:16am ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt said he is working on catching the ball and running more routes in organized team activities.
Huddle Up: Hunt emerged as one of the top running backs in fantasy last season, and he'll be an option early in the first round.
Spencer Ware - RBPosted 5/25/18 6:56pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (knee) did not participate in OTAs Thursday, May 24.
Huddle Up: Ware is expected to be ready for training camp, but he has taken a backseat to Kareem Hunt in the offense. He is no more than a late-round handcuff to Hunt at this point.
Patrick Mahomes - QBPosted 5/25/18 7:21pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes' struggles during OTAs are nothing to be worried about, according to head coach Andy Reid. 'We throw in a lot of new stuff so you want to test what you can get away with in these camps, so you're going to have interceptions,' Reid said. 'That doesn't bother me.'
Huddle Up: Mahomes is unproven as he enters his first season as the starter, but he has a big arm and plenty of weapons around him. He will be a high-risk, high-reward QB2.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 5/25/18 9:04pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins made multiple one-handed catches during OTAs Thursday, May 24.
Huddle Up: His upside and athleticism have never been questioned, but staying healthy has been an issue. Patrick Mahomes is an unknown at the quarterback spot, but Watkins could be worth the gamble as a WR3.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 5/17/18 7:58pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Demarcus Robinson's rapport with QB Patrick Mahomes and the presence of WR Tyreek Hill and WR Sammy Watkins on the outside should allow him to exploit defenses underneath this season, according to Gregg Rosenthal of NFL.com.
Huddle Up: Kansas City suddenly has a crowded receiving corps, but if Mahomes excels, Robinson could be a nice depth option for fantasy owners in PPR formats.
Spencer Ware - RBPosted 4/16/18 11:20am ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware's (knee) availability for the offseason workouts is uncertain, but he should be ready for the start of training camp, according to head coach Andy Reid.
Huddle Up: Ware likely will serve as the No. 2 running back for the Chiefs this upcoming season if he is healthy but would only see a handful of touches each game. He could be a late-round option in draft next season as a possible handcuff to Kareem Hunt.
Tyreek Hill - WRPosted 3/27/18 1:39pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill will be working on improving his route running this offseason, according to head coach Andy Reid.
Huddle Up: Hill likely will continue to be the No. 1 receiver for the Chiefs and will be a big-play threat with Patrick Mahomes taking over as the starting quarterback. Hill should be considered a No. 2 receiver in all leagues in 2018.
Chad Henne - QBPosted 3/18/18 8:02pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Chad Henne said he is ready to embrace a 'mentor role' and help QB Patrick Mahomes.
Huddle Up: Mahomes is unproven, but he will have plenty of weapons to throw to as he begins his first year as a starter. He will be an upside-QB2 in 2018.
Sammy Watkins - WRPosted 3/16/18 8:55pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins 'hasn't been used correctly as a pro,' according to an AFC scout. 'If he gets enough touches each game, he can be a difference-maker,' the scout said.
Huddle Up: To be fair, injuries haven't helped his production either, but playing alongside Tyreek Hill, Watkins has tons of upside as a WR3.
Albert Wilson - WRPosted 3/13/18 6:44am ET
Kansas City Chiefs impending free-agent WR Albert Wilson agreed to a three-year, $24 million deal with the Miami Dolphins Tuesday, March 13.
Huddle Up: Wilson hasn't done much for fantasy owners to take heed to, but he could end up being the Dolphins' starting slot receiver. Keep him in mind for a WR5 flyer.
Kareem Hunt - RBPosted 2/28/18 8:52pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said at the NFL Scouting Combine on Wednesday, Feb. 28, that 'we probably need to expand on' RB Kareem Hunt's role in the passing game for next season.
Huddle Up: Hunt is pretty much already locked in as an RB1 going into his second NFL campaign, but an increased presence in the club's air attack would only boost his stock even further. He was already a regular part of the passing game, drawing four targets per game in 2017, but it appears there's going to be even more work for the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year runner-up, who also rushed for 1,327 yards and eight scores this past year.
Kareem Hunt - RBPosted 2/19/18 8:10pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt led the NFL - among players who recorded at least 175 carries - with 4.63 yards gained after defenders closed within one yard of him in 2017, according to Next Gen Stats.
Huddle Up: This should come as no surprise to any of his owners, as Hunt routinely used exceptional balance and power to keep his feet after he got past the first level of defenders. Spencer Ware's return in 2018 could make a repeat of his league-leading rushing campaign unlikely, but Hunt has all the makings of being the next great Andy Reid running back.
Patrick Mahomes - QBPosted 2/2/18 8:10pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes is 'way ahead of schedule' in his development, according to one of his coaches.
Huddle Up: The Chiefs put their faith in Mahomes when they dealt Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins this week. Mahomes has a huge arm, and he'll be a QB2 in 2018 with tons of upside, especially in keeper formats.
Patrick Mahomes - QBPosted 2/1/18 8:47pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce said that he knows QB Patrick Mahomes is 'ready for the opportunity' and that the club can 'without a doubt' win a championship with Mahomes under center. 'He can throw the ball any way, he can throw it off his back foot and he can jump and throw, he can throw the ball anywhere, any way you need for it to be thrown,' Kelce added. 'His confidence is definitely one of the best attributes to his game.'
Huddle Up: One of the biggest transitions in all of football next season will see how the Chiefs fare moving on from Alex Smith to Mahomes, their 2017 first-round pick whom they drafted out of Texas Tech. The 22-year-old received one start in his rookie campaign -- a meaningless Week 17 tilt in Denver -- and didn't disappoint, racking up 284 yards on 62.9 percent passing. While his ceiling is high, he'll begin the season as more of an option for two-quarterback formats.
Patrick Mahomes - QBPosted 1/31/18 7:48am ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes is expected to enter the 2018 season as the starter with the trade of QB Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins.
Huddle Up: Mahomes has a big arm, and the combination of him and Tyreek Hill is tantalizing. He'll be a QB2 in fantasy with some upside.
Alex Smith - QBPosted 1/31/18 12:40pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith has played relatively poorly against the NFC East in his career. In 18 career games versus the division Smith has averaged a scanty 217.4 yards and 1.2 touchdowns. Smith will be playing eight games in the NFC East.
Huddle Up: Smith is coming off a career year in which he threw for over 4,000 yards and 26 touchdowns. Furthermore, his yardage has increased each season since 2014. While he's not a reliable week-to-week No. 1 fantasy quarterback, he's a high-end backup option.
Alex Smith - QBPosted 1/30/18 9:18am ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith told The Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday, Jan. 30, that his preference is to return to the team in 2018.
Huddle Up: It's not like Smith could have realistically answered with anything else, although he acknowledged the situation is out of his control. Usually, a 33-year-old quarterback coming off a career season doesn't have to face such questions, but Kansas City seems to be itching to get the Patrick Mahomes era started as soon as possible. The Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns are among the destinations that make the most sense at the moment if/when Smith gets traded this spring.
Alex Smith - QBPosted 1/30/18 3:56pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith has played 13 seasons in the NFL but is not close to hanging up his cleats. 'I love what I do too much, I love the challenge of it, I still feel great, my body feels great,' Smith said.
Huddle Up: Smith has quietly put up consistent numbers over the last few years, but he doesn't do enough to be considered a weekly QB1 option. While his future is unclear as of now, he will likely be in high-end QB2 territory no matter what jersey he's wearing.
Alex Smith - QBPosted 1/30/18 6:56pm ET
The Kansas City Chiefs reportedly reached an agreement to trade QB Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins on Tuesday, Jan. 30. While the compensation the Chiefs will receive has yet to be released and any trade involving Smith can?t be completed until the first day of the new league year (3 p.m. on March 14), sources say the deal is in place and will proceed.
Huddle Up: Smith was expected to attract a second-round pick, so it's a fair bet the Redskins gave up at least that much. The trade obviously clears a path for rookie Patrick Mahomes to take over, and he will certainly enter 2018 as a wild-card for fantasy purposes. Mahomes has a huge arm and can create plays with his leges, but with only a Week 17 game under his belt this year, he is still plenty raw. He should be considered an inconsistent QB2 for fantasy purposes this summer.
Alex Smith - QBPosted 1/30/18 7:08pm ET
The Washington Redskins reportedly reached an agreement to acquire Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith on Tuesday, Jan. 30. While the compensation the Chiefs will receive has yet to be released and any trade involving Smith can?t be completed until the first day of the new league year (3 p.m. on March 14), sources say the deal is in place and will proceed.
Huddle Up: So long, Kirk Cousins. The Redskins also reportedly signed Smith to a four-year extension, so Cousins will be on the move and Smith has some degree of stability as he enters his age-34 season in 2018. Smith won't have quite the offensive firepower he had to work with in Kansas City, so owners should be prepared to lower their expectations for him back down to pre-2017 levels, making him an unexciting QB2 for fantasy purposes.
Alex Smith - QBPosted 1/30/18 7:23pm ET
Washington Redskins QB Alex Smith, who was reportedly traded from the Kansas City Chiefs late in the night Tuesday, Jan. 30, has agreed to a four-year, $94 million contract extension that will keep him with the Redskins though the end of the 2022 season. The deal will reportedly include approximately $70 million in guaranteed money. Per NFL rules, the trade cannot be officially completed until the first day of the new league year (3 p.m. on March 14).
Huddle Up: The extension was part of the agreement to get the trade done - Smith had only one year remaining on his old deal - and he will be under contract through his age-38 season. While the official compensation has yet to be announced, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports it will include a third-round pick and a player to be named Wednesday. Smith provides Washington with a solid option under center as it moves on from Kirk Cousins, but he figures to fall back into QB2 territory as a result of the trade.
Kareem Hunt - RBPosted 1/28/18 8:52pm ET
Georgia RB Sony Michel reminds Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com of Kansas City RB Kareem Hunt, and Jeremiah believes Michel is capable of making a similar impact in the NFL.
Huddle Up: It will take the perfect situation for Michel to approach Hunt's rookie numbers, but he has all the tools to be an every-down back. At the very least, Michel can be targeted early in rookie drafts.
Travis Kelce - TEPosted 1/16/18 2:34pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (concussion) will not participate in the Pro Bowl due to a concussion he suffered in the playoffs. Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker has been named as Kelce's replacement.
Huddle Up: No surprise. Teams don't want their star players risking aggravation in a game that doesn't count for anything. Kelce has a concussion history, too, which makes the absence even more logical. He remains a candidate to be one of the first three tight ends selected in 2018 fantasy drafts.
Alex Smith - QBPosted 1/9/18 6:18am ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith could be an option for the Cleveland Browns after the Browns hired general manager John Dorsey, in the opinion of The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Dan Labbe. Dorsey was the Chiefs' general manager when he acquired Smith from the San Francisco 49ers.
Huddle Up: Smith was one of the best quarterbacks in fantasy through the first four weeks of 2017, but he was inconsistent the rest of the way. He finished as a midrange QB1, and that might not be attainable with a different roster. There are options in that low-end QB1/high-end QB2 range with more upside.
Travis Kelce - TEPosted 1/7/18 7:31pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (concussion) 'probably would have been alright' for a playoff game this coming weekend had the Chiefs defeated the Tennessee Titans, head coach Andy Reid said Sunday, Jan. 7.
Huddle Up: Kelce turned in his second straight 1,000-yard campaign in 2017, and he has topped 800 yards in all four of his seasons in the league. He is no worse than the No. 2 fantasy tight end heading into 2018.
Alex Smith - QBPosted 1/6/18 9:12am ET
The Kansas City Chiefs will not actively seek out trade partners for QB Alex Smith this offseason, but they will listen, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, who speculated the one thing that may cause 'all sides to pull back' is if the Chiefs make a run to the Super Bowl.
Huddle Up: Kansas City drafted its quarterback of the future last spring in Patrick Mahomes, who has consistently turned heads in practice and left another positive impression by going 22-of-35 for 284 yards with an interception against the Denver Broncos in his first career start in Week 17. If Smith is put on the market, there will be no shortage of suitors, with former Chiefs boss John Dorsey - now with the Cleveland Browns - at the top of the list.
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