Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 3/16/17 5:25pm ET
Free-agent RB Jamaal Charles (Chiefs) 'had a good visit' with the Seattle Seahawks Thursday, March 16, but ultimately left without signing a contract. Charles also may be visiting another team next week, though the identity of that franchise isn't known.
Huddle Up: The Seahawks just signed Eddie Lacy, and considering they also have Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise on the roster, there just doesn't seem to be a fit here now. Charles was one of the league's top running backs when healthy, but over the past two seasons, he's managed to suit up in only eight games combined. His next destination will determine how much fantasy value he has entering his age-30 season.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 3/13/17 2:37pm ET
Free-agent RB Jamaal Charles (Chiefs) will visit the Seattle Seahawks Wednesday, March 15, and Thursday, March 16, according to a source.
Huddle Up: Charles is what many would consider washed up at this point in his career. His extensive injury history has caught up to him as he has only played in eight games over the last two seasons. Even if he signed with the Seahawks, he would be splitting snaps with Thomas Rawls and C.J. Prosise. At 30 years old, Charles is too big of a risk to be drafted as more than an RB4.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 3/12/17 4:12pm ET
Free-agent RB Jamaal Charles (Chiefs) is scheduled to meet with the Seattle Seahawks in the near future.
Huddle Up: Charles has not received a lot of interest this offseason, but the Seahawks have been checking in on several running backs. He probably would not be the starting running back if he joined Seattle but probably should have a solid role. Charles could be a No. 3 or No. 4 running back in fantasy leagues depending in his role.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 3/9/17 5:27am ET
Free-agent RB Jamaal Charles (Chiefs) has mutual interest in the Seattle Seahawks, according to sources.
Huddle Up: Charles has missed a large part of the last two years, and there are questions what is left in the tank now that he's north of 30. It's worth noting that he has only played 16 games three times in nine seasons, and he's probably an RB3 at this point.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 3/5/17 10:03am ET
Free-agent RB Jamaal Charles (Chiefs) is finding a cool market for his services at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.
Huddle Up: Charles is available to sign immediately after the Kansas City Chiefs cut him last week, but he may be waiting a while before finding his new employer. The 30-year-old makes sense as a short-term answer for the Philadelphia Eagles, but he will have to prove his knees are healthy first. While Charles could conceivably start in Philly, his days as a regular fantasy starter are almost certainly over.
Travis Kelce - TEPosted 3/1/17 2:24pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (shoulder) recently underwent offseason shoulder surgery, according to head coach Andy Reid. Reid said he believes Kelce would miss some offseason workouts but should be ready for training camp.
Huddle Up: Kelce likely will not be on the field much this offseason but does not appear to be in danger of missing any playing time. He recorded 1,125 receiving yards and four touchdowns in 2016 and should be a big part of the team's passing game next season. Kelce should be a weekly starting option for owners and probably will be one of the first tight ends selected in drafts.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 3/1/17 6:19pm ET
Philadelphia Eagles head coach Doug Pederson suggested Wednesday, March 1, he will look into whether or not free-agent RB Jamaal Charles (Chiefs) is a fit in Philadelphia. Pederson served as Charles' offensive coordinator with the Kansas City Chiefs from 2013-15.
Huddle Up: Assuming Charles is cleared medically in the near future, this marriage makes a ton of sense because of Philadelphia's need for a lead runner, Charles' familiarity with Peterson and the fact he should come fairly cheap (given his recent injury history), which is a necessity for the cap-strapped Eagles. Charles is going to be hard to trust in fantasy as anything more than a risky flex regardless of where he winds up, but he could salvage some value if he can stay healthy in Philly.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 2/28/17 11:16am ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles is expected to be released by the team Tuesday, Feb. 28, according to multiple sources.
Huddle Up: The move will clear $6.2 million in salary cap space and makes it much more palatable for the Chiefs to fit Eric Berry's new large contract onto the team payroll. Charles is one of the top running backs of his generation, but he has only 83 carries since the end of the 2014 season. His 2016 season was a complete wash as he battled injuries to both knees. The 30-year-old should find a job on the open market, but he'll probably be paid like a backup and his days as a fantasy superstar are likely over.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 2/28/17 12:13pm ET
Updating a previous report, Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles was released Tuesday, Feb. 28.
Huddle Up: The Chiefs could afford to make this move considering Charles' age, injury history and the players behind him. Spencer Ware will be the main man in the Chiefs' backfield going forward, with Charcandrick West playing a complementary role. Ware proved himself worthy of starting status last year in Charles' absence and should be drafted as a low-end RB1 to high-end RB2.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 2/28/17 6:03pm ET
Updating a previous story, Free-agent RB Jamaal Charles (Chiefs) was released Tuesday, Feb. 28, with a 'failed physical' designation.
Huddle Up: NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reported earlier in the day Charles is 'healthy', but it appears the 30-year-old's may need a bit more time to fully recover from the knee injuries that have ruined the better part of his last two seasons. He should find a new job quickly once he is medically cleared, but his days as a trusted feature back are probably over.
Alex Smith - QBPosted 2/27/17 8:19pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs CEO Clark Hunt reiterated what head coach Andy Reid has been saying throughout the offseason, that QB Alex Smith will continue to be the starting quarterback 'going into 2017.'
Huddle Up: The Chiefs, like a handful of other clubs, have been linked to Tony Romo, but Hunt, Reid and general manager John Dorsey have all publicly stated their support of Smith over the past number of weeks. And who can blame them? Since arriving in Kansas City in 2013, the former No. 1 overall draft pick has accumulated 76 touchdown passes compared to just 28 interceptions. Furthermore, he's completed higher than 65 percent of his throws. He deserves to remain the starter.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 2/25/17 11:42am ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles could be an option for the Philadelphia Eagles if he is released by the Chiefs, in the opinion of ESPN.com's Tim McManus. The Eagles will be looking to add at running back this offseason and Charles has worked with head coach Doug Pederson when Pederson was the offensive coordinator of the Chiefs.
Huddle Up: Charles is expected to be available in free agency and may not be able to find a starting job because of his recent injury history. He would be part of a committee if he signed with the Eagles but likely would have a solid role in the offense. He will be a risky option for owners but could be a No. 3 fantasy running back depending on his role.
Spencer Ware - RBPosted 2/19/17 12:45pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Spencer Ware rushed for 478 yards and one touchdown at home this season and rushed for 443 yards and two touchdowns on the road.
Huddle Up: Ware was the starting running back for most of the 2016 season and could start again in 2017 if Jamaal Charles is released. He should have a solid offense role next season and can be a No. 2 running back for fantasy owners.
Travis Kelce - TEPosted 2/19/17 6:52pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce ranked second in the NFL with 655 yards after catch in 2016, and he was the only tight end to rank in the top 15 in the category.
Huddle Up: Kelce possesses rare athleticism for the tight position, and he has seen his receptions, targets and yards all increase in each of his first three years. You can make a strong argument that Kelce is the safest TE1 heading into 2017.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 2/12/17 2:55pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles is expected to be released this offseason in order for the team to create salary cap space.
Huddle Up: Charles has dealt with knee injuries over the last two seasons and likely will be a free agent this offseason. Charles may not be able to handle a full workload anymore but could have a solid role for a team. Charles can be a No. 3 running back for fantasy owners depending on his team.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 2/9/17 10:57am ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) is working hard in order to be ready for the 2017 season, according to general manager John Dorsey. Dorsey said he does not know what will happen in March but sees Charles as a member of the team at this point.
Huddle Up: Charles has been limited to eight games over the last two seasons and is still dealing with a knee injury. It is not known if Charles will remain with the Chiefs since they have Spencer Ware and Charcandrick West on the roster. Owners in fantasy leagues should monitor his situation because his fantasy value will depend on his role with a team.
Tyreek Hill - WRPosted 2/1/17 7:28pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill will continue to see snaps at running back as well as receiver moving forward, according to head coach Andy Reid. 'We?re asking him to do some running back and we?re asking him to do some wide receiver. ? He?s innately very intelligent; he?s a smart, smart kid. Picks it up easy. And to do all the things (we did) with him is ridiculous. ? I said that about DeSean (Jackson), I said that about (Jeremy) Maclin ... how did they get to play so much as rookies? Because they were smart,' Reid said.
Huddle Up: After years of trying to land a gadget-play specialist, the Chiefs found their man in Hill in the fifth round of the NFL Draft last spring. The West Alabama product scored a team-high 12 touchdowns as a rookie, doing so as a runner, receiver and returner. While Maclin figures to remain the top wideout in Kansas City for the foreseeable future, Hill should expect to see his offensive role grow as the Chiefs' need for a big-play threat will only increase if the team parts ways with Jamaal Charles in the near future.
Travis Kelce - TEPosted 1/28/17 10:59am ET
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce caught 19 passes for 261 yards and one touchdown against the Denver Broncos this season.
Huddle Up: Kelce averaged 9.5 catches, 130.5 yards and 0.5 touchdowns against the Broncos this season and led all tight ends with 1,125 yards during the regular season. Kelce should be one of the most attractive tight ends in fantasy leagues next season and should be a weekly starting option.
Tyreek Hill - WRPosted 1/26/17 7:01pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill could double his snap count in 2017, according to head coach Andy Reid. 'He was averaging 35 plays a game,' Reid said Thursday, Jan. 26. 'Maybe he can double that or at least take it up a couple notches and allow him to get in more in a starting role.'
Huddle Up: Hill emerged as an explosive weapon for Kansas City in the second half of the season, and more touches would mean more chances for Hill to break big plays. He will have WR2 upside, but he will likely be a boom-or-bust option from one game to the next.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 1/22/17 9:42am ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles may be a candidate to be released this offseason because he is scheduled to make $7 million in 2017 and dealt with knee injuries this season. Charles could return if the two sides can agree on a restructured contract.
Huddle Up: Charles was limited to 40 yards on 12 carries during the season and has dealt with injuries in the past, so he could hit the free-agent market this offseason. It is not known if Charles will be a starting running back in 2017 but he should have a solid role for a team. Charles probably can be a No. 2 or No. 3 fantasy running back depending on his role.
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.
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