Kansas City Chiefs
Coach: Andy Reid
OC: Eric Bieniemy
QBs: Patrick Mahomes, Chad Henne, Chase Litton, Kyle Shurmur
RBs: Damien Williams, Carlos Hyde, Darrel Williams, Darwin Thompson, James Williams, Marcus Marshall
FB: Anthony Sherman
WRs: Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, Demarcus Robinson, Mecole Hardman, Marcus Kemp, Byron Pringle, Gehrig Dieter, Davon Grayson, Rashard Davis, Felton Davis III, Jamal Custis, Cody Thompson, Joe Forson,
TEs: Travis Kelce, Blake Bell, David Wells, Deon Yelder, John Phillips, John Lovett, Neal Sterling
2019 Draft (offense only):
Round 2, Pick 56 – WR – Mecole Hardman – Georgia
Round 6, Pick 214 – RB – Darwin Thompson – Utah State
Round 6, Pick 216 – C – Nick Allegretti – Illinois
2019 Undrafted Free Agents (fantasy offense only):
QB – Kyle Shurmur – Vanderbilt
RB – James Williams – Washington State
RB – Marcus Marshall – James Madison
WR – Felton Davis III – Michigan State
WR – Jamal Custis – Syracuse
WR – Cody Thompson – Toledo
WR – Joe Forson – Valdosta State
TE – John Lovett – Princeton
Key Offseason Additions (fantasy offense):
RB – Carlos Hyde
Training Camp Preview: Rookies 7/23, Veterans 7/26
Andy Reid is entering his 9th season with the Chiefs and will have Eric Bieniemy as his offensive coordinator for the second season. Not much needs to be said about this Chiefs offense but we’ll recap their 2018 season. They were number one in total offense and finished third in passing yards. They were 16th in rushing, but were one of the most efficient teams on the ground with 4.8 yards per carry and 16 rushing touchdowns. The offense is the teams’ greatest strength, while the defense is its greatest weakness. They ranked 31st in total defense and gave up 26.3 points per game. This recipe is the perfect storm for fantasy football. Continue to value all Chiefs offensive players.
Patrick Mahomes is fresh off of his spectacular MVP season and is the unquestioned QB1 in all formats. It is difficult to repeat as the QB1, but Mahomes was well ahead of the QB2 and has room for regression. The biggest number that is sure to come down is his touchdown total. I’m still projecting Mahomes to throw over 40 touchdowns and finish as the QB1, so the decision to select Mahomes in your redraft league is all up to you. If you are comfortable spending a late third or fourth round pick on him, nobody will bat an eye. Chad Henne and Chase Litton will be the backups.
Damien Williams has been touted as the starting back by his coaches and is primed for a career year. When he got his chance last year, he capitalized on the opportunity and helped many fantasy teams win a championship. He averaged 5.1 yards per carry and was effective as a receiver. He ended the year with four straight double digit + fantasy points and had two monster games in the playoffs, scoring 26.4 and 32.6 points. Many are concerned with Williams being able to maintain his starting role throughout the season, making him one of the more controversial picks in the first couple rounds. He is being drafted around the RB14 range in the early third round. He’s in the most potent offense in the league and could easily have top 5 upside this year with a full season. The Chiefs signed Carlos Hyde this off-season and is another reason many are not convinced on Williams. He could take red-zone work off of his plate and possibly fourth quarter carries. Darrel Williams is the third back and should have a chance to compete with Hyde for the RB2 spot. The Chiefs also drafted Darwin Thompson out of Utah State. He has been compared to Brian Westbrook by some. Thompson is a fantastic dynasty stash and could skyrocket up the depth chart if he starts making plays this pre-season. Monitor this backfield closely this August. Andy Reid’s RB1 has always been a fantasy asset for us and this year will be no different.
Tyreek Hill will play a full season this year. There may still be some on-going investigating going on so I wouldn’t say he’s in the clear yet, but Hill’s ADP is about to skyrocket in the next few weeks. He has top 5 upside at the position and can be a league winner if he falls too far in your draft. Whether you like him or not, Hill is a fantastic player and should be worth a second round pick if he is able to play all 16 games. Behind Hill, we have Sammy Watkins as the clear number two. Watkins has been injured on and off throughout his whole career and will have many fantasy drafters skeptical of his reliability this year. When he played healthy last year, he produced 6 games with double digit fantasy points out of 10. He was injured in two of those games early, so it was really 6 out of 8 games. I’m open to Watkins in redraft leagues this year. With the Tyreek Hill news, Watkins’ ADP is sure to slip into the 6th and 7th rounds. He was healthy in the Chiefs two playoff games and recorded 6 receptions for 62 yards against the Colts, and then 4 receptions for 114 yards against the Patriots. Behind Hill and Watkins, we’ll have a very interesting training camp battle to monitor. They spent a third round pick on Mecole Hardman out of Georgia, and also have Demarcus Robinson entering his third year in the league. Byron Pringle flashed last pre-season before his season ending injury. Gehrig Dieter and Marcus Kemp made the team last year and will be competing for their spots this year as well. And then to top it off, they signed four UDFA’s; Felton Davis III, Jamal Custis, Cody Thompson and Joe Forson. Hardman and Robinson will get the first crack and securing the #3 and #4 spots, but we’ll have a large competition to round out this receiving group.
Kelce, Kelce, Kelce. Travis Kelce is the top tight end in the league and is being drafted as early as the first round. Now that Tyreek Hill’s news has sprung, Kelce’s ADP is likely to slide into that early round two pocket. Kelce is clearly above the next best tight ends George Kittle and Zach Ertz, and presents us with an advantage at the position. You can make the argument that regression is coming for both Kittle and Ertz, whereas Kelce seems like he can do even more this year. If you’re comfortable doing it, grab him. The Chiefs lost Demetrius Harris in free agency, so we’ll have a camp battle for the back up spot between Blake Bell, David Wells, Neal Sterling, Deon Yelder and John Phillips. Only one UDFA was signed, John Lovett.
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