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Kansas City (which is actually not in the state of Kansas, if you were ever idly wondering) is another one of those teams that has a few really good options, but not much else on the radar.
First and foremost, KC is a run-first team. As such, even though options such as QB Alex Smith and TE Travis Kelce (who is in our top ten TEs of 2016 list) are available for the Chiefs, their value is inherently a little less because they just simply don’t get the opportunity that other teams afford players at those positions. It doesn’t help that Smith himself is a bit of a checkdown artist – nothing wrong with that, but it doesn’t not lend itself to huge gains/plays very often.
However, there is one target who seemed to gel with Smith last season: WR Jeremy Maclin. He started a bit slow, especially compared to his years in Philadelphia, but finished the season with 87 receptions, 1088 yards, and 8 touchdowns. If he can replicate that success again this year – six of his eight TDs came after week 12 – then fantasy owners will be in for a treat.
The real fantasy gem of Kansas City, of course, is the running game. Though a second ACL tear derailed his season once more, RB Jamaal Charles is the man in town. Racking up four TDs and 364 yards in five games before his injury, Charles will be back this year with a vengeance. For comparison’s sake, he last tore his ACL in 2011, and came back in 2012 with a 1500+ yard season. Banish the talk of RBs Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware taking his job – as long as Charles is in KC, he is the lead dog, and they will serve as complimentary pieces. Perhaps, if Charles begins the season on the PUP list, they will be good waiver pickups/late round fliers, but once Charles is back, their value will be reduced to little more than high-priced handcuffs.
Recap: QB Alex Smith, RB Jamaal Charles, RB Charcandrick West, RB Spencer Ware, WR Jeremy Maclin, TE Travis Kelce