Chiefs Fantasy News

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 10:13am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chiefs coach Andy Reid also said WR Frankie Hammond Jr. would likely take Dwane Bowe’s spot in the starting lineup against Tennessee Week 1. Hammond joined the Chiefs last year as an undrafted rookie and spent all season on the practice squad.

But he’s fast and played well in training camp and the preseason. Hammond is tied with Bowe for the team lead in preseason receptions for a wide receiver with six.

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Jarrett Boykin heads into final preseason game as Pack's WR3

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 8:42pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Jarrett Boykin is the Packers' No. 3 receiver, behind Jordy Nelson and Randall Cobb. That would put him ahead of the rest of the pack - including rookie second-round pick Davante Adams - entering the Packers' preseason finale against the Kansas City Chiefs on Thursday night at Lambeau Field.

''Clearly he's taken the next step. I just love the way he plays,'' Packers coach Mike McCarthy said Tuesday. ''He's physical, his toughness, he's relentless. I
think he's exceptional at the top of his route. You see his strength and balance to separate from a DB. I think he's had an excellent camp.''

Fantasy Impact:
We've identified Boykin as a sleeper this year and he remains someone who is available later in drafts. He wasn't always a lock to be the team's WR3, but it looks like he'll emerge ahead of Adams at least to start the year. Neither Adams nor Boykin were impressive at times in camp and then Adams got injured. Given the Packers offense, Boykin could have value as a possible WR3 in just about any format.

Browns could use two QB system

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 6:24pm - [Full Article]

Browns QB Johnny Manziel has one more preseason game to prove to the coaching staff that he's ready for a package of plays early on, maybe even for the opener in Pittsburgh.

Manziel will replace Brian Hoyer in the second quarter against the Bears Thursday night, and finish out the half. He might even play into the third quarter. And if he can provide the same kind of spark in the preseason finale that he did in the dress rehearsal game at FirstEnergy Stadium, he'll make it tempting for coach Mike Pettine and offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan to install something for him right away -- especially if the first-team offense continues to struggle.

Fantasy Impact:
There are headlines all over the news today that the Browns could use a two-QB system similar to the 49ers with Alex Smith and Colin Kaepernick. Hoyer has little fantasy value right now so as it is, the potential loss of WR Josh Gordon coupled with losing time to Manziel certainly isn't going to help. Unless Hoyer is lights-out to start the season, it seems like only a matter of time before Manziel is the starter.

Eddy Lacy trained 'as a three-down back'

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 9:02am

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel - [Full Article]

The Packers have groomed RB Eddie Lacy to play in every situation this season. Largely because of pass-protection and overuse issues, Lacy was removed in some passing and two-minute situations.

"That's coach's call," Gash said, referring to how Mike McCarthy intends to use Lacy. "But I have trained him as a three-down back. He will be ready to go."

Fantasy Impact:
Great news for potential and current Lacy owners. He looks to be a real steal the later he slips after the top-three of Jamaal Charles, Adrian Peterson and LeSean McCoy come off the board. If you really want to take a RB in the middle of the first round, Lacy could be your guy...

Tuesday, August 26, 2014, 8:46am

Miami Herald - [Full Article]

Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles returned to practice after dealing with injuries.

Charles has been out the past two preseason games after hurting his foot while moving out of the dorms at the Chiefs' training camp headquarters at Missouri Western.

Monday, August 25, 2014, 11:12am - [Full Article]

Second-year Chiefs TE Travis Kelce has 185 yards receiving on 10 receptions with two touchdowns, veteran Anthony Fasano has seven receptions for 70 yards and Demetrius Harris has one for 30 yards.

The running backs and wide receivers have just 365 yards receiving combined during that same time, which means 44-percent of the receiving yards this preseason have come from the tight ends.

Last season, the 541 yards receiving from the tight ends accounted for just 15-percent of the total receiving yards of the offense.

Fantasy Impact:
The story believes this could be a new look for the Chiefs this season. Andy Reid used the TE a lot in Philly, but while Kelce continues to shine in preseason, he's running at the team's TE2. It's a situation to watch if you find yourself needing a TE.

Sunday, August 24, 2014, 10:37am

Star-Tribune - [Full Article]

On the team’s opening drive, which started at their 3-yard line, Vikings QB Matt Cassel froze the Chiefs defense with a play-action fake and fired a 53-yard touchdown pass to WR Cordarrelle Patterson, who had gotten behind Chiefs second-string safety Daniel Sorensen. It was an accurate throw by Cassel and Patterson did a good job of tracking the ball before making an over-the-shoulder catch and coasting into the end zone.

“It was a play that we had worked on throughout the week and we had yet to throw the ball to Cordarrelle on it,” Cassel said, who was 2-for-2 for 84 yards on the opening drive. “He got on top of the safety and I was able to see it and give him an opportunity, and he went and made a great play.”

Patterson said he could feel a big play coming when Cassel barked out the play call in the huddle. He just figured the play would come from fellow wide receiver Greg Jennings on that particular play.

Fantasy Impact:
It's a great sign if Cassell and Patterson get on the same page concerning deep balls. Patterson will likely be a hot commodity in your draft with his big-play potential and he's poised to explode in his second season in the league.

Friday, August 22, 2014, 12:53pm

KC Chiefs - [Full Article]

One of the most talked about storylines throughout training camp was the battle between veteran kicker Ryan Succop and undrafted rookie Cairo Santos.

Through two preseason games, both kickers have proven what they can do. They’ve both hit every extra point (3-3) and are both perfect from field goal range.

Santos is 2 for 2 with a 44-yard field goal against the Bengals, while Succop is 3 for 3 with a 54-yard field goal against the Panthers.

“It’s like watching the World Cup,” HC Andy Reid said. “I love watching the competition, but they’re so close every day, it’s crazy. They’re both right there.”

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (foot) returns to practice

Thursday, August 21, 2014, 10:57pm

KC Chiefs - [Full Article]

After injuring his foot while moving out of the Missouri Western State University dorms in St. Joseph, running back Jamaal Charles returned to the practice field with the Chiefs on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact:
The foot is no longer a concern. Charles is locked in as a top 3 overall pick.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 2:03pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Pro Bowl running back Jamaal Charles was still held out of Chiefs practice Tuesday after hurting his foot in an accident while moving out of the dorms last week.

Charles did not make the trip to Carolina for Sunday's preseason game after getting hurt on the final day of practice at Missouri Western. The Chiefs resumed training camp at their own facility in Kansas City in anticipation of Saturday night's game against Minnesota.

Fantasy Impact:
With Charles out, Knile Davis and Cyrus Gray have been getting the majority of snaps.

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce continues to play well

Tuesday, August 19, 2014, 9:09am - [Full Article]

Another preseason game and another long Chiefs TE Travis Kelce touchdown catch-and-run.

The Kansas City Chiefs tight end caught Aaron Murray's first ever NFL completion -- not his first attempt -- and darted past the Carolina Panthers' defense for a 43-yard score. The catch-and-run had a district similarity to the 69-yard snag-and-jaunt Kelce displayed last week against the Cincinnati Bengals. The tight end finished Sunday's 28-16 loss with four catches for 63 yards, giving him a two-week total of six catches for 136 yards on seven targets.

Coming off microfracture surgery that cost him all of last season, the second-year pro sits behind Anthony Fasano in the Chiefs' pecking order. Kelce did play some with the first-team unit Sunday, but mainly in two-tight end sets.

"He's just got to keep coming with it and there's more than just the route running," Andy Reid said, per the team's official website. "You got to be able to run block and then you got to detail all your work there. But, you sure got to give him credit for the effort that he's giving in the pass game and he sure has a nice skill level."

Fantasy Impact:
The story goes on to point out the obvious: Kelce clearly has more upside and playmaking ability than Fasano, but the Chiefs insist on going with the more trusted veteran as their starter. If Kelce keeps making plays, however, he should force Reid to reconsider how he divvies up the snaps. We have Kelce ranked 20th, well ahead of Fasano, and trending up our charts. If you need to draft a second TE or play in a deeper league where you can start more than one, he looks like a guy to take a late-round shot on.

Rivera: Panthers can be 'dynamic' with Jonathan Stewart

Monday, August 18, 2014, 8:12pm - [Full Article]

Panthers running back Jonathan Stewart reminded teammates, fans and upcoming opponents just how dangerous he is with the ball in his hands, rushing for two touchdowns in Carolina's 28-16 preseason win over the Kansas City Chiefs.

Now he has to prove he can stay healthy. But if Sunday night was any indication, Stewart could be back in a big way.

He only ran for 26 yards on four carries, but his explosive 17-yard burst and his two TDs has Panthers coach Ron Rivera brimming with confidence when discussing a potential running attack that includes DeAngelo Williams, Stewart and Pro Bowl fullback Mike Tolbert.

Rivera said the Panthers have the potential to be "dynamic" if Stewart can stay healthy.

Fantasy Impact:
Stewart ran for 3,500 yards and 26 touchdowns in his first four seasons, but ankle and foot injuries limited the former first-round pick to 15 games over the last two seasons and his production has fallen off dramatically. He missed the start of camp with a hamstring injury. With Williams also in the picture, the two will constantly eat into one another's fantasy production. Factor in Tolbert stealing short TDs, and Newton's rushing ability, and the potential of Stewart - and Williams - seems capped in the RB3 range.

Matt Cassel will start third preseason game

Monday, August 18, 2014, 1:27pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

QB Teddy Bridgewater rallied the Vikings to two late scores in last Saturday’s comeback win against the Cardinals, but those heroics haven’t changed the look of the team’s quarterback depth chart.

Vikings coach Mike Zimmer said Monday, via Ben Goessling of, that Matt Cassel will remain the team’s starter for the team’s preseason game next Satuday against the Chiefs.

Bridgewater may get a chance to make one last case to keep Zimmer from making a final decision. The coach said Saturday that Bridgewater could get time with the first team against Kansas City and repeated that on Monday, but everything the Vikings are doing makes it seem that they want to go with the veteran for at least the short term.

Fantasy Impact:
With the third preseason game usually serving as a dress rehearsal for the regular season, it would seem that Cassel is destined to start in St. Louis come September 7. Cassel hasn't done anything to lose the job and seems to be picking up Norv Turner's offense. What he'll likely have to do is win or we could end up seeing Bridgewater at some point this season. There probably won't be a ton of fantasy interest in Cassel in typical leagues, but he could serve as a committee starter in certain matchups.

Monday, August 18, 2014, 9:49am

Charlotte Observer - [Full Article]

Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin hasn’t looked much like a rookie in the preseason, but his first rookie mistake came Sunday night.

After grabbing a pass well out of bounds on a throw-away from Derek Anderson, Benjamin got up and flicked the ball at Chiefs cornerback Chris Owens.

He wasn’t done, though. He then head-butted Owens and shoved him with two hands. The unnecessary play drew a 15-yard penalty in the final seconds of the first half and pushed the Panthers out of field-goal range.

“I think this is one of those things where you’ve got to stand up for yourself,” Carolina coach Ron Rivera said. “There’s a point where you have to draw a line and a guy has to understand that if you continue to do this, I’m going to draw a line in the sand. I did tell him if you want to get back at somebody, just go make a play.”

Fantasy Impact:
Benjamin doesn’t have the reputation of being temperamental, so the trifecta of the ball flick, head butt and shove seemed out of character, the story said. But it's a reminder for a player who has drawn nothing but positive press lately that he is still a rookie. That aside, he's still primed for a pretty good season as a potential WR1 for the Panthers.

Monday, August 18, 2014, 9:17am

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

The Chiefs miss RB Jamaal Charles, who didn't make the trip to Carolina because of a foot injury. And they miss him most in the passing game, where Knile Davis so far hasn't shown the niftiness on screens -- at least the ones that aren't wiped out by holding calls -- to make something happen by himself the way the speedy Texan does, nor the technique to provide ideal last-ditch cover for Alex Smith in the pocket.

In eight preseason quarters, the Andy Gang has one red zone scorer -- and it's Cyrus Gray.

Fantasy Impact:
The Chiefs have struggled in the red zone this preseason. Although it's only preseason, we'll have to see if this tendency continues into the regular season. Andy Reid had similar problems in Philly, keep in mind. Having a healthy Charles will be a big help.