Chiefs Fantasy News

Both Dez Bryant, Demaryius Thomas slapped with franchise tag

Monday, March 2, 2015, 7:31pm

PFT - [Full Article]

Here are the five players who got the non-exclusive franchise tag, and the amount of the tender offer for each:

Giants DE Jason Pierre-Paul ($14,813,000)
Chiefs OLB Justin Houston ($13,195,000)
Cowboys WR Dez Bryant ($12,823,000)
Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas ($12,823,000)
Patriots K Stephen Gostkowski ($4,126,000)

Fantasy Impact:

This may not make either Bryant or Thomas happy, but it ensures that they aren't going anywhere for at least one more season. Both players figure to be ranked in the top 5 at their position in 2015 fantasy drafts.

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Chiefs set to cut TE Anthony Fasano

Thursday, February 26, 2015, 1:55pm

Jeff Darlington, Twitter - [Full Article]

Chiefs will be releasing TE Anthony Fasano later today, source says.

Fantasy Impact:

The move will open up starter's snaps for Travis Kelce, who didn't get heavy run until Week 11. Kelce played 54% of the snaps from Week 1 to Week 10, averaging 3.8 catches for 49 yards and 0.44 TD in that span. He played 86% from Week 11 on, posting 4.7 receptions for 61 yards and 0.14 TD over the final seven games of the season. The rise in fantasy points wasn’t as dramatic since his touchdowns didn’t increase with his playing time, but that should rectify itself in 2015. He was the #4 TE in both standard and PPR formats in the final seven weeks of the season and is likely to go in the top 5 at his position in 2015 fantasy drafts.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 4:13pm

Ian Rapoport, Twitter - [Full Article]

Chiefs are cutting veteran WR Donnie Avery, which saves them $3.4M against the cap. Expected to target that position this week.

Raiders RB Latavius Murray will be given 'every chance' to win RB1 job

Tuesday, February 17, 2015, 1:59pm

Inside Bay Area - [Full Article]

Raiders RB Latavius Murray will be given every chance to show he can be a feature back, but HC Jack Del Rio said it's far from a done deal. He'll give Maurice Jones-Drew a chance to rejuvenate his legs, but he's a question mark based on last season's 2.2 yards per carry average. Darren McFadden is an unrestricted free agent.

Fantasy Impact:

We don't think that Murray will need extra chances to prove he's a feature back. He rushed 82 times for 424 yards (a 5.2 YPC) and two touchdowns, including an incredible four-carry, 112-yard, two-TD performance against the Chiefs in Week 12. He still averaged a solid (if unspectacular) 4.0 YPC when that game is excluded. With good size (6'2", 223 lbs) and great speed (4.38 40-yard dash), Murray has all the physical tools to succeed at the position. He even showed solid hands with 17 receptions on 23 targets.

'Very good possibility' Bengals move on from TE Jermaine Gresham

Sunday, February 8, 2015, 11:26am

Bengals.com - [Full Article]

Bengals.com writer Geoff Hobson on the team's TE situation: It looks like there is a very good possibility they won’t re-sign Jermaine Gresham, but it’s not a pass catcher they need to replace. They’ve got that in Tyler Eifert. They’re going to need a big guy that can block the tall, lean, big pass rushers like Terrell Suggs. Gresham did a good job with that and I suspect they’ll have an easier time finding that guy in free agency rather than the draft. The guy won’t be the target that Gresham is, but they’ll still be able to play double tight end sets.

Fantasy Impact:

If Gresham is out of the way, Eifert should be a nice late-round pick provided he can stay healthy. He has good size and speed, and showed pretty good hands as a rookie. He only played about 60 percent of the snaps in 2013, and averaged 0.14 FP (PPR) per snap. Extrapolate the same production to 90 percent of the snaps (which is typical for a starting tight end), and Eifert shouldn't have any problem posting top 15 numbers. With solid improvement, he could very well be this year's Jordan Cameron (2013) or Travis Kelce (2014).

Jets to hire Chan Gailey as offensive coordinator

Wednesday, January 14, 2015, 11:26am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

After two years out of coaching, Chan Gailey once again will have a job in the NFL.

According to Rich Cimini of ESPNNewYork.com, Gailey will join the New York Jets as the offensive coordinator under new head coach Todd Bowles.

Fantasy Impact:

The Jets were 22nd in yards and 28th in total points in 2014. Gailey had success early in his coaching career at Denver, Pittsburgh, Dallas and Miami, but in four total seasons with the Chiefs and the Bills, his offenses failed to crack the top 13 in either points or total offense.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Chiefs QB Alex Smith (spleen, out) missed practice Friday and is out for Week 17. Chase Daniel gets the start. In his only start last season (also against San Diego), Daniel completed 21 of 30 passes for 200 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed seven times for 59 yards and was the #13 QB on the week.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (hamstring, ankle, questionable) took limited practice reps all week and is questionable for Week 17. Charles figures to play since his team is still alive in the playoff hunt.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe (shoulder, questionable) returned to take limited reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 17. Bowe is expected to play against San Diego on Sunday.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Chiefs TE Anthony Fasano (knee, probable) took limited practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17.

Chiefs QB Alex Smith out for Week 17 with a lacerated spleen

Friday, December 26, 2014, 12:35pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith has a lacerated spleen and will miss Sunday's game against the San Diego Chargers, trainer Rick Burkholder said Friday.

Chase Daniel will start in Smith's place against the the Chargers, who can clinch a playoff berth with a victory.

Daniel has one career start, which came last season in Week 17 and also was against the Chargers. The Chiefs lost the game but Daniels played well, throwing for 200 yards and a touchdown, completing 21 of his 30 pass attempts.

Fantasy Impact:

Daniel also rushed seven times for 59 yards in his start against the Chargers, so he was the #13 QB that week. We're not expecting Daniel to run the offense as efficiently as Smith does, so we're projecting a reduction in passing yards, which will impact TE Travis Kelce and the other Kansas City receivers.

Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 8:18pm

Mercury News - [Full Article]

The 49ers rank 31st in passing yards, which would be their worst finish in Jim Harbaugh’s four-year tenure, though they were 30th last season.

QB Colin Kaepernick said Tuesday he’s intent on improving his mechanics and all-around game in the offseason.

Why wait?

“It’s hard to break habits in-season,” Kaepernick said. “You don’t want to completely change something because it can throw off everything else you’re doing.”

Fantasy Impact:

Kaepernick may seek out a mechanics coach, saying “that’s still in the works.” It’s also something that Tom Brady, Drew Brees, Alex Smith and others have done in their offseasons, the story said.

Ryan Mathews, Keenan Allen not practicing Tuesday

Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 4:37pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

The Chargers began preparation for Sunday's showdown with the Chiefs minus two of their offensive centerpieces.

Running back Ryan Mathews and wideout Keenan Allen both missed Tuesday's practice, according to Michael Gehlken of U-T San Diego.

Fantasy Impact:

Mathews hasn't played since injuring his ankle in Week 14, while Allen remains week-to-week with the broken collarbone he sustained in a Week 15 loss to the Broncos. While coach Mike McCoy says it's possible Mathews will suit up Sunday against the Chiefs, it's fair to wonder if Allen will even play again this season, the story went on to say. Eddie Royal seemed to benefit the most without Allen in the lineup as did TE Antonio Gates. Dontrelle Inman also had a nice game at WR for the Chargers last week.

Philip Rivers dealing with bulging disk in back

Monday, December 22, 2014, 4:01pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chargers coach Mike McCoy said that quarterback Philip Rivers is expected to play on Sunday against the Chiefs. Rivers has been dealing with a bulging disk in his back that was injured against the Baltimore Ravens. McCoy said whether Rivers will continue playing with the injury is a group decision, and that it’s not career threatening.

“If that was the case and we didn’t think he could play this Sunday, we wouldn’t put him in there,” McCoy said. “We have plenty of medical advice, not just with Philip, but with everyone in this organization and in the NFL. Everyone has had some form of injury that they deal with at some point of the year. Philip will play on Sunday.”

Fantasy Impact:

Rivers did not practice on Monday and Tuesday last week to rest his ailing back. The Chargers could take a similar tact with Rivers this week.

Monday, December 22, 2014, 3:59pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chargers coach Mike McCoy could have some reinforcements this week heading into the team’s final regular-season contest against the Kansas City Chiefs.

McCoy said running back Ryan Mathews and receiver Keenan Allen are possibilities to return to practice and ultimately to the field on game day.

Fantasy Impact:

Mathews missed the past two games with a severe ankle sprain and has not practiced over the period. Allen missed last week’s game against the San Francisco 49ers with a broken collarbone and an ankle injury.