Chiefs Fantasy News

Eagles Beat: Look for a 'sizable jump' in snaps for TE Zach Ertz

Tuesday, June 30, 2015, 4:12pm

CSN Philly - [Full Article]

Eagles beat writer Geoff Mosher broke down the team's roster, including the TE position and Zach Ertz.

Look for Ertz to make a sizable jump in snaps, and for Burton, an excellent special-teamer, to be groomed into a future No. 2 behind Ertz.

Fantasy Impact:

Ertz was the #13 TE in both standard and PPR formats despite only playing half of the Eagles’ snaps in his second year. Most (73%) of his snaps came on passing downs, so if his playing time is going to increase, a majority of the additional snaps are likely to come in run formations. Still, there’s upside with Ertz if he begins to see starter’s snaps. The Eagles lost their leading receiver -- first DeSean Jackson and then Jeremy Maclin -- in back-to-back seasons, so there will be opportunity from a targets standpoint.

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Monday, June 29, 2015, 8:14am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Wide receiver Jeremy Maclin had some familiarity with the Chiefs’ offensive scheme when he arrived in Kansas City this offseason because of his past working relationship with coach Andy Reid and offensive coordinator Doug Pederson, but he’d never played with quarterback Alex Smith.

Maclin says that the two men clicked during the spring and that he’s never “been off to a better start” with a quarterback during his career. It’s probably fair to assume that a big part of the reason for that may be Maclin’s ability to make Smith’s life easier than some Chiefs receivers have made it in recent years.

“He has a guy he can trust,” Maclin said, via the team’s uniform. “He can put the ball in different spots and I’ll go out there and make plays. I’m looking forward to doing some special things with him.”

Fantasy Impact:

Maclin comes in ranked 27th on our WR list heading into fantasy drafts. With the Eagles, Maclin spent some weeks last year ranked as a WR1. While that remains to be seen with the Chiefs, Maclin is shaping up to be a solid WR3, even with the concerns of Smith not always throwing down field. The addition of Maclin should help open up the Chiefs offense, though, and the two seem to be clicking early on.

Thursday, June 25, 2015, 11:55pm

KC Chiefs - [Full Article]

In the final four games (Arizona, Oakland, Pittsburgh and San Diego), Chiefs WR Albert Wilson had the most quarterback targets of any receiver on the team. His 209 yards receiving (52.3 yards per game) also led all wideouts, and his yards after catch per reception number of 9.6 yards led all Chiefs.

His 48-yard reception from Alex Smith in the second game against Oakland was one of the best passing moments for the Chiefs offense all season.

Fantasy Impact:

Wilson would be a sleeper if not for the arrival of Chris Conley, who has looked good in offseason activities.

Sproles: Eagles TE Zach Ertz is 'about to be a superstar'

Tuesday, June 23, 2015, 12:09am

NFL.com - [Full Article]

Eagles RB Darren Sproles had some nice things to say about TE Zach Ertz.

"He has great hands, man," Sproles said last week, via CSN Philly. "His hands and his route running are just great, really. He's about to be a superstar."

Ertz has earned praise from coaches and teammates for his impressive showing in OTAs and minicamp.

Fantasy Impact:

Ertz was the #13 TE in both standard and PPR formats despite only playing half of the Eagles’ snaps in his second year. Ertz played mostly (73%) on passing downs, so if his playing time is going to increase, a majority of the additional snaps are likely to come in run formations. Still, there’s upside with Ertz if he begins to see starter’s snaps. The Eagles lost their leading receiver -- first DeSean Jackson and then Jeremy Maclin -- in back-to-back seasons, so there will be opportunity from a targets standpoint.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert 'caught virtually everything thrown his way' in offseason activities

Monday, June 22, 2015, 1:10pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert was being brought along a little slower mainly because coaches and trainers simply didn't want to run the risk of getting him hurt. He's fully recovered from late-season shoulder surgery, and his dislocated elbow has healed. Still, they wanted to err on the side of caution when it came to putting Eifert in situations where he could fall to the ground stretching for passes. After all, that's how he hurt the shoulder in the first place during the Bengals' very first practice last spring.

Otherwise, yes, Eifert looks healthy. He caught virtually everything thrown his way during open practices, and looked sharp in his routes.

Fantasy Impact:

With Jermaine Gresham 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).

Eagles HC Chip Kelly praises TE Zach Ertz's blocking

Sunday, June 21, 2015, 1:32pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

"He's doing a great job for us,'' Eagles head coach Chip Kelly said of TE Zach Ertz. "He's got an unbelievable work ethic, has really had no offseason in terms of what he did this past; from when our season ended against the Giants to when we started the offseason program in terms of what he did to work on his craft and make himself better not only as a receiver but as a blocker."

Fantasy Impact:

Ertz was the #13 TE in both standard and PPR formats despite only playing half of the Eagles’ snaps in his second year. Ertz played mostly (73%) on passing downs, so if his playing time is going to increase, a majority of the additional snaps are likely to come in run formations. Still, there’s upside with Ertz if he begins to see starter’s snaps. The Eagles lost their leading receiver -- first DeSean Jackson and then Jeremy Maclin -- in back-to-back seasons, so there will be opportunity from a targets standpoint. It's good to hear that Kelly is happy with his blocking -- that's the key to more playing time.

Eagles Beat: 'Very fast and shifty' WR Nelson Agholor is 'legit'

Friday, June 19, 2015, 2:36pm

Philly Voice - [Full Article]

Eagles beat writer Jimmy Kempski of the Philly Voice:

He's legit. Players in the Eagles secondary are already saying he's been the most impressive receiver they've faced so far this offseason, and the media seems to be in unanimous agreement that he looks very fast and shifty. As we noted in the final notes of minicamp, there are some players who don't play to their timed speed. Agholor ran a 4.42 at the Combine, and he plays every bit as fast as that would indicate, and then some. I'd be very surprised if he didn't start Week 1.

Fantasy Impact:

Agholor joins a receiving corps that has lost its best receiver (DeSean Jackson, Jeremy Maclin) in each of the past two offseasons. He’s expected to win a starting job, likely outside opposite Riley Cooper with Jordan Matthews in the slot. If that’s the case, he’ll be a fantasy factor as a rookie.

Chiefs WR Chris Conley's physical tools have been 'on display' throughout the offseason

Thursday, June 18, 2015, 8:06pm

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Chiefs WR Chris Conley’s combination of size, speed and the ability to catch the football has been on display throughout OTAs and minicamp.

Fantasy Impact:

Conley may beat out Albert Wilson for WR2 duties if he keeps this up. It's not a high-flying offense, but Conley may be fantasy relevant by the end of the year.

Alex Smith on Chiefs TE Travis Kelce: 'He wants the football.'

Thursday, June 18, 2015, 2:20pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

In 2015, Chiefs TE Travis Kelce wants the ball even more and he's making it known on the practice field.

"You're doing things at the line of scrimmage, changing plays with him, (depending on) how they're playing him leverage-wise," quarterback Alex Smith said, per ESPN.com. "He wants a different route so he can get the football. Yesterday in practice, I can hear him make calls at the line of scrimmage because he wants the football.

"Things like that are encouraging. Obviously, he's a tremendous player, but it's so great to kind of see that confidence there on the field, him calling for when he wants the football. As a quarterback, that's encouraging. You want a bunch of guys out there that are feeling good about their matchup and want the football."

Fantasy Impact:

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.

Jeremy Maclin, Alex Smith showing 'trust and timing' in Chiefs OTAs

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 10:59pm

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On the offensive side, the top play was a catch across the middle from tight end Travis Kelce, who leapt up with one hand and was able to snag the ball out the air more than 15 yards down the field. Alex Smith placed the ball between a couple of defenders and Kelce showed the kind of ability that Chiefs fans are excited to see more of in 2015.

Finally, there was one perfect pass from Alex Smith to Jeremy Maclin on a crossing route about 20 yards down the field. Smith threw the ball into an open window that had Maclin coming out of nowhere as he broke open across the field and made the catch. Smith didn’t wait for Maclin to be open before he threw the ball down the field, which showed the kind of trust and timing that these two have developed throughout the offseason.

Fantasy Impact:

Smith is a dirt-cheap quarterback option who could provide high-end QB2 numbers if he becomes a bit more aggressive. He’s dangerous as a runner, and given the addition of a bona fide receiver in Maclin, the emergence of Kelce, and the always-dangerous Jamaal Charles, Smith is an unexciting yet (usually) functional fantasy quarterback.

Eagles Beat: QB Sam Bradford targeting TE Zach Ertz 'frequently' in offseason activities

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 1:59pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

Eagles QB Sam Bradford looked sharp on Wednesday, hitting tight end Zach Ertz down the sideline for what looked like a 20-yard gain. Bradford has been targeting Ertz frequently during these minicamps and OTAs, and that should continue into the season.

Fantasy Impact:

It's nice to hear that Bradford and Ertz are developing chemistry. Ertz was the #13 TE in both standard and PPR formats despite only playing half of the Eagles’ snaps in his second year. Ertz played mostly (73%) on passing downs, so if his playing time is going to increase, a majority of the additional snaps are likely to come in run formations. Still, there’s upside with Ertz if he begins to see starter’s snaps. The Eagles lost their leading receiver -- first DeSean Jackson and then Jeremy Maclin -- in back-to-back seasons, so there will be opportunity from a targets standpoint.

Eagles TE Zach Ertz spent time with Tony Gonzalez

Wednesday, June 17, 2015, 1:15pm

Zach Ertz - [Full Article]

Eagles TE Zach Ertz describes his meeting with Tony Gonzalez:

One of the other things I did when I was in Southern California was meet Tony Gonzalez. I got his number from one of our tight end coaches — he played with Tony when they were in Atlanta together — and I just cold texted him. It was a no-lose situation for me. If he said “no,” then I would have respectfully understood.

He said yes. So I drove to see him.

We talked about a lot of things. When it came to football, we talked about the steps I needed to take to go from being good to great. We talked about little things — the nuances of how to run a certain route, what’s advantageous against certain coverages, that sort of thing. He also talked about the importance of having a routine. He had a routine of greatness that he would do every day. He felt it gave him the edge over the competition in the long run.

He also really focused on the mental side of the game. We put so much into our bodies physically and emotionally, he explained, that we kind of ignore training the brain, and learning new ways to train the brain. That’s kind of what we talked about. He reads a lot of books about mental training and successful CEOs to understand what makes them successful. That’s some of the knowledge that he imparted on me.

Fantasy Impact:

Ertz was the #13 TE in both standard and PPR formats despite only playing half of the Eagles’ snaps in his second year. Ertz played mostly (73%) on passing downs, so if his playing time is going to increase, a majority of the additional snaps are likely to come in run formations. Still, there’s upside with Ertz if he begins to see starter’s snaps. The Eagles have lost their leading receiver -- first DeSean Jackson and then Jeremy Maclin -- in back-to-back seasons, so there will be opportunity from a targets standpoint.

If Eagles QB Sam Bradford isn't ready for training camp, 'something has gone horribly wrong'

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 2:51pm

NJ.com - [Full Article]

"If I'm not ready for 11 on 11 by training camp, then something has gone horribly wrong,'' Eagles QB Sam Bradford, who is coming back from his second ACL tear in two years, said. "That's the plan right now. We're going to keep plugging away and be ready when camp starts.''

Fantasy Impact:

It appears Bradford is on track for camp. Over the last two seasons, Philadelphia quarterbacks have averaged 16.7 passing game-only fantasy points. Bradford isn’t much of a runner, but he adds about 0.7 FP per game as a rusher. That adds up to 17.4 FP, or about what Eli Manning averaged as the #13 QB in 2014. The Eagles’ offense has lost their top receiver – DeSean Jackson and Jeremy Maclin – in each of the last two seasons, but Jordan Matthews and Zach Ertz are emerging and the team added Nelson Agholor in the draft. If Bradford ends up starting for the Eagles, we wouldn’t expect anything more than high-end QB2 numbers, but this is a definite system upgrade due to the overall effectiveness of Chip Kelly’s offense.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015, 12:58pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Talented but troubled wide receiver DaRick Rogers was released by the Kansas City Chiefs just hours before they were to begin their mandatory minicamp.

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles feels 'a lot more comfortable' with team's offensive line

Monday, June 15, 2015, 2:13pm

PFT - [Full Article]

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles discusses the improvements that the team have made along the offensive line:

“I just feel comfortable because I feel like I have a Pro Bowl guard [Ben Grubbs] in front of me and I’ve got Jeff [Allen] back and we went to the playoffs with him,” Charles said, via the Kansas City Star. “We’ve got Fish [Eric Fisher] who is developing more in his third year, we’ve got Donald [Stephenson] and he played a whole season and did a great job when Branden [Albert] and Fish were going at it and battling for depth at the position. I feel like we’ve got some guys that have been playing for a while. We’ve got vet guys up there that can help the young guys. I feel so comfortable with that line now. Not saying I didn’t last year, but I feel a lot more comfortable than I did last year.”

Fantasy Impact:

Charles has finished in the top 9 in both standard and PPR formats in each of the last three seasons, and was the #1 running back in both formats in 2013. After racking up an average of 20.9 touches in 2012-13, he touched the ball 16.4 times last season as Knile Davis saw his average workload increase from 5.1 touches in 2013 to 9.4 touches last year. We currently project Charles for 18.8 touches per game, which may be a best-case scenario if Davis remains healthy.

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