Chiefs Fantasy News

Jamaal Charles delay not part of plan

Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 5:17pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Kansas City Chiefs indicated early in the offseason that with no setbacks, Jamaal Charles would be ready to participate when training camp started. Charles returned to practice on a limited basis late in the offseason, and even last week on his blog wrote "everything is going according to schedule" with regard to his rehab from a torn ACL.

That's why news that Charles won't be practicing on Saturday when the Chiefs begin full squad camp was surprising. Everything had been building for the return of the Chiefs' best offensive player, a boost Kansas City badly needs.

Fantasy Impact:

The story said that Charles' return is on hold indefinitely, though coach Andy Reid sounded as if he expected Charles to be practicing sooner rather than later. While that's good news, it's something to monitor if you own, or plan to own, Charles this fantasy season. An earlier report from today indicated Spencer Ware would see a big part of Charles' reps. Charcandrick West would factor in as well.

Jamaal Charles to PUP list

Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 12:32pm - [Full Article]

The Kansas City Chiefs will be without another veteran to start training camp.

The team placed running back Jamaal Charles on the physically unable to perform list for the start of workouts.

Charles suffered an ACL tear in October and underwent his second knee surgery in the past four years. Turning 30 in December, the Chiefs won't rush Charles back about nine months after going under the knife.

Fantasy Impact:

There's no need to rush Charles back because of last year's success of Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware. The two combined for over 1,200 yards and 11 TDs after Charles went down. The story said Ware likely takes the lead role in camp as long as Charles is out.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016, 9:27am - [Full Article]

For the first time in four years, Chase Daniel didn’t report to training camp in St. Joseph with the rest of the Chiefs quarterbacks on Tuesday after joining the Doug Pederson-coached Philadelphia Eagles this offseason.

Who remain in his place are three candidates—Tyler Bray, an undrafted free agent from 2013, Kevin Hogan, a rookie and the fifth-round draft pick from this year and Aaron Murray, the fifth-rounder from two seasons ago—and the opportunity of a lifetime.

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say: when it comes to the trust of the starter in Smith, Bray and Murray have an advantage over Hogan in that they were able to watch and learn from how Daniel handled the role.

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware 'caught lots of passes' at spring workouts

Saturday, July 23, 2016, 6:00pm

Kansas City Star - [Full Article]

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware, a punishing downhill runner who is at his best on inside runs, is also a good blocker who caught lots of passes in OTAs.

Fantasy Impact:

It appears that Ware, not Charcandrick West, is the primary backup for Jamaal Charles, so Charles owners should target Ware in the later rounds in case he misses any time.

Sunday, July 17, 2016, 12:08am

Kansas City Star - [Full Article]

Chiefs WR Albert Wilson is still learning how to set defenders up and needs to do a better job of making tough catches, but the 5-foot-9, 200-pounder is good with the ball in his hands, which is why he saw plenty of time in the slot during offseason workouts and seemed to get stronger as camp went on.

“That’s been a new role for him,” Smith said. “That’s a big plate there when you move inside, that’s a lot on your shoulders — especially mentally — and he’s handled it. Been good there, too.”

Related players: Chris Conley

Fantasy Impact:

Chris Conley will presumably start opposite Maclin on the outside with Wilson manning the slot.

Jamaal Charles shows off his moves

Monday, July 11, 2016, 9:43am

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

When the Chiefs closed their offseason workouts last month, running back Jamaal Charles was on the field doing individual work but coach Andy Reid wasn’t making any promises about his participation level when training camp opens.

Reid said the team was optimistic about what Charles would be able to do once it did get underway, but that there was no rush to have him back to a full workload after last year’s torn ACL. That’s a prudent approach, although it may not be one they have to employ for too long.

Charles posted a video from one of his rehab sessions late last week that showed him making lateral moves while making his way through a set of drills with an agility ladder.

Fantasy Impact:

As we all know, this isn't the only time Charles has had to come back from a torn ACL. As the the story pointed out, don't be surprised if Charles has a quiet camp as the team takes a cautious approach, getting him ready for the start of the season. Also, don't be shocked if Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware continue to get work once the regular season starts. Charles dips a little from where we're used to seeing him in our rankings, coming in seventh among RBs.

Sunday, July 3, 2016, 6:53pm - [Full Article]

The Kansas City Chiefs defense finished No. 3 in the NFL last season by allowing just 17.9 points per game, and heading into 2016, they’re still earning respect.

Former NFL linebacker Willie McGinest, who played 15 years in the league and won three Super Bowls with the New England Patriots, is now an analyst for NFL Network. He believes the Chiefs defense will thrive again next season.

He ranks them No. 3 in the league heading into 2016.

Fantasy Impact:

It's just one opinion, and fantasy rankings are, of course, different, but the point is the Chiefs D is getting a lot of attention in the offseason. In our rankings, we have the Chiefs fourth. Their early bye of Week 5 means you may have to use a second roster spot for a defense early in your fantasy season if you want to keep them.

Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (ACL) could participate in minicamp

Saturday, June 11, 2016, 2:47pm

Kansas City Star - [Full Article]

The Chiefs’ three-day mandatory minicamp starts Tuesday, and it appears a few notable injured players — including star running back Jamaal Charles — might take part in on-field drills for the first time this offseason.

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Charles, who is recovering from a torn ACL, and receiver Mike Williams, who is battling a strained hamstring, could make their first on-field appearance of organized team activities.

“What you might see if them doing drills,” Reid said.

Both players could spotted running and jumping around cones over a 25-yard period during Friday’s practice, which was another first of the offseason.

Fantasy Impact:

Charles was playing at an elite RB1 pace prior to tearing his ACL in Week 5. Our injury expert, Russell Manalastas, predicts that Charles will be limited in camp and good to go for Week 1, and that his recovery is an opportunity to get him at a discount. The Chiefs found solid contributors in Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware, so Andy Reid could elect to reduce his workload in an effort to keep him healthy.

Chiefs say RB Jamaal Charles will be ready for training camp

Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 5:18pm

Kansas City Star - [Full Article]

Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder also gave injury updates on a number of players Tuesday afternoon.

Running back Jamaal Charles and cornerback Phillip Gaines each underwent ACL surgery early last season. Both are doing “great,” and both are training at the team’s facility and will get some limited work during organized team activities and minicamps in May and June.

Fantasy Impact:

Charles tore his ACL in mid-October, so he will be nine months into his recovery in mid-August. Historically, it takes a year to fully recover from a torn ACL, but that timeframe has been decreasing in recent years.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 6:19pm - [Full Article]

The Kansas Chiefs will lose two draft picks for their actions leading up to the start of the league year in 2015.

Citing improper contact with wide receiver Jeremy Maclin prior to the start of free agency last March, NFL Executive Vice President of Football Operations Troy Vincent informed the Chiefs on Wednesday that they will forfeit their 2016 third-round draft pick and 2017 sixth-round draft pick for violating the league's Anti-Tampering Policy.

In addition to the loss of draft picks, coach Andy Reid has been fined $75,000 and general manager John Dorsey has been fined $25,000.

Maclin played under Reid in Philadelphia before signing a five-year, $55 million deal with the Chiefs on March 11 of 2015.

In a statement released by the NFL, Vincent explained that in "assessing discipline, the goal is to balance the seriousness of the violation of an important and longstanding competitive rule, with appropriate recognition of the club's history (no prior offenses), and the cooperation shown by both the club and individual employees."

Vincent further acknowledged the discipline would have been more harsh had the Chiefs not been "fully cooperative and forthcoming" in the investigation.

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say that while the NFL allows communication between teams and agents during its "legal tampering" period, prospective suitors cannot contact free agents themselves prior to the start of the league year. Chiefs chairman and CEO Clark Hunt released a statement suggesting the organization will appeal the discipline, the story added.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016, 12:26pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Eagles and QB Chase Daniel agreed in principle on multi-year deal.

Fantasy Impact:

Daniel's former coach, Doug Pederson, was singing his praises this offseason. He'll serve as the QB2 behind Sam Bradford, but if Bradford struggles, don't be surprised if Daniel gets a crack at the starting job.

Chiefs sign TE Travis Kelce to an extension

Friday, January 29, 2016, 2:23pm - [Full Article]

The Kansas City Chiefs announced on Friday that the team has signed tight end Travis Kelce to a contract extension. Terms of the contract will not be released by the club.

Fantasy Impact:

Counting the postseason, Kelce averaged 4.8 receptions for 57 yards and 0.28 TD (on 6.8 targets per game). Kelce owners have a legitimate gripe about his overall targets (103), which tied Jason Witten for 8th at the position during the regular season. Not coincidentally, he finished 8th among tight ends in scoring. He's currently the 5th TE off the board in early drafts in the 6th round. He has boatloads of potential, but Andy Reid hasn’t shown that he’s willing to give Kelce the 7.5-plus targets per game required to finish in the top 5 at the position.

Chiefs promote Brad Childress and Matt Nagy to co-offensive coordinators

Thursday, January 21, 2016, 6:02pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Brad Childress and Matt Nagy were appointed co-offensive coordinators of the KC Chiefs, replacing Doug Pederson.

Fantasy Impact:

Childress served as Kansas City's "spread game analyst" for the last three years, but has 10 years of experience as an offensive coordinator or head coach at the NFL level. Meanwhile, Nagy has coached with Andy Reid for the last eight seasons, most recently as the Chiefs' quarterback coach for the last three seasons.

Jeremy Maclin ACTIVE vs. Pats

Saturday, January 16, 2016, 3:13pm

Chiefs Inactives
Marcus Cooper CB
Laurent Duvernay-Tardif OG
David King DE
Mitch Morse C
Aaron Murray QB
Rakeem Nunez-Roches DT
Ramik Wilson ILB

Fantasy Impact:

Despite a scary looking injury last week, Jeremy Maclin (ankle) will play today against the Pats in this divisional matchup. It's hard to imagine Maclin is 100-percent but should continue to be a top target for QB Alex Smith. Spencer Ware (ankle) is also active for the Chiefs.

Friday, January 15, 2016, 5:23pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 19. Brady will be fine to face the Chiefs.

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