Chiefs Fantasy News

Ravens WR Jeremy Maclin reveals he played through a torn groin in 2016

Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 11:29am

KC Star - [Full Article]

Yes, former Chiefs wide receiver Jeremy Maclin heard the whispers that, perhaps, at age 29 he had lost a step.

Maclin, who was released by the Chiefs on June 2 and later signed with the Ravens, missed four games last year with a groin injury and there was a steep drop in production from a sensational 2015 season. Maclin had 44 catches for 536 yards and two touchdowns in 2016 after he had 87 receptions for 1,088 yards and eight touchdowns the season before.

Talking with ESPN’s Adam Schefter’s podcast “Know Them From Adam,” Maclin said that groin injury was worse than people knew. He revealed the injury when Schefter asked about the perception that Maclin was a step slower.

“Well, I tore my groin last year,” Maclin told Schefter. “So, if I’m supposed to be just as fast with a torn groin, then more power to them. Man, I guess they just have to wait and see. I don’t really have anything else to say about that. Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion. I’ll still be able to get open. I’ll still be able to make big plays, that’s for sure.”

Fantasy Impact:

Maclin posted 87 catches for 1,088 yards and eight touchdowns in 2015, but had a substandard 2016, struggling to a 44-536-3 line thru 12 games. He was a respectable No. 44 WR on a per game basis through the first eight weeks, but the groin injury submarined his season. He joins a Baltimore offense that has had the most pass attempts over the past two seasons and lost Steve Smith (101 targets), Dennis Pitta (121) and Kamar Aiken (50) from last year.

Chiefs HC Andy Reid confirms that Tyreek Hill is No. 1 receiver

Tuesday, June 6, 2017, 5:06pm

Kansas City Star - [Full Article]

Chiefs HC Andy Reid said Tyreek Hill, a Pro Bowler last season, will likely get the first crack at replacing Jeremy Maclin at the “Z” position, the spotlight receiver spot in Reid’s West Coast offense.

Hill actually caught more passes (61) for more yards (593) and touchdowns (six) than Maclin had last year in 215 offensive snaps.

“I mean, he works hard and he’s skilled,” Reid said of Hill. “Is he still learning? Yeah he is still learning. I’ll tell you that with the receivers because that’s what they do until they get defenses down. But, he will give you good production at that (Z) position.”

Fantasy Impact:

Hill averaged 71 total yards and 0.64 TD in his final 10 regular season games (15.3 PPG). HC Andy Reid has indicated that Hill’s snaps (41% for the year) could “double” and it sounded like Reid was planning to start Hill in the slot, though now we know he’s going to start at Jeremy Maclin’s “Z” position, the featured receiving position in Reid’s offense. Per 4for4's Player Snap App, among players who played at least 40% of their team's snaps, Hill ranked first in fantasy points per snap in both standard and PPR formats. He was the #11 fantasy receiver (PPR) after his team's Week 5 bye. The Chiefs’ decision to cut Maclin certainly raises Hill’s floor. In the four games that Maclin missed last season, Hill averaged 7.0 receptions (on 8.5 targets) for 63 yards and 0.25 TD. Throw in his role in the rushing game and he’s suddenly looking like a strong fantasy WR2.

Chiefs cut WR Jeremy Maclin

Friday, June 2, 2017, 8:15pm

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

By releasing Jeremy Maclin post June 1, Chiefs save $10 million against cap.

Chiefs top WRs are Tyreke Hill, Chris Conley, Albert Wilson.

Beat writer Terez A. Paylor: Maclin consistently got first-team reps in OTA practices, though there was some rotation among the skill players. Looked spry to me.

Related players: Travis Kelce

Fantasy Impact:

Maclin posted 87 catches for 1088 yards and eight touchdowns in 2015, but had a substandard 2016, struggling to a 44-536-3 line thru 12 games. He was the #44 WR on a per game basis through the first eight weeks, but a groin injury submarined his season. His departure should give Hill a bump, but it's hard to see Conley or Wilson taking full advantage after not making much of a fantasy impact early on in their respective careers. In the four games that Maclin missed last season, Hill averaged 7.0 receptions (on 8.5 targets) for 63 yards and 0.25 TD. Throw in his role in the rushing game and he’s suddenly looking like a strong fantasy WR2. And don't forget Travis Kelce -- he should see a load of targets at tight end. As for Maclin, he immediately becomes the most intriguing receivers on the free agent market.

Andy Reid is 'a big Spencer Ware fan'

Sunday, April 16, 2017, 12:02pm

Kansas City Star - [Full Article]

Chiefs coach Andy Reid said at the NFL’s annual meeting in March that Spencer Ware, 25, did a fine job in his first year as a starter.

“I’m a big Spencer Ware fan — I like him,” Reid said. “Well, the kid’s dirty tough. He’s going to give you an honest down every snap. He’s not real fancy — that’s not his deal, but he can block, he can catch and he can run. So, there’s a place for Spencer, and this was really his first year as a full-time halfback.”

Fantasy Impact:

In 17 games where he’s seen at least 10 carries -- 13 of those games occurred in 2016 -- Ware has averaged 17.9 touches for 99 yards and 0.59 touchdowns, or 15.5 PPG (PPR). Those numbers would have extrapolated to #8 RB numbers in 2016. Ware missed two games last year, but was on pace to finish as the #11 RB had he stayed healthy. The Chiefs may draft a running back, which is why Ware’s ADP sits in the 4th round. If he sits atop the depth chart after the draft, he’ll be worthy of a 3rd round pick.

Bengals TE Tyler Eifert says his back 'feels great'

Tuesday, April 11, 2017, 3:00pm

Bengals.com - [Full Article]

“I’m feeling good. I continue to get better. My back feels great,’ Bengals TE Tyler Eifert assured on Monday.

Eifert doesn’t know when he’ll be cleared to resume regular workouts or work in the May and June camps, but he says he’ll ready for training camp. He isn’t running full steam yet, but he’s been running enough that he feels he’s close to being in tip-top shape.

“I’ll be ready and healthy and strong and be ready to go by the time it’s go time,” Eifert said. “I’m close.”

“It will be nice to have somewhat of an offseason to get ready for the year,” Eifert said. “Instead of coming into camp straight off of injury.”

When Eifert is healthy, well, the numbers say it.

There is that .650 winning percentage and those .54 TDs per game. That’s what eight-time Pro Bowler Antonio Gates has in 204 games. No one is near Rob Gronkowksi’s .77 TDs per game, but consider that Jimmy Graham is at .56, Jordan Reed at .43, one-time Pro Bowl MVP Kyle Rudolph at .36, Greg Olsen at .34, Travis Kelce at .29, 10-time Pro Bowler Jason Witten at .28, and Delanie Walker at .19, and you’re looking at a guy that scores with the best of them.

Fantasy Impact:

In 21 games over the last two seasons, Eifert has averaged 3.9 catches for 48 yards and 0.86 TD per game (on 5.8 T/G). That equates to 13.8 PPG (PPR), which is what Travis Kelce averaged last season as fantasy’s #1 tight end. It will be tough for Eifert to maintain that touchdown rate, though he did manage 0.82 TD per game in the 17 games over the last two seasons that A.J. Green also played, which underlines Eifert’s red zone role in the passing game. If his touchdowns regress, he’ll be hard-pressed to make up the difference in receptions or yards, since his targets are low, relatively speaking.

Friday, March 31, 2017, 10:00pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Receiving tight end Gavin Escobar never truly caught on during four seasons in Dallas.

He found a fresh start on Friday.

The former Cowboys second-round pick will sign a one-year deal with the Chiefs, Adam Caplan of ESPN reported. Escobar caught fewer than 10 passes in each of his years with Dallas.

Related players - Travis Kelce

Fantasy Impact:

Kelce is coming off shoulder surgery but is expected to be ready for the start of camp. Escobar was thought to be the successor to Jason Witten in Dallas and is a former second round draft pick, ironically picked ahead of Kelce and Jordan Reed.

Chiefs Beat: Feature back role could be split

Friday, March 31, 2017, 8:05am

ESPN - [Full Article]

From the look of things in late March, it doesn’t appear the Chiefs will have a player get to 1,000 yards rushing next season either. Their featured-back role could be split between Spencer Ware, a soon-to-be-acquired rookie and perhaps either Charcandrick West or recently signed veteran C.J. Spiller.

Fantasy Impact:

The story was mainly about the author feeling the team shouldn't give up on Ware, despite his struggles over the second half after a concussion. It seems pretty likely the Chiefs will be drafting a running back who could make an immediate impact so it looks as if this backfield will need to be sorted out from a fantasy angle. Right now we have Ware ranked 15th so there's still RB2 value.

Monday, March 13, 2017, 9:56am

Adam Schefter - [Full Article]

Former Chiefs' QB Nick Foles is returning to Philadelphia on 2-year deal, per sources.

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce recovering from shoulder surgery

Wednesday, March 1, 2017, 5:52pm

Kansas City Star - [Full Article]

Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce recently underwent surgery on his shoulder, Chiefs coach Andy Reid told The Star at the NFL Combine.

“Trav had his shoulder done — he had it cleaned up,” Reid said Wednesday.

When asked if it was a major injury, Reid shook his head.

“No, I don’t think so,” Reid said. “He’ll probably miss some time throughout the offseason, but he’ll be ready, I believe, for camp.”

Fantasy Impact:

After finishing #6 as a rookie and #8 as a sophomore (in PPR formats), Kelce was the top overall tight end in 2016, though he was #2 in per game average behind Rob Gronkowski. Although his usage isn't as consistent as we'd like, he's primed for another big year in Andy Reid's offense.

Chiefs to release RB Jamaal Charles

Tuesday, February 28, 2017, 2:20pm

Ian Rapoport - [Full Article]

The Chiefs are releasing RB Jamaal Charles, the expected move given his cap number and their signings. He’s healthy after two surgeries.

Fantasy Impact:

Charles is on the wrong side of 30 and is coming off of two knee surgeries. Still, other than 2016, he has averaged at least 5.0 YPC every season and should receive a good amount of attention on the free agent market. The move boosts Spencer Ware's stock, as he's the likely RB1 in Kansas City, pending the draft and free agency.

Chiefs take a flier on RB C.J. Spiller

Friday, February 24, 2017, 10:28am

Terez A. Paylor - [Full Article]

The Chiefs have signed RB C.J. Spiller.

Fantasy Impact:

Spiller has bounced around the league since leaving the Bills. If he makes the team, he'll serve as depth behind Spencer Ware and Jamaal Charles.

Reid: Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill could 'double' his snaps in 2017

Friday, January 27, 2017, 10:39am

Sporting News - [Full Article]

Fantasy football players take note: Tyreek Hill could average as many as 70 snaps a game as a wide receiver and returner in 2017.

So says the coach of Kansas City’s rookie sensation.

“He was averaging 35 plays a game (in 2016),” Andy Reid told co-host Kirk Morrison and me Thursday on SiriusXM NFL Radio. “Maybe he can double that or at least take it up a couple notches and allow him to get in more in a starting role.”

Fantasy Impact:

Per 4for4's Player Snap App, among players who played at least 40% of their team's snaps, Hill ranked first in fantasy points per snap in both standard and PPR formats. He was the #11 fantasy receiver (PPR) after his team's Week 5 bye.

Sunday, January 15, 2017, 7:11pm

Chiefs Inactives
T.J. Barnes DT
Tyler Bray QB
Knile Davis RB
Victor Ochi LB
Mike Person OG
Ross Travis TE
D.J. White CB

Friday, January 13, 2017, 8:14pm

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (rib) took full practice reps all week. Ware is good to go to face the Steelers in tough conditions in Kansas City.

Chargers fire HC Mike McCoy

Sunday, January 1, 2017, 9:27pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

After finishing dead last in the AFC West two years in a row, the Chargers are parting ways with head coach Mike McCoy.

The team confirmed the move on Sunday following San Diego's 37-27 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact:

With San Diego mulling a potential move to Los Angeles, the franchise has extra incentive to start fresh with a coach unlinked to the team's recent string of failure.

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