There is still work to do for the Kansas City Chiefs in 2014. How do their fantasy projections look as the process unfolds?
For most of 2013 the Chiefs offense was Jamaal Charles left, right and up the middle. His ability to run and catch led the way for their remarkable turnaround. There is worry that his body cannot continue to take the hits it has, but at age 27 Charles should continue to create big plays in abundance.
Kansas City Chiefs defense
The other key factor in the turnaround last season was the Kansas City Chiefs defense. Led by a dynamite pass rush featuring Justin Houston, Tamba Hali and Dontari Poe, the Chiefs suffocated many opponents. Good health will be paramount to seeing a repeat this season, that and the development of 1st round pick Dee Ford.
Contract disputes aside, Alex Smith ended 2013 with one of the best games of his career. Though the Chiefs lost, it seems he has matured in the offense under Andy Reid. Concerns linger about the losses on the offensive line, but if Smith gets protected he can produce for fantasy owners in the right situations.
Another guy who picked the playoffs to play his best football. Dwayne Bowe is getting paid a lot of money by the Kansas City Chiefs to be their #1 receiver. He didn’t play like it most of last year but his breakout in Indianapolis was an encouraging sign that he might still regain his Pro Bowl form.
Chiefs fans never got a chance to see what Coach Reid had in mind for tight end Travis Kelce. The standout tight end from Cincinnati was hurt before he ever got to see the field. Now he’s healthy and expected to compete with Anthony Fasano for playing time. If he progresses as expected, he could emerge as a credible threat, especially in the red zone.
One thing Andy Reid loves is speedy offensive weapons. That perfectly encapsulates why the Chiefs drafted Oregon running back De’Anthony Thomas. He may be looked at as a replacement for offensive utility man Dexter McCluster but his value as a playmaker will be intriguing to watch for fantasy owners.