After a crushing playoff loss the season prior, the Kansas City Chiefs were hoping to go back to the playoffs in 2014. Unfortunately, Andy Reid’s team dropped four of five games after starting the season 7-3. The Chiefs finished with an underwhelming record of 9-7 and failed to reach the postseason. With the addition of Pro Bowl WR Jeremy Maclin, the Chiefs believe they’ve solved their offensive problems and can get back to the playoffs in 2015.
ALEX SMITH – Smith was pretty much himself in 2014, he threw 464 passes for 3,265 yards, 18 touchdowns, and six interceptions. Smith also fumbled three times. All in all, Smith shouldn’t be looked at as a starting fantasy football quarterback. His career averages can be topped by more than half the league and the Chiefs rely heavily on Pro Bowl running back, Jamaal Charles. If you’re really interested in Smith, look for him in matchups against teams with poor passing defenses and hope he can find either Maclin or Kelce in the end zone. “The Machine” projects Smith to be selected in the 13th round.
JAMAAL CHARLES – Jamaal Charles is by far the Chiefs most valuable player, in terms of fantasy news or not. Charles eclipsed 1,000 yards for the third consecutive season and scored 14 total touchdowns. With Le’Veon Bell serving a three game suspension to start the season, Charles may be the top running back in the draft. He’s undoubtedly a first round pick and think twice before you pass on him. As for Knile Davis, the shifty back is one of the elite handcuffs, but also potentially standalone option in deeper leagues.
JEREMY MACLIN – Maclin is coming off the best season of his career, in Philadelphia, where he caught 85 passes, gathered 1,318 receiving yards and scored 10 touchdowns. To top it off, Maclin didn’t fumble in 16 regular season games. While Maclin could be one of the league’s most talented receivers, expect his numbers to decline in Kansas City. This mainly due to Philly’s pass first style versus KC’s run first style. In 2014, the Eagles ranked fifth in passing attempts with 621 while the Chiefs ranked 28th with 493. Play style aside, don’t be surprised if Maclin comes close 1,000 yards receiving, just don’t expect him to score 10 times. “The Machine” projects Maclin as a third round pick.
TRAVIS KELCE – Chiefs’ tight end, Travis Kelce, had a breakout campaign in 2014 where he put himself in the same conversation as the league’s best tight ends. He played in all 16 games, caught 67 passes for 862 yards and scored five touchdowns. Kelce did, however, fumble four times. With Jeremy Maclin in Kansas City, quarterback Alex Smith now has a new go-to target. However, Maclin’s presence could allow for more attention leaving Kelce with solid matchups and the potential to eclipse the five touchdown mark. Look for Kelce in round seven as he is comparable to Bears’ tight end, Martellus Bennett.
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