2012 Fantasy Football: Kansas City Chiefs Outlook
The Kansas City Chiefs were fantasy murderers in 2011. I doubt you put a whole lot of faith in Matt Cassel and Tony Moeaki, but if you did, they failed you. Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe and Eric Berry, on the other hand, were big name stars that simply didn’t live up to the hype.
Charles and Berry succumbed to torn acl’s, while Bowe dropped from 15 touchdowns to just five. All the guys mentioned above will be back to healthy, while Bowe should be on the field (holdout). Let’s see what kind of value you should assign to them and the rest of the guys in Kansas City:
QB Matt Cassel
Cassel can’t be trusted. He was weak in 2009, awesome in 2010 and weak in 2011 again. KC doesn’t pass enough to give him much value anyways, so I suggest just staying away from him.
QB Ricky Stanzi
The Chiefs like Stanzi, so he could have a shot at securing the #2 QB gig. He’s probably more stable than Quinn at this point, and if Cassel falters, he could have a shot at taking over under center at some point in 2012.
QB Brady Quinn
Quinn is all muscles and no production. There’s a reason why he hasn’t started a game in years, and he’s not even necessarily a lock to make the final roster.
RB Jamaal Charles
Charles will be a full year removed from his torn acl come week two of the 2012 season, so he’s not like most backs with torn acls. He’s slightly ahead of the curve. You can’t expect his insane 2010 numbers, but he could inch closer to RB1 value as the season carries on. For me, he starts 2012 with rock solid RB2 value.
RB Peyton Hillis
Hillis is reunited with 2010 Browns OC Brian Daboll and the Chiefs want to run 500+ times in 2012, so I like his chances of bouncing back. He won’t run for 1,000 yards, but he could chase 10 scores. When it’s all said and done, he might be a steal as a decent RB2.
RB/WR Dexter McCluster
I’m not sure where to put McCluster yet, but I’ll bet I could fit him in my pocket if I wanted to. He’s versatile and explosive, so he could carry Flex value, or he could have no value at all. Monitor his role leading into the season.
WR Dwayne Bowe
Bowe won’t score 15 touchdowns like he did in 2010, but he’ll get 5-8 scores and 1,000 yards. His contract is the only question, but I don’t have many concerns. You can get him a little later than his ADP at times, which makes him a steal as your WR2.
WR Jonathan Baldwin
Baldwin is still raw, but he has the size and ball skills to be something special. Unfortunately, KC doesn’t pass enough to boost his value too much. He’s worth a late-round flier, but he’s no sure thing entering his second season.
WR Steve Breaston
Breaston is the safety net operating out of the slot, so he should be good for 60-70 receptions. He doesn’t score much, though, so his value seems to be pretty capped in non-PPR leagues. He might have decent WR3 value some weeks, but he’s inconsistent.
TE Tony Moeaki
Moeaki is returning from a torn acl, but if healthy and used properly, he could have borderline TE1 upside. I grade him as a TE2 considering the injury and his offense.
TE Kevin Boss
Boss should play second fiddle to Moeaki and doesn’t hold a ton of value unless Moeaki struggles or gets hurt again.
K Ryan Succop
Succop is a consistent, reliable kicker and his offense sputters enough to give him plenty of field goal tries. You could do a lot better in the kicking department, however.
KC is a nasty, young unit that could be a top-10 fantasy defense if everything falls together. Their offense hurts their consistency, though.
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