Alex Smith - QBPosted 1/29/15 3:51pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith needs more weapons around him, according to impending free-agent LB Justin Houston. He believes the Chiefs can win a championship with Smith. "For the past two years we had winning seasons. This year, I feel like our offensive line struggled a little bit, we had some injuries that caused him to get sacked more than usual. But I think we can do it," Houston noted.
Huddle Up: The Chiefs neglected to add WR help last offseason and wound up with a wideout corps that inexplicably failed to catch a TD pass all season. Don't look for K.C. to make this same mistake this offseason.
Dwayne Bowe - WRPosted 1/7/15 12:41am ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe is a candidate to be cut this offseason if the team can't work out a reduced contract with him.
Huddle Up: As if the group's zero TD catches wasn't a clear-enough signal, the Chiefs possess one of the league's weakest WR corps, and Bowe's 60 catches for 754 yards is more suited for a No. 2 WR role. Look for K.C. to make a move for a top-level wideout -- either via free-agency or the draft -- after failing to address the need last offseason.
Alex Smith - QBPosted 12/26/14 2:53pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith will not play in the team's Week 17 game after suffering a lacerated spleen in last Sunday's loss to the Steelers. Chase Daniel will start the Week 17 finale against the Chargers.
Huddle Up: Tough news, particularly leading up to a must-win game for the Chiefs and Smith, who is coming off his three highest passing-yardage games (293, 297 & 311) of the season over the last three outings.
Chase Daniel - QBPosted 12/26/14 2:54pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Chase Daniel is expected to start in the team's Week 17 game after it was announced that starter Alex Smiuth suffered a lacerated spleen in the Week 16 loss against the Steelers.
Huddle Up: Daniel, a career backup, has made one career start, and ironically it came in last season's regular-season finale against the Chargers in which he finished 21-of-30 for 200 yards and a TD. He also ran for 59 yards on seven carries and is certainly a viable pickup if you've been counting on Smith and your waiver wire is bare.
Dwayne Bowe - WRPosted 12/22/14 8:00pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe (shoulder) is dealing with what the team is calling a sprained shoulder, and his availability for Week 17 against the San Diego Chargers is in question. However, head coach Andy Reid is optimistic that Bowe will be able to play in the season finale. Bowe missed all of practice last week while dealing with the flu and still caught six passes for 57 yards in Week 16. "Knowing Dwayne, he doesn't miss much,' Reid said. "I think he'll be OK once it's all said and done here. We've got a little different schedule because of Christmas, and we'll practice tomorrow. It will be a stretch for him to practice to be able to do that tomorrow but as the week goes on, he'll be there."
Huddle Up: Bowe has 57 catches for 724 yards but no TDs this season as the K.C. WR scoreless drought drones on. If you're counting on Bowe in the regular-season finale, monitor the late-week practice reports coming out of K.C.
Dwayne Bowe - WRPosted 12/19/14 6:35pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe (flu) did not practice for the third straight day this week Friday, Dec. 19, and is questionable for Week 16 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. However, head coach Andy Reid is confident that Bowe will play against the Steelers. "He's taken in some fluids and trying to maintain keeping those fluids in," Reid said. "We'll just see how he does. He is making improvement, but he did not practice today."
Huddle Up: Sounds like a nasty bug but he figures to be well enough by Sunday. Whether he can break the K.C. WR TD drought, though, remains very doubtful.
Dwayne Bowe - WRPosted 12/18/14 10:10pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Dwayne Bowe missed his second straight practice due to an illness Thursday, Dec. 18.
Huddle Up: Bowe has missed the team's first two practices of the week but should be good to go come Sunday in Pittsburgh.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 12/13/14 5:55pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee, ankle) is expected to have a full workload Sunday, Dec. 14, according to head coach Andy Reid.
Huddle Up: Charles is locked in as a Top 3 fantasy back this week. Fantasy owners should have no worries.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 12/12/14 5:59pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (ankle, knee) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 12, and is listed as probable for Week 15.
Huddle Up: Count on the stud Charles as usual.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 12/11/14 11:36pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee, ankle) was limited in practice Thursday, Dec. 11.
Huddle Up: Charles was back on the field Thursday after a well-deserved maintenance day/day of rest and recuperation Wednesday. His fantasy owners can proceed with confidence this week.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 12/10/14 1:48pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee, ankle) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Dec. 10.
Huddle Up: A late-season first practice of the week so don't get too concerned -- especially given the Sunday Charles just went through.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 12/8/14 3:59pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (ankle, knee) is dealing with a swollen knee and an ankle injury, according to head coach Andy Reid.
Huddle Up: Backup Knile Davis could see more carries going forward but Charles touches the ball so much, it shouldn't impact his fantasy value. Charles is expected to play in Week 15 against the Raiders.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 12/5/14 2:18pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles had just 14 touches (10 runs, four catches) in the team's Week 13 loss to the Denver Broncos, and offensive coordinator Doug Pederson realizes that the team needs to put the ball in Charles' hands more often to close out the season. Charles' 35 rushing yards against the Broncos was his lowest total of the year since Week 2 when he was injured. "We as a staff, and me as a coordinator, I have to allow him to touch the football as often as we can," Pederson said. "You look at the stat sheet and look at the targets and the number of touches that guys get, and then you go back and say, 'Oh, I wish I would have done this or I wish I would have done that, or more of this or less of that,' after the game, win or lose."
Huddle Up: Definitely expect more work for the Chiefs' No. 1 weapon on Sunday as they desperately need to snap out of their two-game skid to keep pace in the tight AFC playoff race. Having Charles score in seven straight games, though, has definitely been a nice consolation prize for his fantasy owners.
Eric Berry - SPosted 11/24/14 8:09pm ET
The Kansas City Chiefs placed SS Eric Berry (illness) on the Non-Football Illness list Monday, Nov. 24, according to a source. Berry will miss the rest of the season. Berry underwent an MRI on his chest, which revealed a mass in his chest. The team believes he has lymphoma, but there is no definite diagnosis.
Huddle Up: A tough story coming out of K.C today, and first here's hoping for the best for Berry. In the meantime, it'll mean the Chiefs' secondary will have to adjust on the fly without their leader, who's had 37 total tackles and two passes defensed in 6 games this season. Ron Parker is slated to take over at SS with Husain Abdullah at FS.
Travis Kelce - TEPosted 11/18/14 11:35pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (ribs, shoulder) fully participated in practice Tuesday, Nov. 18.
Huddle Up: Kelce has been dealing with nagging injuries all season but hasn't missed a start. The Chiefs' run-heavy offense, though, is limiting his targets and he's had only 5 catches for 56 yards and no scores over the last two games.
Alex Smith - QBPosted 11/15/14 10:29am ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith's average pass has only traveled 5.6 yards past the line of scrimmage this season, which is the shortest distance among quarterbacks in the NFL.
Huddle Up: Despite having a head coach with a pass happy reputation, the Chiefs have yet to ratchet up their passing attack with Smith. He's failed to reach 200 yards passing in 4 of the last 7 games, and failed to toss a touchdown in 2 of the last 3. No doubt having one of the least talented WR corps in the league isn't helping.
Travis Kelce - TEPosted 11/13/14 11:54pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce is ready for a bigger workload after his package was limited earlier in the season due to his playbook knowledge, according to head coach Andy Reid.
Huddle Up: Kelce's workload will most definitely increase if fellow TE Anthony Fasano is unable to play Sunday with a knee injury having kept him out of practice so far this week.
Alex Smith - QBPosted 10/31/14 5:36pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith (shoulder) practiced in full for the third straight day Friday, Oct. 31, and is probable for Week 9 against the New York Jets.
Huddle Up: Smith will be a full go Sunday and is a sneaky good QB start going against a Jets' defense that is surrendering the second most fantasy points to opposing QBs.
Alex Smith - QBPosted 10/30/14 7:37pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith (shoulder) practiced in full for the second straight day Thursday, Oct. 30.
Huddle Up: There was concern earlier in the week when it was surprisingly revealed that Smith had suffered a shoulder injury in last week's rout of the Rams, but his 2 straight days of full work so far leave little doubt that he'll be ready for the Week 9 tilt against the Jets.
Travis Kelce - TEPosted 10/30/14 11:58pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (ribs) practiced in full Thursday, Oct. 30, after being limited Wednesday, Oct. 29.
Huddle Up: Kelce has been dealing with the rib issue for several weeks now but hasn't missed a start. He has a favorable Week 9 matchup against the Jets, who allow the fourth most fantasy points to opposing TEs.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 10/29/14 9:20pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (back) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 29.
Huddle Up: Charles will start against the Jets and while New York has a strong rush defense, Charles is still a Top 3 fantasy back this week.
Alex Smith - QBPosted 10/27/14 3:51pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith (shoulder) is expected to play in Week 9 even with a sprained throwing shoulder.
Huddle Up: Smith injured his shoulder last week and the Chiefs went to a conservative gameplan against the Rams. Expect more of the same on Sunday versus the Jets if Smith isn't 100 percent.
Alex Smith - QBPosted 10/27/14 11:03pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith suffered a shoulder injury in the team's Week 8 game.
Huddle Up: K.C. coach Andy Reid said Monday that the QB has a sprained right throwing shoulder but is optimistic that he'll be able to practice Wednesday when the team resumes workouts. Definitely a situation to monitor.
Travis Kelce - TEPosted 10/24/14 6:13pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (ribs) practiced in full Friday, Oct. 24, and is probable for Week 8 against the St. Louis Rams.
Huddle Up: You can continue to count on Kelce, who leads K.C. in targets and has scored in 3 of the last 4 games.
Travis Kelce - TEPosted 10/23/14 6:50pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (ribs) was limited again in practice Thursday, Oct. 23.
Huddle Up: Kelce has taken it slow so far this week, but there's no indication that he's in any danger of missing Sunday's game against the Rams. Stay tuned, though ...
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 10/22/14 3:48pm ET
Updating a previous report, Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles showed no signs of a concussion when he was checked after a helmet-to-helmet hit in Week 7, according to trainer Rick Burkholder. However, Charles said he was never checked, and he said after the game that the hit was no big deal. He changed his tune after the game: 'It definitely hurt,' Charles said. 'A couple plays later, I just (saw) this light buzz around my eyes and I was trying to catch 'em. But I was like, 'Let's get the ball and run again.'' Charles had other concussion symptoms, as well, but didn't think he had a concussion. He was cleared from the concussion protocol Tuesday, Oct. 21, and was cleared to practice Wednesday, Oct. 22, but the team will continue to monitor him.
Huddle Up: Sounds like Charles and his fantasy owners might have dodged a Week 7 bullet. He should be good to go for Sunday's game against the Rams but keep an eye on him just in case.
Donnie Avery - WRPosted 10/15/14 3:44pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Donnie Avery (groin) has been ruled out for Week 7, according to head coach Andy Reid.
Huddle Up: The bye week wasn't sufficient to get Avery healed up, and K.C.'s leader in WR targets (24) will miss a second straight game, meaning more looks for Dwayne Bowe, Junior Hemingway and the TE duo of Travis Kelce and Anthony Fasano.
Alex Smith - QBPosted 10/9/14 12:07am ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith lost a touchdown pass after an official stat change from Week 5. Originally, he was credited with a touchdown pass to RB De'Anthony Thomas, but that has been changed to a touchdown run, as the pass was deemed a lateral.
Huddle Up: This will effect fantasy owners who started Smith, most likely in two-quarterback leagues.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 10/8/14 12:15am ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles has averaged more than 5 yards per carry in each of the past two games, and offensive line coach Doug Pederson said improved play from the offensive line has helped boost the rushing attack.
Huddle Up: Charles has gotten back on track after some early-season usage and injury issues, but he will be challenged immediately after the Week 6 bye going against the rushing defenses of Chargers, Rams, Jets, Bills and Seahawks.
Jamaal Charles - RBPosted 10/3/14 8:20pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 3, and is listed as probable for Week 5.
Huddle Up: Charles will start against the 49ers this week and is a RB1 like always.
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