Kareem Hunt - RBPosted 2/19/18 8:10pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt led the NFL - among players who recorded at least 175 carries - with 4.63 yards gained after defenders closed within one yard of him in 2017, according to Next Gen Stats.
Huddle Up: This should come as no surprise to any of his owners, as Hunt routinely used exceptional balance and power to keep his feet after he got past the first level of defenders. Spencer Ware's return in 2018 could make a repeat of his league-leading rushing campaign unlikely, but Hunt has all the makings of being the next great Andy Reid running back.
Patrick Mahomes - QBPosted 2/2/18 8:10pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes is 'way ahead of schedule' in his development, according to one of his coaches.
Huddle Up: The Chiefs put their faith in Mahomes when they dealt Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins this week. Mahomes has a huge arm, and he'll be a QB2 in 2018 with tons of upside, especially in keeper formats.
Patrick Mahomes - QBPosted 2/1/18 8:47pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce said that he knows QB Patrick Mahomes is 'ready for the opportunity' and that the club can 'without a doubt' win a championship with Mahomes under center. 'He can throw the ball any way, he can throw it off his back foot and he can jump and throw, he can throw the ball anywhere, any way you need for it to be thrown,' Kelce added. 'His confidence is definitely one of the best attributes to his game.'
Huddle Up: One of the biggest transitions in all of football next season will see how the Chiefs fare moving on from Alex Smith to Mahomes, their 2017 first-round pick whom they drafted out of Texas Tech. The 22-year-old received one start in his rookie campaign -- a meaningless Week 17 tilt in Denver -- and didn't disappoint, racking up 284 yards on 62.9 percent passing. While his ceiling is high, he'll begin the season as more of an option for two-quarterback formats.
Patrick Mahomes - QBPosted 1/31/18 7:48am ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes is expected to enter the 2018 season as the starter with the trade of QB Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins.
Huddle Up: Mahomes has a big arm, and the combination of him and Tyreek Hill is tantalizing. He'll be a QB2 in fantasy with some upside.
Alex Smith - QBPosted 1/31/18 12:40pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith has played relatively poorly against the NFC East in his career. In 18 career games versus the division Smith has averaged a scanty 217.4 yards and 1.2 touchdowns. Smith will be playing eight games in the NFC East.
Huddle Up: Smith is coming off a career year in which he threw for over 4,000 yards and 26 touchdowns. Furthermore, his yardage has increased each season since 2014. While he's not a reliable week-to-week No. 1 fantasy quarterback, he's a high-end backup option.
Alex Smith - QBPosted 1/30/18 9:18am ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith told The Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday, Jan. 30, that his preference is to return to the team in 2018.
Huddle Up: It's not like Smith could have realistically answered with anything else, although he acknowledged the situation is out of his control. Usually, a 33-year-old quarterback coming off a career season doesn't have to face such questions, but Kansas City seems to be itching to get the Patrick Mahomes era started as soon as possible. The Jacksonville Jaguars and Cleveland Browns are among the destinations that make the most sense at the moment if/when Smith gets traded this spring.
Alex Smith - QBPosted 1/30/18 3:56pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith has played 13 seasons in the NFL but is not close to hanging up his cleats. 'I love what I do too much, I love the challenge of it, I still feel great, my body feels great,' Smith said.
Huddle Up: Smith has quietly put up consistent numbers over the last few years, but he doesn't do enough to be considered a weekly QB1 option. While his future is unclear as of now, he will likely be in high-end QB2 territory no matter what jersey he's wearing.
Alex Smith - QBPosted 1/30/18 6:56pm ET
The Kansas City Chiefs reportedly reached an agreement to trade QB Alex Smith to the Washington Redskins on Tuesday, Jan. 30. While the compensation the Chiefs will receive has yet to be released and any trade involving Smith can?t be completed until the first day of the new league year (3 p.m. on March 14), sources say the deal is in place and will proceed.
Huddle Up: Smith was expected to attract a second-round pick, so it's a fair bet the Redskins gave up at least that much. The trade obviously clears a path for rookie Patrick Mahomes to take over, and he will certainly enter 2018 as a wild-card for fantasy purposes. Mahomes has a huge arm and can create plays with his leges, but with only a Week 17 game under his belt this year, he is still plenty raw. He should be considered an inconsistent QB2 for fantasy purposes this summer.
Alex Smith - QBPosted 1/30/18 7:08pm ET
The Washington Redskins reportedly reached an agreement to acquire Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith on Tuesday, Jan. 30. While the compensation the Chiefs will receive has yet to be released and any trade involving Smith can?t be completed until the first day of the new league year (3 p.m. on March 14), sources say the deal is in place and will proceed.
Huddle Up: So long, Kirk Cousins. The Redskins also reportedly signed Smith to a four-year extension, so Cousins will be on the move and Smith has some degree of stability as he enters his age-34 season in 2018. Smith won't have quite the offensive firepower he had to work with in Kansas City, so owners should be prepared to lower their expectations for him back down to pre-2017 levels, making him an unexciting QB2 for fantasy purposes.
Alex Smith - QBPosted 1/30/18 7:23pm ET
Washington Redskins QB Alex Smith, who was reportedly traded from the Kansas City Chiefs late in the night Tuesday, Jan. 30, has agreed to a four-year, $94 million contract extension that will keep him with the Redskins though the end of the 2022 season. The deal will reportedly include approximately $70 million in guaranteed money. Per NFL rules, the trade cannot be officially completed until the first day of the new league year (3 p.m. on March 14).
Huddle Up: The extension was part of the agreement to get the trade done - Smith had only one year remaining on his old deal - and he will be under contract through his age-38 season. While the official compensation has yet to be announced, NFL.com's Ian Rapoport reports it will include a third-round pick and a player to be named Wednesday. Smith provides Washington with a solid option under center as it moves on from Kirk Cousins, but he figures to fall back into QB2 territory as a result of the trade.
Kareem Hunt - RBPosted 1/28/18 8:52pm ET
Georgia RB Sony Michel reminds Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com of Kansas City RB Kareem Hunt, and Jeremiah believes Michel is capable of making a similar impact in the NFL.
Huddle Up: It will take the perfect situation for Michel to approach Hunt's rookie numbers, but he has all the tools to be an every-down back. At the very least, Michel can be targeted early in rookie drafts.
Travis Kelce - TEPosted 1/16/18 2:34pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (concussion) will not participate in the Pro Bowl due to a concussion he suffered in the playoffs. Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker has been named as Kelce's replacement.
Huddle Up: No surprise. Teams don't want their star players risking aggravation in a game that doesn't count for anything. Kelce has a concussion history, too, which makes the absence even more logical. He remains a candidate to be one of the first three tight ends selected in 2018 fantasy drafts.
Alex Smith - QBPosted 1/9/18 6:18am ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith could be an option for the Cleveland Browns after the Browns hired general manager John Dorsey, in the opinion of The Cleveland Plain Dealer's Dan Labbe. Dorsey was the Chiefs' general manager when he acquired Smith from the San Francisco 49ers.
Huddle Up: Smith was one of the best quarterbacks in fantasy through the first four weeks of 2017, but he was inconsistent the rest of the way. He finished as a midrange QB1, and that might not be attainable with a different roster. There are options in that low-end QB1/high-end QB2 range with more upside.
Travis Kelce - TEPosted 1/7/18 7:31pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (concussion) 'probably would have been alright' for a playoff game this coming weekend had the Chiefs defeated the Tennessee Titans, head coach Andy Reid said Sunday, Jan. 7.
Huddle Up: Kelce turned in his second straight 1,000-yard campaign in 2017, and he has topped 800 yards in all four of his seasons in the league. He is no worse than the No. 2 fantasy tight end heading into 2018.
Alex Smith - QBPosted 1/6/18 9:12am ET
The Kansas City Chiefs will not actively seek out trade partners for QB Alex Smith this offseason, but they will listen, according to NFL.com's Ian Rapoport, who speculated the one thing that may cause 'all sides to pull back' is if the Chiefs make a run to the Super Bowl.
Huddle Up: Kansas City drafted its quarterback of the future last spring in Patrick Mahomes, who has consistently turned heads in practice and left another positive impression by going 22-of-35 for 284 yards with an interception against the Denver Broncos in his first career start in Week 17. If Smith is put on the market, there will be no shortage of suitors, with former Chiefs boss John Dorsey - now with the Cleveland Browns - at the top of the list.
Albert Wilson - WRPosted 1/6/18 12:16pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Albert Wilson (hamstring) is officially active for the Wild Card playoff game against the Tennessee Titans.
Huddle Up: Wilson posted some solid performances during the regular season and should have a decent role in the passing game against the Titans. He can be at least a flex option in fantasy leagues.
Travis Kelce - TEPosted 1/6/18 3:10pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (head) left the Wild Card game early after taking a hit to the head and was taken to the locker room.
Huddle Up: Kelce will go through the concussion protocol and will not return to the game if he is diagnosed with a concussion. Owners will need to monitor the situation because Kelce would be questionable if the team advances to the Divisional Round.
Travis Kelce - TEPosted 1/6/18 3:32pm ET
Updating a previous report, Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (concussion) suffered a concussion during the Wild Card playoff game and has been ruled out for the rest of the game.
Huddle Up: Kelce will need to pass the concussion tests before he is allowed to play again, so he will be considered questionable if the team advances in the playoffs. Owners will need to monitor Kelce's situation next week if the Chiefs beat the Tennessee Titans.
Alex Smith - QBPosted 1/6/18 5:14pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith went 24-for-33 for 264 yards and two touchdowns in a Wild Card loss to the Tennessee Titans.
Huddle Up: Smith did all he could to keep the Chiefs from surrendering a 19-point halftime lead. In the end Smith completed about three-fourths of his passes with no glaring mistakes. Look to see where Smith ends up in 2018. Right now he's a lower-end QB1 but that could change if Smith goes to a team with fewer offensive weapons.
Tyreek Hill - WRPosted 1/6/18 5:31pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill caught seven of his 11 targeted passes for 87 yards in a 22-21 loss to the Tennessee Titans. He also ran one time for 14 yards.
Huddle Up: Hill remains a dominant WR1 option for most fantasy owners, but if Alex Smith leaves Kansas City via trade then his rating could take a hit. It all depends on how well Hill would mesh with Patrick Mahomes, the Chiefs' QB-in-waiting.
Kareem Hunt - RBPosted 1/6/18 5:24pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt ran 11 times for 42 yards and scored a touchdown in his team's 22-21 loss to the Tennessee Titans in Wild Card action.
Huddle Up: Hunt rebounded in the second half of the season after a hot start and cool middle of the year. He remains Kansas City's No. 1 running option heading into 2018 and a low RB1 or high-end RB2 in most leagues.
Demarcus Robinson - WRPosted 1/6/18 5:56pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Demarcus Robinson caught four passes for 57 yards and a touchdown in a 22-21 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
Huddle Up: Robinson could climb the ladder from WR2 if Patrick Mahomes becomes Kansas City's quarterback, so stay tuned. Mahomes and Robinson developed strong chemistry.
Travis Kelce - TEPosted 1/6/18 5:36pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (concussion) caught all four of his targeted passes for 66 yards and a touchdown during the Wild Card game Saturday, Jan. 6, against the Tennessee Titans. Kelce would leave the game and enter concussion protocol.
Huddle Up: Kelce remains one of Kansas City's top offensive weapons, but keep an eye on the QB situation. It will take some time for Kelce to warm up to a new signal-caller if there is one. Still, pencil Kelce in as a TE1 for the offseason.
Albert Wilson - WRPosted 1/4/18 1:42pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Albert Wilson (hamstring) fully participated in practice Thursday, Jan. 4, but is listed as questionable for the Wild Card playoff game.
Huddle Up: Wilson appears to be on track to play against the Tennessee Titans, but owners should check the inactive list for his official status. He should receive a decent amount of targets during the game and could be a flex option for owners.
Albert Wilson - WRPosted 1/3/18 4:35pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Albert Wilson (hamstring) was limited during practice Wednesday, Jan. 3.
Huddle Up: Wilson is coming off an outstanding Week 17 performance when he posted 10 receptions and 147 yards. He has been targeted 19 times in the last two games and should have a decent role in the passing game. He could be a flex option in some fantasy leagues.
Demarcus Robinson - WRPosted 12/30/17 7:43pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Demarcus Robinson is expected to see 'plenty of action' against the Denver Broncos in Week 17, according to Blair Kerkhoff of the Kansas City Star.
Huddle Up: With Kansas City resting many of its starters, Robinson will have a chance to show to make an impact. He could be a DFS Hail Mary, but keep in mind that rookie quarterback Patrick Mahomes is starting, and Denver's secondary presents a tough matchup.
De'Anthony Thomas - WRPosted 12/30/17 8:25pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR De'Anthony Thomas is expected to have a big role against the Denver Broncos in Week 17.
Huddle Up: The Chiefs are resting several starters, so Thomas should see plenty of snaps. Patrick Mahomes' big arm and Thomas' big-play speed could hook up for a long play, but Thomas is still no more than a DFS dart throw.
Tyreek Hill - WRPosted 12/29/17 2:00pm ET
Kansas City Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill (non-injury) did not participate in practice Friday, Dec. 29, and has been ruled out for Week 17.
Huddle Up: The Chiefs are holding Hill out of the Week 17 game to make sure he will be ready for playoffs. Albert Wilson could receive more targets during the game but is not a strong fantasy option.
Charcandrick West - RBPosted 12/28/17 9:41am ET
Kansas City Chiefs RB Charcandrick West (illness) is out of practice Thursday, Dec. 28.
Huddle Up: The team could hold Kareem Hunt out for Week 17, and West would be a highlighted one-week play against the Denver Broncos.
Patrick Mahomes - QBPosted 12/27/17 9:59am ET
Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid announced QB Patrick Mahomes will make his first career start in Week 17 against the Denver Broncos.
Huddle Up: It's a smart move by the Chiefs, who are locked into the fourth seed in the AFC and have nothing to gain by rolling out Alex Smith. The rookie is blessed with the rocket arm and has drawn both good and bad comparisons to Brett Favre, but he's in for a tough first start against a revitalized Denver defense. He's a QB2 at best in Week 17.
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