Fantasy Football Quarterbacks to Own –
There is only one Quarterback worth mentioning on the Kansas City Chiefs roster; Matt Cassel. The last time Matt Cassel was a useful Fantasy football quarterback was when he took over for Tom Brady in New England due to a horrendous knee injury. Since then his play has been paltry at best. I cannot recommend starting Matt unless you are in the deepest of leagues or in a two quarterback league. The backups are not even worth mentioning in a fantasy football article.
Fantasy Football Running Backs to Own –
The year 2011 was not kind to the Chief’s running backs. Jamaal Charles went down for the count in week 2 with a nasty knee injury, killing most of his owners’ seasons. Charles should be back with a vengeance this season and I cannot help but feel like he is a little underrated. Most of the pundits have Charles ranking somewhere around 10 amongst fantasy football running backs. As you might imagine I am a bit higher on Jamaal Charles in 2012. We are talking about a guy who was a top 4 overall pick in 2011. On top of that, he sustained his injury very early on in the season giving him months upon months of recovery and rehab time. If you land Charles in the second or third round make sure you let your league mates know just how dumb they are for letting him fall that far. Some will site the arrival of Peyton Hillis as a sign to run away from Charles; on the contrary I am buying both players! Charles will rack up massive yardage with some longer scores and Hillis will bash it for the touch down inside the 5 yard line. Charles has always had a touchdown vulture on his team (see; Thomas Jones) so the arrival of Hillis should not affect his value too much. Pair these two proven runners with a pedestrian passing game and I think you have a recipe for success. Consider this as well, what if one of them gets hurt? All of a sudden you have one of fantasy football’s most coveted items – a true feature running back!
Fantasy Football Wide Receivers to Own –
As of this writing Dwayne Bowe is holding out of training camp. If he returns he is without a doubt the top target on the team. Even with the mish-mash quarterback situation last season Bowe still finished 7 in the entire league in targets with 142. Is he elite? No. But there is a lot of skill and potential to be had with a very low price tag attached. Half of fantasy football is perceived value. If you understand what Bowe is vs. what Bowe can be you’ll pick him up as your third fantasy football wide receiver. Beyond Bowe you will find a few interesting fantasy football wide receivers; Jon Baldwin and Steve Breaston. Breaston should only be started in the deepest of leagues or in desperate times (Monday night miracle?) Baldwin on the other hand has a great skill set and all sorts of potential. The problem here is the quarterback play. Cassel simply lacks the talent and ability to feed this many mouths. For Fantasy purposes the only wide receiver you should be starting on the regular basis should be Dwayne Bowe. Savvy fantasy football managers will keep Baldwin and Breaston on the back burner for a rainy day.
Fantasy Football Tight Ends to Own –
One thing we know about weak quarterbacks is that they lean on their tight ends. Matt Cassel certainly fits that profile. Cassel and tight end Tony Moeaki showed some great chemistry before Tony went down with an injury. We will have to see how Moeaki has bounced back from this injury, but if they pick where they left off he could be a sneaky selection for 7-10 touchdowns this season. I am not drafting him nor am I drafting his backup, Kevin boss, but both are on my radar.
Fantasy Football Kickers to Own –
Steer clear of this one. Ryan Succop is nothing special on an offense that will most likely stall out. As far as kickers go, you want guys on high octane offenses scoring tons of points. Succop will have weeks where he produces but I think you can look elsewhere for a more reliable option. I do not think the Chief’s offense will be terrible I just think you can do better at the fantasy football place kicker position.
Defense / Special Teams –
This defense has potential. They historically get gashed week in and week out but they have thrown draft pick after draft pick trying to bolster the defense as a whole. They are in a division currently with low output offenses so they could be a sneaky defense/special teams play. I would play the match-ups at first, but this is definitely a defense on the rise. For IDP purposes, linebacker Derrick Johnson was stellar last season racking up over 100 tackles with 3 turnovers and 2 sacks. Look for Johnson to build on those numbers in 2012.
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