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Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Team Talk: Kansas City Chiefs

By Adam Filadelfo (@Frostt24)

It's time to head over to the AFC West where the Chiefs reside. Coming off of a season where the Chiefs won only two games, 2013 saw Kansas City hire Andy Reid and take a two win team to the playoffs in only a year. Along the way, the Chiefs didn't provide fantasy owners with too many stars and 2014 looks like the Chiefs may give fantasy owners the same handful of players again.

Alex Smith
- Alex Smith gave fantasy owners quite the spark in 2013. He may not have ended the fantasy season as a top quarterback, but he was definitely worthy of holding a roster spot on any fantasy team. Smith averaged over 20 fantasy points a game and is set up to post similar numbers this season as well. While he will not wow fantasy owners, he can provide value as a backup or bye week fill in.

Dwayne Bowe- Bowe has completely fallen off the fantasy radar and is barely an afterthought to fantasy owners. His dismal 2013 performance will more than likely carry over into this season and can not be counted on at all. 2013 saw Dwayne Bowe average less than seven fantasy points per game and in the process soured fantasy owners from having him on their roster.

Donnie Avery- There isn't any fantasy relevance to Donnie Avery whatsoever. There was a week or two where Avery would produce for fantasy owners and then completely fall off the face of the earth after. With two worthless receivers in Bowe and Avery, it's amazing that Alex Smith had as good of a fantasy season as he did. He can thank Jamaal Charles for that.

Jamaal Charles- Arguably, one of the top two fantasy backs in 2013. With almost 1,300 rushing yards and another 693 receiving, Jamaal Charles gave fantasy owners 19 total touchdowns on top of that. He was the Chiefs leading rusher and receiver and even missed a game along the way. He averaged almost 21 fantasy points per game and should have no problems repeating as a top fantasy running back again in 2014.

Knile Davis- Davis is more than a reliable backup but as far as fantasy value goes, will not hold fantasy relevance unless Jamaal Charles goes down with an injury and even though Charles did miss a game in 2013, there's no reason to think he will miss significant time to make Knile Davis worth owning unless you're in a really deep league and can afford the roster spot. Of course if Charles does miss time, you will want to own Davis.

D/ST- Last season, the Kansas City defense was the top fantasy defense for the first half of the season. The second half was a totally different story. 2014 could see the Chiefs defense as a top fantasy unit again with the addition of pass rusher Dee Ford from Auburn being selected with the 23rd overall pick.