2014 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Kansas City Chiefs
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Chiefs won't sneak up on anyone this year, so a bit of a dip in wins this season wouldn't be a surprise. They do have a good team, though, and should challenge for a playoff spot. The defense is a bit underrated and the offense gets the job done with Jamaal Charles leading the way. The Chiefs will win their share of games but probably aren't a Super Bowl caliber team just yet. They still need playmakers in the passing game, and Alex Smith needs to take more chances downfield to keep defenses honest.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Tight end Travis Kelce played just a game his rookie season before needing knee surgery. He remains in the plans for the Chiefs, though. He'll serve as the top pass-catching tight end for the Chiefs. He'll get some targets in a passing game looking for options to catch the ball. He could really surprise. Kelce is a talented player with good athleticism and playmaking ability. He also blocks pretty well. It probably is just a matter of time before he is the starting tight end for the Chiefs.
FANTASY DUD
Quarterback Alex Smith remained a game manager more than a different maker in his first season for the Chiefs. He serves this role well but isn't going to be a huge help for fantasy teams unless he is in the right matchup. And the Chiefs still lack some top options in the passing game, which doesn't help Smith. This team will remain a run-first, ball control offense. Smith won't take many shots downfield and post mediocre numbers once again.

Team Notes

Mar 02, 09:52 AM Kansas City Chiefs LB Justin Houston had the franchise tag placed on him Monday, March 2, according to a source.
Mar 01, 02:22 AM Free-agent LB Justin Houston (Chiefs) is moving closer to franchise tag status with the Kansas City Chiefs. There were rumors talks on a new deal had begun, but sources indicate the rumors are false and the team will likely slap the tag on Houston.
Feb 27, 02:32 AM Free-agent SS Kurt Coleman (Chiefs) had his representative meet with the Kansas City Chiefs at the NFL Scouting Combine, and talks were positive. Coleman is likely seeking a deal that pays up to $2 million per season.
Feb 26, 05:42 PM Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce, who led the team with 67 catches and 862 receiving yards in 2014, is expected to be a more prominent part of the passing offense in 2015 after the team released TE Anthony Fasano Thursday, Feb. 26. Kelce was in the lineup for roughly 65% of the snaps last year. However, the Chiefs were most effective with three tight ends in the lineup last year, so they may shop for another tight end in the draft of in free agency.

Fantasy Impact: Kelce is setup to be a legit No. 1 fantasy tight end in 2015. His playing time and targets should increase.
Feb 24, 07:33 AM Free-agent C Rodney Hudson (Chiefs) was the subject of discussion between the Kansas City Chiefs and Hudson's representatives, who met at the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis. Talks will continue between the two sides.
Feb 24, 06:53 AM Mississippi State LB Benardrick McKinney is drawing interest from the Kansas City Chiefs, who may like him as insurance in case free-agent LB Justin Houston (Chiefs) walks away.
Feb 21, 03:22 AM Free-agent CB Ron Parker (Chiefs) is in talks with the Kansas City Chiefs to return to the club in 2015. Parker wants $6 million a season in his contract.
Feb 17, 03:03 PM Free-agent CB Shaquille Richardson (Steelers) recently signed a one-year deal with the Kansas City Chiefs. Financial terms were not disclosed.
Feb 16, 11:13 PM Kansas City Chiefs impending free-agent LB Justin Houston's representation is expected to meet with the team at the NFL Scouting Combine to discuss a contract extension, and a source familiar with the situation said the Chiefs will not designate Houston with a franchise tender prior to the meeting.
Feb 15, 12:42 PM Kansas City Chiefs impending free-agent LB Justin Houston's agent is expected to talk with the Chiefs this week about a possible long-term contract for Houston, according to a source. The Chiefs are expected to place the franchise tag on Houston if the two sides are not able to reach an agreement on a new deal.
Feb 13, 04:42 PM Kansas City Chiefs QB Tyler Bray (knee) likely will not be an option for the No. 2 quarterback job since he will miss offseason workouts and training camp because of a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
Feb 08, 08:02 PM Kansas City Chiefs impending free-agent C Rodney Hudson could fetch more than $7 million per season at the outset of free agency. The team will need to decide if he will be too expensive, if they can use the draft to grab another center, look through free agency or find someone already on the roster like C Eric Kush. Hudson's preference is to stay with the team.
Feb 08, 08:02 PM Kansas City Chiefs impending free-agent C Rodney Hudson could fetch more than $7 million per season at the outset of free agency. The team will need to decide if he will be too expensive, if they can use the draft to grab another center, look through free agency or find someone already on the roster like C Eric Kush. Hudson's preference is to stay with the team.
Feb 08, 08:02 PM Kansas City Chiefs impending free-agent WR Jason Avant is viewed as a good influence in the locker room, but the team must decide if they will try to upgrade.
Feb 08, 08:02 PM Kansas City Chiefs impending free-agent SS Kurt Coleman had a nice season as a fourth safety, but he wants to be a starter.
Feb 08, 04:42 PM Kansas City Chiefs OLB Justin Houston is likely to receive the franchise tag before free agency gets underway next month.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Vance Walker, DT. 

Losses:
Tyson Jackson, DT; Jon Asamoah, G; Kendrick Lewis, S; Branden Albert, OT; Geoff Schwartz, G; Dexter McCluster, WR; Akeem Jordan, LB. 

2014 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  23 Dee FordLB
 # 3  23 Phillip GainesDB
 # 4  24 De'Anthony ThomasRB
 # 5  17 Shaquille RichardsonDB
 # 5  23 Aaron MurrayQB
 # 6  17 Zach FultonOL
 # 6  24 Laurent Duvernay-TardifOL
 Undrafted Cairo SantosK
 Undrafted Albert WilsonWR
 Undrafted Justin JonesTE
 Undrafted Frankie HammondWR

2014 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 7 1:00PM     Tennessee
2     Sep 14 4:25PM     at Denver
3     Sep 21 4:25PM     at Miami
4     Sep 29 8:30PM     New England
5     Oct 5 4:25PM     at San Francisco
-- Week 6 Bye --
7     Oct 19 4:05PM     at San Diego
8     Oct 26 1:00PM     St Louis
9     Nov 2 1:00PM     New York Jets
10     Nov 9 1:00PM     at Buffalo
11     Nov 16 1:00PM     Seattle
12     Nov 20 8:25PM     at Oakland
13     Nov 30 8:30PM     Denver
14     Dec 7 4:05PM     at Arizona
15     Dec 14 1:00PM     Oakland
16     Dec 21 1:00PM     at Pittsburgh
17     Dec 28 1:00PM     San Diego
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