2015 DRAFT GUIDE
Team Grade:
Kansas City Chiefs
Quarterbacks: Running Backs:
Wide Receivers: Tight Ends:
Defense: Kickers:

Outlook

The Chiefs missed out on the playoffs last year but had a winning record, which was a positive. Kansas City should have another solid team this year that will challenge for a playoff spot. The offense still lacks some complimentary options in the passing game but is improved with Maclin on board. And the running game remains top notch with Jamaal Charles leading the way. The defense isnā??t elite but solid. The Chiefs are a pretty well-rounded team that should be in most games every week. Kansas City might not be a Super Bowl caliber team but just outside that group.
FANTASY BREAKOUT
Some might say last season was a breakout one for tight end Travis Kelce, but we think he can improve on that season. He scored just five touchdowns, which was a low number considering his 67 receptions. If he can find the end zone a few more times, his fantasy value soars even more. And donā??t be surprised if his other numbers rise. Remember, he was coming back from a major injury last season and still posted those big numbers. He is going to be a fantasy stud for years to come at tight end.
FANTASY DUD
Receiver Jeremy Maclin got a big contract with the Chiefs this offseason, which is a positive for him. But moving to the Chiefs isnā??t going to help his numbers at receiver. Maclin moves from a high-octane offense to a run-first, slow-paced offense. It will be quite the opposite of what Maclin played in the past few seasons. Heā??ll still get some receptions and yards as the No. 1 receiver for the Chiefs, but a repeat of last season is going to be really hard to come by for him. Please donā??t draft him based on last year.

Team Notes

Feb 06, 11:43 AM Kansas City Chiefs impending free-agent SS Eric Berry is an important player to the team, and they will do everything they can in order to re-sign him, according to team chairman Clark Hunt.
Jan 31, 11:23 PM Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce caught five passes for 91 yards and two touchdowns in the Pro Bowl Sunday, Jan. 31.
Jan 30, 11:53 PM Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce said he is 'more motivated than ever' after receiving a contract extension.
Jan 29, 01:13 PM Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce agreed to an undisclosed contract extension Friday, Jan. 29.
Jan 29, 01:13 PM Updating an earlier report, Kansas City Chiefs TE Travis Kelce agreed to five-year, $46 million extension Friday, Jan. 29, with $20.5 million guaranteed. He's the second-highest paid tight end in the league.
Jan 23, 07:03 PM Kansas City Chiefs impending free-agent DT Jaye Howard might be slapped with the transition tag, former agent and salary-cap expert Joel Corry suggested Saturday, Jan. 23. A transition tag would allow Howard to negotiate a contract with any other club and give Kansas City a chance to match.
Jan 23, 07:03 PM Kansas City Chiefs impending free-agent LB Derrick Johnson is likely to fetch around $6 million per season, similar to the deal Cleveland Browns LB Karlos Dansby is playing for. The franchise tag for linebackers is expected to be around $14 million and that is not likely to be a realistic option.
Jan 23, 07:03 PM Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) was hurt and then the team went on average 135.9 yards - fifth in the league - in 11 regular season games with RBs Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware. He has a $2 million report-to-training camp bonus due in July, and he could be asked to take a pay cut and/or relinquish that bonus to return while earning it back through incentives.
Jan 23, 07:03 PM Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) was hurt and then the team went on average 135.9 yards - fifth in the league - in 11 regular season games with RBs Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware. He has a $2 million report-to-training camp bonus due in July, and he could be asked to take a pay cut and/or relinquish that bonus to return while earning it back through incentives.
Jan 23, 07:03 PM Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) was hurt and then the team went on average 135.9 yards - fifth in the league - in 11 regular season games with RBs Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware. He has a $2 million report-to-training camp bonus due in July, and he could be asked to take a pay cut and/or relinquish that bonus to return while earning it back through incentives.
Jan 22, 10:23 PM Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) may be ahead of schedule as he rehabs from surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament, according to general manager John Dorsey.
Jan 21, 03:43 PM Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles (knee) will be back for the start of the regular season this year, according to general manager John Dorsey. 'The guy is an extremely talented player,' Dorsey said. 'I love him to death, love how dirty tough he is. Yeah, he's a Chief.' Charles missed all but five games in 2015 with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his knee.

Fantasy Impact: Charles should be back in the starting lineup as long as he is healthy, but could be in a little more of a time share this season.
Jan 21, 03:03 AM Kansas City Chiefs WR De'Anthony Thomas (concussion) said Wednesday, Jan. 20, on his official Twitter account that he is 'still trying to recover from my concussion.' There have been conflicting reports from the team about Thomas' status.
Jan 19, 02:43 AM Kansas City Chiefs S Eric Berry is set to become an unrestricted free agent in March. He had no drop off after returning from Hodgkin lymphoma, and the team could use the franchise tag on him, which is projected around $10 million this year for safeties.
Jan 19, 02:43 AM Kansas City Chiefs impending free-agent LB Derrick Johnson made it clear Monday, Jan. 18, that he would like to stay in Kansas City. 'I haven't really thought about it much, but you know, I'm a Chief - I'm a Chief at heart,' Johnson said. 'The offseason is here now, but we'll figure all that out. But I'm a Chief.'
Jan 19, 02:43 AM Kansas City Chiefs LB Tamba Hali said Monday, Jan. 18, that he is not contemplating whether he wants to return in 2016. 'My mindset is I want to be here, I want to play. Yeah, I do. I'm not contemplating not playing,' the Pro Bowler said. He took a pay cut to stay with the Chiefs in 2015, and after another Pro Bowl season the team has incentive to get a deal done with him.

Offseason Keys

Additions:
Tyvon Branch, SS; Paul Fanaika, G; Jeremy Maclin, WR. 

Losses:
Dwayne Bowe, WR; Kurt Coleman, DB; Anthony Fasano, TE; Rodney Hudson, C; Joe Mays, LB; Vance Walker, DT. 

2015 Draft Class

RoundPickPlayerPos
 # 1  18 Marcus PetersDB
 # 2  17 Mitch MorseOL
 # 3  12 Chris ConleyWR
 # 3  34 Steven NelsonDB
 # 4  19 Ramik WilsonLB
 # 5  36 D.J. AlexanderLB
 # 5  37 James O'ShaughnessyTE
 # 6  41 Rakeem Nunez-RochesDL
 # 7  16 Da'Ron BrownWR
 # 7  26 Laurence GibsonOL
 Undrafted Brian ParkerTE
 Undrafted Kenny CookWR
 Undrafted Fred WilliamsWR

2015 Schedule

WeekDateTimeOpponent
1     Sep 13 1:00PM     at Houston
2     Sep 17 8:25PM     Denver
3     Sep 28 8:30PM     at Green Bay
4     Oct 4 1:00PM     at Cincinnati
5     Oct 11 1:00PM     Chicago
6     Oct 18 1:00PM     at Minnesota
7     Oct 25 1:00PM     Pittsburgh
8     Nov 1 9:30AM     Detroit
-- Week 9 Bye --
10     Nov 15 4:25PM     at Denver
11     Nov 22 4:05PM     at San Diego
12     Nov 29 1:00PM     Buffalo
13     Dec 6 4:05PM     at Oakland
14     Dec 13 1:00PM     San Diego
15     Dec 20 1:00PM     at Baltimore
16     Dec 27 1:00PM     Cleveland
17     Jan 3 4:25PM     Oakland
18     Jan 9 4:35PM     at Houston
19     Jan 16 4:35PM     at New England
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