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

Oct 20, 01:33 PM Kansas City Chiefs LB Joe Mays (wrist) is eligible to practice this week but likely will sit out until his arm is in better shape, according to head coach Andy Reid.
Oct 19, 09:33 PM Kansas City Chiefs WR Junior Hemingway (hamstring) left the Week 7 game against the San Diego Chargers due to a hamstring injury and he was unable to return.
Oct 19, 02:52 PM The Kansas City Chiefs have declared WR Donnie Avery, SS Eric Berry, OT Laurent Duvernay-Tardif, C Eric Kush, QB Aaron Murray, CB Christopher Owens, DE Damion Square inactive for Week 7.
Oct 17, 04:12 PM Kansas City Chiefs WR Donnie Avery (groin), CB Christopher Owens (knee) and S Eric Berry (ankle) all did not participate in practice Friday, Oct. 17, and have all been ruled out for Week 7. RB Cyrus Gray (hand) and CB Sean Smith (groin) both fully practiced and are questionable. CB Phillip Gaines (concussion) fully practiced and is probable.
Oct 16, 05:22 PM Kansas City Chiefs WR Donnie Avery (groin) has been ruled out for Week 7. SS Eric Berry (ankle), RB Cyrus Gray (hand) and CB Chris Owens (knee) did not practice Thursday, Oct. 16. CBs Sean Smith (groin) and Phillip Gaines (concussion) participated fully.
Oct 16, 12:42 PM Kansas City Chiefs LB Joe Mays (wrist) will have the screws taken out of his injured wrist this week. It is not known when Mays will return to practice.
Oct 15, 05:43 PM Kansas City Chiefs RB Cyrus Gray (hand) and CB Christopher Owens (knee) did not practice Wednesday, Oct. 15. S Eric Berry (ankle) and CB Sean Smith (groin) were limited, while CB Phillip Gaines (concussion) practiced in full.
Oct 15, 01:03 PM Kansas City Chiefs WR Donnie Avery (groin) has been ruled out for Week 7, according to head coach Andy Reid.
Oct 13, 02:23 PM Kansas City Chiefs SS Eric Berry (ankle) is expected to return to practice Monday, Oct. 13. Berry hasn't practiced or played since Week 2 against the Denver Broncos, when he suffered a high-ankle sprain.
Oct 13, 02:03 PM Free-agent TE Justin Jones (Chiefs) is scheduled to work out for the Miami Dolphins Tuesday, Oct. 14, according to a source.
Oct 08, 10:23 PM Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith lost a touchdown pass after an official stat change from Week 5. Originally, he was credited with a touchdown pass to RB De'Anthony Thomas, but that has been changed to a touchdown run, as the pass was deemed a lateral.

Fantasy Impact: This could have a big impact on fantasy games from last week.
Oct 08, 02:23 PM The Minnesota Vikings worked out free-agent SS Jerron McMillian (Chiefs) Wednesday, Oct. 8.
Oct 07, 10:03 PM Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles has averaged more than five yards per carry in each of the past two games, and offensive line coach Doug Pederson said improved play from the offensive line has helped boost the rushing attack.
Oct 07, 12:53 PM Updating a previous report, Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles didn't touch the ball on any of the team's final 10 plays of their Week 5 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, and head coach Andy Reid regrets his play-calling decisions down the stretch. The Chiefs failed to convert on a third and shirt early in the fourth quarter, electing to pass instead of run with Charles.
Oct 06, 03:23 PM Kansas City Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles received a limited amount of touches in Week 5, because the offense only ran 15 plays in the second half of the game, according to head coach Andy Reid.
Oct 04, 12:12 AM Kansas City Chiefs RB De'Anthony Thomas (hamstring) is expected to make his regular season debut in Week 5 against the San Francisco 49ers after missing the first four games due to a hamstring injury. Special teams coach Dave Toub is reasonably confident Thomas will perform well in a punt-return role. 'We got him back there enough where he had to make some catches, he made some people miss, he got hit one time and spun out and got a touchdown,' Toub said. 'He's got a little bit on tape, so people know about him.'

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  23 Aaron MurrayQB
 # 6  17 Zach FultonOL
 # 6  24 Laurent Duvernay-TardifOL
 Undrafted Albert WilsonWR
 Undrafted Frankie HammondWR
 Undrafted Justin JonesTE
 Undrafted Cairo SantosK

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
18     Jan 3 4:35PM     at Indianapolis
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