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Demarcus Robinson appeared on NFL Network's Good Morning Football Thursday. The receiver expects more targets with Sammy Watkins now in Baltimore, saying, "I'm looking for the opportunity - not for them to give me the opportunity - but go in there and take the opportunity. Go in there and show that I am a guy who can put up 1,000 yards a year and 10 touchdowns. I'm ready to make that happen. They said they've got something in store for me. I'm ready to show them." (Source: NFL.com)

Fantasy Impact: Robinson posted career highs last season. He totaled 45 receptions on 59 targets, 466 receiving yards, and three touchdowns. Although those numbers were career highs, they are nowhere near Robinson's lofty goals for this season. Sammy Watkins, however, vacates a 13.9% target share (5.5 targets per game) and Mecole Hardman hasn't lived up to his second-round draft pick expectation. So, Robinson's an intriguing dart throw late in fantasy drafts with a viable path to become the Chiefs' No. 2 receiver and third passing option in the pecking order behind Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill.

Category: Rumors


The Ravens had trouble recruiting wide receivers this offseason. Sammy Watkins is the one big name they were able to bring in, and he fully expects the offense to transform in 2021. The former Chiefs pass-catcher said that he believes Ravens offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who has drawn criticism for the team's passing game, will move players around and truly open up the offense. It's worth mentioning that the two spent time together with the Buffalo Bills in 2015 and 2016. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: Specifically, Watkins said, "I just can’t wait. He’s going to utilize us in so many different ways. He’s got a complex offense. I know the world hasn’t been seeing that yet, but he’s definitely going to open it up this year, run the ball and do, I’m pretty sure, all types of things with this offense.” There has clearly been conversation between Watkins and Roman, and you can't help but wonder if the former's signing with Baltimore was contingent on knowing the team's plans. No matter the scenario, it is refreshing to see that at least one Baltimore receiver has his offensive coordinator's back. The Ravens have had a dynamic offense but lacked an elite passing game, so perhaps there is reason to believe they will take that next step in 2021.

Category: Rumors


Tajae Sharpe is re-signing with the Chiefs, according to Mike Garafolo, after spending the second half of last season on the team's practice squad. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Consider Sharpe a depth piece behind Tyreek Hill, Demarcus Robinson, Mecole Hardman, and Byron Pringle - if he makes the 53-man roster. He was on the Chiefs' practice squad toward the end of last season. Sharpe, however, appeared in four games with the Vikings, totaling three targets and no receptions, before joining the Chiefs.

Category: Transactions


Nate Taylor with the Athletic is reporting that despite the Chiefs' misses for a secondary wide receiver in 2021's free agency season, the team is still bullish on Mecole Hardman. (Source: The Athletic)

Fantasy Impact: The Chiefs are expected to lose Sammy Watkins this offseason. Demarcus Robinson just signed a fresh deal, but that potentially leaves the Chiefs with a gaping hole in their roster behind Tyreek Hill. When Hardman was drafted 56th overall in 2019, a lot of analysts assumed he was there to fill in for Hill's role in case of an injury or transaction that sent the latter elsewhere. As it stands right now though, Hill are Hardman are the two top receivers. Both undersized and with blazing speed, they can do work outside the numbers while Travis Kelce draws attention across the middle. In his article, Taylor cited COVID-19 and a shortened preseason for the underwhelming season Hardman provided. Hardman racked up seven all-purpose touchdowns as a rookie, dropping to five in his second year. Additionally, his involvement in the offense didn't see much of a boost, going from 41 to 63 targets. Given his speed and the Chiefs' electric offense, Hardman will make for a decent late-round target in most leagues.

Category: Rumors


Per Herbie Teope a Chiefs beat reporter, the Chiefs and safety Daniel Sorensen are closing in on a one-year deal for him to remain with the team in 2021. (Source: Herbie Teope)

Fantasy Impact: After having a career season in which Sorensen recorded 91 tackles and three interceptions, the Chiefs are making it a priority to keep him and the secondary in tact.

Category: Transactions


Per Jordan Schultz of ESPN, the Chiefs have re-signed RB Elijah McGuire to a one-year deal. (Source: Jordan Schultz on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The exact details for the one-year deal McGuire and the Chiefs agreed to are still unknown. However, expect a rather inexpensive deal as McGuire, 26-years old, has primarily been a practice squad player for the Chiefs the last two years. McGuire will mainly be a depth piece for the Chiefs at RB, even after the release of Damien Williams, as they still have Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Darrel Williams and Darwin Thompson.

Category: Transactions


Kansas City Chiefs WR Byron Pringle has been tendered as a restricted free agent (RFA), per ESPN's Adam Schefter. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Chiefs can opt to match other teams' offers for the fourth-year wideout or risk losing compensation if they are unwilling to match. Pringle caught 13 receptions for 160 yards and a touchdown during the 2020 regular season. He fits the Chiefs' offensive scheme well, as his blazing speed spreads the field alongside Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce. If he stays in Kansas City, his fantasy upside will remain limited due to the amount of talent on the roster, however, if he joins another team in need of a slot wideout, his fantasy ceiling will almost assuredly increase in 2021.

Category: Transactions


The Chiefs released RB Damien Williams. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Williams' decision to opt out of the 2020 season led to an epic hype train for rookie Clyde Edwards-Helaire last year. Set to turn 29 in a couple of weeks, Williams' release will save Kansas City $2.2 million in cap space. This comes on the same day that they re-signed Darrel Williams. Releasing (Damien) Williams is a boost to CEH's 2021 value.

Category: Transactions


RB Darrel Williams and the Chiefs have agreed on a one-year, $2.13 million contract. The deal is includes $930,000 guaranteed. (Source: Herbie Teope on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Williams remains in Kansas City on a one-year deal and is expected to compliment former first-round pick RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire. He logged 39 carries for 169 rushing yards while hauling in 18 receptions for 116 yards and one touchdown across 16 games. Williams will help bolster the Chiefs backfield, but is mainly an option for fantasy managers who have CEH rostered.

Category: Transactions


Adam Schefter of ESPN reports that the Chiefs are expected to convert Mahomes $21.7 million roster bonus into a signing bonus in the coming days. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Mahomes is following the steps of Tom Brady and having his roster bonus converted to a signing bonus. This move would help save the Chiefs $17 million against the cap. This comes a few days after the Chiefs announced their release of two of their starting offensive lineman. We will see what the Chiefs do with the freed up cap space.

Category: Rumors


As reported by ESPN's Adam Schefter Thursday morning, the Chiefs have released veteran OT Mitchell Schwartz. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Chiefs have now released both of their starting OTs from 2020's Super Bowl run in succession, cutting both Mitchell Schwartz and Eric Fisher Thursday morning. Schwartz, a three-time Pro Bowler, and first-team All-Pro in 2018, suffered a season-ending back injury that required surgery. Barring his recovery, Schwartz should have plenty of suitors on the free-agent market. The Chiefs save $7M against the cap with his release.

Category: Transactions


In a surprise move Thursday, the Chiefs announce they are releasing former No. 1 overall pick LT Eric Fisher. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Fisher is coming off a Pro Bowl season, but a torn Achilles injury led to him missing Super Bowl LV. At just 30 years old, Fisher should have plenty left in the tank and will be a hot commodity on the free-agent market, granted his recovery is on track. The Chiefs clear $12M in cap room with the move.

Category: Transactions


FB Anthony Sherman announced his retirement from the NFL on Thursday. (Source: Pro Football Talk on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Sherman calls it a career after 10 seasons in the NFL. He spent the majority of his career in Kansas City and retired with one Pro Bowl appearance and one Super Bowl ring. “Kansas City, thanks for all the memories,” said Sherman. “It’s been a great run. Eight years. Super Bowls. But it’s on to the next chapter.”

Category: Transactions


Clyde Edwards-Helaire rushed nine times for 64 yards and caught two receptions for 23 receiving yards in the Chiefs' 31-9 loss to the Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV.

Fantasy Impact: Edwards-Helaire received his largest workload of the playoffs in Super Bowl LV, churning out a strong 7.1 YPC. The Chiefs depleted offensive line wasn't able to withstand the Tampa defensive front, preventing them from running the ball most of the night. Edwards-Helaire should be the RB1 for Kansas City next season, and if he can stay healthy, he should be selected within the first two rounds of next year's draft.

Category: Game Recaps


Tyreek Hill caught 7-of-10 targets for 73 yards in the Chiefs' 31-9 loss to the Buccaneers in Super Bowl 55.

Fantasy Impact: Hill was held in check for much of the contest, being blanketed and double-teamed by the Buccaneers secondary often. Hill got loose for a 23-yard gain, but that was his longest play of the night. Hill went off for a season-high 269 yards in Week 12 against KC, but the Bucs made a point to put the clamps on the elite wideout. Though he didn't find pay dirt in the Super Bowl, Hill finished his season with a career-high 17 touchdowns (15 receiving, two rushing). He should be one of the top wideouts off the board next season.

Category: Game Recaps


Travis Kelce caught 10-of-15 targets for 133 yards in the Chiefs' 31-9 blowout loss to the Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV.

Fantasy Impact: Kelce uncharacteristically dropped a couple of passes early in the game but Mahomes continued to pepper him with targets all night. The Chiefs played from behind the entire contest but Kelce delivered for anyone who rostered him in DFS. He'll enter next season as the bonafide number one overall TE in fantasy and is in consideration for a first-round pick after a monster season. Kelce concludes ends the year after posting season-highs in receptions (105), receiving yards (1.416), and touchdowns (11).

Category: Game Recaps


Ahead of Super Bowl LV, Chiefs C Daniel Kilgore has been placed on the Reserve/COVID-19 list due to a close contact with a positive test. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Although Kilgore has been placed on the reserve/COVID list that doesn't mean he won't play in the Super Bowl. As long as he continues to test negative the Chiefs will have their center out on the field for the big game this Sunday.

Category: Transactions


Chiefs RB Le'Veon Bell (knee) is expected to play in the Super Bowl against the Bucs. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Bell was inactive for Sunday's AFC Championship game after injuring his knee in practice last week. Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Darrel Williams are both expected to see more touches than Bell, assuming all three are active.

Category: Injury Updates


Harrison Butker hit his only field-goal attempt from 45 yards and connected on all five of his XP's in the Chiefs' 38-24 victory over the Bills in the AFC Championship game.

Fantasy Impact: Butker drilled his only field goal from 45-yards out and was perfect on his extra points on Sunday. He'll head to his second consecutive Super Bowl and will have a good matchup against the Bucs.

Category: Game Recaps


Chiefs backup QB Chad Henne came in for injured Patrick Mahomes and completed 6-of-8 passes for 66 yards and an interception in the Chiefs 22-17 win over the Browns in the Divisional Round of the 2021 playoffs.

Fantasy Impact: Henne entered the game in the third quarter once Patrick Mahomes left with a concussion and did not return. Henne threw a pick but redeemed himself by converting a critical, game-sealing 4th down play late in the fourth quarter. If Mahomes isn't cleared by next Sunday, Henne will start in his absence. Still, there are no reports of Mahomes potentially missing the game as of yet.

Category: Game Recaps