Kansas City Chiefs

AFC West

Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill will likely be placed on the commissioner’s exempt list this week, per a report from Dan Graziano. (Source: Dan Graziano on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Hill was suspended from Chiefs’ team activities last week after a disturbing audio clip of he and his fiancée was released in which Hill made some threatening remarks and described disciplinary measures he used on his son. An internal investigation is being conducted by the Chiefs organization while Hill is being investigated by local authorities in regard to his son’s broken arm and Hill’s possible involvement in that crime. Rumors have circulated that Hill may be cut by the Chiefs, but it appears the team will do its due diligence before making any decisions. The commissioner’s exempt list prohibits Hill from participating in any NFL activities and essentially acts as “leave without pay.” Kansas City brass has shown its firm stance on domestic violence recently, releasing RB Kareem Hunt almost immediately after video of him assaulting a woman was released last November.

Eric Berry released by Chiefs

Thu, Mar 14th 1:45am EDT
By Alex Johnson

The Chiefs released veteran safety Eric Berry late Wednesday afternoon. Berry is now an unrestricted free agent and free to sign with any team. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: Had Berry still been on the roster Friday, $7.25 million of his $12.4 million salary for 2019 would have become fully guaranteed. The release comes with a post-June 1 designation, reducing the cap charge for 2019 by $8 million, pushing it to 2020. It’s a move that comes just days after the team agreed to terms on a deal with free agent safety Tyrann Mathieu. “I’d like to thank Eric for his contributions to our team and the Kansas City community over the last nine years,” Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said in a statement. “Seeing his passion and watching his love for the game has been truly remarkable. He’s a special person, and we wish him the best as his career moves forward.” Berry has struggled to stay healthy in recent years. With a torn achilles in the 2017 season-opener and a nagging heal issue in 2018, he has played in just three regular season games over the last two seasons.

Category: Transactions

Adam Schefter of ESPN reported the Browns are signing Demetrius Harris to a two-year contract. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 27-year-old is a solid backup tight end and will be a nice red zone target for Baker Mayfield. He likely won't have much standalone fantasy value behind David Njoku.

Category: Transactions

The Kansas City Chiefs are sending outside linebacker Dee Ford to the San Francisco 49ers in exchange for 2020 second-round pick, according to multiple reports. Ford is expected to sign a five-year deal worth $87.5 million with the 49ers. (Source: Ian Rapoport)

Fantasy Impact: Ford led the NFL with 84 total pressures a year ago, and he now joins a 49ers team that entered the offseason with among the most room under the salary cap in the league. They have also reportedly agreed to a deal with free agent linebacker Kwon Alexander on a four-year deal worth $54 million this offseason, so San Francisco is clearly investing in improving their defense.

Category: Transactions

Matt Verderame of FanSided reported Monday afternoon that the Chiefs are releasing veteran linebacker Justin Houston. (Source: Matt Verderame on Twitter )

Fantasy Impact: There had been speculation last week that Houston could be traded but there apparently wasn’t enough interest from other teams. He was scheduled to make $15.25 million in base salary in 2019, and to cost $21.1 million against the cap. The move will result in a $7.1 million cap charge for Kansas City. Houston recorded 11 sacks in 14 games (including postseason) during the 2018 season. He has spent his entire eight year career with the Chiefs since they selected him in the third round of the 2011 draft. His best season came when he recorded a league-best 22 sacks in 2014.

Category: Transactions

NFL Network's Mike Garafolo is reporting that Travis Kelce recently underwent offseason ankle surgery that will cause him to miss the spring offseason program. (Source: Mike Garafolo on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The procedure was described as a "clean up," though it's never good to hear about a pass-catcher with foot/ankle injuries. It's also worth noting that he'll surprisingly turn 30 years old in October. He's expected to be ready to go by the start of training camp. If that's the case, we shouldn't lower Kelce down draft boards just yet. If his absence extends into training camp, it'll be a different story. As the offseason goes on, we'll keep tabs on the status of Kelce.

Category: Injury Updates, Rumors

Chiefs general manager Brett Veach says the Chiefs' starting running back job is Damien Williams' to lose. (Source: Brooke Pryor on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Williams signed a contract extension before the season ended, which is another sign the Chiefs view him in high regards. They will undoubtedly bring in a veteran through free agency or a rookie through the draft as depth, but Williams could have major upside in fantasy next year should he wind up the starter.

Patrick Mahomes has been named the Associated Press 2018 Most Valuable Player.

Fantasy Impact: Mahomes also won Offensive Player of the Year. Both awards make sense as the 23-year-old threw for 50 touchdowns and over 5,000 yards in his first season as a starter. He becomes the youngest MVP since Dan Marino. The combination of Mahomes' skill set and his surrounding talent vault him to the top of the quarterback rankings entering 2019 fantasy drafts.

The Kansas City Chiefs D/ST recorded two interceptions as the team fell to the Patriots 37-31 in the AFC Championship on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: The first interception was a huge one as Tom Brady threw it on the one-yard line for what could've been an easy TD. New England went with a run-heavy approach in this one, which kept Kansas City's pass rush at bay. The Chiefs have some work to do on the defensive side of the ball this off-season.

Category: Game Recaps

Sammy Watkins totaled 114 yards on four receptions as the Chiefs fell to the Patriots 37-31 in the AFC Championship on Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: It's a season high in receiving yards for the 25-year-old. Watkins once again dealt with injuries this past season, but he was productive when on the field. His injury history could depress his value and help make him a solid target in 2019 fantasy drafts. There's plenty of upside for anyone playing in this Kansas City offense.

Category: Game Recaps

Spencer Ware caught a 21-yard pass in the Chiefs' 37-31 AFC Championship loss to the Patriots on Sunday night.

Fantasy Impact: This was Ware's first game action since the beginning of December. Since then he has ceded bell-cow RB duties to Damien Williams, who scored three times in this one. The 27-year-old Ware is now set to enter free agency.

Category: Game Recaps

Harrison Butker went 4-for-4 on PAT tries and 1-for-1 on field goal attempts as the Chiefs fell to the Patriots in the AFC Championship.

Fantasy Impact: Thus ends a special year for Kansas City. Butker was once again phenomenal from a fantasy perspective this season. He’ll open 2019 as one of the best kickers to own in fantasy football.

Category: Game Recaps

Demarcus Robinson had one reception for an 89-yard touchdown on two targets in the Chiefs' 35-3 win over the Raiders Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Robinson saw just two targets but made them count with a long touchdown catch against Oakland. He has limited fantasy appeal going forward.

Category: Game Recaps

Chris Conley did not record a catch on three targets in the Chiefs' 35-3 win over the Raiders Sunday.

Fantasy Impact: Conley failed to produce a catch Sunday and remains irrelevant in fantasy.

Category: Game Recaps

Chiefs cornerback Kendall Fuller (wrist) returned as a full practice participant this week and is on track to play in Sunday’s regular season finale against the Raiders. (Source: ArrowheadPride.com)

Fantasy Impact: Fuller broke his wrist in Week 15’s loss to the Chargers, although he kept playing through the ailment, and had surgery the next morning. While there was optimism for Week 16, he wasn’t quite ready to face the Seahawks. His return to full practice in back-to-back days indicates he will play this week.

Category: Injury Updates

Chiefs linebacker Anthony Hitchens led the team with 12 tackles (five solo) in Sunday night’s 38-31 loss to the Seahawks.

Fantasy Impact: It was the second straight game with double-digits tackles for Hitchens, who is now up to 127 in 13 games this season. Kansas City will wrap up the regular season with a home game against the Raiders.

Category: Game Recaps

Charcandrick West rushed once for one yard and had two receptions for 37 yards and one touchdown in the Chiefs' 38-31 loss to the Seahawks Sunday night. He was targeted three times.

Fantasy Impact: West saw some usage with Darrel Williams (hamstring) leaving in the first half Sunday. He managed a nice 25-yard touchdown catch on limited touches.

Category: Game Recaps

Darrel Williams left in the first half of the Chiefs' 38-31 loss to the Seahawks Sunday night with a hamstring injury. He did not return and did not post a carry or see a target.

Fantasy Impact: Williams' injury allowed Charcandrick West to see the field Sunday. The severity of the injury is not known at this time.

Category: Injury Updates, Game Recaps

Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones recorded three tackles (two solo) and 2.5 sacks in Thursday night’s 29-28 loss to the Chargers.

Fantasy Impact: Jones was dominant all night long as the Chargers offensive line struggled to contain his pass rush. Jones already held the record for most consecutive games with a sack in a single season (nine) coming into the night, Thursday’s performance now makes it 10 in a row. After failing to record a sack in the first four games of the year, he now totaled 14 since. He will look to extend the streak further in Week 16 against the Seahawks.

Category: Game Recaps

Kelvin Benjamin is inactive for the Chiefs' Week 14 game against the Ravens. (Source: Adam Teicher on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Benjamin was only recently signed so hasn't had enough time to get up to speed on the offense. Expect Chris Conley to continue to act as the third-best receiving option for the Chiefs with Sammy Watkins also out.

Category: Injury Updates