Kansas City Chiefs
The Kansas City Chiefs placed OL Kyle Long (leg) on the PUP list. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: As expected the lower leg injury Long suffered will keep him out of training camp. The Chiefs are hoping to have him back by Week 1, though it’s unclear when exactly he will return. The 32-year-old signed a one-year $1.5 million contract with the Chiefs this offseason after announcing his retirement in 2020. This is a situation we will continue to monitor moving forward.
Category: Injury Updates
The Kansas City Chiefs have re-signed veteran pass-rusher Alex Okafor to a one-year contract. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Okafor returns for his third straight season in Kansas City. He has appeared in 21 games while making nine starts over the last two years, logging eight sacks, 38 tackles, and two forced fumbles in the process. The 30-year-old was a fourth-round pick of the Cardinals in 2014. In between his stints with Arizona and Kansas City, Okafor spent two years with the New Orleans Saints.
Thu, Jun 17th 9:23am EDT
By Andersen Pickard
It looks like the Chiefs may have found a steal in tight end Noah Gray, whom they selected in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL Draft after trading up with the Jets. Gray recorded "another strong practice Tuesday, catching multiple passes in the middle of the field from Patrick Mahomes," according to Nate Taylor of The Athletic. All signs point to him having a legitimate shot at the No. 2 tight end role out of camp.
Fantasy Impact: Gray has even drawn praise from Travis Kelce, whom many see as the best tight end in all of football. “It’s been a lot of fun so far, and [Gray] has got a very unique way of understanding football,” explained Kelce. “He’s years ahead of being a rookie, which is awesome. You can kind of give him pointers and he’s running with everything. He’s absorbing all the information that the coaches are giving him. He’s having a lot of success. He’s going to definitely help us this year.”
Wed, Jun 16th 2:27pm EDT
By Ari Koslow
Kansas City Chiefs defensive lineman Chris Jones is expected to move around and play some defensive end this season. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: "He is an imposing player inside," defensive coordinator Steve Spagnuolo said. "We all know that." Jones could potentially see a higher sack rate as he sees more snaps on the outside each week.
Nate Taylor of The Athletic is reporting that is Chiefs WR Byron Pringle is the most targeted receiver at minicamp. (Source: The Athletic)
Fantasy Impact: Pringle signed his tender with the Chiefs during the offseason. He has been superstar QB Patrick Mahomes' most targeted receiver at minicamp. “The teammate who Mahomes targeted the most was Byron Pringle, the fourth-year receiver, per Taylor. Pringle hauled in 13 receptions for 160 yards and one touchdown across 13 games in 2020. Chiefs’ GM Brett Veach reportedly is very high on the 27-year-old wide receiver. “We’re extremely high on Byron Pringle,” said Veach. Pringle will compete with Mecole Hardman for the Chiefs WR2 role and is worth a late-round flyer In upcoming fantasy drafts. The Chiefs WR is currently 126th among all wideouts in the latest expert consensus draft rankings.
Thu, Jun 10th 12:09pm EDT
By Brad Camara
DB Charvarius Ward officially signed his second-round tender with the Chiefs on Thursday. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Ward’s second-round tender is worth $3.384 million. He racked up 51 tackles (38 solo), one sack, and pass defenses across 14 games in 2020. Ward is an unrestricted free agent next year and started 13 games for the Chiefs in 2020. The 25-year-old is expected to be in the starting lineup as the Chiefs No. 2 outside corner in 2021.
Fri, May 21st 2:13pm EDT
By Brendan Tuma
James Palmer of NFL Network reports Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes II (toe) is ahead of schedule in his rehab and will be a full-go for training camp. (Source: James Palmer on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Palmer adds that Mahomes will participate in Chiefs OTAs, which begin on May 25th. He'll do "some stuff" before being fully ready for training camp. The No. 1 player in the sport, Mahomes underwent surgery on his injured toe following the Super Bowl loss to the Bucs. He's a no-brainer, high-end QB1 for fantasy purposes in 2021.
Category: Injury Updates
The Kansas City Chiefs have released wide receiver Tajae Sharpe. (Source: Field Yates on Twitter )
Fantasy Impact: The Chiefs re-signed Sharpe to a one-year deal back in March after he finished last season on the practice squad.
Fri, Apr 23rd 3:50pm EDT
By Brad Camara
The Chiefs traded the 31st pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, a third-round pick, a fourth-round choice, and a 2022nd fifth-round draft pick to the Ravens for OL Orlando Brown, the 58th pick in 2021 NFL Draft, and a sixth-round selection in the 2022 NFL Draft. (Source: Adam Schefter on Twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Brown requested a trade from the Ravens and was ultimately dealt to the Chiefs for draft picks. The Chiefs have revamped their entire offensive line by adding Brown, Joe Thuney, Kyle Long, and Austin Blythe. Kansas City will be without a first-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft but land their starting LT to help protect superstar QB Patrick Mahomes.
Thu, Apr 8th 12:35pm EDT
By Joshua Kellem
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.
Tue, Apr 6th 8:52pm EDT
By Andersen Pickard
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.
Fri, Mar 26th 11:53am EDT
By Dave Kluge
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.
Mon, Mar 22nd 5:45pm EDT
By Kyle Williams
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.
Thu, Mar 18th 12:50pm EDT
By Avram Avramov
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.
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.
Tue, Mar 16th 10:57am EDT
By Brad Camara
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Mon, Feb 8th 12:26am EST
By Dan Titus
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