Predictions from Week Sixteen can be found here. The predicted numbers and the actual numbers for last week can be found at the end of this article.
Your playoffs should be over by now. I hope you took the championship and any cash that could be had.
If you did happen to join a league that plays into week 17, and you happen to be in the championship, you're probably in trouble.
New Orleans, Indianapolis, San Diego and New England will probably sit starters this week. All four teams are already locked into their playoff postion. Arizona may also be added to that list if Minnesota wins their one o'clock game. That's a lot of fantasy firepower riding the pine.
If you're desperate for a starter, the Chiefs are not the answer. The Chiefs will be facing a Denver Broncos team that mopped the floor with them a month ago. Denver has the added incentive of playing for their playoff lives. Denver needs a win to ensure a playoff appearance.
Not good for fantasy Chiefs owners.
Never give up hope as a Chiefs fan, but use your head as a fantasy owner. A win on Sunday in Invesco Field would be the first win ever by KC in that stadium. I'm not saying it won't happen, I'm just not sure this is the KC squad that will break the streak.
But hell, if Tampa can bring down the mighty Saints, anything can happen.
3 Fantasy Chiefs and a Sleeper after the break.
Jamaal Charles is the only decent play this week. The Broncos may be ranked #5 in overall defense, but their rush defense is ranked 19th. It won't be easy for Charles though. The Denver LB's are fast as hell and the Denver safties are fantastic in run support. The Broncos have a hard time bringing down big, in-between the tackle runners. Last time Denver played at KC they limited Charles to 56 yards rushing. This was as much a result of Denver running up the score early as it was the Bronco D shutting Jamaal down. Don't give up hope. Haley and co. have to be looking for a bright spot this year. Charles is 139 yards from 1,000 for the season. If this game gets out of hand early, look for Charles to be fed the ball in an attempt to push him past that mark. Garbage time might be a JC owner's best friend. Take my prediciton with a grain of salt. This is a Chiefs fan looking for a great finish to a horrible season.
Jamaal Charles Prediction: 142 yards rushing, 4 receptions, 32 yards receiving, 2 TD
Chambers got his one on one matchups last week and couldn't capitalize against the Bengals secondary. He gets another shot this week. When KC played Denver last time Chambers came into the game as the #1 receiving option. The Denver secondary shut him down. He was limited to 2 catches for 11 yards. The flip side was that Bobby Wade became Cassel's primary target. Wade caught 4 passes for 36 yards, but was targeted 12 times (8 FRIGGGIN DROPS!!!!). Chambers has had some HUGE drops over the course of the season, but he has also caught the ball more consistently than any other WR on the KC squad. Which isn't saying much. The weather for Sunday's game in Colorado is supposed to be 39 degrees and sunny, so the passing game will be in play. Chambers is not a great fantasy player for week 17, but he's not exactly a horrible gamble either.
Chris Chambers Predicition: 7 catches, 73 yards, 0 TD
Every week I search for photos to do this article. And every week Dwayne Bowe's photos show some of the most amazing catches I have ever. DBowe turns bad throws from KC QB's into an acrobatic displays of body control and grace. I dare anyone to find another WR in the league, or maybe ever, who has made as many specatactular grabs over the course of 3 years. If "OH MY GOD" moments were a fantasy stat, Dwayne Bowe might be the number 1 pick in most drafts. Haley has to be losing years off his life everytime Bowe lets a simple out route slip through his fingers. The drops were not as significant last week, but he absolutely gave up on a catchable ball in the second quarter that allowed Chinedum Ndukwe of the Bengals to intercept Cassel. Bowe's pattern of superstar perfomance followed by disinterest and/or loss of focus reminds me of Randy Moss. Maybe he can turn it around. I sure hops so. This week Dwayne is going to have Champ Bailey and double teams all day. It's hard to sit Bowe's potential, especially if you play points per reception. Last week he grabbed 9 balls against an outstanding Bengals secondary. But he was limited to 61 yards. The KC passing game is not clicking, and there is no reason to think its going to start this weekend. If Bowe has his head in the game this weekend you might catch lightning in a bottle, but don't bet the farm on it.
Dwayne Bowe Prediction: 6 catches, 79 yards, 0 TD
KC Fantasy Sleeper
Looking over the roster I only see four players that have their jobs locked in for next season Jamaal Charles, Dustin Colquitt, Matt Cassel (thank you big contract), and Ryan Succop. Mr Irrelevant has finally solved the KC kicking game. I was not a big Herm fan, but I wonder if his stint as KC head coach would have been remembered differently if Ryan Succop had been an integeral piece in the Edwards run, run, run, punt/FG offense. Probably not. Succop is the best kept secret in the AFC West right now. Ineptitude on offense and questionable 4th down calls have severely limited Ryan's fantasy value this season. When he has gotten the chance Ryan has shown he has what it takes to be a KC fixture for the next decade. One roster slot solved for 2010, forty-nine slots to go.
Ryan Succop Predicition: 2 EP, 2 FG
Mushin's Week 15 Predictions:
Jamaal Charles Prediction: 75 yards rushing, 4 receptions, 20 yards receiving, 1 TD
actual numbers: 102 yards, 3 receptions, 20 yards, 0 TD
Dwayne Bowe prediction: 6 catches, 80 yards, 0 TD, 3 drops
actual numbers: 9 receptions, 61 yards, 0 TD, 1 bad drop, 1 alligator arm interception allowed
Chris Chambers Prediction: 5 catches, 79 yards, 1 TD
actual numbers: 3 catches, 34 yards, 0 TD
Matt Cassel prediction: 234 yards passing, 2 TD, 1 Int
actual numbers: 180 yards passing, 1 TD, 2 Int