Predictions from Week Two can be found here. The predicted numbers and the actual numbers for last week can be found at the end of this article.
At the beginning of the season I thought it would be hard to predict what the Chiefs would do week to week on the field. Little did I realize that projecting the lineup from week to week would be just as difficult.
The Charles benching was quite a blow to Chiefs fantasy football homers that dreamed of being deemed "fantasy genius" by piking up Jamal Charles in the later rounds. Hopefully this is a Haley motivational tool that will drive Jamal Charles to a 200 yard game. If you're planning on holding your breathe, please make sure someone is nearby with a defibrillator.
For the next 2 to 3 weeks, there is no way you are going to want to start a Chief not named Bowe. If you're in dire straights, you might throw Johnson on the active roster. I repeat, ONLY IN DIRE STRAIGHTS.
When I talk to my friends here in Philadelphia I constantly find myself saying "If the Chiefs do this" and "If the Eagles have this happen" or even "The Philly trainer may accidentally switch the gatorade with the after party jungle juice." Way too many ifs here for fantasy football.
But if you are a masochistic homer who simply has to play a Chief, you can find my 3 plays and a sleeper after the break.
Wade showed up and was an instant hit last week. He ruined my predictions, but that's okay. Wade has Waiver Wire Wonder written all over him. He had instant rapport with Cassel. If you are in a points per reception league, and like to gamble, this is your man. The Chiefs are going through the meat of their schedule now. Haley is not going to let these guys back off down the stretch. If you need a reserve WR with potential, grab him and stash him on your bench. If he has a big game against the Eagles, he won't be there next week. Odds say he won't have a big game. Consider him a number 3 WR in a pinch with termendous upside after week 6.
Bobby Wade Prediction: 6 catches, 64 yards, 0 TD's
Philadelphia has some scary WR's. All you Mizzou fans remember Jeremy Maclin? He rides the pine in the land of the Boo Birds. But the QB is Kevin Kolb. He threw 3 picks last week in a losing effort against New Orleans. Also, Westbrook rolled an ankle during the game. His replacement, LeSean McCoy, couldn't get the job done. Take these statements with a grain of salt . Westbrook is always hurt. Kolb was taking chances because the Eagles were behind by 19 points. And McCoy never got a chance to get going. Plus add in the Vick factor and who knows what will happen. If the Chiefs D has it's head on swivel there will be turnovers to be had. I still wouldn't play them unless the defense I usually started was playing Drew Brees and the Saints.
Chiefs Defense/ST Prediction: 1 Interception, 1 fumble recovery, 0 TD's, 300 total yards
Lets round these three out on a high note. I can't say enough about what type of WR Dwayne Bowe has become. If blocking were a tracked stat in fantasy football, he would be ranked in the top 5 at his poistion after two games. Last week the Eagles showed that if you beat the blitz their secondary can be torched. Add in D-Bowe's new best friend in the form of Bobby Wade to the mix. Double-teaming Bowe just became risky. The Eagles corners are undersized and fast. If Cassel delivers the ball on time (there's that pesky "if") Bowe should out-muslce any Eagle DB that trys to cover him. He's in a position to have a solid to great day. He's a number 2 fantasy WR that will put up number 1 numbers. This is not a shock here, but I couldn't leave you with nothing but doom and gloom.
Dwayne Bowe Prediction: 7 catches, 100 yards, 1 TD
KC Fantasy Sleeper
Matt Cassel is an intriguing fantasy play this week. In week one the Eagles had 5 interceptions, got one QB benched and hurt another. In week two, the Eagles were shredded for 310 yards and 3 TD's through the air. The Philly fans have no idea which Eagles defense will show up on Sunday. Cassel had his own yo-yo performance last week. Matt showed that he can get the job done though, and he now has two good WR's. If he is on target and can stay in one piece (soooo many if's) he can be a solid QB this week for your squad. Or he could be great. Or he could provide negative points. Cassel is a gamble, pure and simple. A bad one at that. Still, if your choice is between Jason Campbell, a dinged Matt Hasselbeck or Matt Cassel, then gird your loins and watch the game through a crack in your fingers.
Matt Cassel Prediction: 220 yards, 2 TD's, 1 int
Mushin's Week 2 Predictions:
Now it's time to hang my head in shame..sort of. Roster changes wrecked last week's predictions. I will list the numbers of the replacments. If the Chiefs can have a moral victory, so can I.
Prediction: 35 yards rushing, 5 receptions for 40 yards, 1 TD
Dantrell Savage: 26 yards rushing, 6 receptions for 43 yards, 0 TD
Prediction: 4 catches, 57 yards, 0 TD's
Actual: 5 catches, 56 yards, 1 TD
Prediction: 2 FG's, 3 EP's
Actual: 1 FG, 1 EP
(DAMN YOU HALEY!!!)
Prediction: 6 catches, 90 yards, 1 TD
Acutal: Active but did not see the field
Replacement Numbers:Bobby Wade: 6 catches, 72 yards, 0 TD