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Fantasy Chiefs

Evan Silva breaks down his top-200 NFL fantasy players for the 2014 season. How Did the Chiefs rank?

Jamaal Charles ran away from the competition.

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2. Jamaal Charles -- Charles is 27, statistically speaking the peak age for NFL running backs. Charles has fewer career carries (1,043) than both Peterson (2,033) and McCoy (1,149), and plays on a running back-centric team where alternative weapons aren't a concern. Andy Reid's 2013 offense was the only in football whose tailback led the team in every receiving category. Kansas City did lose three key offensive linemen in free agency, and some regression can be expected off of Charles' career-best year. Charles drafters should handcuff him with Knile Davis.

per Evan Silva rotoworld post

Dwayne Bowe checks into the top-100 also.

89. Dwayne Bowe -- The reasons for pessimism on Bowe are many. He played 15-of-16 games in 2013 with checkdown specialist Alex Smith, and managed five-year lows in catches (57) and yards (673). Bowe ranked 34th among wideouts in targets (103) as Smith preferred peppering tailbacks/fullbacks (143), tight ends (74), and Dexter McCluster (83) with footballs. The reasons for optimism are 30-year-old Bowe's improved endurance after working with a nutritionist and personal trainer this offseason, in addition to his fast finish as Kansas City's defense lagged down the stretch. Bowe compiled a 39-521-4 stat line over the Chiefs' final eight games, which works out to a 78-1,042-8 extrapolation over 16. Those numbers would have made him the fantasy WR18 overall. The truth is probably somewhere in the middle, however. I see Bowe as a shaky WR3.

Thats that for the Chiefs top-100 ranked players. The Chiefs do, according to a different Evan Silva post have three other Chiefs draft-able in the top-200 picks.
135. Alex Smith -- Andy Reid did masterful work with Smith in their first season together, expanding him over the course of the year and building him up. By the stretch run, Smith showed more willingness to pull the trigger on contested and 12-plus-yard throws than ever before in his career. Smith wound up with career highs in passing scores (23), yards (3,313), and rushing yards (431) en route to a No. 16 fantasy quarterback finish. Smith can be a stable, reliable QB2, but his upside is obviously restricted by his limited ability, and his supporting cast arguably got worse in the offseason, losing three key offensive linemen to free agency. The Chiefs remain weak at No. 2 receiver. Ultimately, drafting Smith is a matter of personal preference. He's not my cup of tea.

and of Course Jamaal Charles fantasy handcuff
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138. Knile Davis -- Running back is the most critical skill position in Andy Reid's Chiefs offense. In 2013, Jamaal Charles was the only tailback in football to lead his team in targets, catches, yards, and receiving TDs. Davis' usage in last year's Week 17 spot start and playoff loss to Indy -- after Charles' early-game concussion -- suggests Reid's offense would not change in the event of a Charles injury. They'd simply drop Davis into Charles' role. In those two games, Davis turned 54 touches into 186 yards and four all-purpose touchdowns. He'll be an RB1 if Charles misses time.

The last Chief is not Anthony Sherman. Nor a Wide Receiver, or even a player that played a snap last year in the regular season.
194. Travis Kelce -- Drafted 63rd overall in 2013, Kelce didn't play as a rookie after undergoing microfracture surgery on his knee. He's expected to be a full-go for camp. Kelce reminded me of Heath Miller on college film, playing with a lot of physicality in both the run and pass games. The aggressive blocking will help his chances of staying on the field in Andy Reid's offense. I don't think Kelce is a good bet for TE1 stats, but he offers high-end TE2 upside at a position Alex Smith loves to target. Anthony Fasano and Sean McGrath are Kelce's underwhelming competition, and Kansas City has a hole at wideout behind Dwayne Bowe. The Chiefs need someone to step forward and become Smith's No. 2 option. I'm a big believer in Kelce in Dynasty leagues.
You can read all of Evan Silva's rankings 101-200 here
Geaux Chiefs

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