Kansas City Chiefs head coach Andy Reid indicated on Tuesday that it would likely be WR Frankie Hammond who takes the place of suspended Dwayne Bowe in Week 1. Junior Hemingway would also be an option but he has been hurt.
Hammond is a second-year receiver who spent the 2013 season on the Chiefs practice squad. He's a nice, young player who has shown some upside. He's the type of development receiver the Chiefs need on their roster.
For Week 1, Hammond is an obvious downgrade from Dwayne Bowe. That's not a knock on Hammond -- just the reality of a second-year player vs. a seven-year veteran. Alex Smith didn't throw to his receivers a lot in the first place so I can't imagine that changes once you take out the Chiefs best receiver and replace him with a lesser known player.
This brings us to the topic of this post -- fantasy football sleepers. Because the Chiefs are without their top receiver, we look elsewhere to see who will be catching passes. The name I keep coming back to is Travis Kelce, the Chiefs second-year tight end. He's known in Kansas City because of his 10 catches for 185 yards in three preseason games, including 43- and 69-yard touchdown receptions.
With Bowe out, you can expect Kelce to see targets in Week 1. With his speed, he's a threat to take it the distance if you can find him streaking across the middle of the field.
I guess if I write an entire post about how he's a sleeper, he's not really a sleeper anymore.
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