We are back with another look at Kansas City Chiefs players on Fanduel.
If you're not ready to become addicted to the next great fantasy game, you should probably stop reading. Fanduel is basically a one-week fantasy league each week. With free or paid games, you are given a salary cap and must sign the best possible team under that salary cap that week. The prices change week to week based on how the season is going. Thus, if you know football, you feel like you have an advantage (until you get Andy Reid'd when Jamaal Charles touches the ball only 11 times in Week 1).
But I feel pretty good about two of the Chiefs fantasy options; not so good about the others.
RB Jamaal Charles ($9,100): He is the No. 7 overall ranked Fanduel player regardless of position. He is a must start every week, especially this week. Andy Reid is facing questions over why Charles only received 11 touches last week. If they're going to hang in the game with Denver, Charles will be a huge part of it. The Chiefs need to control the clock and keep the ball out of Peyton Manning's hands. That falls into Jamaal's strengths. He should be a good play here.
TE Travis Kelce ($4,600): Anthony Fasano is $100 more than him. Fasano might be a safer bet than Kelce just because you know what he'll bring. But Kelce's potential is light years ahead of Fasano. Kelce has the potential -- I repeat, potential -- to be a fantasy stud in this Chiefs offense. Despite just 18 snaps last week, he was the Chiefs second leading receiver with three catches (on five targets) for 49 yards. Andy Reid was questioned about Kelce's low snaps and indicated he could handle more. Expect all those numbers to rise in a game where a lot of passes will be thrown.
QB Alex Smith ($6,700): He is the 23rd ranked quarterback on Fanduel. I do believe Smith has a much better game against the Broncos than he did against the Titans. That Titans game was a clear outlier based on the 17 games we've seen him in a Chiefs uniform; don't expect Smith to play that poorly every week. Smith is never a top fantasy quarterback candidate but you can hope he throws a couple of red zone touchdowns as he ups his yardage this week under the assumption the Chiefs are playing from behind and passing the ball more. Still I would avoid him. Too risky.
WR Dwayne Bowe ($6,400): I am always concerned about receivers in Alex Smith's system. The last time we saw Smith and Bowe on the field together they were tearing it up the tune of 151 yards for Bowe. Don't count on that happening but Bowe could be some nice juice for a Chiefs offense severely lacking juice. You're just hoping D-Bowe can get a red zone score from Smith since 100-plus yards is unlikely. I would avoid him this week.
Chiefs defense ($4,900): LOL. Zero percent chance I would play them this week. Peyton's gonna do his Peyton thing.
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