2013 Fantasy football: Kansas City Chiefs’ Dwayne Bowe eyes franchise tag

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Much has changed for the Kansas City Chiefs this offseason, but for Dwayne Bowe, it could be Groundhog Day. As ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported, the Chiefs are “gonna find a way to keep him.” Schefter points out it’s likely the team will use the franchise tag once again on the wideout, meaning he will receive around $11 million in compensation for the 2013 season. It also means Bowe will be putting forth his best effort to win over coach Andy Reid and potential suitors for the 2014 season.

Though his disappointing 2012 campaign can be attributed to broken ribs and some of the worst quarterback play in memory, there is still much to be contemplated before committing to the wideout in fantasy football drafts. In fact, the more coach Reid upgrades the offense, the worse it could become for Bowe’s fantasy prospects. It’s one thing to be the only show in town, but what happens if a solid No. 2 wideout comes to town? Is Bowe still going to post 70 -plus catches as he has in all but two seasons? Those totals have been largely responsible for his 1,000 -plus yard receiving efforts. DeSean Jackson never caught 70 balls under Reid and Jeremy Maclin has only done it once (though he did hit 69 in 2012). Those were two players who complimented each other. If a guy like Greg Jennings comes to town, it means more mouths to feed and a possible decrease in looks for Bowe.

Adding to the speculation is Reid’s favor for dynamic backs and willingness to feature them as the staple of the offense. He has a perfect fit in Jamaal Charles, who I expect to have one of his best scoring totals to date in 2013. Bottom line, if things stay the same, then so should Bowe’s value. Otherwise, it might be best to temper expectations and evaluate the whole situation come draft day.

Adrian Mojica

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