Fantasy Football Dark Horse Sleeper: Sean McGrath
The Kansas City Cheifs have tripled their win total from last year after defeating the Oakland Raiders, and moved to 6-0. Everyone knew head coach Andy Reid would have a positive impact on this team, but not one expected it to be this early.
Quarterback Alex Smith has protected the ball well during the six games, only throwing three interceptions. Running back Jamaal Charles is the No. 1 fantasy running back with 112 points, 14 more than LeSean McCoy. The receiving corps of Dwayne Bowe, Donnie Avery and others don’t have an impact on fantasy teams right now.
There is one Chiefs player fantasy owners should be keeping their eye on, and that is tight end Sean McGrath. With Anthony Fasano missing the last four weeks and no timetable to return, McGrath has filled in quite nicely for the Chiefs. After two 31-yard games in Week 2 and Week 3, he had his best game in Week 4 when he recorded five receptions, 64 yards and a touchdown. He followed that up with a nice four receptions, 54-yard game.
Unfortunately, he was held without a catch in Week 6 against the Raiders. He wasn’t needed though, as Charles went off for 128 total yards and two touchdowns, leading to a 24-point outing.
Coming up in Week 7, the Chiefs have a winnable matchup against the Houston Texans. It’s a decent matchup for McGrath, as the Texans allow an average of 7.5 points per game to opposing tight ends, 14th worst in the league. He could be a decent fill in for Jimmy Graham owners in deeper leagues, who is on a bye in Week 7.
Although ESPN projects him to get one point, he should be in line for another 50-60 yards and a possible score.