By William Potter on June 20, 2014
In 2013, the Chiefs were a fantasy goldmine. They had a star studded defense, a Pro Bowl quarterback and a top-tier running back. Looking ahead to the 2014 season, there are some guys who may be creeping onto draft boards and others who are set to make a repeat performance.
After losing the explosive Dexter McCluster to free agency, the Chiefs will be looking to replace his 28 first downs (third on the team) from last year. Rookie De'Anthony Thomas offers a similar brand of versatility and should be able to, for the most part, fill the void left by McCluster. Thomas is a good pick in the later rounds if you're willing to gamble a little bit.
In 2010, Dwayne Bowe was the star of many fantasy football leagues. He posted career highs in yards (1,162) and in touchdowns (12), but he's been almost nonexistent since. This year, however, Bowe might be on the rise. He has no competition as the primary target for quarterback Alex Smith and, according to the coaching staff, is in the best shape of his life. Don't draft Bowe high, but he's a solid late-round pick.
Before 2013, you had to be out of your mind to consider drafting a quarterback from Kansas City. But the play of Alex Smith last year was often a difference maker in many leagues. He doesn't throw interceptions, puts up decent numbers and has a supporting cast that usually won't let him down. He probably isn't a starter in many leagues, but he's a middle-round pick and a great backup for any fantasy team.
During the Chiefs' nine-game winning streak last season, the defense's fantasy value skyrocketed. They posted extraordinary numbers and could be found floating in the free agent pool in a lot of leagues. The defense has lost some stars this offseason, but it's hard to pass up the top defense of 2013. They should be one of the first few defenses taken in any draft.
Any owner who had Jamaal Charles last season will certainly be doing their best to grab him again. Charles was a dominating force on the ground and through the air, averaging 20.8 points per game in standard leagues and 25.5 in PPR. Charles is going to be a top ten pick in any league, and owners should expect him to put up spectacular numbers again in 2014.
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