2014 Fantasy Football: Judging the Value of the Kansas City Chiefs WRs
The Kansas City Chiefs are a team that has one of the top fantasy football running backs in Jamaal Charles, and a weak-armed quarterback in Alex Smith, who is best suited in the role of a game manager. There is nothing wrong with this approach to building an offense, however, it does go against the grain of how most NFL teams set up their offensive units. The fact that Smith does not have a strong arm certainly hurts the fantasy value of Kansas City’s receiving corps. Any of the Chiefs receivers won’t be on the top of any fantasy owner’s draft boards, but can still be considered for roster spots.
Dwayne Bowe is the team’s No.1 receiver and really the only proven veteran in the unit. Reports from the offseason are that Bowe has dropped weight to keep himself playing at a high level as he reaches 30 years old, but his fantasy value will be diminished by the situation he is in. Fantasy owners should look at Bowe as a WR-3 this season, since the Chiefs will want to roll their offense through Jamaal Charles. The mediocre numbers that he posted last season should be expected out of him again in 2014.
Donnie Avery is the team’s No. 2 reciever, which shows just how little Kansas City has invested in their receivers. Avery would be considered a No.4 wide reciever on most teams. Fantasy owners should only look to pick up Avery off the waiver wire out of desperation, since he offers almost no upside. The coaching staff envisioned A.J. Jenkins pushing for the No.2 role this season, but he is seemingly struggling to keep his job as the slot receiver and has been practicing with the second unit.