Chiefs 2018 kansas city chiefs Fantasy Preview

Despite constantly being deemed a system quarterback, Alex Smith was simply excellent in 2017. Smith -- the overall QB4 -- totaled career-bests in passing yards (4,042), passing touchdowns (26), quarterback rating (104.7) and interception percentage (1.0 percent). The real standout on the Kansas City offense, though, was rookie rusher Kareem Hunt. He fumbled on his first career carry, but responded with three total touchdowns in his electrifying debut on the road in New England. Hunt led the league in rushing yards (1,327) and had 11 total touchdowns to finish as the RB3. He was gifted this opportunity after Spencer Ware -- the RB16 in 2016 -- suffered a torn PCL in Week 3 of the preseason. Hunt clearly made the most of it. The Chiefs also trotted out two 1,000-yard pass catchers in tight end Travis Kelce and wideout Tyreek Hill. With 83 receptions and eight touchdowns, Kelce completed his fourth consecutive season as a top-10 fantasy tight end. Hill scored two fewer total touchdowns in his second year as a pro, but he expanded his game as a receiver. The speedster had 14 more receptions and nearly doubled his total receiving yards (593 to 1,183) in 2017. Wideout Chris Conley was the WR2 in Kansas City early in the year, but a ruptured Achilles ended his season after Week 5. Albert Wilson filled in for Conley, finishing the season with 42 receptions for 554 yards and three scores. Demarcus Robinson also added 21 catches for 212 yards. The star talent in Kansas City shined in 2017, as the Chiefs scored their most points in a season since 2013.

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FACT: The 2017 third-round pick was tied with LeSean McCoy for the league-high with 12 rushes of 20 yards or more. The Chiefs were also 7-0 when he scored and 3-6 when he was kept out of the endzone.
Offseason Moves

Despite Alex Smith's career season, the Chiefs shipped him to Washington in March and will play sophomore Patrick Mahomes, who started his first career game in Week 17 last season. Expectations for Mahomes are astronomically high, and many believe he is already a superior quarterback to Smith. In addition to the three major weapons returning from last season (Hunt, Hill, and Kelce), Mahomes has an added threat in wideout Sammy Watkins, who scored eight touchdowns as a Ram in 2017. Watkins has scored at least six touchdowns in three of his first four seasons. Albert Wilson left for Miami in free agency, but Chris Conley should return from injury to fill out a solid receiving corps. Offensive coordinator Matt Nagy took the Bears' coaching job and was replaced by running backs coach Eric Bieniemy. Nagy, in his first and only year leading the offense, was a huge aspect of Kansas City's success in 2017 and his loss shouldn't be overlooked. The Chiefs are still well-positioned for a great offensive year, though, as long as Mahomes is the player everyone anticipates him to be.

Sleepers & Busts

There really aren't a lot of people sleeping on this offense. Kareem Hunt, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce are established players at their respective positions and should perform as such. One player to monitor is Spencer Ware, who missed all of last season with a torn PCL. Andy Reid said Ware "should be ready to go" for the season, and if he regains his 2016 form, it could change the Chiefs' offense. Ware gained 1,368 all-purpose yards and scored five total touchdowns in 14 games that season. He was a reliable RB2 play in most leagues. Now, with Hunt firmly in the picture as the lead back, Ware will be getting far fewer looks, even if he remains healthy. Still, his explosiveness will force Reid to put him on the field one way or another. In an offense loaded with Pro Bowl talent, Ware could nudge his way back into the picture if he can have a healthy, productive preseason.

Sammy Watkins was a disappointment for the Rams in 2017. He could leave the Chiefs feeling the same way after 2018. Despite catching eight touchdowns last season, Watkins suffered career-lows in receptions per game (2.6) and receiving yards per game (39.5). He was the No. 1 option in Los Angeles last year for second-year pro Jared Goff, yet Goff blossomed without relying on Watkins much at all. Now, Watkins is paired with another second-year quarterback, but is surrounded by even more talent, which will further limit him. Avoid Watkins this year.

Fantasy Depth Chart
POSFIRSTSECONDTHIRDOTHER
QB Patrick Mahomes Chad Henne
RB Kareem Hunt Spencer Ware Charcandrick West Damien Williams
WR Tyreek Hill Sammy Watkins Demarcus Robinson Chris Conley
TE Travis Kelce Demetrius Harris
K Harrison Butker