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2016 Kansas City Chiefs Coaching Tree

Fantasy Football Expert Joe Jefferson dives into the Kansas City Chiefs' offensive system and which players could provide value for Fantasy owners.

Kansas City Chiefs

Offensive Coordinator: Brad Childress (KC OFF Consultant) (New OC in 2016)

Head Coach: Andy Reid (Same as 2015)

Head Coach Involvement: Andy Reid is in charge, which is why I think Doug Pederson leaving to be HC of the Eagles is not a big deal. Reid will continue to run the show here and hopes to have the breakthrough offensive season so many of us are expecting from him.

Offensive Basis: West Coast Offense in as pure a form as there is in the NFL and that means plenty of targets for a primary WR as well as a talented WR2 and TE. They throw to set up the run and don’t apologize to anyone about it. Heavy Lead RB Use and Heavy RB Targets.

Where the OC comes from: Reid is from the West Coast Offense coaching tree. He is most famous for his time in Philly where he produced so many Fantasy greats. He was part of the second wave of WCO offensive assistants in Green Bay with Mike Holmgren. He has an impressive history of productive Fantasy teams in Philly.

Chiefs 2015
2015 RB Reception Total Rank: #22
2015 WR Receptions Total Rank: #28
2015 TE Receptions Total Rank: #12

2015 QB FF Rank: #23
2015 RB FF Rank: #13
2015 WR Rank: #30
2015 TE Rank: #11

Chiefs 2014
2014 RB Reception Total Rank: #2
2014 WR Receptions Total Rank: #32
2014 TE Receptions Total Rank: #5

2014 QB FF Rank: #27
2014 RB FF Rank: #8
2014 WR FF Rank: #32
2014 TE FF Rank: #7

2016 Offensive Player Outlook Overall: Alex Smith has improved with Jeremy Maclin solidifying what was a bad WR situation in years past. Now he has Jamaal Charles back and a developing second receiver. However, Smith is a Fantasy afterthought and should be undrafted in most Fantasy leagues and only be considered for situational matchups.

Stud PPR running back, Jamaal Charles, should pick up where left off, but his upside does not come without some risk. Charles is returning from another devastating and season-ending knee injury in 2015. However, under Reid, Charles is one of the best Fantasy running backs in the league as long as he is healthy so take him in the late second round of most leagues with confidence. He has missed three weeks of preseason but does not seem to be a risk for Week 1. I like Spencer Ware in the later rounds of your draft as a handcuff to Charles or as a RB to stash and hope if you have room because Charles is a health risk. Charcandrick West is the only other Fantasy relevant running back in a great system because Knile Davis is obviously not ready because we saw last year when Charles was hurt, Davis got no reps.

Jeremy Maclin had a solid first season in KC in his reunion with Andy Reid from their favorable days as Eagles. Maclin is solidly the No. 1 option in a good offense, so he offers a solid floor and great weekly upside in the early fourth round of most drafts. No. 3 WR Albert Wilson is just a situational and slot type of WR who will not see the volume to be Fantasy relevant. Rod Streater will be available as a free agent in your league and would seem to be the next most viable option if Chris Conley stumbles in his development as the No. 2 WR. Frankie Hammond, De’Anthony Thomas, and rookies, Demarcus Robinson, and Tyreek Hill are all not ready to produce.

Travis Kelce is a physical stud who has underachieved in this offense thus far in his career. He offers a solid floor and the potential to continue to develop after only three NFL seasons under his belt. TEs are notorious for taking longer to develop so I’m happy to draft Kelce as my starting TE as the fourth to sixth TE off the board in most drafts. James O’Shaughnessy and Richard Gordon would compete for looks if Kelce were out but I would not have much faith.

Sleeper/Value Players: I like what I see from second-year WR, Chris Conley. He will get a shot at the No. 2 WR spot as he is the only guy with the size and ability to play on the outside beside maybe the new addition, Rod Streater, or a surprising rookie. Conley is made for this system and should become part of a good duo with Maclin. The coaches love him and so do I so he is a great sleeper pick near or at the end of your draft depending on how deep your league goes.

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