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The Chiefs have reached a 5-year deal with LB Anthony Hitchens worth about $9 million a year, according to multiple reports. Hitchens played well across 4 seasons with the Cowboys, playing all 16 games in each of the 1st 3. The deal with K.C. obviously indicates he'll line up as the team's new top ILB. Hitchens should be in for much bigger stats and more IDP value with the Chiefs than he's posted to this point. We'll see whether Dallas seeks a replacement or believes Jaylon Smith is ready to step in as a full-timer.

WR Sammy Watkins is set to sign with the Chiefs when free agency opens on Wednesday. NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that it's a 3-year, $48 million deal with a whopping $30 million guaranteed. Watkins never seemed to fully settle into the Rams offense after being dealt to Los Angeles last August. But he averaged a strong 15.2 yards per catch and scored 8 times. Most importantly, he didn't miss a game due to injury for the 1st time since his rookie campaign back in 2014. Watkins turns just 25 in June and remains a big-time talent. He has target competition on his hands, though, joining a Chiefs offense featuring TE Travis Kelce, WR Tyreek Hill and RB Kareem Hunt. It's a loaded group, making 2nd-year QB Patrick Mahomes a major breakout candidate in 2018.

The Chiefs have ruled TE Travis Kelce out for the rest of the Wild Card round game against the Titans with a concussion. It's his 2nd concussion of the season, following an October head injury that didn't cost Kelce any games. Demetrius Harris will see more activity in the 2nd half.

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Chiefs TE Travis Kelce is a healthy scratch for today's finale against the Broncos. Demetrius Harris will serve as K.C.'s lead TE. RB Kareem Hunt is active, but we'd be surprised if he played much.

Chiefs RB Charcandrick West (illness) has been downgraded to out for Sunday's game against the Broncos. With RB Kareem Hunt unlikely to play much, if at all, RB Akeem Hunt is in line to handle the majority of backfield duties. The 3rd-year pro has just 41 NFL carries under his belt, although he's averaged 5.0 yards per. Hunt has also averaged 7.9 yards on 12 catches. He caught 86 balls over his final 2 years at Purdue and tested as an above-average athlete in the pre-draft process (63rd percentile SPARQ). It'd be tough to trust Hunt in season-long lineups, but he's an intriguing DFS value.

Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill is listed as out for Sunday's game against the Broncos for non-injury reasons. He's being rested in the meaningless finale. HC Andy Reid has already said QB Alex Smith won't play this weekend, and we're not expecting to see RB Kareem Hunt or Travis Kelce either.

Chiefs RB Charcandrick West (illness) is listed as questionable for this weekend's game vs. the Broncos. Players almost always play through illnesses, but his status will be worth checking on Sunday. Chiefs-Broncos doesn't kick off until 4:25 pm ET, so we'll look for an update in the morning. With RB Kareem Hunt not expected to play much, if at all, West's absence would leave Akeem Hunt as Kansas City's lead back.

Chiefs HC Andy Reid announced Wednesday that QB Patrick Mahomes will start this weekend's finale against the Broncos. Kansas City is locked into the AFC's #4 seed and has nothing to gain on Sunday. We doubt that RB Kareem Hunt, WR Tyreek Hill or TE Travis Kelce play much, if at all. That makes Mahomes tougher to like -- especially in a tough spot in Denver.

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston is active for today's game against the Dolphins. He came in questionable with an illness but is fine for normal use in your IDP lineups.

Chiefs RB Charcandrick West (personal) is out for this weekend's game against the Jets. He's been a thorn in RB Kareem Hunt's side, totaling 5 carries and 14 targets over the past 3 weeks. His absence is a slight boost to Hunt's outlook.

Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens (groin) is questionable for Thursday night's game against Washington. Hitchens played through the issue on Thanksgiving and totaled 7 tackles. We expect him to play. LB Sean Lee will miss his 3rd straight game with a hamstring injury.

Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens (groin) is active for today's game against the Chargers. There's tackle upside with LB Sean Lee out, but Hitchens isn't a high-level IDP option.

Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens (groin) is questionable for Thursday's game against the Chargers. He was limited in practice the past 2 days after sitting out Monday. Hitchens looks like a shaky IDP bet, especially given that he hasn't been a high-upside fantasy option when healthy.

Cowboys LB Anthony Hitchens left in the 2nd half of Sunday night's loss to the Eagles with what Jerry Jones called a groin pull, according to Pro Football Talk. Hitchens was due for an MRI Monday, though we have yet to see any results from that. Dallas will already be without lead LB Sean Lee for Thursday's game against the Chargers.

The forecast for today's Chiefs-Giants game calls for 16-20 mph winds with possible gusts over 40 mph. That's more than enough to make an impact, particularly on the deep-passing and kicking games. We just moved Alex Smith, Eli Manning, Tyreek Hill, Harrison Butker and Aldrick Rosas down the Week 11 Rankings. This could be a run-heavy game on both sides.

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (knee) is active for tonight's game against the Broncos, as expected. Houston seemed to get a maintenance day off from practice this week before turning up questionable for the game. We'll keep an eye on the status of his knee going forward.

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston is questionable for Monday night's game against the Broncos. It sounds like he'll play, though. “He’s going to be fine, he had that knee surgery and we’re just monitoring him as we go here,” Chiefs coach Andy Reid said Saturday, according to Pro Football Talk. “I gave him some time to just settle, but I think he’ll be fine.” That surgery came in winter 2016. Houston sat out practice Saturday after putting in limited work the previous 2 days. This sounds like a maintenance thing rather than a re-injury issue. We'll keep an eye on him going forward, but Houston should be available for IDP usage in Week 8.

Chiefs RB Charcandrick West (concussion) has been a full-go in practice this week and is set to return for Monday night’s game against the Broncos. He’s not a fantasy option but figures to steal some 3rd-down work from RB Kareem Hunt.

Chiefs RB Charcandrick West (concussion) is out for Thursday night's game against the Raiders. He's played 24% of the offensive snaps so far and averaged 2.7 touches per game. The majority of that work should go to RB Kareem Hunt vs. Oakland.

Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill has been cleared of a concussion, according to Pro Football Talk. So he'll be available for Thursday night's game against the Raiders. Hill will remain a WR2 with upside for that one.


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