Shark Bites

Chiefs HC Andy Reid revealed at the Combine that TE Travis Kelce recently underwent shoulder surgery. Reid described it as a "clean up" but didn't provide any other details on the injury or when it occurred. “He’ll probably miss some time throughout the offseason, but he’ll be ready, I believe, for camp," Reid added. This doesn't sound like something that will impact Kelce's 2017 campaign, but we'll keep an eye on him throughout the offseason.

The Chiefs have signed RB C.J. Spiller. He turns 30 in August and has averaged just 3.6 yards per carry over the last 3 seasons, so we wouldn't even consider him a lock to make the final roster -- let alone a fantasy impact. Perhaps the Spiller addition is a sign that Kansas City is looking to move on from RB Jamaal Charles, but that's just speculation on our part.

The NFL has moved kickoff of the Steelers-Chiefs game to 8:20 pm ET on Sunday. The game was originally scheduled to start at 1:05 ET, but Kansas City is expected to get slammed by an ice storm this weekend. The current forecast calls for a 100% chance of rain and 32-degree temperatures for Sunday night, so we're not sure what the new kickoff time is accomplishing. Wind isn't expected to be an issue, but the conditions will obviously be less than ideal for the passing games.

Chiefs HC Andy Reid said Monday that RB Spencer Ware (ribs) is "good to go" for Sunday's game against the Steelers. Ware was a game-time decision for the regular-season finale but ended up sitting out. He should step back in as Kansas City's lead back this weekend. Ware has seen 15+ touches in 7 straight outings and averaged a solid 77.7 yards per game.

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (ribs) is inactive for today’s game against the Chargers. That leaves Charcandrick West in what should be a feature back role.

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (ribs) is "hopeful" to play against the Chargers today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. HC Andy Reid labeled Ware a game-time decision, but we're betting that he plays after getting in 3 limited practices this week. Kansas City still has a shot at the AFC's #2 seed, and Ware can earn $600,000 if he gains another 79 yards today.

The Chiefs have ruled OLB Justin Houston (knee) out for Week 17. That's not surprising, considering the repaired joint has been bothering Houston for a couple of weeks. Missing him dings the pass-rushing upside a bit, but Dee Ford has enjoyed a breakthrough year and makes up for some of that in Houston's place. Overall, this news shouldn't alter your outlook for the K.C. team defense in fantasy.

Chiefs HC Andy Reid labeled RB Spencer Ware (ribs) a game-time decision for Sunday's tilt with the Chargers. He was limited in practice all week. Kansas City is still battling for the AFC's #2 seed, so Ware will play if he's able. The issue for fantasy owners is that Chiefs-Chargers doesn't kick off until 4:25 pm ET on Sunday. Charcandrick West will serve in something close to a feature-back role if Ware can't go.

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (ribs) practiced on Wednesday. HC Andy Reid said he was pulled from last week's game as a precaution. So he should be ready to roll for Sunday's game against the Chargers. Kansas City can still claim the AFC's #2 seed with a win and a loss by the Raiders in Denver.

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware injured his ribs in Sunday night's win over the Broncos, HC Andy Reid said. He's scheduled for an MRI on Monday. Kansas City still has a shot at the AFC's #2 seed with a Week 17 win coupled with a Raiders loss, so Ware will likely play if he's medically cleared. If not, Charcandrick West will step in as the lead back against the Chargers.

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (knee) is inactive for tonight's game against the Broncos. That takes away an IDP option that dominated the 1st meeting and also removes some upside from the Kansas City team D. We're still talking about the league leader in takeaways, though.

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston (illness) is active for today's game against the Titans, as expected. He's fine to use as you normally would, though HC Andy Reid said Friday that Houston's knee is "tender."

Chiefs OLB Justin Houston is officially questionable for Sunday's game against the Titans, but he's expected to play, according to Matt Derrick of the Topeka Capital-Journal. Houston was limited Wednesday by an illness and then missed Thursday's workout with knee trouble. HC Andy Reid said Friday that the knee was "tender" but that Houston would play Sunday.

The Chiefs have confirmed the Thursday night fear: LB Derrick Johnson suffered a ruptured left Achilles' tendon in the win over the Raiders. That at least costs him the rest of the season and might prematurely end the veteran's career. The 34-year-old came back from a ruptured right Achilles' tendon last season, but he had suffered that injury in Week 1 of the prior year. That's about 3 months lead time on the recovery/rehab process vs. this season. Kansas City replaced Johnson with S/LB Nick Sorensen against Oakland, and the Raiders promptly attacked his area on the ground. We'll see what the Chiefs do going forward. Options include D.J. Alexander as well as Josh Mauga and Justin March, who are currently on IR but could be designated to return.

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce tied an NFL record on Thursday night by racking up 100+ yards for the 4th straight game. Tony Gonzalez and Jimmy Graham are the only other TEs in NFL history to pull that off. The Raiders had no answer for Kelce, whose 5 receptions went for 15, 16, 28, 8 and 34 yards. He did a bunch of damage after the catch and also made a contorting grab down the seam. Kelce led the Chiefs with 8 targets -- 30.8% of QB Alex Smith's total attempts. No TE is hotter right now. Kelce should keep rolling next week against a middle Titans TE defense.

Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill was the most electric player on the field in Thursday night's game against the Raiders. He got the Chiefs on the board in the 2nd quarter with a 36-yard TD grab, running right by CB David Amerson on a post route. Later in that quarter, Hill took a punt return right through the teeth of Oakland's coverage for a 78-yard score. Kansas City got Hill the ball on a few quick-hitting passes, but he wasn't able to break any of those for big gains. He finished with 6 catches on 6 targets for 66 yards. It's worth noting that he played just 45.5% of the offensive snaps, his lowest share since Week 8. But Hill is getting the ball when he's on the field and will remain a key piece of this Chiefs offense the rest of the way. He gets a plus Week 15 matchup against the Titans' 29th-ranked WR defense.

Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin caught just 1 pass for 16 yards in Thursday night's loss to the Raiders. He garnered 3 targets -- tied with Chris Conley for 3rd on the team behind Travis Kelce (8) and Tyreek Hill (6). Maclin didn't seem bothered by the groin injury that kept him out the previous 4 weeks and actually led Chiefs WRs with 42 snaps (out of 55). But with Kelce red hot and the continued emergence of Hill, Maclin simply isn't a featured part of this passing game. He does get Tennessee's 29th-ranked WR defense next week, though, putting him on the WR3 radar.

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware didn't find much running room against the Raiders on Thursday night. He finished with 56 yards on 20 carries (2.8 yards per carry), with none of those going for more than 8 yards. Ware added just 7 yards on 1 catch and 2 targets. Worst of all: He was vultured by Charcandrick West for a 3-yard TD. Ware out-snapped West 40 to 13 and out-touched him 21 to 2, so he remains the clear lead back here. But Ware simply hasn't been good in 5 games since returning from his concussion, averaging just 3.4 yards per carry. Consider him just a RB2 next week against a Titans defense that's better against the run than the pass.

Chiefs QB Alex Smith played a nearly flawless 1st half against the Raiders on Thursday night, completing 11 of 16 passes for 203 yards. The highlight was a perfectly thrown deep ball to WR Tyreek Hill for a 36-yard TD. It was a different story in the 2nd half. He was picked off on his 2nd pass after the break and was strip-sacked on his very next snap. Smith connected on just 6 of 10 attempts for 61 scoreless yards in the 2nd half, but Kansas City's defense did enough to hold on for the win. Smith has posted 220+ yards in 4 straight games. That's the good news. The bad news is that he's gone 6 straight games without tossing more than 1 TD. Even in a plus matchup against the Titans next week, he won't be more than a mid-range QB2.

Chiefs ILB Derrick Johnson left in the 2nd quarter of Thursday night's game after suffering a left leg injury. Johnson went down without contact after trying to drive off the leg. He immediately pulled his helmet off and sat on the field, shaking his head. Trainers helped Johnson off the field, with his left shoe off and no weight being put on the injured leg. We'll see about the official diagnosis, but this one looks serious.

Update: Johnson is out for the game with a left Achilles' injury.

 
 
 

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