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Chiefs RB Kareem Hunt played just 1 of 19 first-team snaps in Friday night's preseason opener against the 49ers, according to Pro Football Focus. RB Spencer Ware got the other 18, rushing 4 times for 6 yards and a TD, and catching 3 passes for 20 more yards. Hunt touched the ball just twice, rushing once for no gain and catching a 9-yard pass from QB Patrick Mahomes on a 3rd-and-long play. It's early, but continued usage patterns like this could make Ware a stronger value at his Round 6 ADP.

Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill has been a standout early in training camp. He's "taking his game to another level," B.J. Kissel of the team's official website wrote after Sunday's practice. "Hill made contested catches in tight space, fought off defenders for leverage, and obviously showed the world-class speed ... all indications through offseason workouts and the first part of camp is that he’s prepared to handle an increased workload in 2017." Kansas City showed big faith in Hill when they released WR Jeremy Maclin in June. He should see a nice bump from last year's 83 targets -- and continue to contribute on the ground after a 24-267-3 rushing line as a rookie. Hill is pricey, though, with an MFL10 ADP sitting in the 4th round.

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (shoulder) avoided the PUP list to open training camp. He underwent shoulder surgery early in the offseason, but it never seemed like something that would impact his 2017 campaign. Kelce led all TEs in fantasy points last year, albeit in a down season for the position. He's currently coming off the board in the 3rd round of 12-team PPR drafts.

Chiefs HC Andy Reid said Thursday that there's a "pretty good chance" TE Travis Kelce is ready for the start of training camp. To be perfectly honest, we had forgotten that Kelce underwent shoulder surgery earlier this offseason. We never got any details on the procedure, and updates on his rehab have been non-existent. We'll take that as a good sign. For now, consider Kelce's 2017 fantasy stock unaffected. We'll keep an eye on him when camp opens next month.

The Chiefs added Michigan WR Jehu Chesson in the 4th round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Chesson actually tallied more receiving yards (764) and TDs (9) than 3rd-round teammate Amara Darboh in 2015 before taking a step back to a 35-500-2 line last year. He bounced back at the Combine, registering an 88th percentile SPARQ score. The 6’3, 204-pounder ran a 4.47-second 40-yard dash and crushed the 3-cone. There’s some developmental potential here, especially for a Chiefs team that needs size at WR.

The Chiefs added Toledo RB Kareem Hunt in the 3rd round of the 2017 NFL Draft. Hunt disappointed at the Combine, posting a 28th percentile SPARQ score. But the tape is much more impressive. He flashes a nice combination of power and make-you-miss ability, which helped him force the 2nd most missed tackles in the nation last year, per Pro Football Focus. Hunt also looks comfy in the passing game. He tallied a 41-403-1 receiving line this past year after totaling just 32 grabs across his first 3 seasons. Hunt dealt with an ankle injury in 2014 and a hamstring issue in 2015, so durability is a concern. But he handled 262 carries last year and is a solid 5’10, 216 pounds. Hunt is capable of immediately pushing Spencer Ware for touches and, longer term, has a shot to emerge as a 3-down back.

The Chiefs made a big move up in the 1st round from pick #27 to #10 to select Texas Tech QB Patrick Mahomes. He put up video-game numbers over the past 2 seasons, compiling 9,705 passing yards and 77 TDs. That, of course, came in Texas Tech’s Air Raid offense — a system that hasn’t produced NFL QBs. Mahomes might be the exception, though. He has a cannon for an arm and a true gunslinger’s mentality. Think Brett Favre or Jay Cutler. Mahomes is also a plus athlete, registering a SPARQ score in the 70th percentile at his position. He figures to spend 2017 holding a clipboard for QB Alex Smith. But Smith will be 34 years old and owed $17 million when 2018 rolls around, so bet on Mahomes taking over then.

Chiefs WR Albert Wilson on Wednesday signed his restricted free-agent tender. That'll keep him with the team for at least 1 more season, though he's not likely to present much fantasy value with Jeremy Maclin and Tyreek Hill leading the WR depth chart.

Chiefs HC Andy Reid is looking to expand WR Tyreek Hill's role in 2017, he said from the owners' meetings. “He’ll do nothing but get better as long as he keeps the right attitude and the same work ethic he had this past year," Reid said. "I’m expecting good things from him." Hill played in less than 40% of Kansas City's offensive snaps last year but still finished 23rd among WRs in PPR points. Of course, he also racked up 85 offensive touches -- a number the 5'10, 185-pounder is unlikely to top going forward. Still, more playing time could at least make Hill a more reliable weekly fantasy option.

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.

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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.

 
 
 

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