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Chiefs insider Adam Teicher noticed "budding chemistry" between QB Alex Smith and WR Jeremy Maclin this spring.  Smith raved about the connection at the conclusion of minicamp.  “I feel really good about where things are right now, where they’re going, how they have progressed,” Smith said. “I really feel like we’ve gotten great work as a whole, but he and I especially have gotten a lot of reps together, a lot of good looks. I really feel like we have a good foundation before we put the pads on and head into camp.”  Malin has the advantage of familiarity with HC Andy Reid's offense from their time together in Kansas City.  Smith's conservative style caps Maclin's 2015 fantasy upside, but he's fairly price at his 6th-round ADP.

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The Chiefs want QB Alex Smith to be "more of a risk-taker" this season, according to insider Adam Teicher.  Smith has long been known as a game-manager, dink-and-dunk type of passer.  That was certainly the case last year.  Per Pro Football Focus, Smith attempted just 27 passes 20+ yards downfield in 2014.  That ranked 37th league-wide.  (There are only 32 teams in the NFL.)  In WR Jeremy Maclin and TE Travis Kelce, Kansas City has a couple of guys that can stretch the field.  More aggressive play from Smith might mean more a lower completion rate and more INTs.  But it would also likely help his passing and TD totals.  It'd be a net gain for his fantasy football value.

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The Chiefs have signed QB Terrelle Pryor. He was out of the league all last season after being cut by the Seahawks in August. Pryor will always be an intriguing fantasy prospect because of his rushing ability. He ran for 627 yards and 3 TDs in just 11 games back in 2013. The problem is that he's not a good enough passer to be a viable NFL QB. Pryor sports a career 56.3% completion percentage with 9 TDs vs. 12 INTs. Kansas City's coaching staff will work with him this offseason, but he's a long shot to make any noise for the Chiefs. Perhaps they'll try to use him in a gadget role. QB Alex Smith is signed through 2018.

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8 months ago

Chiefs QB Alex Smith has a lacerated spleen and will miss Sunday's game against the Chargers.  Smith practiced earlier this week but told the training staff that he didn't feel right.  That's when the spleen injury was discovered.  Smith's absence means that QB Chase Daniel starts the finale vs. San Diego for the 2nd straight year.  He was solid in this spot last season, throwing for 200 yards and a score and running for another 59 yards.  He's a smart, accurate and mobile QB -- not unlike Smith.  And at a minimum price on the DFS sites, he's an intriguing Week 17 play.

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10 months ago

Chiefs QB Alex Smith (shoulder) is active for today’s game against the Jets. He put in a full week of practice, so the shoulder shouldn’t be an issue. Smith is an excellent Week 9 spot start vs. the league’s worst QB defense.

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10 months ago

Chiefs QB Alex Smith (shoulder) is probable for Sunday's game against the Jets.  He never left last weekend's game and put in 3 full practices this week.  The shoulder isn't a concern.  Smith is a top-notch Week 9 streaming option against a Jets defense that's allowed 22 passing TDs with just 1 INT. 

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10 months ago

Chiefs QB Alex Smith (shoulder) was listed as a full participant in Wednesday's practice.  He threw "effortlessly" in the portion open to the media, per insider Randy Covitz.  Smith sprained his throwing shoulder in last week's game against the Rams but never left and didn't seem inhibited.  He's a solid Week 9 spot-start option against the Jets' 32nd-ranked QB defense.

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Chiefs HC Andy Reid revealed on Monday that QB Alex Smith suffered a sprained throwing shoulder in Sunday's win over the Rams.  The injury reportedly happened late in the 1st half.  Smith was able to play through it, completing 10-of-13 passes for 114 yards over the final 30 minutes.  It doesn't seem like it was an issue yesterday, and Reid confirmed that he expects Smith to be fine for this weekend's game against the Jets.  We'll keep an eye on his practice participation.  If healthy, Smith will be an intriguing Week 9 spot-start option.

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The Chiefs and QB Alex Smith have agreed to a 4-year, $68 million contract extension.  It tacks on to the final year of his current deal, keeping him in Kansas City through the 2018 season.  Smith will be making $15.2 million per year on average.  To put that in perspective, Bengals QB Andy Dalton's new deal is paying him $13.9 million per year.  That makes it seem like an overpay.  But Smith is a perfect fit for what the Chiefs want to do on offense, so it's tough to argue with the move.  Smith quietly finished 13th among QBs in fantasy points last season.  He'll be a viable matchup play in 2014.

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The Chiefs selected QB Aaron Murray in the 5th round.  The 6'1, 207-pounder doesn't have prototypical size or a big arm.  But he has a quick release, good accuracy and a high football IQ.  Murray was a 4-year starter at Georgia and holds SEC records for career passing TDs (121) and passing yards (13,166).  He tore his ACL in November but was able to throw at his Pro Day in April.  Murray will battle Tyler Bray for the #3 QB job this season.  But note that QB Alex Smith is a free agent in 2015.

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Chiefs QB Alex Smith admits that he used more of the playbook and was more comfortable in HC Andy Reid's offense in the 2nd half of the season. "If you look at our last eight or nine games offensively, we really did some good things and took off a little bit there," Smith said.  "So as the year went on and we got more comfortable and coach Reid got more comfortable with us and his staff, he started to trust us with more and we showed that we could handle it. By the end, I was feeling really good about things."  Smith actually attempted fewer passes in the 2nd half of the season than he did in the 1st.  But his completion rate improved from 59% to 62%.  And he tossed 14 TDs in his final 8 games vs. 9 in the first 8.  Smith also exploded for 378 yards and 4 scores in Kansas City's 1st-round playoff loss.  He finished 13th among QBs in fantasy points in his Chiefs debut.  We won't bet on him improving that rank much in 2014, but Smith will at least be a valuable spot starter or fantasy backup.

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1 year ago

The Chiefs are expected to start QB Chase Daniel over QB Alex Smith in today's meaningless finale at San Diego.  Just another reason why your fantasy season should not extend into Week 17.

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Chiefs HC Andy Reid said he'll "mix and match" players for Sunday's finale at San Diego.  “I’m going to work some guys in,” Reid told The Kansas City Star.  “Most of them have already worked in. … I talked to the team, and I will have it figured out by the end of the week exactly how I’m going to work it.”  What does that mean for your fantasy team?  No Chief is safe.  Avoid them if your season is still going.

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Chiefs HC Andy Reid admitted that he'll consider resting starters in Sunday's finale against the Chargers.  Kansas City is locked into the AFC's #5 seed and has nothing to play for.  We're not expecting QB Alex Smith or RB Jamaal Charles to see much -- if any -- action.  QB Chase Daniel and RB Knile Davis would replace the starters.

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Lost in RB Jamaal Charles' historic Week 15 performance was an almost equally big day from QB Alex Smith.  He completed 17 of 20 passes for 287 yards and set a new career-high with 5 TDs.  Smith also became the 3rd QB in Chiefs history to throw 5 TDs without an INT in a game.  Of course, Smith has Charles to thank for the majority of that production.  Per the Associated Press' Josh Dubow, Smith's 5 scoring throws traveled a combined 13 yards downfield!  There were 168 total yards after the catch on those 5 plays.  Smith still has clear talent limitations, but give him credit for running HC Andy Reid's offense with aplomb.  Smith now sits 13th among QBs in fantasy points.  He'll be a high-end QB2 against a beatable Colts defense in Week 16.

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Chiefs QB Alex Smith singled out Dexter McCluster as the player that's impressed him most in OTAs so far.  "Not knowing much about Dexter McCluster… he was the running back/receiver, and seeing how fluid he is, going in and out of those roles has been impressive for me to watch,” Smith said. “It’s easy to talk about in the meeting room to say let’s put (a) receiver in and have him run routes and be natural at it and then put him back in the backfield to do a multitude of things... It’s another thing to see it live. He’s a special guy, and he’s really taken it on.”  HC Andy Reid has also talked up McCluster as a valuable weapon this offseason.  We'll keep an eye on how he's being deployed in training camp and preseason action.  But it's difficult to see him amassing enough touches to be a reliable fantasy option.

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