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4 weeks ago

The Chiefs announced Tuesday night that S Eric Berry is cancer free and ready to begin training camp with his team. That's obviously awesome news on a personal level for Berry and professionally for the K.C. defense. A healthy Berry ranks among the league's top playmakers at his position. We'll see as camp gets going whether the cancer battle put him behind in conditioning, but we've already boosted him into the top 10 among DBs in our 2015 IDP rankings.

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3 months ago

The Chiefs grabbed CB Marcus Peters with the 18th pick of the NFL Draft. Peters, of course, presents plenty of talent but got booted off the team at Washington for fighting with coaches. He has projected remorse for his actions, but we'll see where he goes from here. Peters looks intriguing as a dynasty IDP option, but you shouldn't consider him until very late -- if at all -- in your rookie draft, and then only if you play with CB-specific roles.

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5 months ago

Chiefs S Ron Parker has re-signed with the team for a reported 5 years and $30 million. Parker appeared to get plenty of interest on the open market, but the Chiefs will be better off for not letting him leave. Parker played multiple roles for the team last year, delivering his best IDP numbers as a cornerback. He seems likely to start at S in 2015, especially with Eric Berry's status uncertain because of cancer. Expect Parker to settle into the 20-30 range when our 2015 IDP rankings come out.

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Multiple outlets report that S Tyvon Branch has agreed to a 1-year, $2 million deal with the Chiefs. The Raiders released the 28-year-old last month after he missed 13+ games for the 2nd straight season. The injury history clearly scared plenty of potential suitors, given the fairly small contract Branch settled for. He had previously visited the Colts and would have been part of a weak safety market in free agency. If Branch can stay healthy, he should fight for a starting job and provide some IDP value. He has shown top-5 upside in the past.

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5 months ago

The Chiefs have applied their franchise tag to OLB Justin Houston, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. The move comes as no surprise. No one expected K.C. to let the 26-year-old pass-rusher reach the open market. Over the past 3 seasons, only J.J. Watt has racked up more sacks than Houston's 43. He'll remain a strong IDP factor going forward.

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Chiefs HC Andy Reid said Friday that he expects to have LB Derrick Johnson and DL Mike DeVito ready for "phase one" of the team's offseason program. Both players ruptured Achilles' tendons in the 2014 opener and missed the rest of the season. Reid conceded that they'll need to "see how things roll" in the continued rehab for both players, but the outlook seems good. The early timing of the injuries can only help. That said, we'll likely head into 2015 expecting something less than his usual performance from Johnson. Torn Achilles' regularly affect players even in their return seasons, and the star LB turned 32 in November. We'll keep an eye on his offseason with our 2015 IDP rankings in mind. DeVito's not a big IDP option but would help a soft K.C. run D even at less than full power.

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8 months ago

As expected, Chiefs OLB Tamba Hali is active for today's game at Pittsburgh. He has been playing through a knee issue for weeks and should be fine to use as you normally  would in your IDP league.

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8 months ago

Chiefs LB Tamba Hali will play today against the Raiders despite a knee injury that had him questionable. He's fine to use as you normally would in your IDP lineup.

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Chiefs LB Tamba Hali is questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders because of a knee injury that has lingered for a while. Hali normally sees limited practice time during the week but sat out Wednesday and Thursday completely this week before a limited Friday workout. We'd still guess that he'll play, but you'll need to watch Hali's Sunday status if you plan to use him in your IDP lineup. The 1 p.m. kickoff at least means there'll be plenty of insurance options available.

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8 months ago

Doctors have confirmed that Chiefs S Eric Berry has Hodgkin lymphoma, as suspected. The good news: "This is a diagnosis that is very treatable and potentially curable with standard chemotherapy approaches," Dr. Christopher R. Flowers said, according to NFL.com. "The goal of Mr. Berry's treatment is to cure his lymphoma and we are beginning that treatment now." We'll see whether the treatment and recovery period allows Berry to return to the field in 2015. In the meantime, Ron Parker has slid back over from his CB slot to start in Berry's place the past 2 weeks and remain an IDP factor.

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The Chiefs have placed S Eric Berry on the non-football injury list after doctors discovered a mass in the right side of his chest. Berry will reportedly see a lymphoma specialist later this week to confirm a diagnosis. We'll obviously have to wait to see what comes of this situation before projecting Berry beyond this season. The Chiefs reportedly called his outlook encouraging but cautioned that we're still early in the process. For this year, IDP owners must look for a different DB option.

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9 months ago

Chiefs HC Andy Reid said Friday that S Eric Berry will play Sunday against the Jets for the 1st time since suffering a high ankle sprain back in Week 1. Reid conceded that he doesn't know exactly how big a role Berry will play after 6 games off, adding that "we’ll just see how he does, see how he feels," according to The Associated Press. That obviously adds risk to playing Berry in your IDP lineup. But if he plays anything close to a full allotment of snaps, he'll carry huge upside against an already-vulnerable Jets offense starting QB Michael Vick for the 1st time. Berry's return adds turnover upside to the Chiefs team D.

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10 months ago

Chiefs S Eric Berry is inactive once again today against the Rams. He has been out since Week 2 because of a high ankle sprain. Berry does seem to be nearing a return after putting in limited practices all this week. Keep him in mind for your Week 9 IDP lineup, and we'll track his status. His absence doesn't help the Chiefs D, but K.C. remains a nice fantasy play at home against the Rams today.

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Chiefs S Eric Berry is questionable for Sunday's meeting with the Rams after putting in another limited workout Wednesday. It's at least an improvement over Week 7, when he returned to the practice field only to find that his sprained ankle wasn't ready and was ruled out before Sunday. If Berry's active for the game, he'll be worth inserting into plenty of IDP lineups. Check the Week 8 rankings for just how high we're willing to consider him.

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10 months ago

The Chiefs have ruled S Eric Berry out for Sunday's game against the Chargers. After returning to practice early in the week following the team's bye, Berry found that his high ankle sprain has not yet healed enough to allow him to play. His absence hurts the upside of the Chiefs' team D in fantasy, as he's easily the team's biggest playmaker in coverage.

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10 months ago

Chiefs S Eric Berry returned to practice this week after missing the past 3 games with a high ankle sprain. But after putting in a limited workout Wednesday, the veteran did not practice Thursday. We have yet to see whether it was a rest day or a sign that his ankle's not yet ready for game action, but we'll certainly be watching Berry's status for this weekend's matchup with the Chargers.

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10 months ago

Chiefs S Eric Berry joined his team for practice Monday for the 1st time since suffering a high ankle sprain on Sept. 14.  We'll see how he progresses through the week while determining his fantasy outlook in a fairly neutral Week 7 matchup with the Chargers.

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11 months ago

Chiefs S Eric Berry took part in limited practice Thursday.  That's encouraging for a guy who missed all of last week -- including the game -- because of a sprained ankle.  Berry would bring some risk of re-injury if he's active Monday night against the Patriots, but he'd also carry a high ceiling.  Tom Brady has faced a lot more pressure than he's used to and not performed nearly as steadily as we've gotten used to.  We'll see what kind of outlook we can get on Berry's status before Sunday's early games.  The late start might make him tough for IDP owners to wait on.

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