Chiefs HC Andy Reid "gave the impression" that WRs Mecole Hardman and De'Anthony Thomas will split Tyreek Hill's work against the Raiders on Sunday, The Athletic's Nate Taylor writes. "(Thomas) has done it before, and Mecole has kind of been in that position," Reid said. “We feel good working both of them." Anthony missed the opener on a 1-game suspension for violating the league's substance-abuse policy. He's been more of a gadget player in the past, tallying 64 catches and 29 carries over his first 5 NFL seasons. We could see Thomas get the jet-sweep and other quick-hitting type plays Hill usually gets, while Hardman runs more of the typical WR plays. We still prefer Hardman as the Week 2 fantasy play, but consider him just a WR4 or flex flier.
Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins was knocked out of Monday night's game against the Broncos with a hamstring injury. He reportedly tested the hamstring after exiting but told the trainers that he couldn't get back out there. Watkins' absence leaves Kansas City with Chris Conley, Demarcus Robinson and De'Anthony Thomas behind Tyreek Hill.
Chiefs HC Andy Reid that he'll turn to a committee backfield to replace RB Jamaal Charles. "You know you’re not going to replace Jamaal. He’s one of the best. Really, when it’s all said and done, one of the best in the history of the game," Reid said. "That’s not how you go about it. You find out and (take advantage of) the strengths of those other players. And that’s the challenge as a coach, to make sure you’re putting them in a good position to do that." Reid mentioned that RB Charcandrick West is most similar to Charles in play style, but that RB Knile Davis might be the best between-the-tackles option. Kansas City also has RB/WR De'Anthony Thomas and promoted RB Spencer Ware from the practice squad. West is the best bet for fantasy production, but he's certainly not locked in as the lead guy the rest of the way. And he won't come close to the volume Charles saw.
An MRI on Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles' right knee confirmed a torn ACL, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Charles is out for the rest of the 2015 season. This is the opposite ACL from the 1 he tore back in 2011. Charles returned in 2012 to run for a career-best 1,509 yards. He was 25 then, though. He'll be 29 when he returns in 2016. Charcandrick West looks like the new lead dog in Kansas City's backfield, but it'll be a committee that also includes Knile Davis, De'Anthony Thomas and potentially a free-agent addition.
Chiefs HC Andy Reid suggested Monday that the team might start using De'Anthony Thomas at RB with Jamaal Charles out. Thomas was a RB at Oregon but has spent his first 2 NFL seasons as more of a slot receiver and gadget player. He's unlikely to see enough action to be a fantasy asset this year. But it's another reminder that Kansas City will deploy a backfield-by-committee without Charles.
Chiefs RB De'Anthony Thomas (hamstring) is doubtful for Week 1. The rookie wasn't a fantasy option, but his absence is notable since KC will also be without WR Dwayne Bowe. RB Jamaal Charles could rack up 30 touches against the Titans on Sunday. TE Travis Kelce remains a boom/bust option that could make sense in daily fantasy games.
The Chiefs snagged RB De'Anthony Thomas in the 4th round. Thomas was a do-it-all weapon at Oregon, finishing his 3-year career with 1,890 rushing yards, 1,296 receiving yards and 46 total TDs. He goes just 5'9 and 174 pounds, though, and disappointed at the Combine with a 4.50-second 40 time. These undersized Oregon backs (LaMichael James, Kenjon Barner) have struggled in the NFL, and we're skeptical that Thomas will emerge as more than a gadget player. He'll at least be playing for a creative offensive mind in HC Andy Reid. Thomas could take over Dexter McCluster's role.