Shark Bites

Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill is under investigation for battery, the Kansas City Star reports. The incident reportedly involves Hill's 3-year-old son, who ended up with a broken arm. Hill dropped to the 5th round of the 2016 draft largely because of domestic assault and battery charges back in 2014 that got him dismissed from Oklahoma State. We'll see where this investigation goes and how the NFL reacts.

The Chiefs have reached a 3-year deal with EDGE Alex Okafor, according to multiple reports. NFL Network reports it's worth "up to" $24 million. Okafor spent the past 2 years at DE for the Saints, totaling 8.5 sacks. There might be some upside beyond that, but he ranked no higher than 90th in Pro Football Focus' pass-rushing productivity among EDGE players either season. Okafor's a solid player but not likely to approximate the production of departed OLB Dee Ford. His shift to OLB in the Chiefs' 3-4 front further knocks his IDP value.

The Chiefs have reached a 3-year deal with S Tyrann Mathieu for $42 million, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. We'll see exactly how Mathieu fits into Kansas City's defense. He's capable of playing either safety spot and/or slot CB. Mathieu has proved capable of contributing worthwhile fantasy numbers in Arizona and Houston so far, though his scoring has relied on big plays. Mathieu looks like a lower-level DB2, but we'll see what K.C. reveals about his role.

12:03pm EDT 3/10/19

The Chiefs signed RB Carlos Hyde to a 1-year, $2.8 million deal. He was unemployed for just about 24 hours after getting dumped by the Jaguars. Hyde is still just 28 but has struggled to 3.9 and 3.3 yards per carry over the past 2 seasons. He ranked 33rd last year among 47 qualifying RBs in Pro Football Focus' Elusive Rating, which measures a runner's impact beyond the blocking he receivers. Hyde joins a Chiefs backfield with Damien Williams, who inked a 2-year, $5.1 million deal in December. Both Hyde and Williams got $1.6 million guaranteed. They'll duke it out for carries this summer.

The Jaguars have released RB Carlos Hyde. They were reportedly looking to get something back for him in a trade, but that was always a long shot with Hyde due $4.7 million in 2019. After giving up a 5th-round pick for him at last year's trade deadline, Jacksonville got just 3.3 yards per carry on 58 attempts out of Hyde. Hyde has flashed at times but is now averaging 4.0 yards per carry for his career, doesn't offer much in the passing game and turns 29 in September. We'll see where he lands. The Jags, meanwhile, will be in the market for RB depth behind Leonard Fournette. T.J. Yeldon hits free agency later this month.

The Chiefs are using their franchise tag to keep OLB Dee Ford from reaching free agency. Reports have also surfaced that the team is trying to trade OLB Justin Houston. Ford enjoyed a breakthrough 2018, with 55 total tackles and 13 sacks -- both career highs. He also led all edge players with 78 total pressures, according to Pro Football Focus. Houston has reached 9 sacks each of the past 2 years but has also lost 4+ games to injury in 3 of the past 4 seasons. At 30, Houston's likely on the downside of his career. We'll see where this offseason takes him. He's worth holding in dynasty leagues that weigh sacks/pressures decently. You're not likely to find much trade value in him, and Houston has continued to flash high weekly upside when healthy.

Per NFL Network, Chiefs TE Travis Kelce recently underwent ankle surgery. The procedure was considered a “cleanup,” and Kelce is fully expected to be ready for training camp. The 29-year-old has reached 1,000 receiving yards in 3 straight seasons. He’s missed just one game since the start of the 2014 season.

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) is not listed on the final injury report after putting in full practices on Thursday and Friday. So he'll presumably be active for Sunday's AFC Championship against the Patriots. Ware was atop Kansas City's depth chart prior to the injury but figures to return as Damien Williams' backup. It's unclear exactly how much work Ware will siphon.

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) put in a full practice on Thursday. He was limited all last week before sitting out the win over the Colts. But remember that he was a full participant prior to Week 17 and missed that one. We'll see how the Chiefs list Ware on tomorrow's final injury report.

3:01pm EST 1/12/19

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) is inactive for today's game against the Colts. That again leaves Damien Williams as the clear lead back. He averaged 11.3 carries and 4.7 targets per game over the last 3 and should be looking at a similar workload today.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) is officially active for today's game against the Colts. He's been out since Week 11 and was limited in practice all week. It's entirely unclear how big a role Watkins will play today, making him a risk/reward fantasy play.

The Chiefs expect to have WR Sammy Watkins in the lineup for today's game against the Colts, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Watkins is officially questionable after putting in limited practices all week because of the foot injury that has kept him out since Week 11. He'll obviously be a risky fantasy prospect even if active, but there's upside in the game with this week's highest over/under by far.

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Colts. He was limited in practice all week -- notable after Ware was a full-go in practice before sitting out the regular-season finale. We'll see if Ware is up when inactives come out around 3 pm ET on Saturday. Even if he is, though, we're expecting Damien Williams to serve as Kansas City's lead back.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) is listed as questionable for Saturday's game against the Colts after a limited week of practice. "We'll see," HC Andy Reid said when asked about Watkins' availability. We'll get his official status around 3 pm ET on Saturday. If active, Watkins will be a risk/reward fantasy play in his 1st action since Week 11.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (foot) put in a limited practice on Tuesday -- his 1st practice of any kind since Week 11. It gives him a shot to return for Saturday's game against the Colts. We'll continue to monitor his progress.

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) was limited in Tuesday's practice. He was a full-go prior to Week 17 but was then inactive for the finale -- so it looks like he might have suffered a setback. We'll get another update on his status Wednesday afternoon.

2:12pm EST 12/30/18

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) is inactive for today's game against the Raiders. It’s a surprise after he put in a full week of practice. Ware’s absence makes Damien Williams a RB1 in fantasy lineups.

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders. He should play after putting in a full week of practice, but we’re expecting him to be in a committee backfield alongside Damien Williams. Williams is the safer fantasy bet.

The Chiefs and RB Damien Williams have agreed to a 2-year extension worth up to $8.1 million, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. He's now signed with Kansas City through the 2020 campaign. Williams has stepped up for 263 yards and 3 scores over the past 2 weeks, averaging 6.6 yards per carry and 8.5 yards per catch. He should remain a big part of the offense the rest of this season, even with the return of RB Spencer Ware. We'll see what the Chiefs add to the backfield this offseason.

Chiefs RB Spencer Ware (hamstring) put in a full practice on Wednesday, putting him on track to return for this weekend's game against the Raiders. Ware was operating as Kansas City's lead back before the injury (and after Kareem Hunt's suspension), but he might return to more of a committee with Damien Williams. Consider both guys RB2s for Week 17 -- but with plenty of upside in a plus matchup.

 
 
 

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