Chiefs TE Travis Kelce has stayed off the field through spring workouts while recovering from offseason ankle surgery. He told ArrowheadPride.com this week, though, that he expects to be "100 percent" by the start of training camp. We'll certainly watch for that to come true and then keep an eye out for any setbacks, but we're not currently worried about our clear #1 TE.
Kevin Kietzman of 810 WHB in Kansas City reports that neither Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill nor his fiancee broke their son's arm. Investigators "quickly agreed with medical staff that the broken bone was the result of typical accident involving a rambunctious toddler, consistent with reaching out to brace for a fall," according to Kietzman, who cited "multiple sources close to the investigation. This doesn't necessarily mean Hill is clear of potential discipline under the NFL personal-conduct policy. But this version of events would sure seem to save Hill's 2019 outlook. He's certainly worth a shot at what figures to remain depressed ADPs in current fantasy football drafts. And we'll all be watching this situation closely through the summer.
NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that, "barring further developments," Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill is expected to re-join the team by the start of training camp. This comes after the Johnson County District Attorney told the Kansas City Star that the child-abuse investigation into Hill is not an active investigation. Pelissero notes that the league could still place Hill on the Commissioner's Exempt List, which would prohibit him from team activities. And, of course, Hill is still subject to a suspension from the league. So his 2019 status remains murky, but it at least sounds like he's still part of Kansas City's plans. That's good news for his dynasty value.
"Damien Williams is our starter. We expect him to excel in that role." That's what Chiefs OC Eric Bienemy said Thursday, according to Brandon Kiley of 610 Sports in Kansas City. It's not a shocking revelation, but it does add some clarity to a backfield that added Carlos Hyde early this offseason for basically the same annual salary as the team is paying Williams. We're tempering our expectations a bit for Williams, who has never topped 50 carries or 23 catches through 5 NFL seasons (after arriving as an undrafted free agent). But his tremendous finish to 2018 and the numbers Kareem Hunt delivered over the previous year and a half point to the high ceiling that comes with his new job. Hyde, meanwhile, looks like more of a handcuff for fantasy purposes than a weekly flex candidate.
Speaking Wednesday, NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said the league won't interfere with the legal proceedings for Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill's child abuse investigation. "We will obviously be cooperative with whatever the court wants," Goodell continued. "We are prepared to go ahead and have an interview whenever we have the permission to do so and then we’ll go ahead and make a determination based on what information we have at that time.” Hill has not been suspended by the league or put on the Commissioner's Exempt List, but the Chiefs have told him to stay away from team activities. We'll continue to keep a close eye on the situation. Fantasy owners should be drafting right now as if Hill will be suspended 6+ games.
Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill's attorney sent a letter to the NFL denying the child abuse claims against his client. "He [Hill] categorically denies he has ever 'punched' his son in the chest or anywhere on his body, or otherwise touched him in the chest in a mean-spirited manner or as a form of discipline," the letter reads. So far, Hill has only been barred from team activities for the "foreseeable future." But the Chiefs are still looking into the situation, and the Johnson County District Attorney has re-opened the case against Hill. This remains a fluid situation, but we'd still bet on Hill facing a lengthy suspension.
The Chiefs selected Utah State RB Darwin Thompson in Round 6. Thompson is coming off a big 2018 campaign that saw him rack up 1,044 yards and 14 scores on 153 carries (6.8 YPC), plus 351 yards and 2 TDs on 23 grabs (15.3 YPC). He led this entire RB class in Pro Football Focus’ 2018 Elusive Rating, which measures a RB’s productivity beyond the blocking he receives. The 5’8, 198-pound Thompson wasn’t invited to the Combine but crushed his Pro Day to earn a 70th percentile SPARQ score. One of our favorite sleepers in this RB class can provide more explosive ability to the Chiefs offense.
The Chiefs spent their 2nd pick of Round 2 on S Juan Thornhill in the NFL Draft. Thornhill snared 13 INTs over the past 3 seasons, defensing 26 total passes. He tallied a career-high 98 total tackles in 2018. He then delivered terrific numbers in the 40-yard dash (4.42 seconds, 92nd percentile), very (44 inches, 99th) and broad jump (141 inches, 99th) at the Scouting Combine. He could step into Eric Berry's vacated role quickly in Kansas City.
The Chiefs selected Georgia WR Mecole Hardman with the 56th pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. The high school QB moved to WR for the Bulldogs, totaling 60 catches for 961 yards (16.0 YPC) and 11 TDs over the past 2 seasons. He added 13 carries for 97 yards and 2 scores, averaged 15.2 yards per punt return and 25.0 yards per kick return. Hardman goes just 5’10 and 183 pounds but blazed a 4.33-second 40-yard dash. He'll undoubtedly draw Tyreek Hill comparisons now that he’s in Kansas City. This pick feels like a reach to us, but it’s definitely a strong landing spot for Hardman’s fantasy value. He’ll be a riser in the post-draft dynasty rankings.
Chiefs GM Brian Veach said Thursday night that WR Tyreek Hill won't be allowed to participate in team activities for the "foreseeable future." That came after damning audio emerged in relation to the child abuse case Hill was under investigation for. It's unclear if that legal investigation will be re-opened, but Hill is almost certainly looking at discipline from the league -- potentially a lengthy suspension. The Chiefs, of course, released RB Kareem Hunt in November after video surfaced of him pushing and kicking a woman. Hill could face a similar fate.
Chiefs WR Tyreek Hill won't be charged in connection to an incident that left his 3-year-old son with a broken arm, the Johnson County District Attorney announced on Wednesday. The DA added that he believes a crime was committed but can't prove who did it. So Hill is off the legal hook. But the NFL is still investigating the situation, so a suspension remains a possibility. We'll continue to keep a close eye on the situation. Hill has been going in the middle of Round 2 in recent fantasy drafts.
The Chiefs have agreed to a trade for Seahawks DE Frank Clark. Per ESPN's Adam Schefter, the move will send this year's 1st-round pick and a 2nd-rounder in 2020 to Seattle, with the 2 teams also swapping selections in this year's 3rd round. Beyond that, Kansas City has reportedly signed Clark to a 5-year contract worth $105.5 million, with $63.5 million of that guaranteed. The Seahawks had franchised Clark, so his payday was coming. It's a surprising move for K.C., though, given that they had already traded away franchised edge rusher Dee Ford this offseason. Clark tied Ford's 13 sacks last season (7th in the league) and ranked 8th in total QB hits (with 2 fewer than Ford -- who also tallied 3 more tackles for loss). That followed seasons of 9, 10 and 3 sacks for the 25-year-old Clark. The trade shows K.C. clearly considers Clark a better fit in new DC Steve Spagnuolo's 4-3 base than it did Ford, an OLB in the Chiefs' previous 3-4 alignment. Clark's fantasy outlook shouldn't change. Perhaps it will help that he joins a stronger D-line than the one he left. Seattle, meanwhile, should be in the market for DE help. And the Seahawks are well setup with picks 21 and 29 in a class loaded on EDGE prospects. The current roster sports 2018 rookie Rasheem Green, 4th-year DE Branden Jackson and recent 1-year signees Cassius Marsh and Nate Orchard as the top options. Green's the highest upside play for IDP owners among them.
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.
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.
The Seahawks are using their franchise tag on DE Frank Clark. The 25-year-old (until June) delivered a career-high 13 sacks and finished top-8 among fantasy D-linemen. He also finished 12th among all edge players in Pro Football Focus' pass-rushing productivity, which measures the rate of pressure per rush opportunity. Clark should remain in the DL1 picture for at least the near future.
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.
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