The Chiefs and QB Patrick Mahomes have agreed to a 10-year extension, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. That keeps the 24-year-old in Kansas City through the 2031 campaign. Mahomes, of course, is on a Hall-of-Fame trajectory, averaging 304 passing yards and 2.5 TDs per game over the past 2 seasons. He sits #1 in our Dynasty QB Rankings.
Chiefs OC Eric Bieniemy called rookie RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire a "piece of the puzzle” when discussing his 2020 backfield. Bieniemy also mentioned Damien Williams, Darwin Thompson and DeAndre Washington as pieces. He went on to call Edwards-Helaire a “special kid … running the ball, having the ability to get outside in the open field, make some plays as a receiver. You can create matchups with him. He’s one of those ideal kids that fit in what we do.” We know the Chiefs are high on CEH after they spent the 32nd overall pick on him last month. And we’re expecting him to lead the backfield in touches and fantasy points this season. The question is just how much of the work he’ll garner. Fantasy drafters are assuming it’ll be a whole bunch. Edwards-Helaire’s ADP is currently sitting in the early 3rd round.
The Chiefs grabbed LB Willie Gay Jr. with the penultimate pick in Round 2 of the NFL Draft. Gay flashed impressive ability despite limited on-field experience at Mississippi State. He lost 8 games last season to an academic-fraud suspension and also punched a teammate, who then missed the Music City Bowl. Gay lands in a nice situation for immediate opportunity, though. Kansas City finished last season with no LB consistently playing full time. We'll see if he's ready to seize that opportunity in 2020. Gay certainly carries long-term intrigue for dynasty leagues.
Chiefs HC Andy Reid reportedly told GM Brett Veach that he thinks 1st-round rookie RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire is better than Brian Westbrook. Westbrook, of course, spent 8 seasons playing for Reid in Philadelphia, topping 1,200 total yards 5 times. The 2 backs are definitely similar from a size and athleticism standpoint. Westbrook checked into the Combine at 5'9 and 200 pounds, ran a 4.57-second 40 and posted a 37-inch vertical. Edwards-Helaire: 5'7, 207 pounds with a 4.60-second 40 and 39.5-inch vertical. If CEH truly is better than Westbrook, he's in for big fantasy production. Westbrook turned in 4 career top-10 finishes and 2 more inside the top 20.
The Chiefs selected LSU RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire with the 32nd overall pick of the 2020 NFL Draft. CEH was a huge part of LSU’s high-powered offense this past season, taking 215 carries for 1,414 yards (6.6 YPC) and 16 TDs. He also ranked 3rd on the team with 55 catches and 5th with 453 receiving yards. The biggest knock on Edwards-Helaire is that he did virtually nothing prior to 2019. He barely got on the field as a true freshman and played behind plodder Nick Brossette in 2018, averaging just 4.5 yards per carry and tallying 11 catches. So you could argue that Edwards-Helaire is mostly a product of LSU’s record-setting 2019 offense. But turn on the tape and it’s tough to not get excited about this guy. He has excellent vision, agility and balance, earning Pro Football Focus’ 2nd-best rushing grade in the nation last year. And he’s 1 of, if not the best, pass-catching RB prospects in this year’s rookie class. That makes him an excellent fit in Kansas City. With 1st-round draft capital, Edwards-Helaire should be expected to step right in as the Chiefs’ lead back.
The Chiefs have signed RB DeAndre Washington to a 1-year deal. The former Raider saw his most extensive action as a pro late last season with RB Josh Jacobs banged up over the final 4 games, taking 60 carries for 231 yards (3.9 YPC) and 2 TDs while adding 18 catches for 125 yards. He's averaging just 4.0 yards per carry for his career, though, and is best-suited for a change-of-pace role. That's what he figures to play in Kansas City. If this is all the Chiefs add to the backfield this offseason, RB Damien Williams is set up for big volume.
The Chiefs have agreed to a new 1-year deal with WR Sammy Watkins that pays $9 million in base salary with another $7 million available in incentives, according to Terez Paylor of The Kansas City Star. The move saves Kansas City $5 million in 2020 cap space. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the deal also includes a no-trade clause. New contracts for Watkins and WR Demarcus Robinson hurt the 2020 outlook for last year's 2nd-round pick, Mecole Hardman. The youngster could be a value in dynasty trades this offseason, though. Neither Watkins nor Robinson is signed beyond 2020. Watkins, meanwhile, should remain K.C.'s #2 wideout.
The Chiefs have agreed to a 1-year deal to keep WR DeMarcus Robinson, ESPN reports. The 25-year-old must not have found much interest on the open market. He returns to an offense that has allowed him to increase receptions and yards per catch each of the past 3 years. Robinson will have trouble continuing that trend in WR Mecole Hardman's 2nd season, with Tyreek Hill, Travis Kelce and Sammy Watkins also still around. Robinson's return also complicates the outlook for Hardman. Robinson was still playing more snaps than the rookie in the playoffs. We'll take Hardman easily over Robinson in 2020 fantasy football drafts, though. The youngster's speed gives him much more fantasy-scoring upside.
The Chiefs have applied the franchise tag to DT Chris Jones. It was the expected move, to keep 1 of the team's top defensive players from hitting free agency. When healthy, Jones is a top-20 fantasy D-linemen and 1 of the top fantasy DTs available. He'll turn just 26 in July.
Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins told the media on Thursday that he's considering taking the 2020 season off. "I'm really in a different space right now," he said. "I don't know what I'm going to do. If we win it, I might chill out. I might sit out a year." Watkins has dealt with a plethora of injuries throughout his career but is still only 26. We'd frankly be surprised if he steps away -- even for just a year. The bigger question is whether Watkins will be back in Kansas City for the 2020 campaign, when he's due a hefty $13.75 million.
Chiefs DT Chris Jones (calf) is active for today’s game against the Titans. That’s a big boost to K.C.’s run defense and pass rush
Chiefs DT Chris Jones (calf) is inactive for today's game against the Texans. That leaves the Kansas City D-line without a top run defender and a key component in the pass rush. Jones also missed the Week 6 meeting, in which Texans RB Carlos Hyde tallied 116 yards on 26 carries. Today's matchup gets better for Hyde with Jones out.
Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (knee) is active for today's game against the Texans. He was limited in practice all week, but the knee issue doesn't sound like something that will be a big factor today.
Chiefs DT Chris Jones is questionable for Sunday's game against the Texans. Jones sustained a calf injury in Thursday's practice and then missed Friday's workout. Jones missed 3 games earlier this season, a span that included losses to Houston and Green Bay. Jones' absence would hurt both the run defense and the pass rush. We'll see about his availability Sunday afternoon.
Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (knee) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Texans after a limited week of practice. HC Andy Reid said Friday that Kelce's injury is "more of a bruise than anything." Unless we hear otherwise, we're expecting him to be available for his usual role on Sunday.
Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (knee) was limited in Wednesday's practice. He's dealing with a "sore knee," according to ESPN's Adam Teicher. "Shouldn't keep him out of Sunday's game but something to watch," Teicher adds. We'll see what Kelce does in Thursday's practice.
Chiefs RB Damien Williams (rib) practiced all week and isn’t listed on the final injury report. He’ll return for Sunday night’s game against the Bears — his 1st action since Week 11. Williams averaged 9.9 carries and 3.3 targets over his first 8 games of the season. That feels like a fair projection for Week 16, making him a RB3 with some upside in this explosive offense.
Snow is expected throughout today's Broncos-Chiefs game. There are already multiple inches of snow on the field. We're not adjusting projections for this game because there's no evidence that snow impacts scoring. But you can certainly use the weather as a tiebreaker between 2 closely ranked players.
Chiefs DE Frank Clark is active for today's game against the Broncos. He's fighting a stomach illness, but he played through it productively last week and should be in IDP lineups where he makes sense.
Chiefs RB Damien Williams (rib) is inactive for today’s game against the Broncos. That again leaves Kansas City with RBs LeSean McCoy, Darwin Thompson and Spencer Ware. McCoy is the best fantasy bet in the committee but should only be considered a RB3 or flex option.
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