Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles torched the Chargers for 157 yards (115 rushing, 42 receiving) and two touchdowns Sunday in Kansas City.
Insight: Charles already has a career-high in touchdowns (eight) and should have a chance to reach double-digit scores if he can stay healthy. We'd expect him to have another strong game next week against the Broncos.
Description: Chiefs linebacker Tamba Hali will not return to Sunday's game against San Diego. SOURCE: John Clayton, ESPN
Insight: He suffered an ankle injury in the first half and had to be carted off the field. Hali has been a huge contributor for Kansas City this season with nine sacks, four forced fumbles and an interception in his first 11 games.
Description: According to ESPN's Ed Werder, a source said Dwayne Bowe will start for the Chiefs Sunday night against Denver despite his recent marijuana arrest.
Insight: The league will consider disciplining Bowe once the case is resolved. Even against Denver's 30th ranked pass defense, Bowe isn't a worthwhile fantasy option. The 29-year-old has pulled in 33 catches for 369 yards and two touchdowns in nine games this season. He hasn't had more than 67 receiving yards in any game.
Description: ESPN's Ed Werder says he doesn't expect the Chiefs to discipline Dwayne Bowe for his marijuana arrest until the case is resolved.
Insight: Bowe will play Sunday night against the Broncos, but even against Denver's 30th ranked pass defense he isn't a worthwhile fantasy option. The 29-year-old has pulled in 33 catches for 369 yards and two touchdowns in nine games this season. He hasn't had more than 67 receiving yards in any game.
Description: Kansas City receiver Dwayne Bowe (groin) will be active for Sunday's game versus Cleveland. SOURCE: Jason La Canfora, CBS Sports
Insight: Just because Bowe is playing doesn't mean you should start him in fantasy. He's likely to be covered by cornerback Joe Haden, who has already shut down Jordy Nelson, Calvin Johnson, Greg Jennings, Mike Wallace, Torrey Smith and A.J. Green this season. Even if Haden wasn't covering him, Bowe would be a flex option at best.
Description: ESPN's Ed Werder says he gets the "sense" the Chiefs expect receiver Dwayne Bowe (groin) to play in Week 8.
Insight: Bowe has had difficulty separating from cornerbacks even with a healthy groin this season, and with Alex Smith's refusal to force balls in coverage Bowe has caught just 25 passes for 295 yards and two scores in seven games. He hasn't had more than 66 yards in any game this season and shouldn't be started Sunday against the Browns.
Description: Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe (groin) was listed as limited in Thursday's practice and followed that up by missing Friday's session.
Insight: That's not a good sign. Bowe has already been a huge disappointment to fantasy owners with no game over 66 yards and just two scores all season. Beware of putting him your starting lineup for Week 8.
Description: Chiefs tight end Anthony Fasano (ankle, knee) is probable for Sunday's game against the Texans.
Insight: Fasano hasn't played since Week 2 against the Cowboys. Backup Sean McGrath had 13 catches for 149 yards and a touchdown from Weeks 3-5 but didn't have a catch in Week 6. Fasano could be a nice target for Alex Smith, who likes to check the ball down, but we'd hold off on using him until we see how he is deployed Sunday.
Description: After reviewing game film, Sports Illustrated's Greg Bedard says that Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe lacks explosion and cannot beat man coverage anymore.
Insight: "Defenses don't fear him at all," Bedard said. Bowe is having difficulty separating from cornerbacks and ultra-conservative QB Alex Smith is not going to force the ball to him. The 29-year-old Bowe has just 17 catches, 183 yards and two touchdowns in five games this season.
Description: Chiefs tight end Anthony Fasano (ankle, knee) is listed as doubtful for Week 6 against the Raiders.
Insight: Fasano hasn't played since Week 2 against the Cowboys. He's without a timetable for a return. Backup Sean McGrath has 13 catches for 149 yards and a touchdown over the last three games and is a TE2 consideration this week.
Description: Chiefs OLB Justin Houston has been cleared to practice but not play in games, leaving him questionable for Sunday's game against the Raiders, according to Adam Teicher of ESPN.com.
Insight: Houston is dealing with a possible concussion. He leads the Chiefs with 8.5 sacks so his absence would be meaningful, but Kansas City would still be able to get pressure on Terrelle Pryor without him.
Description: Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe has failed to exceed 58 receiving yards in any game this season.
Insight: As we said last week, it's either touchdown or bust for Bowe this season. He didn't catch one Sunday at Tennessee and had four catches for 35 yards on six targets. The 29-year-old is averaging 36.6 receiving yards per game.
Description: Chiefs receiver Dwayne Bowe was on his way to another disappointing game Sunday until he caught a 34-yard touchdown with 3:06 left in the fourth quarter.
Insight: The Chiefs were up 24-7 at the time but chose to pass the ball and it worked out for Bowe owners. The receiver had just three catches for 24 yards before the touchdown catch. It's clear most of his fantasy value is going to come from touchdowns this year, and that makes him a boom-or-bust player.
Description: Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles only had 65 yards rushing on 18 carries Sunday against the Giants but he came through in the passing game with 62 yards and a touchdown on five catches.
Insight: Charles had 35 catches last season but is on pace for 92 this year. He has 502 yards from scrimmage and four touchdowns in four games.
Description: The NFL credited Chiefs OLB Justin Houston with an additional sack from Thursday's game, bringing his season total to 7.5. SOURCE: KC Star
Insight: Houston had 4.5 sacks against the Eagles. The 24-year-old quietly had 10 sacks a season ago for the two-win Chiefs, and he should easily exceed that total this year. Houston also has a forced fumble, two recoveries and three pass defenses already.
Description: Kansas City running back Jamaal Charles wasn't fantastic on Sunday, but given he was dealing with a quad injury, his 55 rushing yards and eight receptions for 48 yards and a score was solid production.
Insight: Charles told the Kansas City Star that he "felt it" (the injury), but that "my job is to go out there and help my team win." He took over the offense on the final drive (eight carries for 47 yards) and kept it away from the Dallas offense. Fantasy owners have to love that attitude.
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles missed Wednesday's practice, but coach Andy Reid believes he'll be ready for Week 2 versus Dallas.
Insight: Charles suffered a quad injury when he was stepped on and came back for just one more carry before sitting the remainder of a Chiefs blowout win over Jacksonville. Barring a setback he should play. Charles had a combined 100 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown in the season opener.
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles will be "totally fine" after leaving Sunday's game with a quad injury, a league source tells ProFootballTalk.com.
Insight: Charles suffered the injury when he was stepped on and the Chiefs could afford to play it safe with a big lead. The running back had 77 rushing yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and 23 receiving yards on three catches.
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is questionable to return to Sunday's game with a quad injury.
Insight: The Chiefs are leading the Jaguars 21-2 so they can afford to play it safe with Charles, who rushed for 77 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries and caught three passes for 23 yards. Knile Davis will likely play the rest of the game.
Description: Chiefs tight end Tony Moeaki has fractured his shoulder, according to NFL.com.
Insight: After missing 2011 with a torn ACL, Moeaki had a decent comeback year in 2012 (33-453-1). This year he wouldn't have had any fantasy value behind Anthony Fasano and rookie Travis Kelce on the tight end depth chart.
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles will likely not play another preseason down, according to Mike Florio of Profootballtalk.
Insight: Charles appeared to be walking ok after suffering a foot strain in practice Monday and would play if it was the regular season, but there isn't any reason to risk re-aggravating the problem before the opening kickoff. Fantasy owners will just have to take the team's word that he'll be fine.
Description: According to ESPN.com, Donnie Avery is expected to be the Chiefs No. 2 receiver ahead of Jon Baldwin, who has "failed to show the consistency to be a top-of-the-rotation player."
Insight: Even in an offense that figures to be pass heavy, Avery is unlikely to be more than a bye-week fill-in player in 12-team leagues. He saw 124 targets from Andrew Luck last year with the Colts and caught 60 balls for 781 yards and three scores. We'll see how he adapts to a quarterback like Alex Smith.
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles was back on the field Wednesday, though not practicing with the team.
Insight: Charles appeared to be walking fine and was seen working out on the side. Beat reporter Dave Skretta reported coach Andy Reid as saying "he could have practiced Wednesday if it was necessary." Fantasy owners can breathe a sigh of relief.
Description: The Chiefs are calling Jamaal Charles' injury a sprained foot. SOURCE: NBC Sports
Insight: It sounds like the Chiefs might have dodged a bullet here. If it's only a sprain, Charles shouldn't be in danger of missing any regular season games. Charles is listed at No. 5 on our site's fantasy running back rankings.
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles left Monday morning practice on a cart after appearing to injure his left foot in a non-contact incident. X-rays were negative.
Insight: The running back is a lock for 50-plus catches in new coach Andy Reid's offense, and his explosiveness makes him a threat for 2,000 yards from scrimmage ... if he stays healthy. This should be a reminder to add rookie backup Knile Davis in the later rounds of your draft as handcuff insurance for Charles.
Description: According to the Associated Press, new Chiefs coach Andy Reid compared running back Jamaal Charles' ability to catch passes out of the backfield to that of Brian Westbrook and LeSean McCoy, his former running backs with the Eagles.
Insight: Charles' career high for receptions in a season is 45, and most of those were just dumpoffs. The Chiefs have been running designed plays for Charles to catch the ball during training camp. The running back is a lock for 50-plus catches in Reid's offense, and his explosiveness makes him a threat for 2,000 yards from scrimmage.
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (toe) was back as a full participant in practice Tuesday, according to Adam Teicher of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Charles left Friday's OTA after his right toe was stepped on. His X-rays came back negative. The running back had a career-high 1,509 rushing yards last season, and he's expected to be more involved in the passing game this season.
Description: NFL Network's Ian Rapoport says that the Chiefs are no longer looking to trade offensive tackle Branden Albert.
Insight: The Chiefs almost had a deal in place to trade Albert to Miami but in the end, the Dolphins weren't willing to give away their second round draft pick. Kansas City gave Albert the franchise tag earlier this offseason.
Description: Central Michigan tackle Eric Fisher was taken by the Chiefs as the first overall pick at the 2013 NFL Draft.
Insight: Fisher was expected to go either first or second with Texas A&M's Luke Joeckel also in the mix for the No. 1 selection. Fisher should be able to make an impact right away by using his 6-foot-7 frame to shield quarterback Alex Smith from opposing defenders.
Description: According to ESPN's John Clayton, Miami would be willing to give up the 54th pick in the draft for Chiefs tackle Branden Albert.
Insight: But it doesn't sound like they'd part with the 42nd pick, which is likely what it will take for Kansas City to pull the trigger. The two sides still have another 24 hours to hammer out a deal before the second round of the draft gets underway.
Description: As expected, the Chiefs cut ties with Matt Cassel Thursday afternoon.
Insight: Kansas City got one good year and three bad ones out the six-year, $63 million contract Cassel signed in 2009. He'll have to settle for a backup job somewhere but even if he starts a few games in 2013 he won't have any fantasy value.
Description: Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe and the Chiefs have reached an agreement on a new five-year contract. SOURCE: Adam Schefter, ESPN
Insight: Bowe seemed hesitant about coming back to the Chiefs earlier this offseason but that may have changed when he found out that Alex Smith would be the quarterback next season. He should be able to reach 1,000 yards again next season after falling short of that mark in 2012 (801 yards in 13 games).
Description: Jay Glazer of FOX Sports first reported that the 49ers have traded Alex Smith to the Kansas City Chiefs for two draft picks, a second-rounder in 2013 and conditional third-rounder in 2014. The deal is completed but won't be made official by the league until the new NFL year begins on March 12.
Insight: Smith's best years have come under Jim Harbaugh the last two seasons, but San Francisco found a new franchise quarterback in Colin Kaepernick after Smith suffered a concussion in the 10th game of the season. Even in 2012-13, when he had a 104.1 QB rating and 70.2 completion percentage, Smith didn't do much for fantasy owners as more of a game manager type of quarterback. New Chiefs coach Andy Reid likes to throw the ball, but Smith's fantasy value isn't likely to change much.
Description: NFL.com's Ian Rapaport reports that the Chiefs and free agent wide receiver Dwayne Bowe are working on a long-term contract.
Insight: After the season it looked like Bowe was headed elsewhere but now it appears he's thinking about coming back to Kansas City. Bowe has finished with over 1,000 receiving yards three times in his last five seasons and it could have been four out of five if he had been healthy last season (missed three games due to injury).
Description: If Kansas City free agent wide receiver Dwayne Bowe were to return to the Chiefs next season, he could benefit from new coach Andy Reid's love of the passing game.
Insight: Bowe was thought to have played his last game in Kansas City, but should consider returning to play for a coach who historically throws the ball at one of the highest percentage rates in the league. Over his 14-year career in Philadelphia, Reid's teams threw the ball 57.2 percent of the time and ran it just 42.8 percent.
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles had a quiet end to a fantastic season Sunday against the Broncos. The team was down 28-3 early in the third quarter and Charles only had 14 carries.
Insight: He had 53 yards, which were enough to get him over 1,500 rushing yards for the first time in his career. After an ACL tear ended his season in Week 2 of 2011, Charles bounced back with a career-high 285 carries and 1,509 yards.
Description: Chiefs tight end Tony Moeaki (head) will play Sunday versus Denver.
Insight: After missing 2011-12 with a torn ACL, Moeaki has had a decent comeback season (31-432-1) considering the turmoil surrounding the Chiefs' passing game. However, he hasn't done enough to be relied upon as a TE2 Sunday.
Description: Chiefs tight end Tony Moeaki (head) is questionable Sunday after returning to practice on Friday.
Insight: After missing 2011-12 with a torn ACL, Moeaki has had a decent comeback season (31-432-1) considering the turmoil surrounding the Chiefs' passing game. However, he's not someone to trust in Week 17, even in two-TE leagues.
Description: Chiefs wideout Dexter McCluster (illness) has been added to the injury report as questionable for Week 17. He missed Friday's practice due to an illness. SOURCE: Lindsay Jones, USA Today
Insight: There must be something going around the Chiefs locker room; four other players are listed on the injury report with illnesses this week. McCluster has racked up 51 catches this season but just 447 yards since he is used primarily on patterns close to the line of scrimmage.
Description: The Kansas City Star suspects wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has played his final game with the Chiefs.
Insight: Bowe will become a free agent after the season and should be one of the most coveted receivers on the market. Why would Bowe come back to a team that has won only two games all season when he could play for a better team and make more money somewhere else? Bowe is currently on injured reserve with broken ribs.
Description: The Chiefs may turn to Ricky Stanzi to start at quarterback in Week 16, Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel said. SOURCE: Kansas City Star
Insight: Brady Quinn injured his ribs Sunday and his status for Week 16 against the Colts is in doubt. "There's a possibility," Crennel said of Stanzi playing Sunday. Quinn will be evaluated Tuesday. Stanzi has never thrown an NFL pass.
Description: Kansas City halfback Jamaal Charles had just 10 yards on nine rushing attempts Sunday, snapping a string of four straight 100-yard game.
Insight: Charles has run for 87.9 yards per game despite turning in performances of six carries for three yards, five carries for four yards and nine carries for 10 yards this season because he has rushed for an average of 110 yards in his other 11 games.
Description: The Chiefs have officially placed injured receiver Dwayne Bowe on injured reserve.
Insight: Bowe suffered a season-ending rib injury in last Sunday's loss to the Browns. His 801 receiving yards this season account for the wideout's lowest total since 2009 when he reeled in only 589 yards in 11 games.
Description: NBC Sports reports Kansas City wideout Dwayne Bowe will be placed on injured reserve after breaking his ribs in Sunday's loss to the Browns.
Insight: He'll finish the season with 59 catches for 801 yards and three touchdowns. With Bowe sidelined, we'd expect the Chiefs to rely more on their running game going foward, which means a heavy workload for franchise running back Jamaal Charles (1,220 yards, four TD).
Description: The Chiefs fear wide receiver Dwayne Bowe broke two ribs Sunday against the Browns. SOURCE: Jason La Canfora, CBSSports.com
Insight: Bowe had two receptions for 70 yards before heading to the locker room at the end of the first quarter. Fantasy owners have likely already learned to live without Bowe since he's been largely ineffective due to shoddy QB play this season.
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