Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Our fantasy-football guide to the 2013 Kansas City Chiefs

Posted By on Wed, Aug 28, 2013 at 8:17 AM

click to enlarge Jamaal Charles: still the Chief to own.
  • Jamaal Charles: still the Chief to own.

One position will rule the first round of your draft: running back. Workhorse backs are a premium commodity, starting with consensus No. 1 pick Adrian Peterson. The exception: the league's best wide receiver, Calvin Johnson. But the experts agree: Take a running back first or you'll regret it.

The Chiefs have one of the best in Jamaal Charles. He would be a locked-in top-five pick had he not suffered a right-foot strain during practice. Don't feel skittish. Charles returned to practice last week. There is speculation that his carries may drop in Andy Reid's pass-happy offense, but he's expected to see double the receptions, making him golden in points-per-reception leagues. Need more convincing? Last season, Charles broke Jim Brown's yards-per-carry record of 5.22. His average? A ridiculous 5.82 yards.

Can Dwayne Bowe live up to his own hype? The newly minted $56 million receiver has predicted that he'll lead the league in receptions and receiving touchdowns. That's a bold prognostication from someone whose fantasy relevance has steadily declined since 2010. But Bowe now plays for Reid, who likes his offenses to sling the ball around. And he finally has a competent quarterback in Alex Smith. Still, Bowe is getting snatched up in the 30s (fourth round) in a wide-receiver heavy pool. Let him be someone else's problem.

The rest: The 49ers didn't want Smith as their No. 1 quarterback, and neither do you. As a backup? Maybe. He'll be available at the end of your draft (unless you're in a two-quarterback league). Worried about Charles' foot? Handcuff Knile Davis to him. Newly acquired receiver A.J. Jenkins was barely clinging to a roster spot with San Francisco. He shouldn't be on your roster, either. Say no to the Chiefs' defense.

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