The Kansas City Chiefs were the surprise team in the NFL last year. Led by Jamaal Charles and Alex Smith, the Chiefs cruised to the playoffs. Will they come down to earth this year or continue their upward trend?
Star: Jamaal Charles (RB)
13 Stats: 260 carries-1280 yards-12 TD, 70 catches-693 yards-7 TD
Why He’s a Star: The numbers speak for themselves. With almost 2,000 total yards and 19 TDs last year, Jamaal Charles was the number one fantasy player in the NFL. While it is fair to expect a slight decline in overall numbers, Charles is still an elite fantasy player.
Avoid: Dwayne Bowe (WR)
13 Stats: 57 catches-672 yards-5 TDs
Why to Avoid: Bowe only a few years ago put up nearly 1,200 yards receiving. However, last year under Andy Reid and the conservative Alex Smith, Bowe put up some of his worst numbers as a pro. While Bowe may see more targets this year, he still is in the same system with the same QB and coach. 800 yards and 5 TDs may be a stretch for the number one receiver for KC.
Sleeper: Knile Davis (RB)
Why He’s A Sleeper: Knile Davis showed off his talent during the wild card playoff game in 2013 putting up 100 total yards and two TDs. If Jamaal Charles stays healthy, Davis will put up no more than 300 yards rushing. However, if something happens to KC’s elite back, Knile Davis could have an amazing year. If you own Charles, then you must own Davis.
IDP to Watch: Eric Berry (DB)
13 Stats: 66 tackles-8 assists-3.5 sacks-3 INT
Why: It took Berry awhile to heal from an injury suffered against Buffalo in 2011 during the week one matchup. While he had less tackles in 2013 than in 2012, he had more sacks and interceptions last year. I fully expect Berry’s tackle numbers to grow while maintaining similar extra stats.