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Kansas City linebacker Justin Houston played 89 percent of the Chiefs' defensive snaps in Week 12, up 18 percent from his Week 11 debut.
Houston returned from an ACL injury in Week 11 and is already handling nearly a full workload after two weeks. "It would have taken an army to keep him out of there," coach Andy Reid said. Houston responded with a monster performance, racking up 10 tackles and three of Kansas City's five sacks against Denver in Week 12. The Chiefs D/ST has scored double-digit fantasy points in six of the last seven weeks, but will be a borderline top-10 option in Week 13 on the road at Atlanta. Nov 30 - 3:28 PM

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Kansas City coach Andy Reid is unsure of LB Justin Houston's (knee) playing status for Week 10.

Houston is recovering from offseason knee surgery and was activated from the PUP list on Wednesday. If Houston sits out on Sunday at Carolina, he should have a good shot at returning to the field in Week 11, as he has been practicing for roughly three weeks. The Chiefs D/ST has been extremely productive in recent weeks and is a top-10 fantasy option on the road in Week 10.
Nov 10 - 2:23 PM

Kansas City is tied for last among NFL defenses in sacks, with just eight through six games.

The Chiefs have yet to record more than two sacks in a single game this season, but will have an opportunity to reverse that trend in Week 8 against the Indianapolis offensive line that has allowed an NFL-high 25 sacks. The Chiefs D/ST has turned in two respectable fantasy performances since their Week 5 bye and is a startable option on the road at Indianapolis this week.
Oct 27 - 3:36 PM

Kansas City cornerback Phillip Gaines "tweaked" his knee last week in practice, but will have an extra week to rest during the Chiefs' Week 5 bye.

Gaines sat out Kansas City's blowout loss at Pittsburgh in Week 4, when the team allowed its first 300-yard passer and 100-yard rusher of the season. The Chiefs will certainly need Gaines healthy and active after the bye, with matchups against Oakland, New Orleans, and Indianapolis waiting to test their secondary.
Oct 7 - 12:49 PM

Kansas City LB Tamba Hali played just 43 percent of the team's defensive snaps in Week 2.

This number was down from 58 percent in Week 1 as the Chiefs attempt to monitor Hali's workload after an offseason knee scope. "I think he’s back — I think it’s just a matter of monitoring the number of reps," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. Kansas City will need more from Hali in coming weeks with the Chiefs struggling in run defense through two weeks. The Chiefs D/ST is a middling fantasy option in Week 3 against the NY Jets.
Sep 22 - 4:00 PM

The Kansas City Chiefs allowed an uncharacteristic 232 rushing yards in Week 16, easily their highest total of the 2015 season.

The Week 16 Kansas City win over Cleveland was interesting as the Chiefs gave up the huge rushing effort but held the Browns to 13 points and 136 passing yards as QB Johnny Manziel completed only 40.6 percent of his pass attempts. The Chiefs D/ST has racked up 41 sacks on the season and will be a top-10 fantasy option in Week 17 against Oakland, who has been held under 300 total yards of offense in two of the last three weeks.
Jan 2 - 3:13 AM

The Kansas City Chiefs are still holding out hope that OLB Tamba Hali (thumb) can play against Cleveland in Week 16.

Hali broke his thumb in Week 15 against Baltimore, but did not discover the break until Monday of this week. The Chiefs are still hoping the linebacker can play, however. "We’ll see day to day here how it goes," Chiefs coach Andy Reid said. "Because he had surgery doesn’t mean he’s out." Kansas City has a nice home matchup with Cleveland in Week 16, who managed just 230 total yards at Seattle last week. The Chiefs D/ST is a top-five fantasy option this week.
Thu, Dec 24, 2015 03:00:00 AM

Baltimore QB Matt Schaub (chest, shoulder) is practicing this week ahead of a matchup with the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Chiefs D/ST is a top-five fantasy option this week against Schaub, who has thrown four interceptions in two games including a pair of pix-sixes. The Kansas City defense has stacked up 10 interceptions over the last five weeks and looks ready to add to that total at Baltimore on Sunday.
Thu, Dec 17, 2015 12:03:00 AM

The Kansas City defense has recorded nine interceptions over the last five weeks, the best mark among NFL teams during that stretch.

The Chiefs allowed 14.5 points per game over that span as well, while going 4-0. Week 14 brings a matchup with the San Diego Chargers, who Kansas City held to only a field goal in Week 11. The Chargers have failed to score a touchdown in two of their last three games, making the Chiefs D/ST a solid top-10 fantasy option this week.
Thu, Dec 10, 2015 04:03:00 AM

Kansas City OLB Justin Houston is dealing with a hyperextended left knee and may miss Week 13.

"With the hyperextended knee, you get some soft tissue damage in the back of your knee, and some of the ligaments and tendons and soft tissue get stretched out. That’s what he’s dealing with right now, he’s in the middle of the rehab process," said Chiefs trainer Rick Burkholder. The Chiefs travel to Oakland in Week 13, and will start OLB Dee Ford if Houston's knee is not ready. The Chiefs D/ST is a back-end top-10 fantasy option this week.
Fri, Dec 4, 2015 03:12:00 AM

The Kansas City defense has been outstanding in recent weeks, allowing just 9.8 points per game over their last four games, all wins.

The Chiefs have also held opposing teams to under 200 passing yards in those four games in what has been a drastic turnaround after allowing 31.3 points per game in 2015's first four contests. A Week 12 home date with Buffalo won't do much to derail this defense and the Chiefs D/ST can be considered a top-tier Week 12 fantasy option.
Fri, Nov 27, 2015 03:40:00 AM

The Kansas City Chiefs travel to San Diego in Week 11 to face the NFL's leading passing attack.

The Chargers average a healthy 328.6 passing yards per game, led by quarterback Philip Rivers. Kansas City's defense has improved during a recent three-game winning streak, allowing just 12 points per game over that span, so it will be interesting to see how this unit handles the San Diego passing offense. Despite the recent spike in production, the Chiefs D/ST won't be a recommended fantasy option on the road in Week 11.
Sat, Nov 21, 2015 03:15:00 AM

The Kansas City Chiefs will travel to Denver to face the Broncos in Week 10 without DE Allen Bailey (calf).

Bailey, who has 4.5 sacks in 2015, missed practice on Thursday and Friday before being ruled out for Week 10. The Chiefs will now have an even tougher time applying pressure to Peyton Manning in Week 10, who has been sacked just 13 times this season. Kansas City won't be on the fantasy radar in Week 10 on the road against Denver.
Sat, Nov 14, 2015 02:19:00 AM

The Kansas City Chiefs will face top-10 NFL offenses in four of six games after their Week 9 bye.

The Chiefs will face the San Diego Chargers and Philip Rivers, the NFL's leading passer, twice in that six-game span. Four of those games will also be played away from Arrowhead Stadium, so fantasy owners should feel free to cut the Chiefs D/ST loose during the bye week.
Thu, Nov 5, 2015 07:00:00 AM

The Kansas City Chiefs travel to London in Week 8 to take on the Detroit Lions, who lead the NFL in turnovers.

The Detroit offense has given the ball away 18 times in seven games, including nine interceptions from quarterback Matthew Stafford. The Lions will be working under a new offensive coordinator this week but will still be an intriguing target for fantasy owners looking to stream the Chiefs D/ST against this turnover-prone group.
Fri, Oct 30, 2015 04:35:00 AM

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FB1Anthony Sherman
WR11Jeremy Maclin
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