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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. Nov 27 - 3:40 AM

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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.
Nov 21 - 3:15 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.
Nov 14 - 2:19 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.
Nov 5 - 7:00 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.
Oct 30 - 4:35 AM

The Kansas City Chiefs could be facing Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger in Week 7 as he works his way back from a knee injury.

Roethlisberger was limited in practice on Wednesday and his Week 7 status is still in question at the moment. The starting quarterback for the Steelers will dictate whether the struggling Chiefs defense is a bottom or mid-tier option among fantasy defenses this week. Kansas City would obviously benefit from facing Jones instead of Roethlisberger, as the Pittsburgh offense is far more dynamic under Big Ben.
Oct 22 - 5:05 AM

The Kansas City Chiefs are 28th among NFL teams in pass defense, giving up 295.5 passing yards per game this season.

The Chiefs have faced three solid quarterbacks since Week 1 in Peyton Manning, Aaron Rodgers, and the surging Andy Dalton, but their secondary has not had any success. Week 5 brings a matchup with Chicago, who hasn't been an offensive juggernaut this season but did rack up 371 total yards with Jay Cutler back under center in Week 4. Secondary issues in addition to the struggles Kansas City has had recording sacks and turnovers will leave the Chiefs D/ST as a bottom tier Week 5 fantasy option.
Oct 10 - 3:21 PM

The Cincinnati Enquirer listed Kansas City OLB Justin Houston vs Cincinnati T Andre Smith as the key matchup for Week 4.

The Chiefs will travel to Cincinnati on a short week after losing to Green Bay on Monday night. The pass rushing ability of Houston will be important for Kansas City, as the Bengals have allowed just two sacks of Andy Dalton so far this season. Houston has three sacks of his own early in 2015 and the All-Pro will look to continue his strong start on Sunday. The Chiefs D/ST will not be a startable group on the road this week at Cincinnati.
Oct 3 - 9:46 PM

The Kansas City Star listed Chiefs DT Jaye Howard as a "stand out" so far in 2015.

Howard is in a contract year and is performing well at the right time. The fourth-year defensive lineman has 12 tackles and one sack through two games and has shown improvement since the end of the 2014 season. Kansas City DC Bob Sutton said of Howard, "He knows how to use his hands, he’s learning how to get off blocks and not just rely on that first-step quickness." Howard's disruptive ways have contributed to the Chiefs allowing just 79.5 rushing yards per game this season. The Chiefs D/ST is a solid group, but won't be a startable fantasy option on Monday night at Green Bay.
Sep 27 - 3:16 AM

The Kansas City Chiefs will host the Denver Broncos on Thursday night after Peyton Manning and company struggled offensively in Week 1.

Manning was just 24-40 for 175 yards and an interception in Week 1 against Baltimore and now faces another tough defense in Kansas City. Manning also took four sacks in Week 1, which could bode well for the Chiefs D/ST that recorded five sacks of their own on Sunday at Houston. The short week of preparation also favors Kansas City, who is a top-five fantasy defense in Week 2.
Sep 16 - 11:08 PM

Kansas City will get defensive line help just in time for Week 1, with defensive lineman Dontari Poe listed as probable as the Chiefs travel to Houston to face the Texans.

Kansas City coach Andy Reid told the Kansas City Star, "There’s a pretty good chance (he plays)." The return of Poe from July back surgery is a nice addition for the Chiefs D/ST that is a top-five play this week at Houston.
Sep 11 - 10:56 PM

The Kansas City Star believes the Chiefs could get NT Dontari Poe (back surgery) back earlier than expected.

Poe was able to stay off the PUP list to begin the 2015 season, indicating that Kansas City could be expecting the defensive lineman back earlier than originally planned. The Chiefs D/ST was stellar against the pass in 2014, but wasn't as sharp in defending opposing running backs so the return of Poe will be a welcome addition. Week 1 should be a solid start for the Chiefs D/ST as they face Brian Hoyer and the Houston Texans.
Sep 6 - 2:40 PM

BJ Kissel of noted the creativity of defensive coordinator Bob Sutton after Friday’s preseason victory over the Tennessee Titans.

Kissel highlighted a specific play in which "Sutton dialed up a pretty exotic blitz that had defensive lineman Mike Catapano dropping into coverage on third-and-eight." With Sutton likely opening up his defensive toolbox even further when the regular season arrives, the Chiefs could repeat their 2014 top-five finish in sacks among NFL defenses. The KC D/ST is a solid option for the 2015 fantasy season and get a nice matchup against Brian Hoyer and the Arian Foster-less Texans in Week 1.
Aug 29 - 10:34 AM

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