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Kansas City Chiefs

Player News - Chiefs

Date: Team: Pos:

Chiefs WR Junior Hemingway (hamstring) is practicing in full for Week 9.

The ineffective role player played through his hamstring injury in Week 8, and avoided setbacks. Hemingway is off the fantasy radar.
Oct 30 - 6:40 PM

Jamaal Charles is on the Week 9 injury report with a back injury, but is practicing in full.

Charles isn't injured. He's a top-three option against the Jets in a game the Chiefs should control from start to finish.
Oct 30 - 6:39 PM

Travis Kelce (ribs) was upgraded to "full" in Thursday's practice.

It's a similar routine to the one he followed in Week 8 before suiting up. Going up against a Jets defense that bleeds passing touchdowns, Kelce is a strong bet to find the end zone.
Oct 30 - 5:18 PM

Alex Smith (shoulder) is practicing in full for Week 9.

Smith was slammed to the turf by Robert Quinn on back-to-back plays late in the first half of Sunday's win over the Rams, lightly spraining his throwing shoulder. It's not a concern going forward. Smith has a dream matchup on paper this week against a Jets team that stuffs the run and gets exposed by the pass, but his conservative style caps upside. Just one of Smith's 29 pass attempts traveled more than 10 yards down the field Sunday. Smith hasn't thrown a touchdown to a wide receiver this season.
Oct 30 - 8:27 AM

Donnie Avery (groin) has been ruled out for Week 9.

He remains week to week. A.J. Jenkins will play the majority of snaps opposite Dwayne Bowe.
Oct 29 - 7:14 PM

Travis Kelce (ribs) was limited in Wednesday's practice.

The Chiefs also limited Kelce last week with his rib injury. There aren't any concerns about his status for Sunday's game against the Jets. Kelce is a boom-or-bust TE1 for Week 9.
Oct 29 - 5:31 PM

Alex Smith (shoulder) is practicing Wednesday.

Smith strained his throwing shoulder last week against the Rams, but played through it and remains on track to start Week 9 against the Jets.
Oct 29 - 1:15 PM

Alex Smith suffered a "strained" throwing shoulder in Sunday's win over the Rams, but is expected to be fine for Week 9.

At least that's the Monday assessment. It will definitely be a situation worth monitoring as the week progresses. Smith will likely sit out or earn a "limited" tag on Wednesday before trying to ramp up on Thursday. The good news is, Smith suffered the injury in the first half on Sunday, and played through it in the second. For now, fantasy owners should take coach Andy Reid at his word that Smith will be fine, but back-up plans should be readied. Smith's status will be updated no later than Wednesday.
Oct 27 - 1:06 PM

Jamaal Charles' 25 rushing/receiving touchdowns since the start of the 2013 season are the most in the NFL.

Julius Thomas is second with 21 scores. Charles had 19 touchdowns in 15 games last season and already has six in six games this year. It's a pace he's at least capable of maintaining as both the Chiefs' goal-line back and one capable of scoring from anywhere on the field. Charles' upcoming schedule is not easy, but fantasy owners should just be trying to get into the playoffs. The Chiefs face the Raiders in Week 15 and Steelers in Week 16.
Oct 27 - 10:24 AM

De'Anthony Thomas caught three passes for 17 yards in the Chiefs' Week 8 win over the Rams.

Thomas rushed one time for minus-three yards. All three of his catches came extremely early in the first quarter. Thomas only sees a handful of weekly touches, leaving him fantasy-irrelevant.
Oct 26 - 6:06 PM

Anthony Fasano managed 19 yards on four catches in the Chiefs' Week 8 win over the Rams.

He reeled in all of his targets as one of many checkdown options for Alex Smith. It'll likely go down as one of Fasano's better games of the season. He's clearly not anywhere near the fantasy radar.
Oct 26 - 5:52 PM

Travis Kelce caught four passes for 45 yards in the Chiefs' Week 8 beatdown of the Rams.

Kelce was targeted a team-high six times, along with Dwayne Bowe. He showed impressive YAC ability, shaking a couple Rams defenders out of their cleats on two occasions. Kelce was also stopped at the one-inch line in the second quarter before Jamaal Charles got the goal-line carry for the touchdown. Kelce remains a situational role player in Andy Reid's offense, but is still a boom-or-bust TE1. He'll be a recommended play against the Jets' inept pass defense next week.
Oct 26 - 5:37 PM

Dwayne Bowe caught six passes for 64 yards in the Chiefs' Week 8 win over the Rams.

Bowe reeled in all six of his targets as he worked against Rams rookie CBs E.J. Gaines and Marcus Roberson. It was a standard day at the office for Bowe in the Chiefs' run-heavy offense. He's yet to find pay dirt in 2014, leaving him as a low-upside WR4/5 unworthy of ownership in 12-team leagues.
Oct 26 - 5:15 PM

Knile Davis managed 49 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries in the Chiefs' Week 8 win over the Rams.

With the Chiefs manhandling the Rams 27-7 early in the fourth quarter, Davis got most of the reps in the backfield with Jamaal Charles getting the rest of the day off. Davis cashed in a three-yard touchdown of his own late. Charles and Davis combined for 33 touches, showing why Davis is the top handcuff to own in fantasy football. As a stand-alone option, Davis is little more than an RB4.
Oct 26 - 5:00 PM

Alex Smith completed 24-of-28 passes for 226 yards, no touchdowns, and no interceptions in the Chiefs' Week 8 win over the Rams.

Smith dinked and dunked his way down the field with ease against a Rams defense that was without its top two cornerbacks. He was inches away from a touchdown pass to Travis Kelce, but Kelce was stopped at the one-yard line before Jamaal Charles pounded in the score on the ground. The Chiefs scored 34 straight points after the Rams' opening-drive touchdown. Smith will have some streamer appeal Week 9 vs. the Jets.
Oct 26 - 4:37 PM

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