2012 Team Outlook: Kansas City
WR Dexter McCluster, KC - Deep-league Only
The one player who has to be upset the most by the Peyton Hillis signing is Dexter McCluster. With the addition of Hillis, McCluster finds himself third on the depth chart instead of second. This means far fewer opportunities for Dexter. So much so we believe he only holds fantasy value in deep leagues. There's just too much talent in Kansas City this season for McCluster to get enough touches.
WR Jon Baldwin, SF - Gamble (high risk)
Last season was Baldwin's first year in the NFL. In 11 games Jon only managed to pull down 21 receptions for 254 yards. This year finding time on the field may an issue. With so much talent on this team players further down on the depth chart are going to find it difficult to post good numbers. In most cases when Baldwin steps on to the field he will be the third or fourth option. This means he won't have a lot of opportunities to score points for fantasy owners. Unless you're in a deep league, it is probably best to leave Baldwin on the free agent market. On the other hand if you're looking for a late round pick with great upside then Baldwin would be a great addition. Bladwin is a talented young receiver with all the tools to be a quality NFL receiver. Fantasy owners need to keep an eye on this young man.
WR Steve Breaston, --- - Quality Backup
Last season was Breaston's first year with the Chiefs. He had to learn a new playbook and play the final 7 games without starting quarterback Matt Cassel. Despite all this, Steve managed to have the second best year of his career pulling in 61 receptions for 785 yards. This year we should see better numbers than these from Breaston. With the return of Cassel and Charles (and the signing of free agent Peyton Hillis), the Chiefs' offense is stacked. This should help open up the offense, allowing players like Breaston to post good numbers.
WR Terrance Copper, --- - Not Draft Worthy
There is just way too much talent on this team for fantasy owners to think about drafting Copper. With three receivers ahead of Terrance, there is little chance he will see enough action this season to be fantasy worthy. The only way Copper sees enough action this year is if something happens to Bowe and Breaston, causing them to miss mutliple games at the same time.
TE Kevin Boss, --- - Quality Backup
Another key acquition made by the Chiefs this off season was the signing of former Raiders and Giants Kevin Boss. The addition of Boss gives the Chiefs yet another weapon on offense. In Boss' final two years with the Giants he had over 500 yards and 5 touchdowns each year. The problem here is fellow tight end Tony Moeaki will be returning to action after suffering a torn ACL in training camp last season. Just how the Chiefs plan to use Boss and Moeaki needs to be seen before we can fully assess their fantasy value. Until then, it is probably best to draft Boss as a second tight end with the hope he could become a fantasy starter.
TE Tony Moeaki, BUF - Quality Backup
While at training camp last year, Moeaki torn his ACL causing him to miss the 2011 season. With this in mind Kansas City went out and signed free agent Kevin Boss. This leaves the Chiefs with two quality tight ends. Moeaki hasn't played in a year, so it will take him some time to get back in game shape. This coupled with 6'6" and 225 pounds bounding around on a repaired knee may have contributed to the Chiefs' decision to sign Boss. Until we see just how they plan to use these guys it may be best to draft Moeaki as a backup.