2020 Preview: Kansas City Chiefs


Kansas City Chiefs 2019 Schedule Released

The 2020 NFL Season is nearly upon us, and in anticipation of the new season we’ll be previewing the action team-by-team, using the draft order from last season. The previews will kick off with the Bengals and run right through the reigning champion Chiefs. Come back each day to check out your favorite team. All ADP and Rankings reflect PPR scoring. 2020 Projections are based on a 12-team league (i.e. WR1 (Top 12), WR2 (13-24), WR3 (25-36)).

After a career of near misses, Andy Reid got to the promise land in 2019, as his Chiefs won the Super Bowl. Patrick Mahomes and the Chiefs capped off a 12-4 regular season with playoff wins over the Houston Texans and Tennessee Titans on the way to face the 49ers. In the big game, they overcame an early deficit to win 31-20, earning Reid and Mahomes their first titles.

This off-season, the Chiefs re-loaded. While a few free agents moved on, the team signed a host of players to one-year deals to add depth while retaining the core. That meant new long-term deals with Mahomes, tight end Travis Kelce and top defensive lineman Chris Jones. That leaves the Chiefs in great position to contend for another Super Bowl title.

Off-Season Changes

The team saw a few players head out to other teams, including Kendall Fuller, Emmanuel Ogbah and LeSean McCoy. But they held on to others, like receiver DeMarcus Robinson, and added a few players, like guard Mike Remmers, defensive end Taco Charlton, running back DeAndre Washington and tight end Ricky Seals Jones. But the biggest addition came via the draft.

In the first round, the Chiefs took running back Clyde Edwards-Helaire out of LSU. During the Tigers’ championship run in 2019, CEH rushed for 1,414 yards and 16 TDs while catching 55 passes for 453 yards and another touchdown. He figures to be a potential three-down weapon for the team, which comes in handy as Damien Williams opted out. Williams led the team with 498 yards rushing and five TDs, catching 30 passes for 213 yards and two TDs. He was supposed to carry the load with CEH, but with Williams out that leaves a big opening.

Fantasy Impact

The Chiefs have one of the best, if not the best, quarterback in the league. Mahomes is only two years removed from a 5,000 yard, 50-TD season. He is an easy QB1 for 2020 and has as good a shot as anyone to be THE QB1 in 2020. The backfield figures to be mostly CEH at this point. The team still has Darrel Williams, Darwin Thompson and Washington on the roster, but CEH is the most talented. I see him as an RB2 this season. If I’m hedging with one of the other backs on the Chiefs’ roster, it’s Washington, who was a college teammate of Mahomes and carried the load for the Raiders last season when Josh Jacobs missed time.

Among the pass catchers, the Chiefs have a surefire TE1 in Kelce and WR1 in Tyreek Hill. Kelce caught 97 passes for 1,229 yards and five TDs, while Hill caught 58 passes for 860 yards and seven TDs in only 12 games in 2019. Kelce has a good shot at being the league’s top scoring TE, while Hill has Top 5 upside. Both are great grabs in fantasy. Beyond that, the most appealing receivers are second-year man Mecole Hardman and veteran Sammy Watkins. Neither figure to be Top 50 receivers in 2020, but Hardman has the best shot. Hardman caught just 26 passes for 538 yards in 2019 but added six TDs. He could take a step up in 2020 and eventually move into the starting lineup opposite Hill.

Prediction

The Chiefs have talent on both sides of the ball and should be a top contender again. With the core locked up and Mahomes slinging the ball, the Chiefs should win the AFC West again and be a high seed in the AFC playoffs.

Matthew Fox is a graduate of the Radio, Television and Film program at Biola University, and a giant nerd. He spends his free time watching movies, TV, and obsessing about football. You can find him @knighthawk7734 on Twitter and as co-host of the Fantasy Football Roundtable Podcast, a proud member of the Drive-In Podcast Network.

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