Dwayne Bowe really showed what he can do last year. Since coming into the league in 2007, Bowe has shown the potential of being a break out receiver, but has performed far below expectations. He was actually very close to being benched because of ineffective play, even though he is clearly their best receiver. Bowe answered his critics with a HUGE year: 72 catches, 1162 yards, and 15 TDs! He developed a great rapport with Matt Cassel. Bowe went from being a situation starter to a must start week to week in Fantasy. I look for him to have continued success on the field, especially with the drafting of Jonathan Baldwin out of Pitt. Baldwin has big play ability and will be a perfect complement to Bowe. He should also be a good presence in the red zone offense as well, along with 2nd year TE Tony Moeaki, who had a decent rookie season with 47 receptions, 556 yards, and 3 TDs. Bowe is a top 20 WR who should be drafted around the 3rd or 4th round. However, Baldwin and Moeaki should be drafted, but definitely in the later rounds. KC has put together a HIGH POWERED offense.
I am one of the few in the world that actually like Jim Zorn. Call me crazy (and I know you will), but I actually enjoyed him here in Washington (minus all the embarrassing losses and press conferences). I always hoped that while he was a bust in DC, that he would go on and have success else where. Whelp…in Baltimore, things didn’t go so well with Flacco. So JZ lost that job. Now he is in KC and his project is Matt Cassel. This will be Cassel’s 3rd season with the Chiefs. His first in 2009 was awful! Last year, Cassel’s play improved dramatically. He ended last season with 3116 yards, and 27 TDs. Cassel reduced his turnovers with 7 ints and 3 fumbles. He needs to still make quicker decisions and that will help improve half of the 26 sacks from last season. Hopefully Jim Zorn will improve the play of Cassel this season. He will be great for when your star has a bye week.
Going into the draft, the Chiefs had many defensive needs. Not to say that they were terrible last year. Quite the contrary. They had the 14th ranked D in the NFL last year, mainly from standout play from LB Tamba Hali and S Eric Berry, who both made it to the Pro Bowl. Hali was second in the NFL in sacks with 15. Berry, who is going into his 2nd year, has already proven that he is going to be a special player. He had 92 total tackles, 2 sacks, and 4 INTs, 1 which was returned for a TD. But as mentioned, they have holes to fill, especially with the sudden retirement of Mike Vrabel. There were also rumblings that Hali wanted to see what other teams were interested in him, but the Chiefs slapped the Franchise tag on him. They did draft 5 Defensive players to help with the improvements for this year. On Special Teams, Dexter McCluster splashed onto the scene in his first game with a TD punt return. He is fast and explosive. Ryan Succop wasn’t too consistent in the kicking game, but the Chiefs will put points on the board and there will be plenty of opportunities for Succop to kick the ball through the uprights. This is a DEF/Special Teams that should be drafted when it comes time to pick a Defense. You should do so with confidence.
The run is back in Kansas City! Last year Jamaal Charles took his rushing to new levels. He had 1647 rushing yards! In December of 2010 Charles signed a five-year, $32.5 million deal that includes $13 million in guaranteed money. He was invited to the 2011 Pro Bowl, a first for the RB. The eye brow raiser for Fantasy Footballers? His TD production. In a score only league, 5 TDs is not going to cut it. Give some thought to that. Their other RB of note is Thomas Jones. Jones, in his first season as a Chief from the NY Jets, rushed a respectable 896 yards with 6 TDs.
These guys make a nice 1,2 combo. Todd Haley has gone on record often speaking highly of Thomas Jones and how great he thinks Jones is for Charles and the entire organization. I suspect they will keep him around.