Kansas City Chiefs Preview
For the Chiefs to even remotely have a chance, Larry Johnson is going to have to return to form. It’s that simple. He is easily the best player on the Offensive side of the ball for the Chiefs when he is healthy. Unfortunately his foot gave him fits last year. He appears to be strong, and I don’t see as heavy a workload this year. I expect Kolby Smith and Jamaal Charles to get into the mix as well. Aside from LJ, the Chiefs have an emerging star wideout in Dwayne Bowe and the best offensive Tight End in the history of the game in Tony Gonzalez. Brodie Croyle will lead the charge, but if the season gets away from them, don’t be surprised if they turn to Tyler Thigpen. Devard Darling left Baltimore, and is in line to start opposite Bowe. He and Gonzo will draw a lot of attention so Darling and company should be able to operate quite freely. The Chiefs drafted Offensive Lineman Branden Albert, who should hold down the Left Tackle spot.
Defensively the Chiefs will have to make due without Jared Allen. They have weapons in Tamba Hali (7.5 Sacks) and rookie Glenn Dorsey. They have some excellence at Linebacker in Derrick Johnson (94 Tackles, 4 Sacks, 2 INTs), Napoleon Harris (116 Tackles) and Donnie Edwards (104 Tackles). Bernard Pollard (90 Tackles) and Jarrad Page (59 Tackles, 3 INTs) provide strength in the Safey positions. Patrick Surtain and Rookie Brandon Flowers will hold down the Cornerback spots.
This is going to be another tough road for Kansas City. The playoffs are out of the question. 7 Wins is not though. That’s where I put them.
Fantasy-wise the Chiefs have three options. Larry Johnson, Tony Gonzalez, and Dwayne Bowe. I don’t even want to hear about other Chiefs getting picked up.