2016 Fantasy Football Projections: Kansas City Chiefs

- Updated: Tuesday, September 6th

In addition to viewing our 2016 Fantasy Football Projections by position, we will post our preseason projections per team.

Below you will find our 2016 fantasy football projections for the Kansas City Chiefs.


Alex Smith303466349020.57723961.7264.4
Consistent but mediocre, Smith has finished as fantasy's QB13 to QB16 in three of the past five seasons, but he's never finished as a top-12 fantasy quarterback. While he has thrown three times as many TDs (61) as INTs (20) in his three seasons in Kansas City and rushed for 1,183 yards over that span, Smith has only two 300-yard passing games (in 46 games). In addition, he has 19 games with 200 or less passing yards over that span.

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Running Backs

Jamaal Charles1989906.5362951.8178.3
Charles (ACL) has essentially been ruled out for the opener as Andy Reid called it "a stretch for him to play" in Week 1. Assuming he misses the opener, you have to wonder how slowly he'll be worked back to his full usage rate. Before the injury, Charles averaged 18.4 touches, 108.2 yards from scrimmage and a touchdown per game in five games last season.
Spencer Ware1325815.512670.299
With Charles all but ruled out already for Week 1, Ware is set to draw the start in the opener and should have a fairly large role for at least the first month of the season. In addition, the preferred handcuff to Charles heading into the 2016 season is obviously Ware, not Charcandrick West. The 230-pound back averaged 5.6 YPC and rushed for six touchdowns on his 72 carries last season.
Charcandrick West612561.2121030.646.7
Anthony Sherman2404310.24.7

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Wide Receivers

Jeremy Maclin8410677.1280150.1
Reunited with Andy Reid, Maclin had his second consecutive 1,000-yard season as he finished with a career-high 87 receptions for 1,088 yards and eight touchdowns. Finishing as a mid-tier WR2 (WR17 in 2015, WR15 in PPR), Maclin remains a solid WR2 heading into 2016.
Chris Conley29365200048.5
Albert Wilson263221.300040
Demarcus Robinson3320.20004.4
De'Anthony Thomas21602802.4
Tyreek Hill111021202.3

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Tight Ends

Travis Kelce708895.3120.7
Kelce's 2015 numbers (875 yards and five touchdowns) were very similar to his 2014 numbers (862 yards and five touchdowns). Among tight ends, only Rob Gronkowski (2,300), Greg Olsen (2,112) and Delanie Walker (1,978) have more receiving yards than Kelce (1,737) over the past two seasons.
James O'Shaughnessy131690.821.7
Demetrius Harris11123118.3

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