The Kansas City Chiefs are coming off of one of their best seasons in recent years. The Chiefs finished second in their division and lost in the divisional round of the playoffs to the New England Patriots. The Chiefs ended the 2015 regular season on a 10 game winning streak and finished with an 11-5 record. Below is a look at the Kansas City Chiefs 2015 fantasy football season recap.
Kansas City Chiefs 2015 Fantasy Football Recap
Alex Smith is one of the lower tier quarterbacks in terms of fantasy football. While Smith usually finishes around the top 15, he doesn’t put up big fantasy numbers. Smith finished 2015 with 3,486 passing yards, 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions. The athletic signal caller also had 500 rushing yards and he added two touchdowns running the ball. Smith ended 2015 with 258 fantasy points and as the 15th ranked quarterback in fantasy. With another year under his belt, and running back Jamaal Charles coming back from his injury, the former Utah Ute should improve upon his 2015 season. Smith is worth a late round flier towards the end of your draft next season.
Kansas City had multiple running backs go down last year due to injury. Their leading back, Jamaal Charles, was lost for the season in Week 5 due to a torn ACL. Before his injury the former Texas Longhorn had 530 total yards and three touchdowns. Charles was averaging 15 fantasy points per game before his season ending injury. After they lost their top back, the Chiefs had Charcandrick West and Spencer Ware split touches. Both West and Ware dealt with injuries in 2015 but they were decent flex plays throughout the season. West had 850 total yards and five touchdowns, and Ware had 400 total yards and four touchdowns. Charles should remain the lead back in Kansas City but fantasy owners will need to draft his handcuff, whether it be West or Ware, later in their fantasy draft. Charles should be drafted somewhere in the late first or early second round next season.
In 2014 the Kansas City Chiefs wide receivers were the first group of wide receivers to go all season without catching a single touchdown. That changed in 2015 when the Chiefs signed wide receiver Jeremy Maclin. The former Missouri Tiger was a solid wideout in 2015, as he totaled a 1,100 yards and eight touchdowns. Maclin had 148 fantasy points and averaged nine fantasy points per game in 2015 and he finished as the 17th ranked receiver. Maclin is worth a fourth or fifth-round pick in 2016. The next leading wide receiver for the Chiefs in 2015 was Albert Wilson who had 500 total yards and two touchdowns. With the depth at wide receiver Wilson is not worth much more than a late round flier next season.
Travis Kelce is one of the most athletic tight ends in the NFL and last season he tallied 875 yards and five touchdowns. His production was a bit inconsistent at times in 2015, but the former Cincinnati Bearcat still finished the season as the seventh best tight end. Kelce totaled 109 fantasy points and averaged seven fantasy points per game in 2015. Kelce is worth a fifth or sixth-round pick next year in your draft.
The Kansas City Chiefs are on the verge of being the best team in the AFC West, and if Andy Reid’s team can stay healthy and get more consistent play out of their receivers they could be one of the best teams in all of the AFC next season. If Charles returns to his elite form he will regain his place as one of the top running backs in fantasy football. The Chiefs defense is also one of the top defensive units in fantasy and is worth targeting in the later rounds of fantasy drafts next season.