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Kansas City Chiefs 2021 Fantasy Football Rankings

Clyde Edwards-Helaire is looking like an early steal on a Chiefs loaded roster. Here's a breakdown of the roster for fantasy this season.

It has been a long time since the Super Bowl, and remembering exactly how things left off last year can be a challenge. So, I’ll be writing up a fantasy preview for each NFL team to give us a quick refresher on what happened last year, and what changes took place in the offseason. All fantasy stats will be in ESPN scoring format unless otherwise noted. 

If I missed any change or left out any big notes, throw them down in the comments for me!

What Did They Do Last Year

The Chiefs rolled to a 14-2 record, ultimately being bested by the buzz-saw that was the Tampa Bay Buccaneers pass rush. Late season injuries to the Chiefs offensive line really put them in a bad spot. The Chiefs moved on from tackles Eric Fisher and Mitchell Schwartz, and then traded for Orland Brown and signed Joe Thuney to improve their O-line.

The Chiefs did not bring in a running back to compete with Clyde Edwards-Helaire, a wide receiver to complement Tyreek Hill, or tight end to take some pressure off Travis Kelce which means big things for the three’s fantasy value.

The key coaching triumvirate of Andy Reed (head coach), Eric Bieniemy (Offensive Coordinator), and Steve Spagnuolo (Defensive Coordinator) is in tact and back for another Super Bowl run in 2021. 

4Patrick Mahomes153905884,740386623082368.424.6
48Chad Henne32838248207-2123.77.9

Patrick Mahomes is the top quarterback in fantasy and probably in real football too. Stability with his top-flight fantasy weapons and coaches give us every reason to believe we’re in the Patrick Mahomes era, pesky Tom Brady notwithstanding. 

Pat Mahomes = QB1 (and we’ve ranked him as such).

Wide Receivers
22Tyreek Hill15134871,27615241.916.1328.921.93
6359Mecole Hardman166241560479.14.9120.17.51
7077Demarcus Robinson155945466362.64.2107.67.17
8691Sammy Watkins105537421252.
133129Byron Pringle517131601224.4357
212210Marcus Kemp1111101.
213212Gehrig Dieter1211001122

We’re waiting on one of the secondary receiver to set themselves apart in this Chiefs offense. There is plenty of work to go around, but so far, heir apparent Mecole Hardman hasn’t distinguished himself. 

Demarcus Robinson has looked the more consistent No. 2 receiver at times, and of course Sammy Watkins has always done just enough to frustrate fantasy speculators looking for the next big thing in the Kansas City offense. But now Watkins finds himself in Baltimore with the Ravens.

I’ll be poking around with later round picks on Hardman and Robinson. Hill is a no-doubt first rounder. He’s currently our WR1 in 2021.

Note: Tyreek Hill had 13 rushes, 123 yards, and 2 rushing touchdowns on the ground.

Running Backs
2221Clyde Edwards-Helaire1318180345536297114010.817613.54
7680Darrel Williams133916912618116034.52.752.54.04
8987Darwin Thompson52797111765126.
113115DeAndre Washington43191010530012.1317.14.28
132127Anthony Sherman438021517.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire is one of the best buy-low dynasty candidates we’ve seen in a while. With expectations thoroughly out of hand for CEH’s rookie season, Clyde put in a fine first year. For his efforts, he’s currently going around the 4.01 mark, after D’Andre Swift, J.K. Dobbins, Miles Sanders, and David Montgomery. 

It looks like CEH will be on all my teams this year. He’s a value in the late second round and a steal in the third. He’s currently our RB14.

Tight End
11Travis Kelce151451051,41611207.613.8312.620.84
8793Nick Keizer81066304.30.510.31.29
8596Deon Yelder61173603.60.610.61.77
124124Ricky Seals-Jones110000000

Playing Travis Kelce each week is like having an additional player on gameday. Kelce was a full 7 points per game the better than the No. 6 tight end T.J. Hockenson in standard scoring and 10 points the better of No. 6 tight end Mark Andrews in FFPC scoring. 

Taking Kelce 1.03 is completely reasonable in my book.

2021 Draft

The Chiefs dealt their late first round pick to the Ravens in exchange for the pleasure to pay Orlando Brown a king’s ransom. In the second, they took a potential stallworth middle linebacker in Nick Bolton (Missouri). In the third, the Chiefs took Creed Humphrey (center) out of Oklahoma. 

The Schedule

The Chiefs have a middle of the road schedule according to Warren Sharp’s ( strength of schedule ranks, and they finish the season with what could end up being a very soft run after their Week 12 bye: vs Denver Broncos, vs Las Vegas Raiders, @ Los Angeles Chargers, vs Pittsburgh Steelers, and @ Cincinnati Bengals. 

What Does It All Mean?!?! (AKA – Bold predictions)

The Chiefs should have three first-round fantasy picks in standard scoring. Draft the Chiefs studs.


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