2014 Team Outlook: Kansas City Chiefs
WR Donnie Avery, --- - Deep-league Only
Avery is another 30-year-old receiver on the Chiefs, Dwayne Bowe being the first. Speaking of Bowe, he is entrenched as the number one wideout, but Avery (and the up-and-coming A.J. Jenkins) will likely battle it out for the WR2 spot. So far Avery is winning this battle and getting the first-team reps; Jenkins has been slowed by injuries. Avery should be looked at as a deep-league only player at this stage since he only posted 40 receptions for less than 600 yards and two TDs last season. He now has more competition for snaps with De'Anthony Thomas and Junior Hemingway seeing slot work. It's highly unlikely Avery is ever productive enough to crack a starting lineup in the vast majority of leagues.
WR De'Anthony Thomas, KC - Dynasty Only
De'Anthony Thomas is listed at number three on the running back depth chart, but figures to be more of a slot receiver than anything else in Reid's offense. Almost used like Percy Harvin (where he can line up off the line), Thomas can go in motion and create matchup problems. Thomas has been compared to former Chiefs' WR Dexter McCluster with his returner skills and pass-catching abilities. We'll see how he figures into the mix his rookie season, but for now he is a dynasty only option.
WR Junior Hemingway, KC - Not Draft Worthy
Junior Hemingway looks to factor into the receiver mix with Kyle Williams likely out with his second ACL surgery. Hemingway will compete with De'Anthony Thomas for the slot receiver role, but is not draft worthy.
WR A.J. Jenkins, DAL - Low Potential
Since being shipped over in a trade from San Francisco, A.J. Jenkins will be looking to take control of the number two WR spot while in competition with Donnie Avery. Jenkins is battling injuries, so it is unlikely he can make an impact until the preseason. It appears that Jenkins will have to try and work his way into the mix with Bowe, Avery and now De'Anthony Thomas and Junior Hemingway possibly taking over the slot.
TE Travis Kelce, KC - Super Sleeper (high risk/potential)
UPDATE: Kelce showed breakaway speed in the pre-season. It's just one game though. Let's keep watching.
Travis Kelce had micro-fracture surgery in October 2013 and is in the starting tight end conversation with Anthony Fasano (aka an injury waiting-to-happen) and Sean McGrath. Of this bunch, Kelce appears to be the leader so long as he can get reps in camp and prove he has some worth to Alex Smith. At 6-foot-5 and 260 pounds, Kelce can provide a big target over the middle and when healthy, he will have a chance to prove himself. His fantasy potential this season is limited to only deep-league only option or perhaps a very, very deep sleeper.
TE Anthony Fasano, TEN - Low Potential
After leaving Miami, Anthony Fasano was supposed to pick up right where he left off as a potential fantasy backup. Unfortunately, he only played nine games last season after being out with ankle, knee and head injuries. This season he has to deal with the upside of Travis Kelce and Sean McGrath to compete with and looks to be sliding down the depth chart. Fasano is the starter in name only.