Kansas City Chiefs, Def, Chiefs: Fantasy Football Outlook
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Kansas City Chiefs, Def, Chiefs

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Age Height Weight
Def - #2 164.79 KC Active 47 0' 0 0

2016 Outlook: Stud (low risk)

Last updated on Aug-04-2016 by Shawn Childs


The Chiefs finished 8th in the league in rushing yards allowed (1571) with seven TDs. Rushers gained 4.1 yards per carry while attempting 23.9 runs per game, which about below the league average (26.3).

The 2015 season started with Kansas City struggling in their secondary due to Sean Smith being out of the lineup. They rebounded to move to ninth in passing yards allowed (3698) with 25 passing TDs, 22 INTs, and 47 sacks.

NT Jaye Howard played much better in his second season in the league where he had strength against the run while securing 5.5 sacks. DE Allen Bailey was an asset in run support while posting 4.5 sacks while missing four games. Kansas City will probably use him as a rotational player. DE Chris Jones will compete for playing time as an edge rushing after being selected in the second round in this season NFL Draft. NT Dontari Poe handled himself well against the run with no real upside rushing the QB.

Kansas City's best two players on defense play at the linebacker position. LB Justin Houston offers impact value in every area of the game, but he suffered a torn ACL in his left knee last November. He didn't have surgery until February, which puts his status for the start of the season in doubt. After recording 22 sacks in 2014, that number dropped to 7.5 last year. Justin is one of the best run defenders as well. LB Tamba Hali isn't far behind Houston as far as talent, but he'll start 2016 at age 32. He finished last year with 6.5 sacks with high value against the run. Derrick Johnson continues to be one of the best middle linebackers in the league with an edge against the runs and pass coverage. His game has no real upside rushing the QB. Their last spot in the starting lineup at linebacker belongs to Josh Mauga, who has weakness on early downs. His best skill set comes in pass coverage.

CB Marcus Peters appeared to be overmatched early in the season, but he finished on a high note leading him to be league average in pass coverage. Peters struggled in run support. CB Ron Parker was almost the same player as Marcus in all areas. He's expected to play the strong safety position in 2016. Both players will have higher responsibilities with Sean Smith no longer on the roster. S Eric Berry returned to elite form after missing ten games in 2014. He offered an edge in coverage for his position while grading strongly in run support. The last starting slot is the secondary is up for grabs.

If Houston returns healthy, the defense should rank highly against the run. They have playmakers, which leads to turnover and TDs. The loss of Smith in the secondary could be an issue. I expect Kansas City to be a top five Fantasy defense drafted in 2016.

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