If there actually is an NFL season in 2011, one thing we engage in around here is an AA Fantasy Football League. It is great fun and a wonderful way for the staff and the readers to interact. Getting the top Chiefs players in these leagues is always tough, given that the league is made up of a bunch of rabid Chiefs homers.But what about outside Chiefs fantasy leagues?
The experts at NFL.com are already talking about which players will be big fantasy players next season and two Chiefs are mentioned:
4. Matt Cassel will emerge into a top-10 fantasy quarterback. No need to worry that Cassel will be working with his fourth coordinator in four seasons — this is his third season with the true architect of the Chiefs offense, Todd Haley. Cassel will also have an improved supporting cast. Dwayne Bowe is a top-tier wideout, Tony Moeaki had a nice rookie season, Dexter McCluster could see a bigger role and Jonathan Baldwin will be a poor man’s version of Randy Moss. Plus, it always helps when a quarterback can lean on his running game. Speaking of which …
5. Jamaal Charles will be the top fantasy running back. Please note: I didn’t merely say he’ll be a top fantasy running back, I said he’ll be the top fantasy running back. That being said, I can understand why you’d have a tough time picking him ahead of Adrian Peterson or Chris Johnson. Fair enough, but don’t leave him on the board in favor of Arian Foster or Maurice Jones-Drew. Unless, of course, you’re playing in my league. Then I’d prefer that you do leave him on the board so I can snatch him up and reap the statistical rewards.
While it comes as no surprise to me that Charles as mentioned I must say I am a bit shocked to see Cassel singled out. Not because I don’t believe in him but because he isn’t a guy that most fantasy analysts seem to be very high on.
Then again, if Cassel improves on his excellent 2010 season then he will be a force not just in fantasy land but in the real world as well. If these projections come true, the Chiefs could be well on their way to their second AFC West title!