Oct 27, 2013; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (25) runs the ball during the first half of the game against the Cleveland Browns at Arrowhead Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
Bye weeks are rough for fans of a team doing well. For Chiefs fans this season, it was especially brutal because the team is undefeated and most Addicts couldn’t wait to see the Red and Yellow on the field to get another win. Bye weeks are also difficult for fantasy football owners. The real strategy comes into having enough depth to survive when your most productive players are enjoying their week off.
Thankfully, the Chiefs are back on the field this Sunday against the Denver Broncos – in case you haven’t heard – and therefore so are the players in your fantasy football lineup.
Jamaal Charles – RB
Yes, the Denver Broncos have the fourth best rushing defense in the league. Yes, the Chiefs could be playing from behind and thus not running the ball as much. Yes…wait. The Chiefs are undefeated and have gotten there on the back of Charles. If you sit him, you’ll hate yourself. Charles is a MUST PLAY on Sunday against the Broncos. The best game of his career was against this team a few years ago, and he’s primed – and rested after the bye week – to have a huge game.
Dwayne Bowe – WR
Yes, Bowe is flying a little high after the bye week, but it’s no reason to sit him. While he hasn’t had the production that everyone expected this season, he’s due. If the “D-Bowe Show” was ever going to have a breakout game, it would this week, coming off of his arrest. Bowe had a big receiving game against the Bills even though he was unable to find the end zone. Against a mediocre-at-best passing defense, Bowe could have a big game in the Mile High City.
Dexter McCluster – WR
Over the last three games, DMC has quickly become a favorite target for Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith. He has led the team in receiving yards the last couple of games and much like Charles, has that ability to break one for a huge gain at any time. If you’re in need of a “flex” player and he’s available in your league, I would consider grabbing him up and playing him. He could surprise you and give you a solid 6-10 points in a standard league.
Alex Smith – QB
This is a tough call. While Smith hasn’t put up anything regarding fantasy numbers in the last few weeks, he’s facing one of the weakest pass defense teams he’s seen all season. The Broncos could be ready for Smith’s brand of the WCO, but he could also be primed to have a decent game. This is a “play at your own risk” situation.
Ryan Succop – K
The Chiefs kicker has been absolutely clutch this season. He’s banged through every kick he’s attempted, with the exception of three which were all outside 50 yards. If you need a kicker and he’s available you should pick him up. If you have him, play him.
And here’s the real question. Do you play the #1 defense in the NFL against the #1 offense? This is a very hard call to make. While I don’t think that the Chiefs “D” will go to sleep all of a sudden and allow the Broncos to score 40 points, I’m not sure how powerful they’ll be against the high powered offense of Denver. But, I think they’ll score points on sacks and maybe an interception or two. Plus, kick returner Quintin Demps is primed for a huge kickoff return. Play them at your own risk. They’re in my starting lineup and I’m not benching them.
There it is, Addicts. Those are my picks for Chiefs players and what they can do for your fantasy team. Good luck this Sunday with all your teams!