Description: Chiefs SS Eric Berry has been placed on the reserve/non-football illness list.
Insight: This effectively ends his season, and according to ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher, the team thinks that he has lymphoma. If this is true, our hearts go out to Berry and his family. He is only 26-years-old.
Description: Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe had just three catches for 42 yards against the Raiders.
Insight: The weather wasn't conducive to the passing game, but in truth, Bowe hasn't been catching the ball in good weather either. He's just not the guy he was a few years ago and has limited fantasy value.
Description: Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce is active for Thursday Night's game against the Raiders.
Insight: Alex Smith attempted just 16 passes last week, and against the 0-10 Raiders, expect a heavy dose of Jamaal Charles. Kelce, though, is still as good as any Kansas City pass catcher for fantasy purposes.
Description: Chiefs tight end Travis Kelce led the team with five targets and three catches against the Seahawks.
Insight: Alex Smith attempted just 16 passes, so there weren't a whole lot of opportunities for anybody in the Kansas City passing game. Kelce also fumbled, so he scored about one point in standard leagues.
Description: Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe had just two catches for 18 yards against the Seahawks.
Insight: The Chiefs have now gone 11 weeks into the season without throwing a touchdown to a wide receiver. Bowe led all receivers with four targets. Kansas City only had 16 passes, so considering that, the lack of targets isn't a big surprise.
Description: Wide receiver Donnie Avery (groin) returned to practice on Wednesday.
Insight: It was the first time Avery practiced since Week 4, but he will need that to continue for the rest of the week, in order to suit up for Week 10. Avery would start opposite Dwayne Bowe, if he is indeed active.
Description: Chiefs tight end Anthony Fasano caught a touchdown pass on Sunday.
Insight: Fasano caught all three of his targets for 24 yards and a touchdown versus the Jets. He is still the second-best tight end fantasy option on the Chiefs behind Travis Kelce, who also caught a touchdown in Week 9.
Description: Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith was 21-of-31 for 199 yards and two touchdowns against the Jets on Sunday.
Insight: Smith managed the game very well against the Jets, but in that style of offense, Smith has a low ceiling for fantasy. The no turnovers and two touchdowns did help Smith turn in a decent fantasy day.
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles had a solid afternoon for fantasy owners.
Insight: He rushed the ball 13 times for 73 yards and two touchdowns, as well as hauling in four passes for an additional 44 yards. Kniles Davis took some production away from Charles, with 49 rushing yards and a touchdown as well. Charles will be a top-five back for the rest of the season.
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles took a huge hit from Brandon Flower in Week 7, but it doesn't appear it will have a lasting effect.
Insight: Charles rushed 22 times for 95 yards and a score, but on Tuesday admitted the blow had him seeing "light bulbs around my eyes" for a couple of plays. Coming from a guy who suffered a concussion in the Chiefs January playoff game its a concern. But for now keep starting him.
Description: Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe finished Week 7 as the team's top targeted receiver with seven.
Insight: He caught five for 84 yards. After a first half in which no receiver caught more than one ball, Bowe broke away from the pack. He's still not a great fantasy option with 19 receptions for 279 yards and zero touchdowns.
Description: Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith's touchdown pass to rookie De'Anthony Thomas in Week 5 against the 49ers has been changed to a rushing touchdown for Thomas.
Insight: Stat changes normally come a day or two after the game, so this is pretty late in the game. Hopefully this didn't change any results from Week 5 other than the margin of victory. With one less touchdown, Smith has thrown for nine on the season versus four interceptions.
Description: After the big game against New England, Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles looked average Sunday against the 49ers, rushing for just 80 yards on 15 carries and catching one ball for four yards.
Insight: Fantasy owners should have expected a more pedestrian game against a tough 49ers defense, so give San Francisco credit and move on.
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles left Monday night's game against the Patriots. UPDATE: It was just cramps. Charles is back on the sideline.
Insight: It looked like Charles was limping and grabbing his knee after scoring a third touchdown against the Patriots on Monday. There is no official report yet, but the running back went to the locker room. Charles rushed 14 times for 73 yards and caught two passes for 13 yards in addition to his three touchdowns before he exited.
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles will have his role at practice expanded on Thursday.
Insight: This confirms for sure that Charles does not actually have a high-ankle sprain. His sprain is doing well enough for him to practice with his teammates, and it is definitely possible Charles plays on Monday.
Description: Chiefs running back Knile Davis received the first rep with the starting lineup at Friday's practice, but Jamaal Charles (ankle) received the next two according to ESPN.
Insight: This is a headache for fantasy owners. It appears that Jamaal Charles is a true game-time decision. Owners of both Charles and Davis need to have a Plan B, and the situation is made more difiicult by the 4:25pm ET start for Kansas City.
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (ankle) returned to practice on Thursday in limited fashion and was limited again on Friday.
Insight: Although this is good news, that he's out there at all, there is still a reasonable chance that Charles will not play this week against the Dolphins. Charles owners should make a plan B as he's 50-50 at best..
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles (ankle) returned to practice on Thursday according to Adam Teicher of ESPN.
Insight: Charles participated in warmups, spent some time with the team trainer and then joined the position drills. Charles was even "cutting through cones." That would suggest that Charles does not have a high-ankle sprain at all. Although this is good news, there is still a reasonable chance that Charles will not play this week against the Dolphins. Charles owners should make a plan B.
Description: Wide receiver Donnie Avery leads the Chiefs in targets through two games with 19.
Insight: Avery saw 13 targets in Week 1 with Dwayne Bowe sidelined due to a suspension (caught seven for 84 yards) but returned to a more pedestrian level in Week 2 with six targets (three catches) for 14 yards.
Description: Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe, suspended for one game, returned to action in Week 2, but failed to excite anyone with his performance.
Insight: The soon-to-be 30-year-old Bowe had trouble getting separation last season and finished with a career-low 673 yards on 57 catches (11.8 ypc) and five touchdowns. Sunday he caught three of six targets for 40 yards.
Description: Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith threw 42 times Sunday, but produced just 255 yards and zero touchdowns.
Insight: Smith is not blessed with many quality receivers and with Jamaal Charles sidelined he can't even get fantasy points from screen passes that Charles so often took to the house last season. Smith has one touchdown pass and three INTs this season and should be avoided for now.
Description: Chiefs running back Knile Davis should be a solid fantasy option over the next 2-3 weeks while starter Jamaal Charles is dealing with a high ankle sprain.
Insight: Davis totaled 105 yards from scrimmage (79 rushing) and two touchdowns. Hopefully for Charles owners, they were wise enough to handcuff the two backs. The Chiefs next play Miami, New England and San Francisco.
Description: Kansas City star RB Jamaal Charles has the dreaded "high ankle sprain, according to Lindsay Jones of USA Today.
Insight: High ankle sprains can vary, but fantasy owners should realistically figure 2-3 weeks. The Chiefs have a solid backup in Knile Davis who rushed 22 times for 79 yards and a pair of scores as Charles' replacement on Sunday and will carry the workload while Charles is sidelined.
Description: Early reports on Kansas City star RB Jamaal Charles' left ankle injury are that its been termed "mild" according to Jason La Canfora of CBS.
Insight: Charles will have an MRI on Sunday, but he's likely to miss at least one game. The Chiefs have a solid backup in Knile Davis who rushed 22 times for 79 yards and a pair of scores as Charles' replacement on Sunday.
Description: The Broncos defense expects Jamaal Charles to get "a lot of touches this week," according to denverbroncos.com
Insight: One would hope as Charles only touched the ball 11 times in Week 1. Chiefs coach Andy Reid admitted this week that was a mistake. The Denver defense looks better than last year but Charles is still a clear RB1 for Week 2.
Description: On Monday, head coach Andy Reid admitted it was "negligence" to only give running back Jamaal Charles 11 touches in the Week 1 loss to the Titans.
Insight: It was nice to see a head coach take blame for something, especially in public, but it is still worrisome that feeding Charles the ball would not be Reid's No. 1 priority every week. Hopefully the mistake is corrected in Week 2, but with the Chiefs going to Denver, it might be hard to keep the game close enough to let Kansas City use Charles and the running game enough to satisfy fantasy owners.
Description: Chiefs running back De'Anthony Thomas is not expected to be available for Week 1 versus Tennessee, according to Terez Paylor of The Kansas City Star.
Insight: Thomas has excellent return abilities and would like to get on the field as a running back as well, but that's not likely with Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis in front of him. Frankie Hammond could return punts in Thomas' absence.
Description: Kansas City wide receiver A.J. Jenkins suffered a concussion in Thursday night's preseason finale.
Insight: Jenkins has had a very quiet training camp and battling injuries has been one of the biggest reasons why. It's very possible that Jenkins is on the roster bubble this weekend and suffering a concussion does not help his cause.
Description: Chiefs receiver Frankie Hammond is expected to start in place of Dwayne Bowe (suspension) Week 1.
Insight: Hammond, an 2013 undrafted free agent, has never played in a NFL regular season game, but has been solid in preseason so far with six catches for 90 yards. Still, this speaks to the lack of depth the Kansas City passing game has behind Bowe. Hammond is only a worthwhile fantasy start in very deep leagues.
Description: Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith went 14-of-24 for 140 yards and two interceptions in the Chiefs' third preseason game against the Vikings on Saturday.
Insight: Smith has not looked good this preseason and lacks the weapons on offense (besides Jamaal Charles) to put any confidence in fantasy owners. The quarterback is 31-for-51 for 286 yards and three turnovers this month.
Description: The NFL has issued a four-game suspension to Chiefs RT Donald Stephenson.
Insight: More troubling news for the Kansas City offensive line. Be concerned and forewarned if you are planning to choose Jamaal Charles as your top pick. The Chiefs offensive line is going to struggle in 2014.
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles is dealing with a bruised foot, according to ESPN.com. He suffered the injury while moving out of the players' dorm at Missouri Western State University.
Insight: "He came down a grassy slope there and just kind of rolled his foot over on the curb," coach Andy Reid said. "We're optimistic about it. Initially there was some concern. He had all the stuff done on it, the X-rays, the MRIs and all that done on it. Everything is clear." Charles sat out the second preseason game and he may miss the third as well, but he should be fine for Week 1.
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles didn't play Sunday night and may not play next week either.
Insight: It's just the Chiefs being very protective of their best (read only) offensive weapon. Charles rushed for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns on 259 carries and added 70 receptions for 693 yards and seven scores in 15 games last season. He is the total package for fantasy owners and is a option for the No. 1 overall pick.
Description: Travis Kelce caught all four balls thrown in his direction for 63 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown against the Panthers on Sunday night.
Insight: Kelce has caught six of the seven passes thrown in his direction for 136 yards and two touchdowns during two preseason games. ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher said a week ago that Kelce is unlikely to replace TE Anthony Fasano in the starting lineup, but Teicher also said he wouldn't be surprised if Kelce caught more passes than his fellow tight end. With the lack of depth at receiver for Kansas City, Kelce will likely get his chances.
Description: Kansas City wideout Junior Hemingway left Sunday night's preseason game with a hip injury.
Insight: We don't as yet know how serious it might be. Heminway has been used as the No. 3 receiver and the Chiefs aren't very deep at the position. He had 13 receptions for 125 yards and two scores last season.
Description: Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has been suspended for one game, the regular-season opener against Tennessee, for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy.
Insight: Fantasy owners should slightly discount his fantasy value due to missing this game.The soon-to-be 30-year-old Bowe had trouble getting separation last season and finished with a career-low 673 yards on 57 catches (11.8 ypc) and five touchdowns.
Description: According to Adam Teicher of ESPN.com, Chiefs wide receiver Dwayne Bowe hasn't had a great camp.
Insight: The soon-to-be 30-year-old Bowe had trouble getting separation last season and finished with a career-low 673 yards on 57 catches (11.8 ypc) and five touchdowns. He's someone we'd avoid in fantasy this season.
Description: Chiefs coach Andy Reid said he's comfortable if Jamaal Charles reaches 320 touches for the third straight year, according to USA Today.
Insight: Charles rushed for 1,287 yards and 12 touchdowns on 259 carries and added 70 receptions for 693 yards and seven scores in 15 games last season. He was the total package for fantasy owners and is a fine No. 1 overall pick.
Description: Chiefs running back De'Anthony Thomas took a punt return 80 yards for a touchdown in Thursday's preseason opener against Cincinnati.
Insight: Thomas would like to get on the field as a running back, but with Jamaal Charles and Knile Davis in front of him that isn't likely. He did, however, show he may end up being the Chiefs' next "Dexter McCluster."
Description: Chiefs SS Eric Berry has been dealing with a heel issue that may keep him out of the first preseason game, according to beat writer Terez Paylor.
Insight: Berry has missed the past two practices, but this problem shouldn't effect his regular season availability. He totaled 73 tackles, 3.5 sacks, three interceptions and two fumble recoveries last season.
Description: According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, the Chiefs and Jamaal Charles have agreed to a new contract and he's headed to training camp now.
Insight: Charles' holdout lasted less than a day. He led the Chiefs in carries, targets and receptions last season and accounted for 1,980 yards from scrimmage and 19 touchdowns, so he deserved a new deal.
Description: According to Ian Rapoport of NFL.com, Chiefs RB Jamaal Charles will not report to training camp Wednesday unless there's an unexpected breakthrough in contract negotiations.
Insight: Charles wants a new deal and he deserves one. He led the Chiefs in carries, targets and receptions last season and accounted for 1,980 yards from scrimmage and 19 touchdowns. He's scheduled to make just $3.9 million this season and $6 million in 2015. His holdout shouldn't last long, as Kansas City seems to be open to giving him a new contract.
Description: KCTV5 is reporting that Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles will hold out from training camp in an effort to get a new contract, though the Kansas City Star reports that the Chiefs believe Charles will report to camp on Wednesday regardless of whether an extension has been agreed to or not.
Insight: Charles led the Chiefs in carries, targets and receptions last season and accounted for 1,980 yards from scrimmage and 19 touchdowns. He's scheduled to make just $3.9 million this season and $6 million in 2015.
Description: We like that Chiefs wideout Dwayne Bowe will come into camp in better shape than previous seasons, according to a USA Today report.
Insight: Bowe will be 30-years-old this season and we hope he has finally realized he can't slide through on just his talent anymore after the 57-catch, 673-yard, five TD performance of last season. He's still the best receiver on the Kansas City roster.
Description: Kansas City wide receiver A.J. Jenkins "made big strides last year" coach Andy Reid said recently. SOURCE: Kansas City Star
Insight: Jenkins did catch three balls for 67 yards in the regular season finale (most of the team's starters sat out Week 17), but fantasy owners should not be fooled. The Chiefs went after Emmanuel Sanders in the offseason and are expected to draft a wideout somewhere high in next week's draft. Jenkins, a 2012 first-round draft pick of the 49ers, should not be expected to produce fantasy-worthy numbers in 2014-15.
Description: Chiefs running back Knile Davis suffered a sprained left knee and fractured fibula in Saturday's playoff game against the Colts, according to Reid Ferrin of kcchiefs.com.
Insight: Jamaal Charles suffered a concussion on the Chiefs' first drive of the game, forcing Kansas City to go to Davis. The rookie put up 100 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns on 25 touches after tallying 81 rushing yards and two scores on 27 carries with Charles resting in Week 17. Davis had an extensive injury history in college, missing all of his junior season due to a broken ankle.
Description: Chiefs wideout Dwayne Bowe never came out of Saturday's game against the Colts but he did suffer a mild foot sprain en route to a season-best eight catches for 130 yards. SOURCE: Reid Ferrin, KCChiefs.com
Insight: If Kansas City had a game scheduled for this week, we're guessing Bowe would have played through the injury. The 29-year-old didn't have an impressive regular season (just 57 grabs for 673 yards) but he certainly came to play in his lone postseason appearance. He'll be a middle of the pack fantasy receiver in 2014.
Description: The concussion Chiefs Pro Bowl halfback Jamaal Charles suffered in Saturday's loss to the Colts is considered minor. SOURCE: Reid Ferrin, KCChiefs.com
Insight: Charles suffered the injury early in the first quarter. Kansas City was forced to use Knile Davis and Dexter McCluster at running back after Charles went down. Charles finished third in the NFL in rushing this year with 1,287 yards on 259 rushes. His 12 rushing scores this season tied him with Seattle's Marshawn Lynch for most in the league.
Description: Kansas City CB Brandon Flowers did indeed suffer a concussion in Saturday's loss to Indianapolis. SOURCE: Reid Ferrin, KCChiefs.com
Insight: Flowers finished with three tackles before exiting in the second half. If his condition improves at all in the next few weeks, he may be able to take part in the Pro Bowl on January 26th. It will be Flowers' first appearance in the game.
Description: Kansas City receiver Dwayne Bowe had a huge game Saturday against the Colts.
Insight: The 29-year-old reeled in eight catches for 150 yards. Both of those were season-highs. Bowe's 63-yard catch in the first quarter was his longest reception of the season. Bowe had his hands on Alex Smith's pass on 4th and 11 late in the fourth quarter but the officials ruled that Bowe's foot was out of bounds when he made the catch. Bowe missed Week 17 because of a concussion.
Description: Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith was terrific in Saturday's loss to Indianapolis. He finished the game with four touchdowns, no picks and 378 passing yards.
Insight: He also picked up 57 yards rushing on eight attempts. The 378 yards through the air were a season-high for Smith, whose lone blemish came on a fumble about midway through the third quarter. According to Elias, Smith is the first QB in NFL history to record at least 4 TD with no interceptions in a loss.
Description: The Chiefs just can't catch a break. Now second-string running back Knile Davis will miss the rest of Saturday's game with a knee injury.
Insight: This is one of the most physical games we've seen in ages and both teams are paying the price. Since Jamaal Charles is already out with a possible concussion, the Chiefs will be forced to use return man Dexter McCluster at running back the rest of the way. Davis recorded exactly 100 yards from scrimmage before exiting.
Description: Jamaal Charles wasn't the only Chief to suffer a concussion on Saturday. Wide receiver Donnie Avery has also been diagnosed with one and will now miss the rest of the game. SOURCE: Albert Breer, NFL.com
Insight: Avery roasted cornerback Greg Toler earlier for a 79-yard touchdown reception. The catch was Avery's lone contribution to this game, though he was targeted unsuccessfully on two other occasions. Dwayne Bowe and Dexter McCluster both figure to see more looks in Avery's absence.
Description: Kansas City will be without star running back Jamaal Charles for the rest of Saturday's game against Indianapolis.
Insight: He's been ruled out with a concussion. It's concerning for the Chiefs' overall playoff outlook but today Charles' absence hasn't affected Kansas City in the slightest. Backup Knile Davis already has two touchdowns on 18 touches and the Chiefs are up 38-10 with about a quarter and a half to go. For now, consider Charles day-to-day.
Description: Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles went to the locker room early in the first quarter during Saturday's playoff game at Indianapolis to be checked for a concussion.
Insight: Charles carried three times for 18 yards on the first drive but was shaken up on the third carry. He was examined on the sideline and then taken to the locker room. Knile Davis, who had 81 yards and two scores on 27 carries with Charles resting in Week 17, will fill in at running back. Charles is Kansas City's most important player and would be a huge loss if he cannot return.
Description: Chiefs wideout Dwayne Bowe (concussion) is probable for Saturday's playoff game at Indianapolis, according to kcchiefs.com.
Insight: Bowe missed the final game of the regular season after catching just 57 passes for 673 yards and five touchdowns the first 15. Running back Jamaal Charles led the team in receiving yards with 693 and receiving touchdowns with seven.
Description: The Chiefs didn't even bother to activate Alex Smith for Week 17.
Insight: Andy Reid has elected to rest his starters ahead of next week's Wild Card game. Smith will finish his first season in Kansas City with 23 TD, 7 INT and an impressive 89.1 quarterback rating. Backup Chase Daniel will draw the start at quarterback.
Description: With Kansas City's playoff fate already decided (they're locked in as the No. 5 seed in the AFC), the Chiefs will sit star running back Jamaal Charles in Week 17. SOURCE: Jay Glazer, Fox Sports
Insight: With nothing to gain from winning and no bye after Week 17, resting Jamaal Charles and Alex Smith is probably in Kansas City's best interest. Knile Davis should get the start at halfback.
Description: Concussed Kansas City wide receiver Dwayne Bowe won't be ready for Sunday's game against San Diego.
Insight: Even if he were healthy, Bowe probably wouldn't have played much. With KC already locked into the No. 5 seed, the Chiefs have nothing to gain from winning this week. Expect most of the Chiefs' starters to play sparingly or not at all in the regular season finale.
Description: Chiefs rookie running back Knile Davis could be in for a heavy workload in Week 17 as Kansas City is expected to rest its stars.
Insight: Jamaal Charles might play a series or two, but as Kansas City is locked in as the fifth seed and has zero to play for, he won't be in there long. Andy Reid has always rested his stars in this situation.
Description: With Kansas City's playoff fate already decided (they're locked in as the No. 5 seed in the AFC), the Chiefs could look to rest their starters in Week 17. SOURCE: Terez Paylor, Kansas City Star
Insight: With nothing to gain from winning and no bye after Week 17, resting Jamaal Charles and Alex Smith would probably be in Kansas City's best interest. For the first time all season, neither player will be a recommended fantasy option in Week 17. Knile Davis would get the start at halfback if Charles sits this one out. Chase Daniel would be the quarterback if Smith takes a breather in Week 17.
Description: Chiefs wideout Dexter McCluster (ankle/infection) is expected to return for Week 16 against Indianapolis, according to a Kansas City Star report.
Insight: McCluster developed an infection in a small cut on his ankle but he didn't have MRSA. McCluster has 46 receptions for 438 yards and a touchdown as well as 631 yards and two TDs on punt returns this season. He's had at least 46 catches in three straight seasons. While not a fantasy-worthy starter he helps the Chiefs special teams.
Description: Chiefs quarterback Alex Smith dropped 287 yards and five touchdowns on the Raiders in Week 15.
Insight: Smith was helped by a colossal game from Jamaal Charles, who had 195 yards and four TDs through the air. The veteran QB has averaged 21.4 fantasy points per game over his last five games, scoring at least 21 points in four of them.
Description: Kansas City halfback Jamaal Charles only had 20 rushing yards on eight carries Sunday at Oakland and yet he still turned in 51 fantasy points in standard scoring leagues.
Insight: That's because Charles had eight catches for 195 yards, four receiving scores and one rushing TD. The running back already was the highest scoring non-QB coming into the game, and this mammoth effort should put him into the top-five overall.
Description: Chiefs wideout Dexter McCluster (ankle) will miss Sunday's game at Oakland.
Insight: McCluster developed an infection in a small cut on his ankle but he doesn't have MRSA, according to the Associated Press. McCluster has 46 receptions for 438 yards and a touchdown as well as 631 yards and two TDs on punt returns this season. He's had at least 46 catches in three straight seasons.
Description: Chiefs tight end Anthony Fasano (concussion, knee) got in a limited practice Wednesday.
Insight: Fasano missed Week 14 against the Redskins due to a concussion and knee injury. He'll need to pass concussion tests before being fully cleared to play, but he's on the right track. Fasano caught a touchdown in each of his last three games.
Description: Chiefs tight end Anthony Fasano (concussion, knee) will miss Sunday's game against Washington.
Insight: Fasano suffered a concussion and a knee injury while trying to make a diving catch Sunday against the Broncos. He managed to catch a touchdown for a third straight game prior to his injury but will miss his fifth game of the year Sunday. Sean McGrath will start but isn't a fantasy option.
Description: Chiefs tight end Anthony Fasano (concussion, knee) did not practice Wednesday, according to Terez Paylor of the Kansas City Star.
Insight: Fasano suffered a concussion and a knee injury while trying to make a diving catch Sunday against the Broncos. He pulled in a touchdown in three straight games but is questionable for Week 14 against Washington.