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    PART 1

    Kansas City Chiefs Team Preview
    2006 Record:
    9-7 (AFC West - Wild Card Berth)

    The Chiefs enter the 2007 season with no major coaching changes to speak of.

    Former Louisiana State standout wide receiver Dwayne Bowe enters the season as the team's first-round draft choice. The Chiefs didn't do

    much to help themselves in terms of free agency, and beyond the first round, the draft didn't open many eyes, either. Middle linebacker

    Donnie Edwards returns to the Chiefs after spending the past five seasons as a San Diego Charger. Star running back Priest Holmes
    (neck) has been medically cleared to rejoin the team after not playing since October of 2005.
    The offensive line watched offensive guard Will Shields ride away into retirement, while quarterback Trent Green ( Miami Dolphins ), wide
    receiver/return specialist Dante' Hall ( St. Louis Rams ) and place kicker Lawrence Tynes ( New York Giants ) were dealt away.

    Positional Duels
    In the wake of the Trent Green trade, veteran backup quarterback Damon Huard and second-year pro Brodie Croyle enter training camp in a battle for the starting role.




    Fading Fast

    Tight end Tony Gonzalez has lost a step over the past two seasons and could be in for a disappointing season, especially if he has to stay in to block more frequently.


    Cornerback Ty Law watched his interception total from 2005 of 10 drop to just four in 2006.

    Wide receiver Eddie Kennison , entering his 12th season, caught 53 passes last year, his lowest total since 2002. At 34 years of

    age, it is only a matter of time before Kennison isn't capable of holding down the No. 1 duties.

    Coming on Strong

    Defensive end Tamba Hali looks to improve upon an impressive sophomore season where he compiled 65 tackles (55 solo), eight sacks, six forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.




    On the Upswing/Rebound

    Running back Priest Holmes (neck) will look to make it through training camp and join the team in the backfield. Holmes has not played since October of 2005, against the San Diego Chargers .

    Injury Prone


    After missing the entire 2006 season and only playing 15 games in the two seasons prior due to injuries, running back Priest Holmes has been medically cleared to return to action.




    Kansas City Chiefs

    Coaching Changes

    Key Arrivals

    Key Departures
    Worth Keeping an Eye On...

    Quarterbacks
    Second-year-pro Brodie Croyle may have only completed three of his seven passing attempts last season for 23 yards and two
    interceptions, but the Chiefs like what they see. The former Alabama gunslinger enters training camp with a leg up to seize the starting position.
    The Chiefs enter the season in a two-man battle for the starting position. Veteran quarterback Damon Huard seemed to have the swagger of a veteran starter last season, not a career backup, as he completed 148 of his 244 passing attempts (60.7 percent) for 1,878 yards with 11 touchdowns and only one interception in relief of the injured Trent Green .
    Of the two, Huard, with a better understanding of the game and the Chiefs' offense, would be the better fantasy prospect, as a No. 3 option. That is, of course, if he wins the job in camp.

    Running Backs
    We all know running back Larry Johnson 's potential. The biggest fear here, for both the Chiefs and fantasy owners is when, or if, he will arrive in camp. Johnson wants a new deal and has stated that he will not step foot in camp until his pen hits the dotted line. Johnson should make for a top-three pick in most fantasy drafts.
    Interestingly enough, running back Priest Holmes re-enters the equation with Johnson caught in a contract. Holmes, who turns 34 Oct. 7, would be a risk to fantasy owners at this point, but if Johnson's holdout runs into the regular season, Holmes is a viable No. 3 with potential of being a decent No. 2.

    Wide Receivers
    Wide receiver Eddie Kennison finished the 2006 season with 53 receptions for 860 yards and five touchdowns. Entering his 12th NFL season, especially with a highly touted rookie playing alongside of him, Kennison should only be considered a No. 4 option at this point.
    The Chiefs will be depending on 6-foot-2, 221 pound Dwayne Bowe to emerge as the go-to wide receiver they've been lacking. Bowe is a very physical receiver with excellent leaping ability that excels at catching balls in traffic. Consider him not worthy of drafting due to the rookie learning curve, a run-first offense and a messy quarterback situation.
    Wide receiver Samie Parker currently has minimal fantasy value and should not be anything more than a possible waiver wire play. If an injury was sustained by the 34-year-old Kennison, Parker would likely be the team's primary target at the position.

    Tight Ends
    This section just about writes itself. Entering his 11th NFL season, tight end Tony Gonzalez continues to prove he's one of the best ever to suit up at the tight end position. Last season, Gonzalez reeled in 73 passes for 900 yards and five touchdowns. Until he proves otherwise,
    Gonzalez remains a No. 1 fantasy option.

    Place Kickers
    The Chiefs will likely open the 2007 campaign with fifth-round selection Justin Medlock as the starting place kicker. The first place kicker taken in this year's selection process, Medlock booted 28 of his 32 attempts last season at the University of California-Los Angeles. Don't consider him a fantasy option due to rookie woes experienced at the position.





    Wide receiver Samie Parker started in 15 games in 2006, pulling in 41 receptions for 561 yards and a touchdown. With an aging Kennison and a rookie filling out the top two spots, anything's possible in 2007, especially considering neither quarterback candidate has developed much chemistry with the receiving corps.




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    Fantasy Players to Watch For

    Key Sleeper/Undervalued Candidates

    Defensive/Special Teams
    Defensive Team
    The Chiefs' defensive play in 2006 was a step in the right direction, as the unit managed 32 sacks, recovered 12 fumbles and intercepted the opposing quarterback 15 times. The unit has a decent amount of youthful prospects on the defensive line, but the rest of the group may be beyond their prime. The Chiefs' defense does not warrant a spot on your fantasy team, but they could be worthy of the occasional spot-play during the season.

    Special Teams Unit
    Who has more pressure as the season opens, the winner of the starting quarterback competition, or wide receiver Jeff Webb , who replaces return specialist Dante' Hall ? Last season, Webb returned seven kickoffs for 169 yards (24.1 per attempt). Webb has great speed, and has developed a reputation as being a player that plays football fearless no matter the position. Nevertheless, the Chiefs' special teams unit fell off the Doppler when Hall's ship sailed to St. Louis and should not be considered an option until they prove otherwise.
    As training camp opens, the Chiefs are a mess. Their offensive pulse, a la Larry Johnson , remains in a contract dispute, while the quarterback situation is about as clear as mud. Johnson's possible temporary replacement, Priest Holmes , has only played in 15 games in three years, aside from the fact that he's no spring chicken. However, despite his holdout, Johnson remains a fantasy stud, while tight end Tony Gonzalez 's role as a perennial No. 1 remains in tact. Beyond Johnson and Gonzalez, the Chiefs are thin on fantasy prospects until
    further notice.


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    I for one will be taking the Chief's D in our FF draft. If they are available!! It's roll back time...can you say the '90's??? GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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    I agree that this article didn't give the Chiefs any justice. They still have some proving to do to the world.


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    I think the author under estimates Tony G's "waning" abilities.


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    Quote Originally Posted by AkChief49 View Post
    I for one will be taking the Chief's D in our FF draft. If they are available!! It's roll back time...can you say the '90's??? GO CHIEFS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    i`m in three leagues myself but the chiefs defense wasnt even considered by me. i took the bears in 2 and (and its hard to say) the faiders in the other.
    i can remember what a chief super bowl team looks like! ......

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    I wouldnt pick a defense that is going to be constantly put in bad posistions by the offense. Doesn't bode well for a fantasy team. Just my opinion, man but the Faders were a bad pick. The D is solid but the offense is going to hurt them. Even in a fantasy league.
    Thanks for all the yards, TDs, and memories, Priest!

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    this article is pretty par for the course with everything else I've been seeing
    The Ozarks is Chiefs Country

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