Week 12
November 29, 2015

Kansas City Chiefs

AFC West

2015 Schedule

PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart

The PYRO Fantasy Football Depth Chart is a rundown of where Team PYRO projects the fantasy production for each team at each position. It is NOT an attempt to inform you of the current starters for each team. For example, we are well aware that Brandon Manumaleuna is currently the starting TE for the Chicago Bears, but if you look at the Bears Team Page, we have Greg Olsen listed at TE. Why? We’re projecting that Greg Olsen will be the most Fantasy Football relevant TE for the Bears this season. Since Olsen will be the Bears leading FF point scorer at TE, it’s his name at the top of the TE column on our PYRO Fantasy Depth Chart.

Kansas City Chiefs - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview

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Kansas City Chiefs - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview



“Put your makeup on and do your hair up pretty, meet me tonight in (Kansas) city.” Alright, so that is not quite what Bruce Springsteen was singing (or Levon Helm of The Band :( RIP Levon). He had Atlantic City on his mind, but if you were to draw up a list of similarities between the two cities, you might have one – job opportunities in the mafia, and that’s about it. 



Differences between Atlantic City and Kansas City, however, are certainly distinct. One is bright and flashy, the other, well, is Kansas City. Just like the town, Alex Smith is a blue collar fella, nothing exciting. In fact, if you started him in a 12 team league last year, chances are every other quarter back did better. He ranked 13th amongst fantasy quarterbacks. He will continue to be a bye week fill-in at best. He is a tier VI or VII QB. Pyro ranks him as the #24 fantasy quarterback (as of 7/10/14) going into the 2014 season. Statistically, he is coming off his best year in the league. Last year, he passed for 3,313 yards, 23 touchdowns, and only threw 7 interceptions. All in all, he never had a 300 yard game. Perhaps he is most memorable for his fantasy playoff performance. In week 15, Smith single handedly knocked many a team out of the fantasy playoffs, as he threw five touchdowns. This was compounded if you also happened to be playing against Jamaal Charles, like this unfortunate author. Charles snagged 4 of his 7 receiving touchdowns and ran in for another on that fateful Sunday. Not that I hold any grudges, but if Alex Smith is reading this, a most vile pestilence upon you sir! Aside from that statistical anomaly, Smith just does not have the numbers to warrant a roster spot on your team. Last year, his average pass attempt was paltry 6.52 yards. He only made 508 pass attempts and that was his highest ever. The closest he has come to breaking 500 attempts before last year was in 2011 with 445. There just aren’t enough numbers to translate into fantasy relevance.


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#11 is not a QB that you can really feel great about as a starter on a week-to-week basis



We rank Some Where Over the Dwayne Bowe (copyright Pyro®) as wide receiver #41 (as of 7/10/14). Some positives, he consistently gets over 100 targets, he rarely misses games. In six seasons, he has only missed nine games. He is the number one receiver on his offense. As far as the negatives, he only snags a little better than half of his targets (55%). Bowe is not a touchdown guy. The last three years, Bowe scored 5, 3, and 5 touchdowns respectively. Alex Smith, the Chief’s quarterback is not known for his aerial attack.  Bowe is a bye week fill in at best, and to be honest, he will not make any of my rosters.



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Donnie Avery was only targeted 72 times by Alex Smith last year. Avery was able to snag 40 of those for 596 yards and 2 touchdowns. He only put up 4.39 fantasy points per game last year. Not much to see here, let's move on.


As far as tight ends go, there are 46 you could draft before you get to Anthony Fasano. Enough said. Dawgmaticå seems to like Kelce though, so I will keep my eye on that oft-injured fella'.



Jamaal Charles had a career year last year (see Career Year Beware!). Easily considered a number one draft pick by many, Pyro has him at number 4 as of today. Rarely does a player eclipse a career year in his next season in #FF. Although Charles will most likely not put up the same numbers, he is very dependable. Charles averaged 4.97 yards a carry. Amazingly, that was the lowest average of his career. Although his reputation suggests he is injury prone, that is just not the case. Take out the 2011 season where he was out after the 2nd game, in the 5 other  seasons he has played in the NFL, Charles has missed a total of 2 games. Looking at it that way, he is very reliable.  He ran for 12 Touchdowns, and caught an additional 7 last year. He amassed 1,980 all purpose yards (1287 rushing and 693 receiving). One thing to consider, last year the Chiefs had one of the easier schedules against the run last year. In 2014 however, things change. Charles will be going up against some heavy hitters as Kansas City has the 16 easiest schedule, right smack in the middle. For the fantasy playoffs, it is a bit harder, as they are rated with the 19th easiest rush schedule. If you buy the Pyro Draft Kit you can gain the acees to the Strength Of Schedule chart, which is one of 18 tabs in the document. His average yards per rush has gone down every year since 2011, and he has a lot of tread on his tires. He has amassed 1,043 carries in basically 5 years. In the last 2 years alone, he has racked up 544 carries in regular season play. That said, I certainly do not expect the cliff to come in 2014. Charles should be in the top 10, and has a good chance to end up in the top 5.


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Defenses are generally not a focal point in fantasy football. Mainly, they are too hard to predict. Not only that, you aren’t just rating one player, you are rating 11 at the same time. Generally, I opt for a defense by committee approach. However, the Chiefs are a sturdy lot that come in at the number 3 ranked defense this year for Pyro in v2 of our Draft Kit. The nice thing about drafting a top defense early, you never have to worry about the position again. A draw back to playing defense by committee is you generally have to waste 2 roster spots on mediocre teams and play the match-ups. Here is the sneaky part: many of the douche canoe sites, you people know who you are, rank KC farther down the line, around the 8th or 9th best fantasy defense. Generally, they are going around spot 146 (ADP), somewhere in the 12th round for a 12 team league. I think drafting them in the 11th round would be a steal. If so, you would not have to worry about your D, nor would you need to draft a back up, except for their bye week, and that comes early at week 6.



 Scary good KC DEFENSE that you can get at a great value!





Minnesota Vikings - 2014 Preseason #FF Preview



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The year was 2000, and the Baltimore Ravens had just won Super Bowl XXXV, but Priest Holmes was ready to leave the Ravens after four years. Holmes was never given the chance to truly succeed in Baltimore, and in 2001 he signed with the Kansas City Chiefs. Over the next three seasons Priest became the most dominating fantasy running back in the game.

Priest was undrafted in 1997 when he signed on with the Baltimore Ravens, and in 1998 he got his chance to be the lead back. Holmes was used sparingly during the first three games of the season as Jay Graham, the Ravens third round pick in 1997, was given the keys to the car. An injury ended his season, and opened the door for Priest. In week four against the Cincinnati Bengals Holmes made his first statement to the NFL. Priest carried the ball 27 times for 173 yards and two touchdowns. There was just something about those Bengals, because when they met again in week 11 Holmes upped the ante. Priest lit the Bengals defense up to the tune of 227 yards on 36 carries with a score. He finished the season with 1,008 rushing yards and seven touchdowns.  

Holmes was not able to make it through the entire 1999 season, and Erict Rhett ended up leading the Ravens rushing attack. Priest thought he would get his chance again in 2000, but Baltimore drafted Jamal Lewis with the fifth overall pick, which immediately made Holmes the backup. After an impressive rookie season by Lewis, Holmes was shopping for a new home, and he found one in Kansas City.

The Chiefs had struggled in 2000, and they hired Dick Vermeil to help turn the team around. Vermeil was known for the outstanding job he did a few years back with the St. Louis Rams and Marshall Faulk. The Chiefs roster was very weak at running back, with Tony Richardson, Kimball Anders and Frank Moreau as their leading carriers from the previous season. Vermeil saw the potential in Holmes, and the fact that he was hardly used by the Ravens allowed Kansas City to sign Priest at a bargain price, five years for $7.548 million. That would look like a real bargain as Holmes destroyed the league over the next three seasons.

Priest became the workhorse back for Vermeil in the Chiefs offense, and averaged 389 touches per year from 2001-2003. Holmes drew first blood in week three on the road in Washington. Priest torched the Redskins defense for 147 yards on 23 carries with two touchdowns, but he also added five catches for 78 yards and another touchdown. Holmes had seven games with 100 or more yards rushing, but had 11 games with over 100 yards rushing and receiving. #31 would finish the season with 1,555 rushing yards, which would lead the league, but he added 62 catches for 614 yards for an astounding 2,169 yards from scrimmage. Holmes had 10 touchdowns on the season, which most running backs would be happy with, but that did not satisfy him, so he went berserk over the next two years.

In 2002 Holmes would play in just 14 games, but he made the most of them. Priest had over 100 yards rushing in 9 games, while being held under 100 total yards just once on the entire season. The biggest difference in his game this year was his knack for scoring touchdowns. #31 hit pay dirt in 12 of 14 games on the season, and had two or more touchdowns in seven games.  The Priest blessed his fantasy owners with his final five games of the season. Holmes ran for over 100 yards in every game and had 707 rushing yards during the streak. While those numbers look great, they only paint half the picture, because Holmes was such a deadly receiver as well. His total yardage gained during this five game stretch was 934 yards, which is a staggering 186.8 yards per game. Let’s not forget that he was a touchdown machine, and had eight scores over those final five games. He finished the season with 1,615 rushing yards and 2,287 yards from scrimmage with a ridiculous 24 touchdowns in just 14 games. His fantasy owners loved him throughout the season, but missing week 15 likely cost his fantasy owners their championships that season. For all that disappointment, he would make it up and then some for those who drafted him in fantasy leagues the following year.

Priest entered the 2003 season with a huge target on his back, but was once again more than up to the challenge. Defenses were focusing their attention to slow down Holmes in the rushing game, and they were able to do that, as #31 only had three 100-yard rushing games on the season. Although, he would once again do a ton of damage as a receiver, and had over 100 yards from scrimmage in 13 of 16 games on the year. Priest continued to be a scoring demon and had 10 games with two touchdowns or more, but for the fantasy owners who he disappointed the season before he saved his best for last. Over the final five games of the season Holmes scored 12 touchdowns, and had at least two scores in each of those games, pure dominance. That mad touchdown run helped him set the record for most touchdowns scored in a season with 27. That record would go on to be broken by Shaun Alexander, and then LaDainian Tomlinson who now holds the record with 28 rushing scores. Priest finished the season with 2,110 yards from scrimmage to go along with those 27 scores. From 2002-2003 Priest scored a touchdown in 25 of 30 games, but had two or more scores in 17 of 30 games en route to his two-year 51-touchdown total.   

The following year Holmes was once again on track for a great year. Through the first eight games of the season Priest had 1,079 yards from scrimmage with 14 rushing scores and 15 total scores before an injury ended his season, and eventually his career after just two more seasons.

During this three-year span Holmes played in 46 games, had 1,166 touches for 6,566 yards and 61 touchdowns. That is an unfathomable average of 2,189 yards from scrimmage, with 20.3 scores per year. Another way to look at this dominance is to note that Holmes averaged 142.74 yards and 1.33 touchdowns every time he took the field. Priest had over 100 yards from scrimmage in 37 of those 46 games, and had at least 50 yards receiving in 20 of them.

Holmes was an absolute beast during this three year run, and it could have been so much more if his career had not been stopped short by a devastating injury. While his time in the spotlight was short, his light shined brighter than all others during this made run. The fans of the Kansas City Chiefs, and all of us football fans were blessed to be able watch Priest play.


Priest Holmes career stats


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Christian Okoye was a running back that took the nation by storm in 1989. He was an amazing running back for the Kansas City Chiefs, and became known to the public as the “Nigerian Nightmare”. Okoye did not have long career with the Chiefs, but fans of the NFL will never forget him. Unfortunately he will always be linked to Denver Broncos safety Steve Atwater for the hit he delivered on Okoye on Monday September 17th, 1990.

Okoye grew up in Nigeria, and while there, never played American football. Christian played soccer, and competed in track and field. Okoye would attend Azusa Pacific University, and in 1982 he won the first of his seven National Titles in shot put, discuss and the hammer throw. Christian was an amazing athlete, but was still focused on track and field. In 1984 the Olympics were coming to Los Angeles, and Okoye wanted to compete for his country in track and field. While he had all the statistics necessary to make the team, he was omitted from Nigeria’s roster. This turned Okoye off from track and field, and he joined his college’s football team, even though he had never played the sport before.

Christian was a beast of a running back, standing at 6’1” tall and weighing close to 260 pounds. Okoye was able to dominate the defenses he faced in his three years playing for Azusa Pacific, and in turn was drafted by the Kansas City Chiefs in the second round of the 1987 NFL Draft. He was such a rare talent, and a perfect blend of size and speed. While he was 260 pounds, he still was a track athlete and had 4.40 speed in the 40-yard dash, which opened everyone’s eyes.

In his rookie season Christian only had 157 carries for 660 yards with three scores, but he also fumbled five times. That led to head coach Frank Gansz using Okoye less. In his second season Gansz only had #35 tote the ball 105, which translated into 473 yards, three scores and only one fumble. The Cheifs were 8-22-1 in those two seasons, and that ended the Frank Gansz era. New head coach Marty Schottenheimer came in and saw the potential in Okoye.

Scottenheimer knew that Christian had only been playing the game of football for a short period of time, and he did not have a fluid understanding of the offense. What he did have was an amazing combination of size and speed, and Marty wanted him to get the ball. In 1989 Christian got the ball 370 times, and ran for 1,480 yards and 12 scores while earning the nickname the Nigerian Nightmare.

The happy go lucky Okoye embraced the nickname, and became a nightmare for defenses to think about. He was still a raw player and did fumble eight times on the season, but Schottenheimer knew he was his best weapon, and he was going to keep going to him, unlike coach Gansz. During the 1989 season the Nightmare ran for over 100 yards in eight games, and had two others where he ran for 95 and 98 yards. The Nigerian Nightmare was the talk of the league, but that talk would not last long.

The following season, in week two, the Chiefs would face off against the Denver Broncos on Monday Night Football in Denver. There was a lot of coverage of the Nigerian Nightmare by the ABC crew, but little did they know his nightmare would come that night in the form of Steve Atwater. 

The Nightmare was busting through a big hole in the offensive line, when Broncos safety Steve Atwater stepped in and lowered the boom on Okoye. Atwater had the perfect hitters stance, and drilled Okoye, knocking him three yards in the other direction. This was the first time that The Nigerian Nightmare had ever hit a defender and gone backward. It was also the end of Okoye causing nightmares for opposing defenses.

Following that game, Christian only had four more 100-yard rushing games in his career. He would rush for over 1,000 yards again in 1991, but his career would end after just one more season. After that hit, he was never the same runner, and he also continued to be plagued by fumbles, finishing his career with 27 of them.

The Nigerian Nightmare may have only lasted for a short period of time in the NFL, but that awesome season of 1989 will always be one to remember. Unfortunately, he will most likely be remembered for the shot he took from Atwater, but at least he will always be remembered.


Christian Okoye career stats




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Ware Gets the Go in Week 12


Pyro's take: Ware wil get the start today. West will sit. Ware should have an easier day than expected both of the Williams boys will not play today for the Bills defense. They anchor the defensive line as DE and DT, so without them, it could give KC's runner an extra edge to get going.

11/29/15, 07:20 AM CST by M O

Expected to Play in Week 12


Pyro's take: Media has commented that the sprain he suffered in practice is "not that serious". Although, if he were placed on a snap count, would owners be able to tell? Kelce has been a huge dissappoinment this year. The Bills will be missing two starting D-lineman so perhaps that will give Smith a bit more time to find Kelce and his recievers.

11/29/15, 07:15 AM CST by M O

Spencer Ware to be C. West replacement if he is out for Sunday


Pyro's take: The Chiefs have confidence in Spencer Ware, who could replace the injured Charcandrick West as the featured back this week against the Bills, as a goal-line runner. Ware has 17 carries this season, fifth on the Chiefs, but is tied for second in rushing touchdowns with three. At 229 pounds, Ware is much bigger and a more physical runner than West. -- Adam Teicher

11/28/15, 05:17 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

Jeremy Maclin is due


Pyro's take: Jeremy Maclin’s production has dropped dramatically over the past three games (nine catches, 100 yards, one touchdown), but that’s not necessarily a sign of things to come. The Chiefs haven’t developed another consistently reliable wide receiver, so Maclin remains the No. 1 option. The Chiefs also are optimistic that playing against a series of opponents ranked in the bottom 10 in scoring defense -- beginning with Sunday’s game against the Chargers -- will energize their passing game. The Chiefs faced five top-10 defenses in their first nine games. -- Mike Rodak

11/22/15, 03:47 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

Great Play on DK in Week 11


Pyro's take: West is only $4500 on Draft Kings in Week 11. West has racked up 16 targets and 66 carries in the last 3 games. In that time he has crossed the paint 4 times, including 1 receiving and 1 rushing last week. This week, he faces San Diego. The Chargers have allowed 9 differen t RBs to put up double-digits on them, including Langford who hung 20 on them last week.

11/21/15, 05:28 PM CST by M O

Charcandrick West rushed 24 times for 69 yards and a touchdown adding three receptions for 92 yards and an additional score.


Pyro's take: He really couldnt get much going against the defense of the Denver Broncos, but his 80-yard touchdown made up for all the difference. He also had a touchdown on the Chiefs opening drive. He should find more holes against the San Diego Chargers, and their Swiss cheese of an defense.

11/16/15, 03:06 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Travis Kelce caught 5-of-9 targets for 36 yards


Pyro's take: Travis Kelce led the team in targets, but he just cant seem to find the end zone. His last touchdown was nine games ago. He has great athletic ability and is a game changer, but with Alex Smith, Kelce has a limited upside.

11/16/15, 02:31 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Not Suiting Up for Week 9


Pyro's take: I wish it weren't so, ubt ASJ looks like he is getting another week of rest. He is not playing in Week 9.

11/08/15, 10:24 AM CST by M O

James O Inactive


Pyro's take: Although James O only gets a few targets a game, it is a few more for KElce when JAmes O is not on the field

11/01/15, 08:31 AM CST by M O

Jeremy Maclin should be good to go.


Pyro's take: According to BJ Kissel via Twitter "Jeremy Maclin has had a good week of practice. Should be good to go."

Put him in as he should finish in the top 20 at wide receiver for PPR leagues.

11/01/15, 12:48 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

West ready to roll against Detroit


Pyro's take: Charcandrick West’s 110-yard, one-touchdown game last week against the Steelers didn’t just increase the Chiefs’ confidence in him. It also increased his confidence going into Sunday’s game against the Lions. He’s taken to writing his goals for the upcoming game on a piece of paper, and asked what he would write this week, West replied, “Two hundred yards and three touchdowns.’’ -- Adam Teicher

10/31/15, 08:21 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

Charcandrick West is listed on the Week 8 injury report with a pectoral issue, but is practicing in full.


Pyro's take: Charcandrick West got a full load last week and I dont expect anything different this week. He is worthy of a flex or high end number two running back against the Lions.

10/29/15, 07:20 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Jeremy Maclin (concussion) is practicing in full


Pyro's take: Adam Teicher reported via twitter "Jeremy Maclin is scheduled for a full practice workload for Chiefs. That puts him on course to play Sunday"

Looks like the head has cleared, and he should be cleared for the flight to London.

10/28/15, 12:15 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Maclin Will Not Be on the Field Even After Passing Protocol


Pyro's take: Reid said he pass all of the concussion protocol, yet he was suffering form symptons this morning and is out. Kelce couldn't look any better if his ass was dipped in caramel pudding...ooohhh yeah!

10/25/15, 10:33 AM CDT by M O

Jeremy Maclin (concussion) is expected to return for Sunday


Pyro's take: Ed Werder has tweeted that the "#Chiefs expect WR Jeremy Maclin will pass concussion protocol, practice Friday and play vs #Steelers."

This would bring some relief to the offense as the Chiefs really don't have a passing attack outside Travis Kelce and Maclin.

Look for Maclin to fall anywhere between 15-20 wideout if he plays.

10/23/15, 03:52 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Andy Reid said he views Charcandrick West as a better fit than Knile Davis for the Chiefs offense.


Pyro's take: Andy Reid explained why he feels West is the better option to replace Jamaal Charles in the lineup over Knile Davis.

“The things that we’ve been doing, we feel pretty good with what Charcandrick (West) is doing and Knile working in on some other things,” Reid said. “So we’re not down on Knile by any means. That’s not where we’re at with it. Just with some of the things we’re doing right now, Charcandrick kind of fits that.”

“It’s more the play and giving those young guys an opportunity to run that same play over and over again. Right now they fit a little bit more into what Charcandrick does.

“Knile plays a power game, one cut, downhill. It’s just a little different style, which is effective and has been effective.”

10/22/15, 03:23 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.kansascity.com

Chiefs have allowed the second-most sacks in the league this year.


Pyro's take: Ed Werder reported via twitter "#Chiefs have allowed 24 sacks, 2nd-most in #NFL. Alex Smith has been sacked 68 times over the last two seasons, tied for 3rd-most."

10/22/15, 03:17 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Maclin Exits Week 6 w/ Concussion


Pyro's take: MAclin has to exit in the 4th quarter against the Vikings. Coach Reid confirmed, he suffered a concussion the Week 6 loss to Minnesota.

10/18/15, 06:39 PM CDT by M O
Source: espn.go.com

Knile Davis could get the majority of red-zone snaps this week.


Pyro's take: Andy Reid talked up the power-running ability of Knile Davis. That could be a hint the Chiefs plan to use Davis instead of Charcandrick West as their running back as they near the Minnesota goal line on Sunday. Look for West to get more snaps, more chances and more yardage than Davis. But West’s fantasy appeal could be limited. -- Adam Teicher

10/18/15, 12:39 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

Chiefs placed RB Jamaal Charles on injured reserve with a torn right ACL


Pyro's take: He should be back before the start of the season, but with his advancing age and his second torn ACL it might be a little more difficult for him to get back out there. He is still a number one running back as his career 5.5 yards per carry is fourth all time. He's never posted a YPC below 5.0.

10/14/15, 02:42 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com


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