COMMENTARY | As the anticipation for the upcoming NFL season ramps up, so too does the thrill of knowing your fantasy football draft is right around the corner.
Whether you are coming off a league title or you stared up at your competition all year long, it is now time for a fresh start. And while the Kansas City Chiefs may have spent the 2012 season with much remaining to be desired as well, they too are looking forward to the clean slate.
With plenty of new faces to fuse with the mainstays, new head coach Andy Reid brings to the Chiefs his version of the West Coast offense. And with the new approach comes an excitement not seen on offense in Kansas City since the days of Dick Vermeil, Trent Green and Priest Holmes.
Wide receiver Dwayne Bowe has even stated that he will lead the NFL in receptions and touchdowns, while also saying that Charles would be tops in the league in rushing as well. That is a lot of praise for where this team thinks it is headed.
As helpful as that would be for Kansas City in the standings, having these players on your fantasy team would also bode well for you.
Here are a few Chiefs to watch out for this season in fantasy football.
Running Back, Jamaal Charles
Coming off career highs in rushing attempts and yards, Charles is expected to be even better another year removed from an ACL injury that derailed most of his 2011 season.
While Reid's offensive scheme has proven to lean away from running the football in the past, Charles should see enough boost in his receiving numbers to warrant being one of the top players taken in drafts this year.
Wide Receiver, Dwayne Bowe
Though Bowe's prediction may be a bit lofty, there is still no doubt that he will be the top receiving target for new quarterback Alex Smith this season.
Bowe did lead the league with 15 touchdown receptions in 2010, but that was the product of a seven-game stretch where the wide receiver tallied 13 scores. If he can be more consistent throughout an entire season, Bowe could really thrive in Reid's offense.
Wide Receiver/Running Back, Dexter McCluster
McCluster's versatility could show very well in Reid's offense, as he can be used as a runner out of the backfield or as a receiver in the quick-hitting scheme designed to allow the ball carrier or pass-catcher to work in space.
Though it will never be mentioned as motivation, McCluster is also playing in the final year of his rookie contract. A huge season would not only bode well for his future, but would provide the fantasy world with a potential huge steal later in the draft.
Tight End, Travis Kelce
While Kelce would seemingly slide in as Kansas City's third tight end this season, he is getting a little help in his efforts to climb to the top of the depth chart.
With Tony Moeaki always hobbled, Kelce will get every chance during training camp to show off his pass-catching ability and athleticism. Should the coaching staff see something it likes, the rookie could become an integral part of the Chiefs offense.
Running Back, Knile Davis
The classic handcuff pick points to taking a serious look at Davis in the Chiefs' backfield should Charles miss any time this season.
Though Davis would be competing with Shaun Draughn and Cyrus Gray as the primary backup in Kansas City, his upside could give him the edge.
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