My initial concept for this post was to provide reasons for Chiefs fans to remain hopeful, but, um…I got nothin'. Consider these facts:
• Kansas City just relieved the offensive coordinator of his duties, two weeks prior to the start of the regular season.
• The $63 million franchise quarterback has a strained MCL that will likely cost him two to four weeks.
• Head coach Todd Haley says, "I don't think we're going to be a high powered group right now."
No, it appears they will not be high-powered. To make matters worse, Kansas City's schedule is murderous, particularly in the first half of the season. It hardly seems reasonable for a two-win team to draw this lineup:
Within their first 10 games, the Chiefs face each of last year's top five defenses. By the end of Week 12, they will have opposed seven Ds that are currently ranked in the top 10 for fantasy purposes. Larry Johnson(notes) will get a steady diet of elite run defenses, too.
Dwayne Bowe(notes) should hold his value because he'll likely see a million targets. Matt Cassel(notes) can still be an asset, assuming the injury isn't too severe. (You won't want Tyler Thigpen(notes) or any other KC quarterback versus the Ravens). Haley will serve as the new OC, which isn't really the worst news, fantasy-wise.
Still, this is not exactly an ideal setup – not for fantasy owners, not for Chiefs fans. Even the cheerleaders spend half the year in giant coats. If you've got something supportive to say, however, please share.
Update, 5:45 pm ET: You can always rely on this commenting community to come through. Based on your responses, here are three fine reasons for KC fans to remain hopeful...
1. "The chances of a zombie outbreak are pretty minimal."
2. "Ryan Succop looks decent except for that 28-yard field goal he missed."
3. "They don't list Cedric Benson(notes) as No. 1 on their depth chart at running back."
So there you go. That zombie thing is just a huge quality-of-life consideration, for those considering a move.
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