With the NFL season officially underway, everywhere you look there are predictions about how things will shake out. The fine folks at KFFL went team-by-team with their thoughts on the most fantasy-relevant predictions.
Kansas City Chiefs running back Jamaal Charles posts less than 1,100 total yards and scores less than six touchdowns. Thomas Jones and Dexter McCluster add just too many cooks to the kitchen, and Charles isn’t able to provide a consistent spark.
Speaking of McCluster, he catches at least 50 passes and rushes at least 60 times. He does just good enough to be a consistent flex option for fantasy football owners later in the year.
If Todd Haley didn’t love Jones so much, I would scoff at the idea that Charles wouldn’t easily surpass his totals from a year ago. As good as Charles has been, there is just no way that Haley is going to all of a sudden turn the Chiefs running game into a 70/30 split in favor of Charles.
McCluster, though, won’t get as many carries as it looked like he would just a couple weeks ago. Between the emergence of RB Jackie Battle and injury to WR Jerheme Urban, McCluster’s time will be most spent in the slot.
I do agree that McCluster is an interesting fantasy option. In my Yahoo! leagues he has dual eligibility (RB/WR) giving you the ability to backup both positions (plus your flex spot) with one player. Stay away from the rookie in any starting capacity for now, but he is absolutely worth a spot on your bench.