Four Downs: Thoughts on Chiefs O, Tebow 

October, 9, 2011
Many fantasy owners probably gave up on the key members of the Kansas City Chiefs when star running back Jamaal Charles sadly went down for the season in Week 2. Consider that the Chiefs lost their first two games by a combined 89-10 score. Quarterback Matt Cassel was terrible, averaging just 126 passing yards per game. Dwayne Bowe wasn't doing much. There was no running game, little hope overall.

Things look considerably different now. Cassel, 19th among quarterbacks in ESPN average live drafts but 30th in standard scoring entering Sunday, tossed four touchdown passes in a comeback win against the Indianapolis Colts, earning a cool 27 standard fantasy points. Bowe caught two of the touchdown passes, the third time in four games he topped 100 receiving yards. Steve Breaston, owned in fewer than 4 percent of ESPN standard leagues after being selected in the 15th round of ESPN average live drafts, caught the other two touchdowns, finally showing relevance. And the Chiefs perhaps found their new running back in veteran reserve Jackie Battle.

All of this is nice, but fantasy owners shouldn't get too excited; I was down on all Chiefs other than Charles entering this season in part because they have a difficult schedule. These Colts aren't so difficult, notably against the run. Cassel's crew still must face the New England Patriots, Pittsburgh Steelers, Chicago Bears, New York Jets and Green Bay Packers, not to mention a pair of games with the decent Oakland Raiders and a rematch with the San Diego Chargers. Bowe is the only Chief that should be started in all fantasy leagues, and it's a good sign that Cassel, a fantasy backup, isn't holding him back at all.