Last year the Chiefs offense bounced back in a big way from a rough few years and became the third-highest scoring team in the league averaging 27.88 points per game just behind the Patriots and Broncos. Unlike Denver and New England, the Chiefs don’t have an elite-level quarterback, but instead found ways to the endzone via defensive scoring, special teams work, and a rushing offense that was fourth in the league in yards per rush and produced the top-scoring running back in fantasy football.
Jamaal Charles was the highest scoring back in the NFL and is definitely in the elite tier, but the Chiefs offense is varied enough to produce a couple of realistic fantasy producers. Coach Andy Reid’s offense typically relies on a timeshare in the backfield and utilizes the back as a receiving option as well which opens up some potential fantasy chances for Charles’ backups as well.
Remember that last year, Dexter McCluster earned some fantasy attention as a running back/receiver hybrid and his touches will have to go to someone now that he’s in Tennessee. Alex Smith likes to use the backs as a safety valve, so whoever earns the third-down role could be worth a look especially in PPR leagues.
Here’s a rundown of the Chiefs’ running back options and their fantasy outlook: