Saturday, August 21, 2021

2021 Fantasy Football Projections: Kansas City Chiefs

Our 2021 Fantasy Football Projections will be viewable by both position and team.

Below you will find our 2021 fantasy football projections for the Kansas City Chiefs.

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Patrick Mahomes612.9405.44933.839.537.6663305.62.21383.97
Chad Henne35.725242.81.750.716.27.10.0616.36

Patrick Mahomes: Mahomes is my top-ranked fantasy quarterback given the combination of elite skill set, supporting cast and coaching. The only real decision for fantasy managers is whether or not to invest the early draft capital necessary to secure Mahomes (or another high-end quarterback) as their starter. Leading the NFL with 316.0 passing yards per game, Mahomes was only a 260/2 game away from a second 5,000/40 season before the Chiefs rested him in Week 17.


Clyde Edwards-Helaire210.99286.0150.6429.73.5218.13
Darrel Williams71.3306.61.9621.5178.61.479.43
Jerick McKinnon32134.40.813.8111.3142.27
Darwin Thompson9.338.60.234.331.10.211.7
Michael Burton12.

Clyde Edwards-Helaire: Given how productive a third-round rookie (Kareem Hunt) had been in Andy Reid's offense just a few seasons ago (2017), Edwards-Helaire, the only first-round running back in the 2020 NFL Draft, was a relative disappointment despite a couple of big performances in the first half of the season. Even so, he has the skill set and draft pedigree to be much more productive in Kansas City's high-powered offense this season than he was as a rookie and could turn out to be a draft-day bargain.

Darrel Williams: Williams is a high-upside handcuff for Clyde Edwards-Helaire. If CEH were to miss any time, Williams would immediately become an RB2 in Kansas City's high-powered offense.


Tyreek Hill91.51317.410.813.497.20.74256.45
Mecole Hardman51.2698.
Demarcus Robinson36.6450.43.614.50.0385.57
Byron Pringle27.5344.22.600063.77
Cornell Powell14186.41.300033.44
Marcus Kemp2.841.40.30007.34

Tyreek Hill: Few players at any position have as much upside as Hill to erupt for a massive performance in any given week. Setting a career high in touchdowns (17), Hill had 87 receptions for 1,276 yards and 13 carries for 123 yards in 2020.

Mecole Hardman: Many fantasy managers expected Hardman to take a step forward in his sophomore campaign, but his year-over-year production was nearly identical -- 26/538/6 (20.7 Y/R) in 2019 and 41/560/4 (13.7 Y/R) in 2020. With Sammy Watkins now in Baltimore and no significant additions to the receiving corps, Hardman offers upside at his late-round ADP.

Demarcus Robinson: Given that Hardman has yet to deliver for fantasy managers, it wouldn't be the worst idea to throw a dart at Robinson or Byron Pringle with the last pick in your fantasy draft.


Travis Kelce104.41268.310.1000239.63
Blake Bell5.659.50.400011.15
Noah Gray3.436.20.20006.52

Travis Kelce: Tampa Bay's Rob Gronkowski finished as fantasy's TE8 (126.8) last season and Kelce (260.26, TE1) was so good in 2020 that he actually doubled Gronk up.

Kelce extended his 1,000-yard streak to five seasons and broke the single-season receiving yardage record (1,416) for tight ends in the process. In fact, he set career highs across the board (105/1,416/11) in his age-31 campaign. Kelce ended the regular season with eight consecutive games with at least seven catches.

Regardless of how you slice it, Kelce is not only the slam-dunk TE1 heading into 2021, but he's also worthy of drafting in Round 1.

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