Jeremy Maclin's first year in Kansas City in 2015 has to be considered a success. He finished as the No. 17 Fantasy receiver in standard leagues with 87 catches for 1,088 yards and eight touchdowns on 124 targets, which was probably better than most people expected based on the Chiefs passing game with Alex Smith (remember in 2014 they went all season without a receiver catching a touchdown). Maclin has now posted consecutive seasons of at least 85 catches, 1,000 yards and eight touchdowns, and he should again be the No. 1 target in Kansas City's passing attack. But his Fantasy production could be a little misleading since he had seven games with double digits in Fantasy points in a standard league and six games with six points or less. Basically when he didn't score he wasn't that productive since he had only three games with more than 100 yards, including just one after Week 4. Still, he's a borderline starter in all leagues and no worse than a high-end No. 3 Fantasy receiver coming into the season. He's a great player to target as early as Round 5 in all formats.
Maclin (groin) returned to practice Thursday, BJ Kissel of Chiefs.com reports. Maclin was held out of action Wednesday, but was back with his teammates on the practice field the following day, suggesting any ailment wasn't overly serious. That being said, it wouldn't be surprising to see the Chiefs hold him out of Saturday's preseason matchup in Los Angeles as a precaution.
Maclin is considered day-to-day with a groin injury, BJ Kissel of Chiefs.com reports. The injury presumably clouds Maclin's status for Saturday's preseason game against the Rams, though for now this doesn't sound like something that's expected to linger. Maclin remains entrenched as the Chiefs' No. 1 wideout, while Albert Wilson is listed as the team's other starter at the position, with Chris Conley and Frankie Hammond listed as second-teamers and the likes of rookie Tyreek Hill, Rod Streater and De'Anthony Thomas also in the mix.
Maclin hauled in his lone target for 20 yards in Saturday's preseason opener against the Seahawks. Maclin should once again emerge as Alex Smith's top wide receiver after totaling 1,088 yards and eight scores in his first season with the Chiefs. Expect the 28-year-old to be eased in this preseason due to his defined role.
Maclin was removed from Thursday's practice due to a minor ankle injury, Kansas City Star reports. "He just tweaked his ankle a little bit," head coach Andy Reid said. "He's OK. No problem." After kicking off OTAs on Tuesday, the Chiefs were unable to emerge from the week without an ailment afflicting one of their offensive mainstays. For what it's worth, Maclin was able to walk off the field without assistance, so Reid's lack of concern is likely warranted. Nevertheless, Maclin did suffer a high right-ankle sprain in January's wild-card win against the Texans, yet still played in the divisional round against the Patriots, so his progress through the current issue will be of interest as the offseason program continues.
Maclin (ankle) secured two of three targets for 23 yards in Saturday's 27-20 divisional round loss to the Patriots. The seven-year veteran was able to play despite being considered highly questionable all week long, but was not much of a factor. Maclin was heavily out-targeted by fellow wideouts Albert Wilson and Chris Conley, as well as by tight end Travis Kelce. Although the season concluded for him in less than ideal fashion, Maclin proved to be an outstanding free-agent acquisition in the 2015 campaign. He managed a career-high in receptions (87), while posting the second-best totals of his career in yardage and touchdown catches.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||San Diego Chargers||4||18.38|
|3||09/25||New York Jets||19||22.75|
|7||10/23||New Orleans Saints||28||25.13|
|11||11/20||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||27||24.63|
|17||01/01||@San Diego Chargers||4||18.38|
|3 Year Avg||134||86||1203||9||52||13.99||174|