Player Outlook
The Chiefs finished second in the NFL in sacks in 2022 and were tied for fourth in passes defensed. They also allowed the most passing touchdowns and the second-highest passing touchdown rate in the NFL last year. Four of their projected starters were drafted in 2022; George Karlaftis, Trent McDuffie, Bryan Cook, and Jaylen Watson. If those guys make a Year 2 leap, they could theoretically help Chris Jones make this a top-12 Fantasy DST for a ninth consecutive season. But that depends on Jones ending his holdout and rejoining the team after being placed on the reserved/did not report list. We view them more as a streamer-level option and their Week 1 matchup against the Lions is not appealing.

Fantasy News

  • Chiefs' Chris Jones: Chiefs optimistic for new contract

    Kansas City has felt "growing optimism" about re-signing Jones to a new contract before free agency per a league source, Nate Taylor and Dianna Russini of The Athletic report. The Chiefs are hoping to have Jones officially re-signed prior to March 11, when free agents become eligible to begin negotiations with other teams around the league. The standout pass rusher is reportedly seeking a contract that will pay him in the ballpark of $30 million annually, which would put him behind Nick Bosa and Aaron Donald. The All-Pro defensive lineman has compiled 25.5 sacks across the last two seasons, and he made game-changing plays in each of Kansas City's last two Super Bowl victories, making his value to the team undeniable. A recent restructure would allow the Chiefs to place the franchise tag on Jones if desirable, but L'Jarius Sneed seems like a likelier candidate for such a transaction.
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  • Chiefs' L'Jarius Sneed: Franchise tag expected

    The Chiefs are expected to use their franchise tag Sneed prior to the March 5 deadline, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Per Rapoport, the Chiefs have yet to officially apply their franchise tag on the cornerback, and in the meantime, Sneed reportedly has permission to seek a trade. In his fourth NFL season in 2023, the 2020 fourth-round pick recorded 78 tackles and two interceptions in 16 games for the Chiefs.
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  • Chiefs' Charles Omenihu: Gets knee surgery

    Omenihu (knee) underwent successful surgery Tuesday to repair his torn ACL, James Palmer of NFL Network reports. Omenihu suffered the ACL tear in the Chiefs' AFC Championship Game win over the Ravens. He'll face a lengthy recovery from surgery, leaving his Week 1 status in doubt for the time being. Before sustaining the knee injury, Omenihu was a key rotational edge rusher for Kansas City, tallying 31 tackles, eight sacks, three forced fumbles and two passes defensed over 14 regular-season and playoff games.
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  • Chiefs' Chris Jones: Option picked up by K.C.

    The Chiefs picked up the option on Jones' contract, which pays him an extra $4.25 million in incentives and gives Kansas City the ability to franchise tag Jones this offseason, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. This move is more of a bookkeeping matter than anything else, as Jones was due the extra incentive money regardless. The All-Pro defensive lineman is still scheduled to hit the free agent market this offseason, but this restructuring allows Kansas City to franchise tag Jones if the team chooses to do so. Expect the 29-year-old to attract lots of attention after accumulating 30 total tackles, including 10.5 sacks and an additional 2.5 tackles for loss, in 2023.
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  • Chiefs' Chris Jones: All clear for Super Bowl

    Jones (quad) has no injury designation ahead of Sunday's Super Bowl LVIII matchup against the 49ers. Despite his quad injury, Jones was able to log a full week of practice and he's in line to play in Sunday's affair. The 29-year-old defensive lineman received First-Team All-Pro honors for the second year in a row in 2023, putting up 30 total tackles, including 10.5 sacks, in 16 regular-season games. Jones has also tallied four total tackles, including 0.5 sacks, one forced fumble and two pass deflections during the Chiefs' playoff run, and he'll look to add to those totals in Super Bowl LVIII.
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  • Chiefs' Charles Omenihu: Goes on IR

    The Chiefs placed Omenihu (knee) on injured reserve Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of KPRC 2 Houston reports. Omenihu will move off the 53-man roster after he underwent surgery Tuesday to repair his torn ACL. With Omenihu out for Sunday's Super Bowl matchup with the 49ers, Felix Anudike-Uzomah should see increased playing time as the first edge rusher off the bench for the Chiefs.
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  • Chiefs' Charles Omenihu: Set to undergo surgery Tuesday

    Omenihu is set to undergo surgery to repair his torn ACL on Tuesday, James Palmer of NFL Network reports. Omenihu tore his ACL during Kansas City's AFC Championship Game win over the Ravens two weeks ago and will now get surgery to repair it. The 2019 fifth-round pick will shift his focus to getting ready for next season, while Felix Anudike-Uzomah should see increased playing time in the Super Bowl in Omenihu's absence.
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  • Chiefs' Chris Jones: Ready after first week of SB prep

    Jones (quad) was limited at Friday's practice but doesn't have an injury designation after the first week of prep for Super Bowl LVIII against the 49ers. Jones popped up on the Chiefs' estimated injury report Wednesday as a non-participant due to a quad issue, but he's since been able to log back-to-back limited practice sessions and there's no indication that he won't be ready come Feb. 11. The first-team All-Pro still has one more week to prepare for Super Bowl LVIII, so even if he has limitations during practice next week, it appears as if he's ready to play through his injury.
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  • Chiefs' Willie Gay: Listed as full participant

    Gay (neck) was listed as a full participant on Thursday's estimated practice report after being listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's report. The starting outside linebacker missed the Chiefs' AFC Championship Game win over the Ravens with the same injury. Gay's status Friday will be worth monitoring as Kansas City prepares for its Feb. 11 Super Bowl matchup with San Francisco. The fourth-year pro also dealt with the injury during the Chiefs' divisional-round win over the Bills, and he only played on 14 percent of the defensive snaps in that game, a season low.
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  • Chiefs' Chris Jones: Injury status improves

    Jones (quadriceps) was listed as a limited participant on Thursday's estimated injury report after being listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's estimate. The First Team All-Pro played on 84 percent of the defensive snaps in the Chiefs' AFC Championship Game victory over the Ravens. Jones' status Friday will be worth monitoring as Kansas City continues to prepare for its Feb. 11 Super Bowl matchup with San Francisco. The five-time All-Pro has four tackles, two passes defensed and a forced fumble in the postseason.
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  • Chiefs' Willie Gay: Still battling neck injury

    Gay (neck) was listed as a limited participant on Wednesday's estimated practice report. Gay sat out Sunday's win over the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game and will spend the next two weeks working to move past the injury in advance of the Super Bowl matchup with the 49ers on Feb. 11. He'll likely need to put in a full practice at some point this week or next for the Chiefs to feel confident in his availability for the Super Bowl.
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  • Chiefs' Chris Jones: Dealing with quad injury

    Jones was listed as a non-participant on Wednesday's estimated injury report due to a quadricep issue. The Chiefs hadn't indicated that Jones emerged from Sunday's 17-10 win over the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game with an injury, but his status will now warrant monitoring leading up to the Feb. 11 Super Bowl matchup with the 49ers after he popped up on the injury report. It's possible that Jones' listed non-participation was more maintenance-related than the result of any legitimate concern about his health heading into the Super Bowl. After another outstanding regular season, Jones compiled four tackles, two passes defensed, one forced fumble and a half-sack over the Chiefs' first three postseason contests.
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  • Chiefs' Charles Omenihu: Suffers torn ACL

    Omenihu sustained a torn ACL during Sunday's win at Baltimore in the AFC Championship Game, Jordan Schultz of BleacherReport.com reports. Omenihu was forced out of Sunday's contest during the second quarter, and while there was some optimism from the Chiefs ahead of his MRI on Monday, the defensive end's injury was unfortunately a severe one. Rookie first-round pick Felix Anudike-Uzomah should see an expanded role at defensive end in the Chiefs' Super Bowl matchup with the 49ers in the absence of Omenihu. The 26-year-old excelled as a rotational pass rusher while appearing in 14 total games in 2023 between the regular season and playoffs, logging 31 tackles, eight sacks and three forced fumbles.
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  • Chiefs' Charles Omenihu: Set to undergo MRI on Monday

    Omenihu, who exited Sunday's AFC Championship Game victory over the Ravens with a knee injury, will have an MRI on Monday, James Palmer of NFL Network reports. Palmer notes that the Chiefs are optimistic about the issue. Omenihu sustained the knee injury in the second quarter of Sunday's game and finished the contest with one sack.
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  • Chiefs' Charles Omenihu: Won't return to AFC Championship

    Omenihu (knee) has been ruled out for the rest of Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Ravens. Omenihu went to the locker room in the second quarter. Malik Herring and Jordan Smith are candidates to see more snaps as depth edge rushers behind starters Mike Danna and George Karlaftis.
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  • Chiefs' Charles Omenihu: Leaves game with knee injury

    Omenihu (knee) is questionable to return to Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Ravens. Omenihu sustained the knee injury in the second quarter of Sunday's game. He walked to the sideline before going to the locker room with trainers. Omenihu had one sack before his exit.
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  • Chiefs' Mike Edwards: Good to go Sunday

    Edwards (concussion) will be active for Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Ravens. Edwards sustained a concussion early on in last week's divisional-round win against Buffalo, and he was considered questionable on Friday's final injury report. Nevertheless, the 27-year-old will be available to continue serving as the Chiefs' starting free safety. Edwards appeared in all 17 games in the regular season, logging 51 tackles and five passes defended, including one interception.
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  • Chiefs' Willie Gay: Will not play versus Baltimore

    Gay (neck) has been ruled inactive ahead of Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Chiefs. Gay has been dealing with a neck injury that left him questionable to play in last week's divisional-round win against Buffalo. While he was able to suit up in that contest, the 25-year-old linebacker logged consecutive limited sessions Wednesday and Thursday before missing Friday's practice, and he'll now be sidelined for Sunday's game. Gay appeared in 16 games during the regular season, accumulating 58 tackles and four passes defended. His absence will leave Kansas City without one of its most athletic off-ball linebackers, and he likely would have served as one of the primary players assigned to slowing down ultra-dynamic quarterback Lamar Jackson.
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  • Chiefs' Derrick Nnadi: Shifts to IR

    The Chiefs placed Nnadi (triceps) on injured reserve Friday. Nnadi had already been ruled out for the AFC Championship Game after sustaining a triceps injury during the Chiefs' wild-card win over the Dolphins. Now that he's been placed on IR, the veteran defensive tackle would also miss the Super Bowl if Kansas City were to advance. Both Neil Farrell and Tershawn Wharton could see increased time on the Chiefs' defensive line for the remainder of the team's playoff run.
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  • Chiefs' L'Jarius Sneed: Ready for AFC Championship Game

    Sneed (calf) has no injury designation ahead of Sunday's AFC Championship Game against the Ravens. Sneed has been dealing with this lingering calf issue for awhile, but he was able to practice in a limited fashion throughout the week and is now in line to suit up Sunday. The fourth-year pro has recorded nine stops and two pass deflections across the Chiefs' first two playoff games, and he'll look to add to those totals this weekend.
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