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Travis Kelce, Jamaal Charles lead the way for fantasy as Chiefs win

Kansas City wasn't overwhelming Sunday, but still had an easy win over the Jets. We break down the fantasy implications.

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The Kansas City Chiefs started the season 0-2 and 2-3, but have since won three straight games to get to 5-3. The latest win came Sunday over the New York Jets, as the Chiefs won easily by a score of 24-10.

The Chiefs did not show a dominant offense Sunday, outgained by the Jets in both rushing and passing, but did manage three touchdowns to the Jets' one. The third win in a row, coupled with a third straight loss by the San Diego Chargers, put the Chiefs alone in second place in the AFC West.

Let's look at the fantasy performances:

Alex Smith: The quarterback continued a season of acceptable, but unspectacular, performances Sunday. He completed 21-of-31 passes for 199 yards and two scores Sunday, putting up 15 fantasy points. It's Smith's fourth game out of eight this season with 13-15 fantasy points, while he's gone for more than 18 only once. He's a fine QB2 in leagues that start two, but anyone who has to rely on him in a single-quarterback league has had something go wrong.

Jamaal Charles: The star running back didn't have his best game by any means, but still put up a fine performance. He had 78 rushing yards and a touchdown on 20 carries, adding 10 receiving yards on two catches. Charles' touchdown came on a 1-yard run midway through the first quarter, kicking off the game's scoring. The 14 fantasy points was Charles' lowest in three weeks. He remains a strong RB1.

Dwayne Bowe: The theory goes that you want any wide receiver playing against the Jets' pass defense, but Bowe did not live up to that hype Sunday, as he caught six passes for 55 yards. He was targeted 10 times, and was far and away the most prominent wide receiver the Chiefs had Sunday, but the main takeaway is that there is nothing for fantasy among the Kansas City wide receivers.

Travis Kelce: The tight end had his first big game in a month Sunday, catching four passes for 67 yards and a touchdown. Kelce is a talented tight end, but he generally only plays when Kansas City goes into two-TE sets, keeping his value somewhat in check. He's a low-end TE1, though he has the talent to rise above that.

Anthony Fasano: Someone will see Fasano's stat line from Sunday -- only three catches and 24 yards, but a touchdown -- and think "Hey, not many yards, but at least he got a goal-line look or similar." But Fasano's touchdown was nothing of the sort:


So, no, you don't want Fasano. No one's relying on him.