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|07/01/2014||EJ Manuel, QB BUF|
Steve Johnson, WR SF
Brad Jones, ILB GB
Dee Ford, LB KC
Chris Ivory, RB NYJ
Geno Hayes, OLB JAC
|Ahmad Brooks, OLB SF|
Donnie Avery, WR KC
Josh McCown, QB TB
Greg Jennings, WR MIN
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Dee Ford lands in wrong place for Fantasy
|by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer|
|(5/9/14) When the Chiefs drafted Dee Ford , they took a player at a position they already have two established studs at. Tamba Hali and Justin Houston both play outside linebacker for the Chiefs, precisely the position Ford will play now that he's on their team.
Coach Andy Reid envisions using Ford as part of a rotation, which isn't a bad way to ease him into professional football. But it stings Fantasy owners because he won't play every down unless something happens to either Hali or Houston. The double whammy is that he'll play outside linebacker instead of defensive end, which means he'll post numbers that aren't as good as other linebackers in the league. Throw in a back injury that had doctors nervous at the combine and it makes for a challenging situation.
For these reasons, Ford shouldn't be touched in seasonal Fantasy play and has only mild appeal in dynasty/keeper leagues as a late-round pick. Owners in rookie-only drafts might consider Ford with a mid- to late-round pick since they'd aim for using him over the long haul.
Chiefs draft defensive end Dee Ford
|by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer|
|(5/8/14) With the No. 23 pick in the NFL Draft, the Chiefs drafted defensive end Dee Ford from Auburn.
Ford, who is 6-foot-2, 252 pounds, had 10.5 sacks in 2013 despite missing two games with a knee injury. He did not take part in the NFL Combine due to a 2011 back operation, but he still ran a 4.59 40-yard dash at the Auburn Pro Day.
He will likely be a situational pass rusher for the Chiefs behind Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, but he will make the Chiefs defense and Chiefs DST a better unit in 2014.
|The Chiefs drafted rookie defensive end Dee Ford from Auburn in the first round of the NFL Draft, and he's expected to contribute right away. Ford will help Kansas City's pass rush by working in behind Tamba Hali and Justin Houston, so his Fantasy value could be minimal this year. That said, he was a standout rusher at Auburn with 10.5 sacks in 2013, and he could eventually replace Hali in 2015. Ford is worth a late-round pick in re-draft leagues, and hopefully he can make an impact as a rookie. In rookie-only leagues and dynasty formats, Ford is someone to target since he could be a significant playmaker next season if Hali is gone.
(Updated 5/28/14) |