by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com (12/11/13) Chiefs linebacker Justin Houston was slated to practice Wednesday on a limited basis. He missed the last two games with a dislocated elbow.
Though he had already gained a reputation as a strong pass rusher, Houston was one of the defensive surprises of the NFL early in the year with 7 1/2 sacks in his first three games. But he has had just 3 1/2 since and none in his last three games played before sustaining the injury.
Chiefs DST comes roaring back
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/9/13) After three weeks of lackluster production, the Chiefs DST delivered in a big way Week 14 at Washington.
The special teams made the biggest contribution. Dexter McCluster returned a punt 74 yards for a touchdown, and Quintin Demps returned a kick 95 yards for a touchdown. But the defense was impressive in its own right, piling up six sacks, recording an interception and recovering a fumble. The Chiefs held the Redskins to 10 points on 257 yards.
Granted, it was a favorable matchup for the Chiefs DST, but the matchup Week 15 at Oakland is even more favorable. Now that the Chiefs are past the toughest portion of their schedule, their DST is back to being a must-start Fantasy unit.
Marcus Cooper leaves with injury
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/9/13) Chiefs defensive back Marcus Cooper bruised his back Week 14 at Washington and had to leave the game. He had three tackles, all solo, before leaving.
Cooper, a rookie, is averaging 2.8 tackles in 13 games this season. He does have three interceptions, though.
Tyson Jackson doubles sack count
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/9/13) Defensive lineman Tyson Jackson was one of two Chiefs to record two sacks Week 14 at Washington. The difference for he and Tamba Hali is that Jackson had never done it before. He entered the game with only two sacks all season and none since Week 6.
Jackson also had four tackles, including two solo.
Eric Berry, Frank Zombo deliver sacks
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer (12/9/13) The Chiefs got a sack each from defensive back Eric Berry and linebacker Frank Zombo Week 14 at Washington. For Berry, it was his first since Week 12, giving him 3 1/2 on the season. For Zombo, it was his first all year.
Berry finished with five tackles, all solo. Zombo had two, one solo.
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The Chiefs DST has potential to be a solid unit in 2013. They just have to play up to their level of talent. The Chiefs have Pro Bowl players in Tamba Hali, Derrick Johnson and Eric Berry, and Justin Houston had double digits in sacks in 2012. But even with that the Chiefs still finished second-to-last in Fantasy points. They were near the bottom or last in sacks (27), interceptions (seven), fumble recoveries (six) and points allowed (425). New defensive coordinator Bob Sutton has his work cut out for him, and we hope the Chiefs DST can improve. They won't get drafted in the majority of leagues, but they should be considered a bye-week replacement in most formats. (Updated 4/26/13)