News: Chiefs TE Jake O'Connell finished with a season-high three receptions for 22 yards in Week 11 against the Patriots. He now has seven catches for 52 yards on the season.
Analysis: O'Connell is mostly used as a blocking TE and usually doesn't see many passes thrown in his direction. Fantasy owners should continue to ignore the 26-year-old in the majority of leagues moving forward.
News: The Chiefs swapped TEs on Wednesday by re-signing Jake O'Connell and releasing Anthony Becht. The Chiefs made the same roster move on Sept. 16 by waiving O'Connell and signing Becht.
Analysis: It seems the Chiefs weren't pleased with the play of Becht, so they brought back O'Connell. Neither of these players have Fantasy appeal, so continue to ignore them.
News: The Chiefs swapped TEs on Friday by signing Anthony Becht and waiving Jake O'Connell.
Analysis: O'Connell had one catch in Week 1 and has played 20 games for K.C. since 2009. He was merely a backup TE to Leonard Pope and had no Fantasy value. Continue to ignore him.
News: Chiefs TE Jake O'Connell, starting in place of the injured Tony Moeaki (head) caught just two passes for 24 yards in a Week 11 win over the Cardinals.
Analysis: A second-year guy out of Miami (Ohio), O'Connell now has only five games under his belt and remains unworthy of Fantasy ownership for the time being. He might get more action in Week 12 at Seattle if Moeaki remains out, but the Chiefs TE spot is very inconsistent production-wise.
News: Kansas City TE Jake O'Connell made his second reception of the season one week after making his first in a Week 17 win at Denver.
Analysis: O'Connell doesn't see much of the field for the Chiefs and that will likely continue in Week 17. He will go undrafted in nearly all formats in 2010.
News: Chiefs TE Jake O'Connell caught his first pass of the season, a 4-yard effort, in a Week 16 loss to Cincinnati.
Analysis: O'Connell doesn't see much of the field for the Chiefs and you should continue to ignore him in Week 17 at Denver.
News: Notable Chiefs who were active and dressed but did not post an offensive statistic in Week 15 include backup QB Brodie Croyle, RB Javarris Williams, WR Terrance Copper and TE Jake O'Connell.
Analysis: None of these players warrant Fantasy use going forward. The Chiefs play at the Bengals in Week 16.
News: According to Pro Football Weekly, Chiefs TE Brad Cottam is struggling in trying to replace the departed Tony Gonzalez, who is now in Atlanta. The report says Kansas City coach Todd Haley declared the competition for the starting TE job wide open, dispelling the widely believed thought that the spot belonged to Cottam. The report also says Cottam "struggled mightily during offseason workouts, frequently dropping catchable passes." Cottam will now compete with veterans Sean Ryan and Tony Curtis and seventh-round rookie Jake O'Connell for the starting job.
Analysis: Don't worry too much about Kansas City's tight end spot. This isn't the same offense that Gonzalez posted monster stats in the past few years. This is essentially the Cardinals offense, which Haley ran, and didn't use the TE much. Keep an eye on Cottam's progress, but he's a No. 2 TE at best in deep formats.
News: The Kansas City Chiefs announced Friday that the club has signed seventh-round draft pick TE Jake O'Connell. O'Connell joined the Chiefs as the club's second of three seventh-round selections in the 2009 NFL Draft. He played in 41 games (13 starts) at Miami (Ohio). He caught 46 passes for 453 yards (9.8 avg.) with four TDs to go with seven special teams tackles.
Analysis: O'Connell has minimal Fantasy value and should not be drafted in any leagues this season.