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Projecting Kansas City Chiefs skill position depth chart and fantasy impact

The Chiefs are loaded with talent at the skill positions, but there are still others who could emerge as fantasy football contributors in 2021.

Patrick Mahomes #15 celebrates a touchdown with teammate Travis Kelce #87 of the Kansas City Chiefs during the second quarter against the Houston Texans at Arrowhead Stadium on September 10, 2020 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs finished the 2020 season with the best regular season record in the entire NFL but fell short to Tom Brady and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Super Bowl. The Chiefs were uncharacteristically bad in a 31-9 loss, but this is a franchise set up for success for years to come.

Kansas City will enter 2021 with Patrick Mahomes at quarterback, and it’s tough to put out low expectations with the level he is playing at. The Chiefs did not make many significant moves at the skill positions and with the way their offense has performed over the years, that’s okay.

Quarterback

  1. Patrick Mahomes
  2. Chad Henne
  3. Anthony Gordon

Running back

  1. Clyde Edwards-Helaire
  2. Darrel Williams
  3. Jerick McKinnon

Wide receiver

  1. Tyreek Hill
  2. Mecole Hardman
  3. Demarcus Robinson
  4. Byron Pringle
  5. Cornell Powell

Tight end

  1. Travis Kelce
  2. Blake Bell
  3. Noah Gray

Biggest offseason changes

The Chiefs will bring back many of their top skill position players, and they re-signed wide receivers Byron Pringle and Demarcus Robinson. Additionally, they re-signed running back Darrel Williams and bought in former San Francisco 49ers back Jerick McKinnon. Kansas City did lose some skill position players including running back Damien Williams and wide receiver Sammy Watkins. Le’Veon Bell remains a free agent.

Biggest questions for fantasy football

Few questions remain for all the stars at the Chiefs skill position players. Quarterback Patrick Mahomes, wide receiver Tyreek Hill and tight end Travis Kelce are all the best at their positions from a fantasy perspective. Clyde Edwards-Helaire should be a fantasy starter every week as a running back No. 2.

From there, the only other players with fantasy value are running back Darrel Williams in case Edwards-Helaire goes down with an injury and potentially a wide receiver or two. Mecole Hardman could be worthy of a roster spot as Kansas City’s likely No. 2 option at receiver. After him, it’s anyone’s guess who will emerge as the next best wide receiver.