The new Fantasy Index Cheat Sheet Update is now available.
Posted Aug. 28 at 04:11 PM
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Text taken from this week's edition of the Fantasy Index Cheat Sheet Update:KANSAS CITY:
Steve Breaston got off to a sluggish start this summer. He was said to be slow to pick up the offense; He didn't play in the first game, and he came off the bench in the second. Now, however, he appears certain to be the No. 2 pass catcher in this offense. In the third exhibition, he was in the starting lineup and got all the playing time with the first-unit offense. Kansas City doesn't have much else at wide receiver, so Breaston has a good chance to go for 800-plus yards and 6-7 TDs. Jonathan Baldwin appears unlikely to challenge Breaston this year; Baldwin might not even be the No. 3 receiver. He'll miss the first month of the season with a hand injury, and he was struggling with the offense anyway. Baldwin injured his hand in a locker room scuffle with Thomas Jones. The veterans and coaches have been annoyed with Baldwin's lackadasical work habits. Right now, it looks like Baldwin will be the first of the first rounders who can be called a bust. ... Dexter McCluster didn't pan out as a slot receiver last year. He doesn't have a feel for the position. But McCluster looks like a better fit at running back (which was his primary position in college). He's run for 34 yards on 7 carries, and he's also caught 8 passes for 84 yards. He's tiny (just 170 pounds) but McCluster should pick up some of the workload in Kansas City's backfield. Thomas Jones is 33; they can't count on him for another 245 carries. And Jamaal Charles is too light (191) to be used in a workhorse role. ... Kansas City is 0-3 in the preseason, and its offense has been particularly ugly. Matt Cassel is completing only 44 percent. But we're not pushing the panic button. This team doesn't take the preseason seriously; the team also opened 0-3 in the preseason last year (though Cassel at least was more effective in those games, completing 68 percent, with 2 TDs and 1 interception). We'll continue to rank Cassel as a viable backup fantasy quarterback because Kansas City should have to pass more often this season (for much of last year, it simply pounded teams into the ground with the running game). ... Tony Moeaki hasn't done anything in the preseason to support the theory that he'll put together some kind of "breakout" season; he hasn't caught any of the 5 passes thrown his way.
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