The Chiefs are a fantasy team to avoid … mostly

Dwayne Bowe had 1,022 receiving yards last season. (Ed Zurga / Associated Press)

Dwayne Bowe had 1,022 receiving yards last season. (Ed Zurga / Associated Press)

The Kansas City Chiefs are a team in serious disarray.

Franchise QB Matt Cassel injured his knee in the team’s third preseason game and is in danger of missing Week 1. WR Devard Darling, who was running with the first-team offense for much of training camp, tore his ACL and has been placed on injured reserve.

He’s now done for the season.

The team also released WR Amani Toomer, who was vying for a roster spot. That leaves the Chiefs with Dwayne Bowe and, well, not much else.

Oh, and let’s not forget that coach Todd Haley dismissed former coordinator Chan Gailey and will now call the offensive plays.

So as their regular-season opener in Baltimore nears, the Chiefs might have to turn to QB Tyler Thigpen and WR Mark Bradley in prominent roles. While Thigpen was a major sleeper in fantasy circles last season, I’m not sure I’d touch him with a 10-foot pole against the Ravens.

Bradley has basically been a disappointment at the NFL level, and that’s not likely to change in 2009. At least the Chiefs still have TEĀ  Tony Gonzalez.

Oh wait, he’s in Atlanta now.

With games against the Ravens, Raiders, Eagles, Giants, Eagles and Cowboys in the first six weeks, it won’t matter if it’s Cassel, Thigpen or Len Dawson under center. The grounds crew might have to dig up the Chiefs quarterback out of the Arrowhead Stadium turf.

Outside of Bowe, who’ll see tons of targets in the offense, there isn’t a single player wearing a Chiefs uniform I’d trust in fantasy land.

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