Fantasy Information: Chiefs’ Branden Albert is Ready for the Pro Bowl
In last years draft the Kansas City Chiefs moved up to the 15 pick in the first round and draft Virgina product Branden Albert. This was a move the Chiefs sourly needed to make as selecting this left tackle would help improve their bad offensive line.
Branden went on and started 15 games in his rookie season, as he missed one game due to an elbow injury. All and all Albert had a very successful first season in the NFL. Sure the Chiefs had their struggles early on but as the season road along, Albert provided good protection for Tyler Thigpen to throw the football.
Upgrades in the Off-Season
Cardinals old offensive coordinator and new Chiefs head coach Todd Haley continued to revamp the o-line this off-season. By adding Mike Goff and Eric Ghiaciuc to the team he has truly brought a strong veteran presence on board.
Gaurd Mike Goff comes over from the San Diego Chargers, were for the last five season he did not miss a start in the team in powder blue. He also played a full 16 games for the Bengals the season before he became a Charger.
Center Eric Ghiaciuc comes over from the Cincinnatti Bengals, where he also did not miss a start last season.
Having these “healthy” vets on the team will help take pressure off of Brandon Albert and the rest of the offense, as the Chiefs look to compete once again.
Albert Takes in up a Notch in Camp
The info out of Kansas City is that head coach Haley asked Albert to have his playing weight down to 305 for this season. At that time in March Brandon was a massive 341 pounds and it looked like dropping that kind of weight would be a tall order.
But sure enough as we start July and get ready for camp, reports are out that Brandon as already dropped the weight and is ready to go for ’09.
Not only has he dropped the weight but he is leading the team when it comes to running drills for o-linemen on the team.
This commitment in such a short time has to make the offensive line coaches Joe D’Alessandris and Bob Bicknell very proud. Seeing a young player not only have the talent but put the work in to back it up, is every coaches dream.
Fantasy Football Information on the Chiefs Offense
Right now Larry Johnson’s value is low because he’s had two very bad season in a row. But to be honest (out side of the off the field issues) one should have seen this coming. The Chiefs lost Will Shields and Willie Roaf to retirement and losing stars like that was going to make things tough for the offense.
When an offensive line can’t open holes, a running back has a tough time having success at any level. Things were no different for LJ as he was not the same player for fantasy owners.
Now things are different and as long as LJ can keep his head on straight, then he should find success this season.
As far as the passing game goes, I still want to see Matt Cassel show up for one more year, before I say he’s for real. With the line much better he will have every opportunity to show he can get it done. If he should faultier then Tyler Thigpen will take over and do well, just like last year.
Look for Larry Johnson some where around the 4th to 6th round of your fantasy draft this season. He will still be a feature runner and there just aren’t too many of those around these days.
Matt Cassel is a backup fantasy quarterback this year and Dwayne Bowe is probably a decent No.2 receiver for your fantasy squad in 2009.
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