Fantasy Football 2020: Kansas City Chiefs IDP Breakdown

by The Don Piccolo


Defensive Linemen


Chris Jones agreed to a four-year contract worth $85 million; the deal includes $60 million in total guarantees. The Brinks truck is backing up and rightfully so. With his numbers and age, future success in this league is unquestionable. He is a force of nature in the pocket at 6’6 310lbs; the pass rush ability is unstoppable, and the Chiefs know it; that’s why they paid him even after giving Fort Knox to Patrick Mahomes. Chris Jones has all the ability in the world to be the next 20 sack DT! That felt vigorous to say FF Universe!

Side note: he only played in 13 games, or he would have eclipsed double-digit sack season he had from 2018 (15.5 sack).



Total Tackles: 36

(23 Solo)

Sacks 9

QB Hits 20

( 30 Pressures)

Pass Deflections: 4

Forced Fumble: 1

Fumble Recovery: 1


Frank Clark, acquired in a trade from Seattle, had a formidable season for the Chiefs and will continue that by getting back to his double-digit sack season average that he grew accustomed to in Seattle. Before making his way to KC, he had 33 sacks in his straight three seasons before coming to KC, which is why the Chiefs made the trade and paid the man.  


2016-2018 Average

Total Tackles: 40 (26 Solo)

Sacks: 11

QB Hits: 27

(48 Pressures 2018)

Pass Deflections: 2.5

Interception: 1

Forced Fumble: 2.5

Fumble Recovery: 1.5


Alex Okafor can be a bye week filler but don’t draft unless its a deep roster; he has hit the 29-32-year-old window.


Side Note: This Defensive line pass rush will live and die with Chris Jones and Frank Clark, so get the shares while you can. 




Damien Wilson finally got the Starting Linebacker position he worked so hard for and may have lost it in the same breath. He has a very underwhelming 81 tackle season; he contributed in other categories but not enough to even garner LB3 numbers. Not what you are looking for from a 5-year pro without missing a game in his career. 


Anthony Hitchens is an LB3-LB4 again underwhelming, especially after such a productive 2018 season with 135 tackles to a 88 in 2019. That may be due to snap count because of the offense controlling the games week and week out. That could be why both linebackers didn’t have seasons IDP owners look for in a championship team. They got the SUPERBOWL though so…


Willie Gay, Jr. A first-year starter at Mississippi State made 28 tackles (18 solo)  (3.5 for loss) with one interception in five games as a junior in 2019 before he missed eight games due to a violation of team rules. A few things to know about Gay; he can start immediately, he stops the run and causes turnovers. The Cheifs didn’t bring him in to sit the bench. He possesses the next level speed just needs to learn to make better tackling angles, can be taught with high proficiency at the next level. A hidden gem amongst the top group of LB’s in the rookie draftee group, but get him if he is there you won’t regret it.




Tyrann ”Honey Badger” Mathieu has played for three different teams in 3 years without missing a game, compiling 1000+ snaps consecutively. He settled in nicely on a KC defense who needed the help. Receiving a three contract worth 42 million and 27 million guaranteed to keep him around until 2021, so the 2019 signing paid off with his leadership and consistent play. HIs low numbers in tackles he makes up for in pass coverage but is still a solid DB2. 



Total Tackles 75 (63 Solo)

Sacks: 2

QB Hits: 2 (3 Pressures)

Pass Deflections: 12

Interceptions: 4

Forced Fumble: 0

Fumble Recovery: 0


Juan Thornhill had an incredible rookie campaign and isn’t a surprise to this owner who drafted him in rookie leagues last year, and he is looking to be a DB3 may be low-end DB2 down the road. The pass rush will help immensely on the back end in 2020. Side Note: He tore his ACL in week 17, which hurts his value quite a bit. He is worth a stash without a doubt in dynasty.


2019 Stats

Total Tackles: 58 (42 Solos)

Sacks: 0

QB Hits: 0 (1 Pressure )

Pass Deflections: 5

Interception: 3

Forced Fumble: 0

Fumble Recovery: 0


What can I say; they are The Superbowl Champions. Nothing can change that, and this defense got better in the offseason where they needed to, for the most part, along with locking in key players and drafting a rookie Linebacker to make an early impact. I’m not going after this defense hard, but Chris Jones, I’m buying a lot of FFIDP Addicts. 

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