2014 Outlook: Charles rode an NFL-best 19 TDs to fantasy's MVP in 2013. And he did it in Andy Reid's West Coast attack, which limited his carries (259) but increased his receptions (70). Charles led all RBs with 104 targets -- 38 more than his previous career high. The Chiefs have questions to answer on an offensive line left barren by free agency, but as long as Charles stays healthy, he's a big-play threat deserving of this ranking. Last year he produced 14 plays of 20 yards or more, tied for third best in the league among RBs.
2014 Outlook: An ACL injury caused Maclin to miss the Chip Kelly Express last season. And for all the talk about Philly's prolific run game, the Eagles also showed a willingness to chuck the ball downfield. A lot. Their 70 stretch vertical attempts in 2013 tied for fifth most in the league. With DeSean Jackson now in Washington, many of those targets will go to Maclin, who's more than up to the task. In 2012, he tallied 22 vertical receptions for 540 yards and 5 TDs, which outpaced Jackson's totals (19 for 449 and 2 TDs). As long as his recovery goes as planned, Maclin isn't a bad mid-draft pickup.
2014 Outlook: Last summer Davis looked like the dictionary definition of "untapped potential." A 227-pound freak who runs a 4.37 40, Davis was an oft-injured fumbler in college who never produced to the level of his abilities. This summer Davis looks like the dictionary definition of "handcuff." When the Chiefs rested Jamaal Charles in Week 17 last season, Davis got a chance and was fabulous, and he was even better in KC's wild-card game after Charles got hurt. True, Davis himself broke his leg in that same game, but he'll be fine by training camp. If you draft Charles, you absolutely must snag Davis too.
2014 Outlook: Linebackers Tamba Hali and Justin Houston make this defense go. After the Chiefs started 9'1, the duo got nicked up in Week 12 against the Chargers, and KC promptly lost four of its final six regular-season games. The good news is that both of them should be healthy for Week 1, and the team drafted Dee Ford to back them up. The bad news? The cap-strapped Chiefs couldn't afford to add much depth, meaning excellent S Eric Berry will mostly be on his own again in the secondary. KC wasn't horrible against the pass -- its 6.7 net yards per pass attempt was about average -- but former stud corners Brandon Flowers and Sean Smith struggled.
2014 Outlook: Smith proved that a QB with questionable arm strength in a vertically challenged offense can rack up quality fantasy point totals. Smith ranked 44th in vertical pass attempts per game (7.9) and yet ranked 15th in QB fantasy points. Credit his success on short passes (139 points, ranked 10th) and an uptick in his rushing (42 fantasy points on the ground). He also had an incredibly low BDR at 0.9 percent, thus insulating his fantasy owners from costly interceptions. But until further notice, you should consider Smith nothing more than a bye-week fill-in; his risk-averse nature stifles his fantasy upside.
2014 Outlook: The rookie Santos beat out Ryan Succop for the job and will benefit from kicking for a Chiefs offense that hopes to take a step forward. As long as he's able to handle the duties, Santos could be a worthy fantasy option.
2014 Outlook: With 576 rushing yards (second among QBs), Pryor was a huge fantasy asset last season. His 14.8 points per start was higher than those of Jay Cutler (14.5), Ryan Tannehill (14.1) and Carson Palmer (13.1). However, he will be a backup in 2014 and isn't draftable.