As A Player
Jeremy Maclin returns for his second season with the Kansas City Chiefs, a team that rolled into the playoffs off the strength of a 10-game winning streak. He filled a huge void for a Chiefs team that desperately needed a high-level wide receiver, and quickly established himself as the top target in the passing game. The move from Philadelphia to Kansas City in the 2015 offseason via free agency was met with shrugs from most of the fantasy community, but Maclin would proceed to deliver some solid output. He finished the season as WR16 in terms of scoring after suiting up for 15 games, and there’s a good chance he would’ve threatened to crack the Top 12 if he played in all 16 games.
The same tepid interest is following Maclin for 2016 drafts, and he’s currently going off the board in the range of the late teens to early 20s in terms of the wide receiver position. The lack of excitement over Maclin’s 2016 prospects stems from the lack of enthusiasm over the Chiefs offense overall. While they will never be confused with a high-powered attack, they are efficient and actually averaged 25.3 points per game in 2015, good enough for ninth in the league. For Maclin’s purposes, a second year in the offense could lead to an uptick in production for both himself and the Chiefs as a whole. Owners that draft him in the current tier of WR2’s may be presently surprised when 2016 comes to a close, and find that they snagged themselves a WR1a at a tremendous value.