Draft Zone: 16th Ranked Wide Receiver – Chiefs Dwayne Bowe

Kansas City Chiefs Dwayne Bowe is the 16th ranked wide receiver in this year’s 2013 fantasy draft standings. With an Average Draft Position (ADP) of 47, he’s likely to be taken sometime in the fifth round of most fantasy drafts.

In 13 games last season, Bowe recorded 65 receptions for 801 yards and 3 touchdowns. He was on pace for nearly 80 receptions and 1,000 yards, which is very good if you consider how terrible his team’s passing game was. The Chiefs passing offense ranked dead last in the NFL with 2,713 passing yards and a measly 8 touchdowns. The team also ranked 11th place in the NFL with 40 sacks allowed.

Yet there have been many changes made in Kansas City that could possibly make Bowe’s life easier. For one thing, the team brought in proven quarterback Alex Smith to try and turn things around. Smith had a passer rating of 104.1 in 10 games last season before losing his job with the 49ers.

Bowe is an undeniably talented receiver, so his success is dependent upon the success of his quarterback in Kansas City. Smith is a substantial upgrade from K.C. quarterback busts like Matt Cassel, Brady Quinn and Tyler Thigpen.

Also joining the Chiefs is ex-Eagles coach Andy Reid. Reid has a long history of running successful passing offenses and has helped turn many of his receivers into solid fantasy options. Bowe will be the featured receiver in Reid’s passing game and if he can stay healthy, he’s certainly worth your pick in the 5th round.

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