If you ever needed a reason why fantasy football leagues don’t extend into Week 17, you now have it. The Kansas City Chiefs are locked in as the No. 5 seed in the AFC and nothing that happens in the final week of the regular season will change that. As a result, the Chiefs are considering resting their starters (including fantasy stud Jamaal Charles) when they face the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.
Chiefs coach Andy Reid says he’s made no official decision yet, but that he has had success resting starters in the past. Quarterback Alex Smith has made it be known he doesn’t want to be rested, since he’d like to get the bad taste of a 23-7 loss to the Colts out of his mouth. But he may not have a choice given that Reid seems intent on resting at least some of his top guys.
The fact that Reid might rest some players has to come as unwelcome news to both the Baltimore Ravens and the Miami Dolphins. If the Chargers win on Sunday over the Chiefs, the only way they make the postseason is if both the Ravens and Dolphins lose. Still, anything that makes things easier on the Bolts is bad for both of the other squads.
Back in 2004, Reid rested his starters during the final two weeks of the regular season and his Eagles team reached the Super Bowl.
No matter how the Chiefs do on Sunday, they will open postseason play on the road on January 4 or 5 against either the New England Patriots or Cincinnati Bengals. Nothing they do can change that.
While Alex Smith may not like the idea of resting, it might be in the team’s best interests to sit most of the starters down and get ready for the postseason.