The sentiment that Patrick Mahomes feels for his offensive weapons is surely returned to him in spades from that group of guys. While Kansas City may be the best group of weapons in the league, what they would be without Mahomes pales in comparison to what they are with the gunslinger on their side. Both compliment each other, and the best quarterback in the league turns good fantasy assets into fantasy stars and average fantasy players into very viable options for your lineup.
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Let’s start with the man known as “Cheetah”. Tyreek Hill has blossomed from a fifth round pick into one of the most electric receivers the league has ever seen. The speedster has topped 1,100 yards receiving in two of the past three seasons. He was on pace for 1,146 yards last season before missing four games. On top of the high yardage totals, he also hasn’t scored less than seven touchdowns in the same three year stretch.
My only qualm with Hill is his lack of receiving volume. He is the only receiver ranked in the top five in FantasyPros ECR (Expert Consensus Rankings) that hasn’t paced 100 receptions over the past three seasons. While that isn’t a problem in standard scoring leagues, it leads to 2-3 less points per game in PPR leagues. That is the main reason why I probably won’t be drafting much of Tyreek Hill this year.
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Another Kansas City Chief that I will be avoiding this year will be the guy who may very well be the best tight end in football. Travis Kelce will not be on a single one of my teams this year. Not because I don’t love him as a player and fantasy asset, but because I am a firm believer in drafting the tight end position late in drafts.
That, obviously, doesn’t bode well for my chances of landing Kelce. For those of you who don’t follow that strategy, by all means, add the playmaker to your squad. He has gone over the 1,000 yard mark in four straight seasons. While at the same time, hauling in more than 80 passes in that same stretch. He is as consistent as they come at the position and will certainly be a valuable asset to any fantasy team.
My favorite Kansas City Chief to acquire this year will be Mecole Hardman. Not for redraft, because the volume of targets most likely won’t be where it needs to be for him to produce enough this year. However, if you enjoy dynasty leagues like I do, Hardman could be a dangerous weapon after this season. Demarcus Robinson and Sammy Watkins were both brought back, which kills almost all appeal for Hardman in redraft leagues. They were brought back on one-year deals, though, so they will most likely be gone after this season. That means that Hardman will be in line to be the Chiefs second wide receiver opposite of Hill.
Watkins and Robinson have combined for just under 2,000 yards in the past two seasons. That production will be up for grabs in 2021, assuming neither of the two are brought back. I imagine the Kansas City front office will add another piece or two to replace them. Though, Mecole should be the one that sees the most gain from the departures. I am targeting him in the later rounds of most of my dynasty leagues.
Other names that could, but probably won’t, have a fantasy impact this year include the two I just mentioned. Watkins, while having a high upside, is too much of an injury risk to have him on my team. After his week one performance (198 yards and three TDs), he managed just 475 yards and no scores. Demarcus Robinson was even worse in that area. He erupted for 172 yards and two TDs in week two. Afterwards, he amassed just 277 yards and two scores the rest of the season. These two are complete fades for me in any format.
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