Saturday update: The Chiefs-Patriots game is being moved to another date due to positive Covid-19 tests. At this point, the NFL wants to be able to keep the game played within Week 4, but that isn’t assured. Hopefully we will know more by the time you need to lock your rosters in, but if not, you may consider sitting players from this matchup.
The Chiefs offense was firing on all cylinders Monday night against the Ravens and there was plenty of fantasy success to go around. This offense is bound to put up big numbers most weeks, but it is tough to figure out who the big fantasy winners will be in this talented squad in any given game. How do we value this wide receiver corps heading into a Week 4 matchup with the Patriots? We break down the fantasy implications below.
Fantasy Football analysis: Chiefs WRs Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, Mecole Hardman
Tyreek Hill got off to a hot start in Week 3 and ultimately turned in a fine fantasy performance of five receptions for 77 yards and one touchdown, while adding two carries for 25 yards to finish the day with 21.2 PPR points. Hill is a favorite target of Mahomes, receiving no less than six targets/game this year, and his speed allows Andy Reid to use him in many different formats. He is a WR1 no matter the match-up and belongs in all lineups this week.
Sammy Watkins seems to be hit or miss most years, and this year is no different. In Week 2, Sammy came down from a 21.5 PPR point performance in Week 1, and managed to have only one reception for 11 yards. He bounced back a bit in Week 3, as he had seven receptions on eight targets for 62 yards and 13.2 PPR points. While the final numbers aren’t impressive, the high target volume is promising. He is a bench stash for the time being in all but the deepest of leagues, until he is shown to have a more consistent role in this offense.
Mecole Hardman had an impressive outing in Week 3 as he hauled in four receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown to finish the day with 18.1 fantasy points. Hardman is a speedster, and while his role thus far has been mostly on special teams, he may be carving out a bigger role for himself in the Chief’s potent offense. He can’t be trusted as more than a flier at this point, but he is a great bench stash to see if his role grows as the season continues.
Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation
Start Tyreek Hill as a WR1
Sit Sammy Watkins
Sit Mecole Hardman