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Mecole Hardman questionable for Week 18 vs. Raiders

The Chiefs have activated Mecole Hardman off of Injured Reserve. We break down the fantasy football impact.

Mecole Hardman #17 of the Kansas City Chiefs gets set against the Tennessee Titans at GEHA Field at Arrowhead Stadium on November 6, 2022 in Kansas City, Missouri. Photo by Cooper Neill/Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs will face the Las Vegas Raiders in the final week of the regular season. The team came down to the final day of the 21-day window to activate WR Mecole Hardman and have chosen to activate him. If they hadn’t, Hardman would have been sidelined the rest of the season, no matter the length of the team’s postseason run.

Mecole Hardman injury updates

Thursday, January 5 update — Hardman is questionable for Week 18. If he does play he probably isn’t ready for a full set of snaps, so I’d veer away from starting him, but it would be a good sign for his playoff availability.

Wednesday, January 4 update — Hardman has been activated off of injured reserve.

Fantasy football advice

Hardman wasn’t initially expected to be sidelined that long with his abdomen injury but hasn’t played since Week 9. The injury came at a terrible time for Hardman, who was seeing his role in the offense increase. He had scored five total touchdowns in his most recent three games. Now, with the rise of JuJu Smith-Schuster and Kadarius Toney in the offense, targets could be harder to come by. Luckily for Hardman, Kansas City likes to use him in a variety of ways. This means he should find his way onto the field, but it still is too risky of a play for any lingering fantasy football lineups. Hardman does have upside in DFS formats, though, from his versatility.