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Patrick Mahomes admits he recently learned to read defenses

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Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs could get even scarier in 2020.

Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes scrambles with the ball in the fourth quarter against the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LIV at Hard Rock Stadium. Matthew Emmons-USA TODAY Sports

Patrick Mahomes has a regular season MVP and a Super Bowl MVP to his name in just three NFL seasons, but he thinks he still has a lot to learn. The Kansas City Chiefs quarterback said he started to figure out how to read defenses halfway through the 2019 season earlier this week on HBO’s The Shop. He’s confident that more experience will give him the ability to sustain his dominance. We broke down what that could mean for his fantasy value here:

Fantasy football impact

Mahomes was the top quarterback on the fantasy market during his MVP season in 2018 and remained a top 10 signal caller in 2019, despite missing two games while dealing with a knee injury. It’ll be hard to replicate the 50 touchdown passes and 5,097 passing yards he racked up in his first year as a starter, but being able to read defenses and make audibles could help him consistently stay toward the top if the totem pole for fantasy football targets.

Mahomes has two elite pass catchers at his disposal in Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill. Both are have different physical tools, but are hard to stay close to in man coverage. But Mahomes showed he can obliterate zone defenses last year by recording a QBR of 91.3 on 74% passing and 9.4 yards per attempt. He threw 14 of his 25 touchdown passes against the zone with just two interceptions. If Mahomes can become an expert at reading the tendencies of opponents like other veterans around the league, his fantasy value won’t drop for a long time.