Following the speed and production of wide receiver Tyreek Hill being sent east to Miami, the common puzzle presented to the Kansas City Chiefs was who steps up to be the WR1 of the equipment.
During the offseason, quarterback Patrick Mahomes complimented the depth of his WR room and predicted that “everyone” was about to participate.
Well, now he’s warning opposition and fantasy football owners alike that there’s likely to be a new #1 every game.
“I think the biggest thing is just going to be that it’s going to be a different player every week that has the ‘big game,'” Mahomes said Wednesday via a team transcript. “It’s not necessarily going to be Tyreek and Travis (Kelce) every week where it’s like one or the other has a big game, or both. It will be every single week; it will be someone different. So, I’m sorry to all you fantasy football people, but it’s going to come from everywhere, so you’re going to have to pick the right guy every week.”
In addition to Kelce at tight end, the new-look KC receiving corps features former Steelers Pro Bowler JuJu Smith-Schuster and former Packers tight end Marquez Valdes-Scantling listed as the starters on the team’s roster. depth chart. Rookie Skyy Moore and his huge potential, Mecole Hardman, who offers the greatest familiarity with Mahomes, and former Buccaneers wideout Justin Watson also promise to be decisive contributors. So is congestion at running back with incumbent starter Clyde Edwards-Helaire, veteran Jerick McKinnon and rookie Isiah Pacheco each offering the possibility of getting involved in the passing game.
It’s a cavalcade of possibilities for opposing defenses to prepare to play against and a head-scratching dilemma for those in the fantasy football world.
Smith-Schuster is the top wide receiver (#20 overall) in the NFL.com fantasy rankingsbut it would seem drafting any Kansas City wideout could come with an equal chance at boom or bust in any given week, according to Mahomes.
First up will be the Cardinals in Week 1and Mahomes, no matter who he targets, is fired for the season opener.
“I think it’s going to be a loaded, diverse offense where everybody’s going to get the ball, so it’s going to be tough for defenses to game plan against, but I’m interested to see how defenses are going to go against us,” Mahomes said. “Are they going to do the shellacking that we’ve seen most of the year, are they going to do what the Bengals did to us in the AFC Championship Game or are they going to go back with defenses that they feel the most confident with ??So I’m excited for that, but we have answers for everything and we’re excited just to go out there and play.”