Following a Week 1 outburst, in which he caught nine passes for 198 yards and three touchdowns, many assumed that Sammy Watkins would be the biggest beneficiary of Tyreek Hill's shoulder injury, as far as fantasy football production goes.
However, the emergence of two other wide receivers in the Kansas City Chiefs' high-flying passing attack has Watkins looking like an undependable, boom-or-bust player yet again.
Fourth-year receiver Demarcus Robinson and rookie Mecole Hardman have made a plethora of splash plays throughs Week 2 and Week 3, parlaying their speed and athleticism into touchdown catches of 39, 42, 44, 18 and 83 yards.
Patrick Mahomes has followed up his breakout sophomore year with three straight 300-yard games, aided by a tendency to throw deep for big gains. The offense's main target so far remains TE Travis Kelce, but Hardman and Robinson have proven that Mahomes does not need to lock on to any specific pass-catcher to be successful, much to the dismay of Watkins' owners who had high hopes after a monster Week 1.
Watkins is still seeing a similar workload through three weeks, although the targets have been pretty evenly distributed between him, Robinson and Hardman. All three wide receivers are capable of a big play at any minute, but there is seemingly no clear-cut, alpha wide receiver in the absence of Tyreek Hill.
Meanwhile, Hill has already shed his shoulder sling and may be back earlier than expected. In the meantime, all of Watkins, Robinson and Hardman make for enticing FLEX options while Hill remains sidelined. Once he returns, however, the fantasy value of all three wide receivers will be up in the air.
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