Mecole Hardman Could Be a Fantasy Sleeper as Chiefs' Tyreek Hill Replacement

By Ian McCafferty
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Patrick Mahomes and the Kansas City Chiefs offense was the strongest unit in the entire NFL last season, but they'll most likely be without their top receiver Tyreek Hill in 2019 due to Hill's issues off the field. No decisions have been made yet regarding Hill's punishment, but it's safe to assume he won't be with the Chiefs for most, if not all, of this season.

That means that Patrick Mahomes is going to have to find a new speedster to bomb 70-yard touchdowns to. Lucky for the 2018 MVP, he already has someone just like that on the roster.

Mecole Hardman Jr. out of Georgia was the Chiefs' second-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft and ran a 4.33 40-yard dash at the combine. He's incredibly fast and athletic, if a little raw. That still doesn't take away from him having big-play potential on offense and in fantasy.

You may remember Hardman as the receiver who scored an 80-yard touchdown in the National Championship game against Alabama.

With Mahomes as his quarterback, look for a lot more of those type of plays this season. He perfectly fits the mold of how the Chiefs were using Hill downfield. While it will be tough to replicate Hill's production entirely, Hardman Jr. could still replace some of it, which is enough to give him value.

As long as Hardman can improve his route running and learn the offense, he's going to produce for Kansas City. Make sure to remember his name when fantasy draft season comes back around.


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Ian McCafferty is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Ian McCafferty also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username itmccaff. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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