Mecole Hardman Fantasy Value Following Tyreek Hill Injury

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN - AUGUST 29:  Tyreek Hill #10, Mecole Hardman #17, and teammates of the Kansas City Chiefs warms up before a preseason game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on August 29, 2019 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Quinn Harris/Getty Images)
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The Kansas City Chiefs have announced star wide receiver Tyreek Hill will be out four to six weeks with a shoulder injury he suffered in Week 1 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.

Hill's absence will open the door for the other Chiefs' receivers to make fantasy contributions. While Sammy Watkins and Travis Kelce are certainly expected to see an uptick in targets, the name that is generating the most buzz is arguably rookie wide receiver Mecole Hardman.

Like Hill, Hardman relies mainly on his blazing speed to get separation and make plays in the open field. The rookie ran a 4.33 40-yard dash at the 2019 NFL Combine, and with Hill out, Hardman has a chance to showcase that speed at the NFL level.

The early returns weren't great, as Hardman finished with no catches and just one target, but he was on the field for 53 of the Chiefs' 59 snaps, which is an encouraging sign. In an offense as dominant as Kanas City's, simply being on the field can often lead to fantasy production.

It certainly helps that Hardman will be catching passes from Patrick Mahomes, who has been the league's most productive quarterback since he became the Chiefs' starter at the beginning of last season.

Hardman is only owned in 23 percent of Yahoo! leagues, and he's absolutely worth a gamble as he has a real chance to be fantasy viable in Kansas City's explosive offense as long as Hill is sidelined.

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