Patrick Mahomes Injury Update Could Boost Chiefs' Fantasy Outlook for Week 9

KANSAS CITY, MO - OCTOBER 27: Patrick Mahomes #15 of the Kansas City Chiefs sits on the player bench during player warmups prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Arrowhead Stadium on October 27, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
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Two weeks removed from a dislocated kneecap, Patrick Mahomes is logging reps at practice and is questionable for Week 9 against the Minnesota Vikings. Sometimes a questionable tag is just a formality for a player that's going to be active, but this Mahomes situation appears to be a true coin flip, as of Wednesday's practice.

Despite getting back on the field, Mahomes was still QB2 at Wednesday's practice, behind veteran Matt Moore, who is the starter in Mahomes' absence.

When coach Andy Reid was asked about the situation, he played it coy, giving little information. Reid informed the media that he simply wants to see him put in work this week, saying he is taking it "day by day."

While Chiefs fans would love to see the reigning MVP taking snaps on Sunday, a matchup with the Vikings does not seem to be the smartest game for Mahomes to return.

The offensive line had not been playing well this season, which is part of why Mahomes had been dealing with an ankle injury before hurting his knee. His mobility could also take a hit returning from injury, and the Vikings' defense ranks 12th in the NFL in sack rate.

Even playing injured, Mahomes will make for a solid starting QB option in fantasy football if he starts in Week 9. Moore, on the other hand, should be left on the waiver wire whether he starts or not.

Mahomes' return would also provide a nice boost for the rest of the Chiefs' skill position players, as KC's 337 yards of offense in Week 8 were well below the 422.0 they averaged in Mahomes' six full games.

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