With Patrick Mahomes expected to be out for at least three weeks, after suffering a dislocated right kneecap on Thursday Night Football, many are wondering what his absence will mean for the Kansas City Chiefs' top skill players. Tyreek Hill, in particular, is just two games back from a shoulder injury that cost him four weeks of action.
Hill has been back to his old tricks since returning from injury, as he caught five balls for 80 yards and two touchdowns in Week 6 against the Houston Texans, following it up with three catches for 74 yards and a TD against the Denver Broncos.
Despite the second straight double-digit fantasy point outing, Hill made up for what would have been a quiet game with a 57-yard TD late in the third quarter against the Broncos. However, the pass came from backup Matt Moore, which is encouraging for Hill's fantasy outlooking going forward.
Of course, Hill hasn't depended on Mahomes alone for fantasy success during his career. Before Mahomes took over as the Chiefs' starting QB last season, Hill was catching balls from Alex Smith, who has never been heralded as an elite passer. Despite that, Hill had a breakout season in 2017, his second year in the NFL, catching 75 passes for 1,183 yards and seven touchdowns.
While the drop-off from Mahomes to Moore is significant, the drop-off from Smith to Moore could be considered negligible. So while Hill may not have quite the upside without his playmaking superstar QB at the helm, he simply possesses too much talent and speed to disappear as a fantasy stud.
Treat Hill like a borderline WR1 with Moore going forward, and consider making a trade offer to any Hill owners worried about a dip in production with Mahomes sidelined.
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