Tyreek Hill Injury Update Creates Optimism Around Week 6 Fantasy Value Following Limited Practice

KANSAS CITY, MO - JANUARY 12: Wide receiver Tyreek Hill #10 of the Kansas City Chiefs runs after a pass catch against the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Divisional Playoff at Arrowhead Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by David Eulitt/Getty Images)
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Tyreek Hill got in a limited practice for the Kansas City Chiefs on Wednesday, which is a promising sign for his availability against the Houston Texans in Week 6. If he can get in another practice or two, we could see him suit up for the first time since he went down with a collarbone injury in Week 1.

His return would, of course, be a huge boon for his fantasy football owners.

In Hill's absence we've seen no shortage of KC wide receivers step up with productive fantasy days, with Sammy Watkins, Demarcus Robinson, Mecole Hardman and Byron Pringle all getting in on the action. And while those players filled in admirably, Hill is a different kind of fantasy asset.

The Chiefs No. 1 WR accounts for a ton of volume, which his injury freed up for those various backups. In 2018, he accounted for a team-high 23 percent of KC's targets and his 37 percent share of the team's air yards was the sixth highest mark in the NFL.

Hill also plays in the most explosive offense in the NFL, catching passes from the league's most productive QB. The fact that players like Robinson, Hardman and Pringle all managed big games is a great sign that the uber-efficient Hill will have no issues turning his workload into massive numbers – just like he did in 2018, when he finished as fantasy football's top-ranked WR in standard scoring fantasy points per game.

The speedster still isn't a lock to suit up on Sunday, but recent updates about his health have almost all been positive. We should have a better idea of his status following Thursday and Friday's practices.

But if he does suit up against Houston, Hill should be locked into your starting lineup as a top-12 WR, especially in PPR formats where we have him at WR11.

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