There were some questions about how Patrick Mahomes would do after losing Tyreek Hill last offseason, and he responded by leading the league in passing yards and touchdowns en route to a second Super Bowl championship. As long as Mahomes is here and healthy, this is going to be one of the best offenses in football, though that doesn't mean there aren't any questions for Fantasy.
Record: 14-3 (1)
PPG: 29.2 (1)
YPG: 413.6 (1)
Pass YPG: 297.8 (1)
Rush YPG: 115.9 (20)
PAPG: 38.3 (5)
RAPG: 24.5 (25)
2022 Fantasy finishes
Number to know: 0
That's how many top-12 finishes Isiah Pacheco had last season at the running back position. He became the starter in Week 7, Clyde Edwards-Helaire didn't play more than 27% of the snaps in any of the next four games before his season-ending injury, so it's not like it was a particularly crowded backfield. And yet, Pacheco still managed just four games as even a top-20 RB in his 11 starts, and didn't even reach 14 PPR points in any of the three playoff games, either. As RB28 in ADP, Pacheco isn't priced at the point where it's hard to justify him, but I just don't see any point in chasing a situation that seems to have so little upside. The Chiefs are the least run-heavy team in the league, and as long as Mahomes is here, that probably won't change, so unless Pacheco starts to carve out a passing game role (he had two games with more than two receptions), I just don't see any kind of path to even mid-range RB2 upside here.
7. (250) Nic Jones, CB, OL
22 RB carries, 4 RB targets, 169 WR targets, 2 TE targets
Rankings and projections
Chris Towers' projections
|QB||Patrick Mahomes||PA: 624, YD: 4801, TD: 37, INT: 11; RUSH -- ATT: 64, YD: 320, TD: 2|
|RB||Isiah Pacheco||CAR: 214, YD: 961, TD: 8; TAR: 31, REC: 23, YD: 175, TD: 1|
|RB||Jerick McKinnon||CAR: 64, YD: 269, TD: 2; TAR: 62, REC: 47, YD: 398, TD: 3|
|RB||Clyde Edwards-Helaire||CAR: 85, YD: 376, TD: 3; TAR: 19, REC: 15, YD: 135, TD: 1|
|WR||Kadarius Toney||TAR: 112, REC: 73, YD: 802, TD: 6|
|WR||Skyy Moore||TAR: 94, REC: 60, YD: 710, TD: 5|
|WR||Marquez Valdes-Scantling||TAR: 100, REC: 55, YD: 713, TD: 5|
|WR||Rashee Rice||TAR: 56, REC: 34, YD: 370, TD: 3|
|TE||Travis Kelce||TAR: 150, REC: 105, YD: 1257, TD: 9|
Do any of the wide receivers here matter?
Because it's a Patrick Mahomes-led offense, there's always going to be interest in the passing game options here. However, JuJu Smith-Schuster was just WR33 last season, and no other player even reached 700 receiving yards besides Travis Kelce. There will definitely be stretches where Kadarius Toney, Skyy Moore, and Rashee Rice put up solid numbers, but I'm skeptical anyone of them is going to be a consistent Fantasy contributor as a starting option.
One sleeper, one breakout and one bust
Moore was largely a non-factor in his rookie season, as he played more than half the snaps just once in 19 games, so we still have too look back at his prospect profile to make most of the case for him. He won't turn 23 until a couple of weeks into the season, and was the 22nd pick of last year's second round, coming off a career in college where he dominated at Western Michigan, including 95 catches for 1,292 yards and 10 touchdowns in an offense that produced just 3,297 passing yards and 23 touchdowns in 2021. He has a good athletic profile in addition to the production, and now he figures to have an opportunity to carve out a bigger role after his rookie season. He's a bit of a long-shot to break out after that rookie season, but with an ADP of just 132.96, it's an easy bet to make.
An even easier bet? Rookie second-rounder Rashee Rice out of SMU, who comes off the board at 187.39, on average. That's deeper than most leagues run, but I don't mind taking a very late flier just to see if Rice pops early. He doesn't have much less of a track record than either Moore or Toney.
Toney gets the bigger headline slot here, but I've got him and Moore ranked back-to-back for a reason: I think it's a coin flip which will emerge as a useful fantasy option here, if either does, something I don't think is actually a given. But Toney gets a bit more of the benefit of the doubt because we have seen him look like an actual difference maker in the NFL before -- for basically one three-game stretch. And even that is kind of a stretch. He had six catches for 78 yards in Week 4 of the 2021 season, following that up with 10 catches for 189 yards in basically a half of football the following game (he was kicked out of the game in the third quarter), and then had three catches for 36 yards on just six snaps before leaving his next game with an injury. Other than that, Toney has just one game with more than 60 yards in an NFL game, so there really isn't much to go on. But he really looked like a potential star in that stretch, which is more than we can say for Moore at this point.
Of course, Toney is also two years older than Moore and has already had one NFL team decide to give up on him, which is a trading him for a third-round pick just a year after he was a first-rounder despite being desperate for playmakers in the passing game. There are questions about whether either Toney or Moore will be able to break out in this offense, and Moore also has pretty significant injury question marks here, including multiple hamstring injuries that have now derailed each of his first two seasons. The Chiefs showed a willingness to use Toney in the running game and as a gadget player near the end zone last season, which was a good sign; the fact that that's basically all they trusted him to do, not so much. But the biggest argument against drafting Toney this season is a simple one: He's going off the board nearly 50 picks earlier than Moore. If you're going to bet on one of them, it's pretty obvious which one makes more sense.