After wide receiver Tyreek Hill’s speed and production were sent east to Miami, the common conundrum presented to the Kansas City Chiefs has been who will become the team’s WR1.
During the offseason, Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes complimented the depth of his WR room and predicted that “everyone” was going to get involved.
Well, now he’s warning the opposition, and fantasy football owners, that there’s likely to be a new No. 1 every game.
“I think the most important thing will just be that it’s going to be a different player every week who gets the ‘big game,'” Mahomes said Wednesday, via the team transcript. “It won’t necessarily be Tyreek and Travis ( Kelce) every week, where it’s like one or the other is having a big game, or both. It’s going to be every week; it’s going to be someone different. So, I’m sorry to all the guys in fantasy football, but it’s going to come from all over the place, so you’re going to have to pick the right guy every week.”
In addition to tight-end Kelce, the new KC receiving corps includes former Steelers Pro Bowler JuJu Smith-Schuster and former Packers burner Marquez Valdes-Scantling listed as starters on the team’s depth chart. Rookie Skyy Moore and his big-play potential, Mecole Hardman, who offers the most familiarity with Mahomes, and former Buccaneers player Justin Watson also promise to be crucial contributors. There is also a stalemate at running backs with outgoing starter Clyde Edwards-Helaire, veteran Jerick McKinnon and rookie Isiah Pacheco each offering the chance to get involved in the passing game.
There’s a cavalcade of possibilities for opposing defenses to prepare to play against and a mind-boggling dilemma for those in the world of fantasy football.
Smith-Schuster is the Chiefs’ top wide receiver (No. 20 overall) in NFL.com’s Fantasy Rankings, but it looks like drafting any Kansas City wide could have an equal chance of boom or bust. bust in any given week, according to Mahomes.
First up will be the Cardinals in Week 1, and Mahomes, no matter who he’s going to target, is excited for the season opener.
“I think it’s just going to be a busy and diverse attack where everyone is going to have the ball, so it will be difficult for the defenses to plan a game against, but I’m interested to see how the defenses are going to go against us, “Mahomes said. “Are they going to do the shell stuff that we’ve seen most of the year, are they going to do what the Bengals did to us in the AFC Championship game, or are they going to start over with the defenses that they feel the most confident “So I’m excited for that, but we have answers to all of that and we’re excited to get out there and play.”