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Fantasy Football Player Notes

2024 Draft Rankings

Patrick Mahomes II Note
Patrick Mahomes II photo 32. Patrick Mahomes II QB
Could Patrick Mahomes be a bargain in 2024 fantasy drafts? That will be a distinct possibility if enough fantasy managers are scared off by a disappointing 2023 campaign in which Mahomes finished QB8 in fantasy scoring. Mahomes averaged 261.4 passing yards per game last season, the fewest in his six years as the Chiefs' starting quarterback. He also hit a six-year low in yards per attempt (6.9) and touchdown rate (4.0%). Mahomes is too good to have "lost it." The easy explanation is that Mahomes simply didn't have enough pass-catching firepower. Chiefs TE Travis Kelce is 34 and may have reached the slowdown phase of his career. WR Rashee Rice put up good numbers in 2023, but Rice is a non-traditional receiver who had an average depth of target of only 4.8 yards and made his living off schemed-up receptions. If Kansas City adds a couple of quality receivers -- and they already added speedster Marquise Brown in free agency -- Mahomes should be back in business. We are, after all, talking about a player who's won two MVP awards, has had two 5,000-yard passing seasons and has had a 50-TD season. Mahomes is on the shortlist of the best pure passers to ever play in the NFL. Fade him at your own peril.
7 days ago
Isiah Pacheco Note
Isiah Pacheco photo 38. Isiah Pacheco RB
Pacheco settled in a strong RB2 last season (RB14), but he could have even more upside in 2024 if the team doesn't retain Jerick McKinnon. In the four games he played without McKinnon active, Pachecho averaged 20.2 touches and 100.7 total yards. He was Kansas City's workhorse, as he played at least 70% of the snaps in three of those four games. The second-year back rewarded their faith in him as he was 12th in explosive run rate and 26th in yards after contact per attempt (per Fantasy Points Data). Among 48 qualifying backs, he also ranked 28th in yards per route run. Pacheco had plenty of high-leverage usage last season, ranking seventh in red zone touches and third on Kansas City in red zone targets. He's a solid RB2 who could easily run hot with touchdowns and climb into the RB1 category in 2024.
7 weeks ago
Rashee Rice Note
Rashee Rice photo 42. Rashee Rice WR
Rashee Rice caught 105 balls for 1,200 yards in 20 games played in 2023 with 8 receiving TDs (19% target share). The former standout from SMU averaged 10.9 fantasy points per game - 29th. His role grew substantially after Week 6, and the rookie delivered averaging 12.1 points per game - placing him firmly inside the top 20. Rice finished the year with a 28% target rate per route run - 13th among all WRs last season. He was Patrick Mahomes's primary underneath option with the lowest average depth of target in the NFL among WRs (5.2). Rice finished the season 6th in targets inside the 10-yard line - more than Travis Kelce. The only "concern" for the Chiefs WR entering Year 2 is that Kansas City will be a favorite team to add more competition at the WR position. So far they have added Marquise Brown. And given Rice's new legal situation, he will likely be facing a suspension, shrouding his availability for the start of the 2024 NFL season.
19 hours ago
Travis Kelce Note
Travis Kelce photo 48. Travis Kelce TE
Once the gold standard at the TE position, Travis Kelce will still be the overall TE1 for a lot of people in 2024 fantasy drafts, but he will no longer be a unanimous choice. Kelce finished the 2023 regular season for 93-984-5. That would be a terrific season for any other tight end, but it was the first time since 2015 that Kelce fell short of 1,000 yards. The statistical decline suggests that the 34-year-old Kelce is starting to slow down, But then Kelce went on a postseason rampage, with 32-355-3 in four playoff games. Obviously, playing with QB Patrick Mahomes is a big plus for any pass catcher. Kelce might not be a first-round pick in fantasy leagues anymore, but he's still an immensely valuable asset.
9 weeks ago
Marquise Brown Note
Marquise Brown photo 97. Marquise Brown WR
The 2024 free agent had a year to forget in 2023. He struggled with bad Cardinals quarterback play before Kyler Murray returned to the starting lineup as the WR21 overall and as the WR34 in points per game (10.2). But after Murray returned, the Cardinals WR still didn't produce. 5.8 points per game in three full healthy games before ultimately missing the remainder of the season due to injuries. Overall, Brown hauled in 51 receptions on 101 targets, accumulating 574 yards at an average of 11.3 yards per catch. He scored 109.2 points over the season, averaging 7.8 points per game (53rd) in 13 games played. The lack of production was shocking, considering Brown posted nearly 1,200 air yards, a 25% target share, and 39% air yards share with the 16th-highest weighted opportunity rating. But, it's hard to argue against him in the best possible landing spot to resurrect his career with Patrick Mahomes in an offense that needs playmakers not named Rice and Travis Kelce. He can use his speed to stretch the field and be a threat to get the ball, unlike Marquez Valdes-Scatling. But if he hits, it's like as a fantasy WR2.
5 weeks ago
Kansas City Chiefs Note
Kansas City Chiefs photo 188. Kansas City Chiefs DST
Harrison Butker Note
Harrison Butker photo 199. Harrison Butker K
Clyde Edwards-Helaire Note
Clyde Edwards-Helaire photo 236. Clyde Edwards-Helaire RB
Jerick McKinnon Note
Jerick McKinnon photo 248. Jerick McKinnon RB
Kadarius Toney Note
Kadarius Toney photo 287. Kadarius Toney WR
Keaontay Ingram Note
Keaontay Ingram photo 320. Keaontay Ingram RB
Skyy Moore Note
Skyy Moore photo 339. Skyy Moore WR
Justin Watson Note
Justin Watson photo 345. Justin Watson WR
Noah Gray Note
Noah Gray photo 350. Noah Gray TE
Mecole Hardman Jr. Note
Mecole Hardman Jr. photo 379. Mecole Hardman Jr. WR
Irv Smith Jr. Note
Irv Smith Jr. photo 386. Irv Smith Jr. TE
Justyn Ross Note
Justyn Ross photo 418. Justyn Ross WR