WR Mecole Hardman - Kansas City Chiefs

5-11, 183Born: 3-12-1998College: GeorgiaDrafted: Round 2, pick 56 (2019)

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Summary

The Chiefs drafted Hardman as a hedge for the possibility that they would have to cut ties with Tyreek Hill last spring due to a child battery investigation. Although the authorities cleared Hill and Hill has 12 starts, the selection of Hardman paid dividends last year on offense and special teams. Hardman was a capable deep threat and yards-after-the-catch option on shorter targets who delivered six quality fantasy games in 2019. He was also among the AFC's leaders in punt returns. Expect Hardman to take over as the lead return specialist in Kansas City and continue developing his routes so he can become an outside and inside threat with greater versatility in 2020. If Hill misses time, Hardman could assume a larger share of that role in the Chiefs offense. Until then, expect him to produce as a part-time starter/full-time contributor in the offensive rotation. (May 6)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 54, 40, 44, 46, 49, 57, 57, 57, 58, 59, 65
WR Redraft PPR - 58, 44, 46, 50, 51, 52, 54, 54, 57, 58, 59, 62, 63, 64, 66, 67, 73
WR Dynasty - 53, 34, 46, 47, 53, 59, 62, 66

Stats and Projections

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2019 KC 15 4 17 0 41 26 538 6 2
2020 PROJ-Dodds 16.0 4.0 * * 43.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Henry 15.0 4.0 * * 29.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Wood 15.0 5.0 * * 48.0 * * *
2020 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 3.0 * * 31.9 * * *

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Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Mecole Hardman's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Average Draft Position

Overall: 144
WR: 52
Overall-PPR: 144
WR-PPR: 52

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Latest News

Chiefs | Mecole Hardman valued as returner (Tue May 19, 05:22 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs WR Mecole Hardman is expected to be used less in the return game this season as he becomes more involved in the offense, but special teams coordinator Dave Stoub still values his potential contributions as a returner. 'I'm not sure about Hardman. I don't want to lose him. I think he's just scratched the surface as a returner,' Stoub said.

Our View: The Chiefs are returning 10-of-11 starters on offense this season. Hardman could get used more on offense at the expense of reps for guys like Sammy Watkins. He could still be a dangerous option as a return man in certain situations.
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Chiefs | Mecole Hardman a YAC monster (Sun May 17, 06:29 PM) - Kansas City Chiefs WR Mecole Hardman averaged 11.5 yards after the catch per reception in 2019 - the highest average for any player with at least 25 catches.

Our View: That's what Hardman does. He's got the speed to get by a defense but he can turn short passes into long gains because his speed is sometimes faster than angles defenders are trying to take to stop him.
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2020 Schedule

1vs Houston Texans
2@ Los Angeles Chargers
3@ Baltimore Ravens
4vs New England Patriots
5vs Las Vegas Raiders
6@ Buffalo Bills
7@ Denver Broncos
8vs New York Jets
9vs Carolina Panthers
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11@ Las Vegas Raiders
12@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
13vs Denver Broncos
14@ Miami Dolphins
15@ New Orleans Saints
16vs Atlanta Falcons
17vs Los Angeles Chargers