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Marquez Valdes-Scantling - Fantasy Points Outlook

Basic StatsMarquez Valdes-Scantling's Basic Stats

Marquez Valdes-Scantling
ADP: 12.7
Bye: 8
Experience: 4 Yr(s)
Age: 27.7
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 206
40 Time: 4.37
Speed Score: 117.60
SPARQx (Rank): 111.20 (71%)
Burst Score (Rank): 113.90 (15%)
Agility Score (Rank): 11.02 (74%)
Catch Radius (Rank): 10.13 (69%)

Marquez Valdes-Scantling's 2022 Projections & Outlook

Scoring

#48 Wide Receiver

109.8 Projected Points

ADP Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs 100 Fum
12.7 50.5 762.6 5.1 1.9 0

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Basic StatsMarquez Valdes-Scantling's Preseason Player Analysis

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What You Need to Know:
  • The Chief signed Valdes-Scantling about a week into free agency to a 3-year, $30 million contract with $15 million guaranteed.
    • That places him 30th among WRs in average annual salary and 42nd in guaranteed money.
    • By comparison, the Chiefs gave WR JuJu Smith-Schuster a 1-year, $3.25 million deal – although there are attainable incentives that can make it worth close to $9 million.
  • Valdes-Scantling spent his first 4 NFL seasons in Green Bay.
  • Here are his career highs so far:
    • Targets per game: 5.0 (2021)
    • Catches per game: 2.4 (2018)
    • Yards per game: 43.1 (2020)
    • TDs per game: .38 (2020)
    • Fantasy finish: PPR WR54 and non-PPR WR40 (2020)
  • Valdes-Scantling’s target shares by season:
    • 2018 - 11.4%
    • 2019 - 9.8%
    • 2020 - 12.0%
    • 2021 - 14.1%
  • He was primarily a deep threat in Green Bay, with yearly average depths of target of 13.8, 16.8, 18.2 and 18.2 yards. Those last 3 marks all ranked inside the top 3 among WRs.
  • Valdes-Scantling was only moderately effective in that role. Here are his finishes in Pro Football Focus’ deep receiving grades:
    • 2018 - 11th among 76 qualifiers
    • 2019 - 54th out of 68
    • 2020 - 43rd out of 73
    • 2021- 39th out of 70
  • Valdes-Scantling earned a personal-best overall PFF receiving grade last year. But it ranked just 76th among 103 qualifying WRs. He ranked 83rd, 90th and 88th in his first 3 seasons.
  • A day before signing Valdes-Scantling, the Chiefs traded WR Tyreek Hill to Miami.
    • Hill garnered a career-high 9.4 targets per game last year.
    • He averaged 9.0, 7.4, and 8.6 targets per game the previous 3 seasons.
  • The Chiefs also lost WRs Byron Pringle and Demarcus Robinson this offseason. Those 2 combined for 15.0% of the Chiefs’ targets, 15.0% of the receptions, 16.9% of the receiving yards and 21.6% of the receiving scores last year.
  • In addition to adding Valdes-Scantling and Smith-Schuster, the Chiefs spent a Round 2 pick on Skyy Moore this spring and return Mecole Hardman.
Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Valdes-Scantling was an inconsistent deep threat who was never really a reliable fantasy play across 4 seasons in Green Bay.

So it was surprising to see the Chiefs give him a 3-year, $30 million deal in free agency. That money says that they believe he can produce more than he did with the Packers. And the opportunity is certainly there with Tyreek Hill’s departure.

Valdes-Scantling should at least present a high weekly ceiling in this Chiefs offense. We’ll see if he can find enough consistency to be a reliable fantasy starter.

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Mecole Hardman, WR KC

10:50am EDT 6/20/22

Hardman maturing

Per NFL insider Albert Breer, the Chiefs have seen a “more mature version” of WR Mecole Hardman this offseason. Breer writes that Hardman “had a lot of growing up to do coming into the NFL,” even beyond his rookie season. It’s a huge year for the 24-year-old, as his contract is set to expire in 2023. But following the additions of Skyy Moore, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and JuJu Smith-Schuster, it’s clear that Kansas City isn’t expecting a major leap from the incumbent.

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Pete Sweeney of Arrowhead Pride says that his "way too early" picks to lead the Chiefs in receiving yardage this year are TE Travis Kelce and WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling. This is likely based primarily on watching minicamp practices to date. It's worth noting that Skyy Moore and Mecole Hardman have missed some time with hamstring issues, though both have been on the field this week for mandatory minicamp. We'll keep watching for reports on expected target distribution within Kansas City's rebuilt WR corps. Sweeney also said last week that "no new Chiefs pass-catcher looks more comfortable with Mahomes" than MVS.

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According to Nate Taylor of The Athletic, there is an "already strong connection that is growing between [Patrick] Mahomes and [Marquez] Valdes-Scantling." The wideout, of course, signed a 3-year deal with Kansas City this offseason that's basically a 2-year pact with an option for Year 3. He's competing with fellow free-agent addition JuJu Smith-Schuster and rookie Skyy Moore for roles in the wake of Tyreek Hill's trade to Miami. HC Andy Reid seems to like what he's seeing so far: “He’s a big kid, but he’s got really good flexibility. He can change directions and he’s got that speed, which we all knew he had. He’s able to work some of the primary underneath routes that he maybe didn’t do quite as much in Green Bay because of who they had there. I’ve been pleased with how he goes about his business. He’s doing a nice job.” The shorter routes could be key. MVS was almost strictly a downfield operator in Green Bay, consistently ranking among the league leaders in average depth of target. If he can add more short-to-mid range looks, though, Valdes-Scantling could draw more consistent targets and become easier to insert into weekly fantasy lineups. We'll keep watching this situation. He's at least intriguing as the 3rd Kansas City WR in ADP on both Underdog and FFPC.

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Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR KC
Dynasty MVP 83.7
Position Rank #69 WR
3yr Projection
5yr Projection
10yr Projection
313
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489
Dynasty Write-up
Kansas City handed MVS a 3-year, $30 million contract in free agency right after dealing Tyreek Hill to Miami. Valdes-Scantling became a downfield operator in Green Bay and has plenty of intrigue now that he's tied to Patrick Mahomes.

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