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Mecole Hardman - Fantasy Points Outlook

Basic StatsMecole Hardman's Basic Stats

Mecole Hardman
ADP: 15.3
Bye: 8
Experience: 3 Yr(s)
Age: 24.5
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 187
40 Time: 4.33
Speed Score: 102.00
SPARQx (Rank): 117.80 (85%)
Burst Score (Rank): 121.60 (52%)
Agility Score (Rank): 11.00 (76%)
Catch Radius (Rank): 10.07 (57%)

Mecole Hardman's Weekly Outlook

Week 3 Projections
Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
3.1 40.8 0.3 6.2
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Rest Of Way Outlook

Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
3 38.4 0.3 6

Mecole Hardman's 2022 Projections & Outlook


#66 Wide Receiver

102.1 Projected Points

ADP Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs 100 Fum
15.3 50.4 669.9 4.5 1.7 0

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Basic StatsMecole Hardman's Preseason Player Analysis

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What You Need to Know:
  • Hardman set career highs in his 3rd NFL season last year with 83 targets, 59 catches and 693 yards.
  • He was still basically useless in fantasy football.
    • Hardman finished 47th among WRs in PPR points and 53rd in non-PPR.
    • He finished as a top 30 PPR WR in only 2 of 17 weeks. He finished 50th or worse in 10 weeks.
  • Hardman earned a personal-best 70.4 Pro Football Focus receiving grade last year. That ranked 51st among 90 qualifying WRs.
  • His 1.64 yards per route run ranked 46th among those 90 qualifiers.
  • Hardman’s role diminished from the 1st half to 2nd half of last season.
    • He averaged 5.9 targets over his first 9 games, playing between 49% and 78% of Kansas City’s offensive snaps in all 9.
    • He averaged just 2.7 targets over his final 7 games (omitting Week 18 when Tyreek Hill was injured in pregame warmups). Hardman didn’t top a 44% snap rate in any of those games and played 35% or less in 5 of the 7.
  • The Chiefs traded WR Tyreek Hill to Miami in March.
    • 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.
  • Here are Hardman's box scores in 9 career games in which Hill played fewer than 50% of the Chiefs' offensive snaps:

  • 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.
  • Kansas City signed WRs JuJu Smith-Schuster and Marquez Valdes-Scantling in free agency and selected WR Skyy Moore in the 2nd round of this spring’s draft.
Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Tyreek Hill’s departure opens up a big opportunity for Hardman this season. But he’ll need to duke it out with new arrivals JuJu Smith-Schuster, Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Skyy Moore for snaps and targets.

Frankly, Hardman hasn’t done anything through 3 NFL seasons to make us excited about his 2022 outlook. But he’s still just 24 and was a 2nd-round pick, so his usage will certainly be worth monitoring this summer.

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Travis Kelce, TE KC

4:35pm EDT 9/12/22

Kelce, 2 WRs lead receiving usage

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce edged WR JuJu Smith-Schuster for the Week 1 target lead, 9-8, with WR Mecole Hardman checking in 3rd (with 6). It was WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling, though, playing more snaps than any offensive skill player besides Patrick Mahomes. MVS edged Smith-Schuster by 1 route and Kielce by 2, according to Pro Football Focus. Hardman checked in 4th in that category, with the rest of the team far behind. Valdes-Scantling might well remain behind Kelce and Smith-Schuster in target distribution. But his 5.5-yard Week 1 average depth of target suggests he won't merely be the downfield player he was in Green Bay. (MVS' ADOTs with the Packers went 13.8, 16.6, 18.2, 18.2.) Keep MVS in mind more than you would most WRs who open the year with 4 targets and 2 other significant receiving threats in the lineup.

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The Athletic's Nate Taylor believes Mecole Hardman will open the season as the Chiefs' #2 WR -- behind JuJu Smith-Schuster but ahead of Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Skyy Moore. "Because he’s the fastest in the group and has been in the Chiefs’ system the longest," Taylor writes. We'll be keeping a close eye on the route and target counts in this group early in the season. But Smith-Schuster will be the only reliable Week 1 fantasy starter.

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Chiefs WR Mecole Hardman played in Thursday night's preseason finale. He suffered a groin injury in practice a little over a week ago but is obviously over it now. Hardman looks like the favorite to open the season as Kansas City's #3 WR. We'll see how long he can hold off rookie Skyy Moore.

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Mecole Hardman, WR KC
Dynasty MVP 91.7
Position Rank #70 WR
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