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Rashee Rice in trouble again

By Jared Smola | Updated on Tue, 07 May 2024, 9:04 PM EDT

Chiefs WR Rashee Rice is under investigation for allegedly hitting a photographer at a Dallas club early Monday, police sources tell WFAA. We don't have any other details at this point. This, of course, comes just about one month after Rice was involved in a street-racing accident in Dallas. He's facing eight charges for that incident.

2024 Fantasy Football Impact

It's been a rough stretch for Rice. There had already been whispers that he's looking at a multi-game suspension for the street-racing accident, and this latest news will not help his standing with the league.

Even at a falling ADP, Rice is a risky pick in current best-ball drafts.

Dynasty Impact

While we're generally shying away from Rice in redraft right now, this could be a buying opportunity in dynasty. There's clearly some off-field risk here, but Rice is coming off an excellent rookie season. His 2.39 yards per route ranked 10th among 80 qualifying WRs and second to only Puka Nacua among rookies. Rice averaged 18.8 PPR points over his final six regular-season games.

Tied to Patrick Mahomes, Rice still boasts long-term WR1 fantasy upside.

Other Winners & Losers

A Rice suspension would make Marquise Brown and rookie Xavier Worthy the clear favorites for top two WR jobs and boost their target projections. They'd both be WR3s with upside in lineup-setting fantasy leagues out of the gate.

Skyy Moore, Kadarius Toney, and Justin Watson would be battling for snaps behind Brown and Worthy if Rice is out. Those guys are still nothing more than late-round fliers at this point.

Projected ADP Movement

Rice's Underdog ADP is sitting in late Round 4 as of May 7. This latest news figures to knock him into Round 5. If he slides into Round 6 -- near WRs like Brian Thomas Jr., Jordan Addison, and Diontae Johnson -- Rice would be worth gambling on.

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