With Tyreek Hill out for an unknown time period, Andy Reid will need Sammy Watkins and Mecole Hardman to step into the playmaking void. Watkins, for his part, told Albert Breer of SI.com that he doesn't think his role will change much.
"I think we got the same roles," he said. "The same particular roles. Same for me. I think we got the other guys to step up. We got Mecole Hardman in the second round. We got Demarcus Robinson. We got so many guys that can step up and play that position. I'm not really worried. Do we need 10? Do we need Tyreek? Yes, we do. I don't think I would've scored a couple touchdowns without him affecting the defense."
Hardman and Robinson are next up on the depth chart and it sounds like Watkins and the team don't expect to miss a beat. Hill didn't need surgery but is expected to miss a few weeks, so guys like Hardman and Robinson could find themselves in much bigger roles and will likely be hot fantasy pickups on the wire this week.
KC WR Mecole Hardman - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 2 at Oakland Raiders
Mecole Hardman was viewed by many fantasy analysts this offseason as Tyreek Hill's replacement assuming Hill faced league punishment for his off-field issues. Hill went unpunished by the league, but he'll now be sidelined with an injury, which opens the door for Hardman's success. Hardman played on 78 percent of the Chiefs' offensive snaps in Week 1, so he's clearly in line for more work even though he finished the game with no catches (just one target). With a full week of preparation, Hardman should get involved.
He has a high ceiling due to his speed (4.33 40-yard dash) and ability to break a big play, but don't get too excited. He should be viewed as a WR3 with risk. After all, he did finish with no catches last week. Hardman should be picked off waivers, but it's hard to rank him too high since we haven't seen him in a fully prepared game yet.