2022 Fantasy Upside
Marquez Valdes-Scantling was added to the Chiefs less than a day after trading away Tyreek Hill. MVS gives Kansas City a solid home run threat as he’s ranked inside the top five in yards per reception over the last two seasons, including a phenomenal 20.9 ypr in 2020. It’s a nice pairing with the strong-armed Patrick Mahomes. The Chiefs also provided MVS with a solid 3-year deal worth up to $36 million.
2022 Fantasy Downside
MVS will need to see a lot more work in Kansas City if he’s going to be a reliable fantasy option. In his four-year career at Green Bay, MVS had just eight games with eight targets or more. And MVS wasn’t very efficient with those targets, with a career catch percentage of 49.8%. His 47.3% catch percentage last season ranked 211th out of 212 eligible receivers.
2022 Bottom Line
Unless the Chiefs have different plans for MVS, this WR is essentially a one trick pony. He can help replace some of what this offense is lacking after the departure of Hill, but not all of it. Still, he’s in a good situation at Kansas City and we have him projected to hit career highs in receptions and receiving yards. MVS will likely be a sub 1,000-yard receiver, but he still carries enough value to warrant a selection in the later rounds. He should be a viable WR4 option heading into 2022.