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Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes Considered "Fantasy Football Sleeper" in 2018

Posted May 11, 2018

It’s never too early to begin your fantasy football research

There’s not a lot happening around the National Football League right now, which means it’s a perfect time for those who participate in fantasy football leagues to use this time to their advantage. 

Basically, it’s a great time to do a little research.

If you’re the kind of person who waits until right before your league begins to do your research, there are plenty of people who would gladly accept you into their leagues.  

For everyone else, there’s a lot of Kansas City Chiefs-related info out there right now to help you begin your draft planning. 

It makes sense, too. The Chiefs boasted three skill position players who all finished in the Top 5 in fantasy scoring in their respective positions last year.  

Running back Kareem Hunt, who led the league with 1,327 yards and eight touchdowns on the ground, and who also added 455 yards receiving and three touchdowns through the air as well, finished as the No. 3 fantasy running back last year. 

Receiver Tyreek Hill, who finished with 1,183 yards receiving and seven touchdowns, and who also brought home one punt return for a touchdown, finished as the No. 4 fantasy receiver last year. 

And finally, tight end Travis Kelce, who finished with 1,038 yards and eight touchdowns, finished as the No. 2 fantasy tight end in the league last year. 

So, with all three of those guys and the offseason addition of free agent Sammy Watkins, who finished as the No. 32 fantasy receiver last year, and who along with Hill, was one of only six receivers in the league to average at least 15.2 yards per reception and have at least seven touchdowns last season, there’s reason to feel good about what’s surrounding second-year quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

That’s probably a big reason that Mahomes is being mentioned by most of the top fantasy experts as a guy to watch in 2018.

Adam Rank of NFL.com listed his 11 fantasy sleepers for 2018,and Mahomes was the first player listed. 

Here’s what Rank had to say:

“The Chiefs were one of the most prolific offenses last year, but coordinator Matt Nagy is now the head coach of the Bears. That might be cause for concern if Andy Reid didn't boast a resume full of quarterback building. At the very least, the Chiefs surrounded Mahomes with plenty of talent and will be given every chance to succeed. Love him late.”

Jamey Eisenberg of CBS Sports also wrote about Mahomes:

Here’s part of what he wrote:

“[Mahomes] only started one game in 2017, which was Week 17 when Kansas City had nothing to play for, but Mahomes looked good against the Broncos on the road. He showed off his athleticism and arm strength, and he played that game without the help of Tyreek Hill or Travis Kelce…[Alex] Smith finished as the No. 3 Fantasy quarterback in 2017 behind Russell Wilson and Tom Brady with 4,042 passing yards, 26 touchdowns, five interceptions, 355 rushing yards and one rushing touchdown. No one is expecting Mahomes to replicate that kind of production, but he has a high ceiling given his skill set. In his final two years in college, Mahomes passed for 9,705 yards, 77 touchdowns and 25 interceptions, and he ran for 744 yards and 22 touchdowns. He's another easy target with a late-round pick.”

Walton Spurlin of Pro Football Focus was another who mentioned Mahomes in his “Sleeper fantasy QB candidates for 2018” article.

Here’s part of what he wrote:

“In his lone start, Mahomes led Kansas City to a victory over Denver, completing 22 of 35 passes for 284 yards with no touchdowns and an interception. Mahomes flashed his deep-ball skills, hooking up with tight end Demetrius Harris for a 51-yard completion. The huge numbers that Mahomes put up in his final two seasons at Texas Tech led to the Chiefs trading up and selecting him 10th overall in last year’s draft. In those two years Mahomes threw for more than 9,700 yards with 77 touchdown passes and added 22 rushing touchdowns.

“It also helps that Mahomes has elite offensive weapons at every skill position heading into 2018. Tight end Travis Kelce, running back Kareem Hunt and wide receiver Tyreek Hill were all top five fantasy scorers at their respective positions last season. The departed [Alex] Smith also finished as a top five quarterback and there is little reason to doubt that Mahomes can finish at least in the top ten.”

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