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|Much like Jones, Smith-Schuster arrives in KC on a one-year deal with the notion that catching balls from Mahomes (instead of the animated corpse of Ben Roethlisberger) will attract the same kind of attention in free agency next offseason that players like *checks notes* Christian Kirk and Zay Jones (!?) got this year. That marks a spectacular decline for Smith-Schuster, who was heralded as the second coming of Antonio Brown in Pittsburgh after he posted a 111-1426-7 line in 2018.
In the three years since, however, he has dealt with some injuries and cobbled together 1,512 receiving yards combined. Last year was the toughest as he suffered a severe shoulder injury in Week 5 and missed the remainder of the regular season, though he did return for the playoffs. Smith-Schuster has some big-play potential but is more of a possession target; don't read too much into his terrible yards-per-catch average the last two years, however, as Big Ben's right arm was cooked.
It certainly feels like the assumption in fantasy circles is that Smith-Schuster is the top receiver to target in Kansas City, but I'm not sold. After all, it was Valdes-Scantling that got the multi-year deal and is much closer to approximating Hill's speed than the former Steeler. If you target Smith-Schuster as a WR4 with upside that feels like an appropriate hedging of your bet.
| Mecole Hardman lands on IR, out four games|
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Nov 17, 4:54 pm
|Chiefs have placed Mecole Hardman on injured reserve. Has to miss at least the next 4 games. (Adam Teicher on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Hardman missed Week 10 with an abdomen injury and now is listed with an illness. His absence should open up more opportunities for Kadarius Toney especially with JuJu Smith-Schuster likely to miss due to a concussion sustained in Week 10. After playing 73% of the snaps last week, Justin Watson should continue to see significant action as well.
|Giants trade Kadarius Toney to Chiefs|
Giants receive third-round compensatory pick, sixth-round pick
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Oct 27, 12:33 pm
|The #Giants are trading WR Kadarius Toney to the #Chiefs for a third-round compensatory pick and 2023 sixth-round pick, as
@Schultz_Report said. (Tom Pelissero on Twitter)|
FFToday's Take: Toney's been a bit of conundrum in his early career, showing flashes of being a difference maker on the field mixed with injury and off-field issues. JuJu Smith-Schuster and Mecole Hardman will be a free agents at the end of the season. It sounds like Toney had worn out his welcome in New York and a fresh start was needed for both sides.