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Patrick Mahomes told us before the season it would be a different Chiefs wide receiver every week. While JuJu Smith-Schuster's emergence has changed that a little bit, there has been a mysterious element to this Chiefs offense, that's the red zone touchdowns.

Early in the season Clyde Edwards-Helaire was used in a variety of unique ways in the red zone and scored five touchdowns in the first four weeks of the season despite averaging just 13 touches per game. Edwards-Helaire fell out of favor in Week 5 and it's been Mecold Hardman, not a running back, who has benefitted.

Hardman has scored four touchdowns in the past three Chiefs games, including two on rush attempts in Week 7. In that stretch he only has one game with more than 42 receiving yards and only one game with more than four touches. In other words, it seems unsustainable, but the red zone usage along makes him a No. 3 wide receiver....if he plays.

Hardman missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday with an abdominal injury, which could open the door for the Chiefs newest addition, Kadarius Toney.

Toney is a former first round pick who never meshed with Brian Daboll and was dealt to the Chiefs at the deadline. He also happens to be exxactly the type of player you'd like to get in space in Andy Reid's system. Toney only played nine snaps in his Week 9 debut, but the Chiefs plan on using him more moving forward. If Hardman is out in Week 10, they may use him a lot more this week.

Toney remains more of a stash and a DFS lottery play this week, but the difference between him and Hardman is that he could actually become a feature receiver in some point in the future. While we're hopeful he inherits the red zone role, by the time the playoffs role around he could simply be the Chiefs' No. 3 option.

Here is the rest of the Week 10 WR Preview:

Week 10 WR Preview
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Who's Out

The following players are not being projected to play in Week 10 at this time. Here's what it means:

GB Green Bay • #87
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Allen Lazard is the only wide receiver worth starting in Green Bay
DET Detroit • #8
Age: 27 • Experience: 6 yrs.
Kalif Raymond is a deep sleeper in Detroit
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Numbers to Know
  • 75 -- Combined receiving yards for Michael Pittman in two games with Sam Ehlinger under center.
  • 30.3% -- Target share for Rondale Moore in Week 9. 
  • 26 -- Targets for Christian Kirk over the last three games.
  • 55 -- Allen Lazard has at least 55 receiving yards or a receiving touchdown in every game he's played this year. 
  • 7 -- Seven straight games for Chris Olave with double-digit PPR Fantasy points. 
  • 325 -- Receiving yards for JuJu Smith-Schuster in the last three games.
  • 4.2 -- DeVonta Smith has just as many games under 4.2 Fantasy points as he does over 15 Fantasy points. That's an epitome of a boom-bust wide receiver. 
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Matchups that matter
Matchups that matter
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JAC Jacksonville • #13
Age: 26 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ KC KC -9.5 O/U 50.5
OPP VS WR
19th
PROJ PTS
13
WR RNK
12th
YTD Stats
REC
43
TAR
70
REYDS
574
TD
5
FPTS/G
14.4
WAS Washington • #17
Age: 27 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ PHI PHI -11 O/U 44.5
OPP VS WR
6th
PROJ PTS
11.1
WR RNK
22nd
YTD Stats
REC
38
TAR
62
REYDS
609
TD
2
FPTS/G
12.5
CHI Chicago • #11
Age: 25 • Experience: 3 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs DET CHI -2.5 O/U 48.5
OPP VS WR
25th
PROJ PTS
11.1
WR RNK
30th
YTD Stats
REC
32
TAR
52
REYDS
407
TD
1
FPTS/G
8.8
CAR Carolina • #2
Age: 25 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ATL ATL -3 O/U 43.5
OPP VS WR
32nd
PROJ PTS
13.8
WR RNK
24th
YTD Stats
REC
35
TAR
71
REYDS
449
TD
3
FPTS/G
11.3
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Waiver Wire Targets
Week 10 Adds (WR Preview)
LAC L.A. Chargers • #1
Age: 29 • Experience: 5 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
@ SF SF -7 O/U 45.5
OPP VS WR
16th
WR RNK
41st
ROSTERED
23%
YTD Stats
REC
24
TAR
34
REYDS
282
TD
1
FPTS/G
7
If Mike Williams and Keenan Allen are both out again this week, Carter will be a No. 3 wide receiver with more upside than he showed in Week 9.
CAR Carolina • #88
Age: 22 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs ATL ATL -2.5 O/U 42
OPP VS WR
32nd
WR RNK
40th
ROSTERED
39%
YTD Stats
REC
13
TAR
23
REYDS
201
TD
1
FPTS/G
6.5
Terrace Marshall has earned 15 targets in two games since the Panthers traded away Robbie Anderson and Christian McCaffrey. He's averaged 13.5 PPR Fantasy points in those two games and faces a Falcons defense that has allowed the most FPPG to opposing wide receivers this season.
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NYG N.Y. Giants • #17
Age: 22 • Experience: Rookie
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs HOU NYG -6.5 O/U 40.5
OPP VS WR
3rd
WR RNK
42nd
ROSTERED
43%
YTD Stats
REC
12
TAR
16
REYDS
107
TD
1
FPTS/G
7.2
There's little doubt that Robinson is the Giants' most talented pass catcher and it's very common to see rookies get a boost in opportunity after the team's bye. A role worth seven-to-nine targets a week is still possible if everything clicks in the second half with Daniel Jones.
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DFS Plays
Top DFS Play
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MIA Miami • #17
Age: 24 • Experience: 2 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs CLE MIA -3.5 O/U 48.5
OPP VS WR
9th
PROJ PTS
16.9
WR RNK
7th
YTD Stats
REC
47
TAR
70
REYDS
812
TD
6
FPTS/G
18.2
Waddle and Tyreek Hill are both top-six wide receivers for me this week and you'll get a much better price on Waddle quite possibly with a lower roster rate. Just don't mistake that for lower upside. Waddle has twice as many touchdowns from Tua Tagovailoa as Hill does.
Contrarian DFS Play
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PIT Pittsburgh • #18
Age: 26 • Experience: 4 yrs.
Weekly Breakdown
MATCHUP
vs NO NO -1.5 O/U 40
OPP VS WR
22nd
PROJ PTS
11.9
WR RNK
30th
YTD Stats
REC
43
TAR
76
REYDS
372
TD
0
FPTS/G
10.6
As you should know by now, I'm a big fan of betting on touchdown regression. I also love the fact that Johnson looks to be locked in as a double-digit target guy now that Chase Claypool has been shipped off to Chicago. There's a chance Johnson is a top-20 wide receiver from this point forward. Buy the dip.
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Heath's Projections