Demarcus Robinson could be the No. 2 receiver for the Chiefs this season behind Sammy Watkins. With Tyreek Hill dealing with a likely suspension (nothing has been determined with his status at the time of publication), Kansas City might need Robinson to step up this season, which could benefit Fantasy players. He will likely compete for playing time and targets opposite Watkins with rookie Mecole Hardman, but Robinson should see an increase in targets this season if Hill is out as expected. Keep an eye on Robinson's role in training camp, and he could be worth a late-round flier in all formats. Just keep in mind that he has four career touchdowns in three seasons, and in 2018, he only had one game with more than four targets.
Robinson played just 12 offensive snaps in the Chiefs' two postseason contests, hauling in his lone target for a 27-yard reception. Robinson's catch came in Sunday's 37-31 overtime loss to Patriots and was one of the more pivotal moments of the AFC Championship Game, as it put Harrison Butker in position for the game-tying field goal in the final minute of the fourth quarter. By and large, Robinson was efficient with his limited opportunities in the regular season, nabbing 22 of 33 targets for 288 yards and four scores. He'll play under the final year of his rookie deal in 2019 and could be a candidate for a regular role in three-receiver formations in the event impending free agent Chris Conley isn't retained.
Robinson snared one of his two targets for an 89-yard touchdown in Week 17 against the Raiders. Robinson saw a significant jump in his snap count down the stretch of the regular season with Sammy Watkins (foot) sidelined, totaling 15 grabs for 237 yards and three touchdowns in the last seven games. The 2016 fourth-round pick completed his third NFL season with 22 catches for 288 yards and four touchdowns and has one more season remaining on his rookie deal with the Chiefs.
Robinson notched two catches for seven yards and a touchdown on three targets Thursday versus the Chargers. While Robinson didn't see anywhere near the seven targets he received last week against the Ravens, he made the most of it by reaching the end zone for just the second time this season. His added involvement last week may have been an anomaly, given his dip to 36 offensive snaps in Thursday's affair. Robinson could remain involved as the campaign concludes, however, with Sammy Watkins (foot) potentially done for the regular season.
Robinson corralled five of his seven targets, gathering 42 receiving yards during Sunday's 27-24 win against Baltimore. With Sammy Watkins (foot) potentially done for the remainder of the regular season after aggravating an injury during Thursday's practice, Robinson, not Chris Conley, became the de facto No. 2 option among the Chiefs wide receivers. Robinson's emergence seemingly came out of thin air, as he had no more than three passes thrown his way in a game all season prior to Sunday, while Conley had commanded a sturdy 15 targets over Kansas City's past two outings. It wasn't a flashy performance by any means for the third-year man -- with four of his five catches going for fewer than 10 yards -- but he still produced his largest receiving output since Oct. 19 of last season. Week 15 brings a matchup against a stout Chargers defense that's held opposing wideouts to 20.9 points per game in standard scoring formats, good for the league's eighth-lowest rate.
Robinson hauled in his only target Sunday against the Raiders. Even with Sammy Watkins (foot) missing most of the last three games, Robinson has amassed just a combined five catches for 82 yards over that span. He was in the starting lineup for the contest and played the third-most snaps among receivers, but he remains well down the pecking order for targets. Robinson's value will shrink even further if Watkins can return next week against Baltimore.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|8||10/28||Green Bay Packers||26||24.75|
|11||11/19||@Los Angeles Chargers||7||18.44|
|14||12/08||@New England Patriots||14||21.68|
|17||12/29||Los Angeles Chargers||7||18.44|
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|3 Year Avg||24||14||167||1||8||11.93||22|