Patrick Mahomes is still considered by most to be Fantasy's safest and best quarterback, which is why he'll be the first one from his position off the board on Draft Day. He actually tied MVP Aaron Rodgers last season with 29.1 Fantasy points per outing but played one fewer regular-season game. Nonetheless, he topped 22 points in 12 of 15 matchups and should at least be expected for that many points weekly with the upside to wreck your opponents a handful of times. Matchups against the AFC West and teams like the Bengals, Cowboys, Giants and Eagles should further help Mahomes' chances of another big year. He'll obviously be popular -- Fantasy drafters who crave safe, studly quarterbacks may take Mahomes between 10th and 20th overall. But given the depth at quarterback and demand for studs at other positions, we'd prefer to not reach for him and only draft Mahomes if he comes with a Round 3 price tag. At that point he'd be a terrific value. There won't be any value drafting Mahomes in two-QB/Superflex leagues -- bank on him as a top-three overall choice in those formats.
Chiefs head coach Andy Reid said Thursday that Mahomes (toe) has been a "full go" in practice during the past week of OTAs, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports. Mahomes sat out Thursday's session, but his absence was apparently a pre-planned maintenance day as part of his recovery program from offseason toe surgery. The quarterback is clearly ahead of schedule in his rehab, and the fact that he hasn't been restricted in practices this spring suggests he'll head into training camp with few limitations, if any. After Mahomes was under siege throughout the Chiefs' loss to the Buccaneers in Super Bowl LV, Kansas City has made upgrading the offensive line a top priority in the offseason. In addition to getting stalwart right guard Laurent Duvernay-Tardif back after he opted out of the 2020 season, Kansas City signed left guard Joe Thuney to a five-year, $80 million deal and acquired left tackle Orlando Brown via trade with Baltimore.
Mahomes (toe) is ahead of schedule in his rehab and is expected to participate in offseason OTAs, James Palmer of NFL Network reports. It's unclear how much Mahomes will really be expected to do during OTAs, but just the fact the 2018 MVP will even participate at all after undergoing February surgery to repair a torn plantar plate in his left foot certainly appears to be a good sign. The Chiefs drastically overhauled the offensive line this season, acquiring five new potential starters in the form or Orlando Brown, Joe Thuney, Kyle Long, Austin Blythe and Mike Remmers while also drafting Creed Humphrey in the second round, all with the intention of keeping Mahomes upright, unlike in Super Bowl LV when he was hit seven times.
Mahomes has regained flexibility in his left toe, James Palmer of NFL Network reports. Mahomes underwent surgery Feb. 10 to repair a torn plantar plate in his left foot, with the expectation of a three-month recovery timeline. With everything seemingly on track, the superstar QB should be healthy for training camp and might even make some on-field appearances at the offseason program or June minicamp.
Mahomes (toe) was pictured attending the Masters Tournament without a walking boot Thursday, James Palmer of NFL Network reports. Mahomes is nearing the end of his estimated three-month recovery timeframe for surgery surgery to repair a torn plantar plate in his left foot Feb. 10, and the fact that he's been cleared to shed his walking boot suggests that things are progressing on track. The NFL recently announced that clubs can kick off Phase One of offseason activities April 19, which includes small group workouts at team facilities, so an official update on Mahomes' health could come then. Of course, mandatory minicamps don't take place until June even in a typical year, and the NFL has yet to announce an offseason schedule beyond April 19's events.
The Chiefs are expected to convert Mahomes' (toe) roster bonus into a signing bonus, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Mahomes has acquiesced to converting his $21.7 million roster bonus into a signing bonus, a move which will save the Chiefs roughly $17 million against the cap. That will allow Kansas City some much-needed flexibility when free agency kicks off, especially considering the team just cut both starting tackles, Eric Fisher (Achilles) and Mitchell Schwartz (back). Mahomes is currently recovering from February surgery to repair a torn plantar plate in his left foot, but he's expected to be fully healthy for the tentative start of training camp. The star signal-caller should thus have plenty of time to build chemistry with any new faces the Chiefs bring in on offense, though it remains to be seen how the NFL adjusts offseason programs in order to account for COVID-19.
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|3||09/26||Los Angeles Chargers||25||22.63|
|6||10/17||@Washington Football Team||6||17.88|
|8||11/01||New York Giants||3||17.63|
|9||11/07||Green Bay Packers||7||18.00|
|10||11/14||@Las Vegas Raiders||24||22.38|
|14||12/12||Las Vegas Raiders||24||22.38|
|15||12/16||@Los Angeles Chargers||25||22.63|
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