Hardman reeled in both of his targets for 25 yards Sunday against the Chargers. Hardman finished out his regular season with 41 catches for 560 yards and four touchdowns on 62 targets. While that does represent gains in all but touchdowns, it wasn't quite the jump in production many were expecting of Hardman in his sophomore season. It's possible that jump will come following another offseason, especially if Sammy Watkins and/or DeMarcus Robinson leave Kansas City via free agency this offseason, opening up a more consistent role in the offense. Even if he finds more snaps on offense, Hardman will need to contend with star targets Travis Kelce and Tyreek Hill for looks, which could factor into his production in future campaigns.
Hardman logged three catches for 24 yards on six targets and rushed once for 20 yards in Sunday's game versus the Falcons. On a positive note, Hardman sported his largest offensive snap count percentage (61) since his 68 percent mark back in Week 9 when Sammy Watkins was sidelined. That was likely the result of the Chiefs being in a tight one with the Falcons, though the second-year wideout could see a bit more action next week if the staff elects to hold out or limit the work of Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce to ensure their health for the postseason with the No. 1 seed in the AFC already locked up.
Hardman caught three of nine targets for 22 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 32-29 win over the Saints, He also lost five yards on his only carry. While the second-year wideout didn't come down with many balls while tying his season high in target volume, Hardman cashed in when it mattered, getting his feet down in the back corner of the end zone on a five-yard toss from Patrick Mahomes midway through the third quarter. It was his first receiving TD since Week 8 and his fourth of the year, giving Hardman some momentum heading into Week 16's clash with a Falcons secondary that just got lit up by the Bucs.
Hardman reached the end zone on a punt return while also reeling in each of his three targets for another 40 yards Sunday versus the Dolphins. Hardman also coughed up a fumble while running into the Miami red zone, though the subsequent Dolphins drive resulted in a safety. The second-year wideout once again posted a snap count percentage in the low 30s, which seems unlikely to change as long as the full complement of receivers is available. He could regain some fantasy value next season if the Chiefs elect to part ways with Sammy Watkins and/or Demarcus Robinson.
Hardman hauled in one of his three targets for 15 yards during Sunday's contest versus the Broncos. Hardman logged 33 percent or fewer offensive snaps for a third straight week, with the first occurrence coming even while Sammy Watkins was still unavailable. At this point, he's droppable in most redraft formats and is simply a dynasty project with hopes of an expanded role next year, when both Watkins and Demarcus Robinson are set to see their contracts with the club expire.
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