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17 Mecole Hardman WR

Kansas City Chiefs

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February 3, 2020 02:52 PM
Chiefs' Mecole Hardman: Kept quiet in Super Bowl
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hardman caught one pass for two yards and lost six yards on one carry in a 31-20 win over the 49ers in the Super Bowl.

Hardman added three kick returns for 58 yards but called for a fair catch on both of the punts he fielded. He was limited to a 28 percent snap share on offense, working behind Tyreek Hill (87 percent), Sammy Watkins (87 percent) and Demarcus Robinson (49 percent). With Watkins a potential cap casualty and Robinson at the end of his rookie contract, Hardman likely will enter his second pro season as Kansas City's No. 2 or 3 option at wide receiver. The 21-year-old was quiet in the playoffs, but he made the most of his limited opportunities during the regular season, catching 26 of 41 targets for 538 yards (13.1 per target) and six touchdowns, adding a seventh TD on a kick return.

January 20, 2020 03:44 PM
Chiefs' Mecole Hardman: Draws crucial penalty
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hardman caught his lone target for an eight-yard gain in Sunday's 35-24 win over Tennessee, adding four kickoff returns for 86 yards, one punt return for seven yards and also drawing a 41-yard pass interference penalty.

The ticky-tack penalty was arguably Hardman's biggest contribution, converting a third-and-10 with just under four minutes remaining in the game. Although it didn't show up in the box score, Hardman's role on offense expanded from a 17 percent snap share the previous week (a 51-31 win over Houston) to a 40 percent share in Sunday's win over Tennessee. Accordingly, Demarcus Robinson dipped from 58 percent to 37 percent, catching two passes for 31 yards in the process. The exact split will be tough to get a read on ahead of time, but the most likely scenario features some form of split between Hardman and Robinson in the No. 3 receiver role during the Super Bowl.

December 30, 2019 02:52 AM
Chiefs' Mecole Hardman: Rips huge return for score
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hardman had a 30-yard reception on his lone target during Sunday's 31-21 win over the Chargers. He also returned two kicks for 117 yards and a touchdown and three punts for 21 yards.

The Chiefs were down early in the second half when Hardman took the kickoff and high-stepped up the sideline before cutting back for a 104-yard kick return for a touchdown, the first return touchdown of his career. Hardman has caught multiple passes in just one game since Week 8, but he boasts an unreal 20.7 yards-per-reception average this season. After the Chief's first-round bye, they will take on the Patriots, Texans or Bills. In two games against New England and Houston this season, Hardman caught five total passes for 93 yards and a touchdown.

December 24, 2019 01:36 PM
Chiefs' Mecole Hardman: Comes up empty
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hardman was not targeted in Sunday's game against the Bears.

Hardman did log 35 percent of the offensive snaps, an increase from less than 25 in each of the last two tilts, but it didn't turn into anything this week. The rookie is a touchdown-dependent DFS dart at this point, but he could work his way into a larger role in future seasons.

December 20, 2019 05:20 PM
Chiefs' Mecole Hardman: Good to go
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hardman (glute) does not carry an injury designation for Sunday night's game against the Bears.

Hardman was added to the Chiefs' Week 16 injury report after being limited at practice Thursday. His return to a full session Friday, however, paves the way for the rookie to suit up Sunday. Hardman has found the end zone six times in 14 games this season, but a lack of volume of late has limited him to a hit-or-miss TD-dependent fantasy option.

December 19, 2019 05:32 PM
Chiefs' Mecole Hardman: Added to Week 16 injury report
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hardman (glute) was limited at practice Thursday.

Hardman was added to the Chiefs' Week 16 injury report Thursday, so his status is worth monitoring in advance of Sunday night's game against the Bears. Though Hardman has logged six TDs in 14 games to date, he remains a hit-or-miss fantasy option, given his sporadic volume in Kansas City's passing attack. The 2019 second-rounder parlayed his 14 snaps in Week 15's win over the Broncos into one catch (on two targets) for 10 yards.

December 17, 2019 05:00 PM
Chiefs' Mecole Hardman: Minimal Week 15 impact
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hardman was held to one catch for 10 yards on two targets Sunday versus the Broncos.

Hardman's 14 offensive snaps mirrored the 14 he received last week against the Patriots, though he made the most of his touches in Week 14, recording a 48-yard touchdown reception on his lone grab. The rookie wideout has proven to be the deep threat the team expected when it drafted him, totaling four catches of 40 yards or longer and eight catches of 20 yards or longer on his 25 receptions this season. With six touchdowns on the board as well, Hardman may have the makeup of a future regular on offense.

December 8, 2019 10:00 PM
Chiefs' Mecole Hardman: Grabs long TD in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hardman caught his only target for a 48-yard touchdown in Sunday's 23-16 win over the Patriots.

Patrick Mahomes appeared to injure his throwing hand early in the game and didn't take many shots downfield afterwards, but he did connect with Hardman on a long TD in the second quarter -- although the rookie did have to come back for the underthrown ball before turning on the jets to beat safety Duron Harmon and get to the end zone. Hardman has seen zero or one target in four of the last five games but has still managed to score twice on his four total catches over that stretch, highlighting both his big-play ability and minimal role in the Kansas City offense.

December 3, 2019 11:56 AM
Chiefs' Mecole Hardman: Minimal Week 13 showing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hardman rushed once for nine yards and didn't haul in a pass Sunday versus the Raiders.

Hardman saw a drastic dip in his playing time this week with Tyreek Hill available, ranking fourth at the position in total snaps behind Hill, Sammy Watkins and Demarcus Robinson. The rookie has some viable fantasy weeks under his belt, but it would likely require missed time from either Hill or Watkins down the stretch for him to warrant ownership in most redraft leagues.

November 19, 2019 10:48 AM
Chiefs' Mecole Hardman: Slow day despite added snaps
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hardman collected two of his four targets for 13 yards Monday against the Chargers.

Hardman saw a bump in his snap count following Tyreek Hill's (hamstring) injury, but it didn't raise his fantasy value much on the night. A significant workload increase could be on tap again following the bye if Hill sits following the bye week, potentially positioning Hardman for fantasy relevance in some formats versus a subpar Raiders pass defense.

November 11, 2019 09:32 PM
Chiefs' Mecole Hardman: Goes big with only target
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hardman reeled in his lone target for a 63-yard touchdown Sunday against the Titans.

Hardman saw a slight increase in his offensive snap percentage Sunday to 22 from 18 and 15 in the previous two weeks. He'll need to use his speed to take advantage of his minimal target share, but he's managed to do just that in three of the last four games, turning just six targets and five receptions into three touchdowns. Still, the lack of volume likely makes Hardman a flier fantasy option in most formats.

November 5, 2019 01:12 AM
Chiefs' Mecole Hardman: Disappears in Week 9
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hardman was not targeted in Sunday's game against the Vikings, but he did run the ball once for seven yards.

Hardman was on the field offensively for just 11 snaps and 20 combined in the last two weeks, a signal that he's well behind Demarcus Robinson (24 snaps) in pecking order at this point. Hardman did contribute in the return game, going over 100 yards on kicks and adding 17 more on punts, but he also coughed the ball up once. At this point, the rookie doesn't look to be anything more than a return specialist with a few offensive plays mixed in.

October 28, 2019 01:32 AM
Chiefs' Mecole Hardman: Hits paydirt again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hardman caught both of his targets for 55 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 31-24 loss to Green Bay.

Hardman has seen his targets decrease by one in each game since Tyreek Hill returned from injury, but the speedy wideout has been able to find the end zone in consecutive contests. The speedy rookie will need to bust out big plays in order maintain fantasy value with the rest of the Chiefs' receiving corps back at full strength. Hardman would have a higher chance of breaking off a huge gain if Patrick Mahomes (knee) is able to return for Week 9's matchup with Minnesota.

October 18, 2019 12:36 AM
Chiefs' Mecole Hardman: Gets into end zone during win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hardman secured two of three targets for 28 yards and a touchdown and returned one punt for 36 yards in the Chiefs' 30-6 win over the Broncos on Thursday.

Hardman was on the receiving end of Patrick Mahomes' only touchdown pass of the night before the latter's exit from the game early in the second quarter with a knee injury. The rookie also flashed his impressive speed on his one punt return and snapped a three-game touchdown-less streak with the aforementioned 21-yard scoring grab in the first quarter. Hardman will look to build on Thursday's performance in a Week 8 matchup against the Packers, a week from Sunday.

October 14, 2019 12:52 PM
Chiefs' Mecole Hardman: Catches all four targets
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hardman caught all four of his targets for 45 yards during Sunday's 31-24 loss to the Texans.

Hardman tied for second on the team in receptions and finished behind only Tyreek Hill in receiving yards among Chiefs wideouts. While Sammy Watkins (hamstring) was inactive for this one, it was encouraging to see Hardman maintain a role with the rest of the team's top pass-catchers in uniform. He should see a handful of targets Thursday against the Broncos, but he'll remain dependent on big plays.

October 7, 2019 04:52 PM
Chiefs' Mecole Hardman: Gains 79 receiving yards
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hardman caught four passes (six targets) for 79 yards in Sunday's 19-13 loss to the Colts.

Hardman turned in a decent stat line, but Byron Pringle (six catches, 103 yards and a score) came out of nowhere to lead the team in receiving after Sammy Watkins (hamstring) left the game in the first quarter. The four catches and six targets both matched season highs for the speedy rookie, and his playing time could take a hit soon with Tyreek Hill (shoulder) nearing a return to action. Even if the latter doesn't return, Hardman will be a boom-or-bust option against the Texans on Sunday.

October 1, 2019 12:48 AM
Chiefs' Mecole Hardman: Disappointing Week 4 showing
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hardman reeled in just two of his five targets for nine yards Sunday against the Lions.

Hardman's snap count percentage equaled that of Week 3 against the Ravens, but he was unable to get much going from a pass-catching perspective. Given his lack of volume, Hardman's fantasy value will mainly be derived from a long touchdown grab as it was in each of the past two weeks. Tyreek Hill's (shoulder) eventual return also figures to eat away at his fantasy value.

September 22, 2019 11:08 PM
Chiefs' Mecole Hardman: Picks up 104 yards in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hardman caught two of five targets for 97 yards and a score during Sunday's 33-28 win over the Ravens. He added a seven-yard carry.

Hardman really needed just one snap to make a difference Sunday, racing up the seam for an 83-yard catch-and-run in the second quarter. It was Hardman's second-consecutive week with a touchdown of 40 or more yards. Hardman was drafted by Kansas City when Tyreek Hill's future was in question from a legal and league-discipline perspective. With Hill (shoulder) now on the shelf for at least the next few weeks, Hardman should continue terrifying defenses with the big-play ability that caught Kansas City's eye in April.

September 16, 2019 12:52 AM
Chiefs' Mecole Hardman: Hauls in first touchdown
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hardman caught four of six targets for 61 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 28-10 win over the Raiders.

His first NFL score came on a 42-yard strike from Patrick Mahomes, part of a four-TD second quarter for the Chiefs' passing game. As expected, Hardman saw an expanded role with Tyreek Hill (collarbone) out of action, but Sammy Watkins led the team in targets and Demarcus Robinson had a massive performance with 172 yards and two scores. The team may not have a true No. 1 WR while Hill is sidelined -- although as Sunday's results showed, there's more than enough production to go around for all three receivers in the league's most potent offense.

September 8, 2019 05:36 PM
Chiefs' Mecole Hardman: Could see expanded role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Hardman's teammate, Tyreek Hill, is in line to miss a few weeks, per Adam Schefter of ESPN.

Hardman did not record a catch in Week 1, but news that Hill will miss some time likely foreshadows Hardman -- who the Chiefs selected 56th overall this past April -- seeing added snaps/touches in the team's offense. Considering that he'll be catching passes from Patrick Mahomes, Hardman now looks like a player who could carry some fantasy utility in the coming weeks.

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