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What to do with Mecole Hardman in Week 1 fantasy football

Mecole Hardman should continue to take a backseat to Tyreek Hill, Sammy Watkins, and others in 2020.

 Mecole Hardman of the Kansas City Chiefs warms up during pregame warm ups prior to the start of Super Bowl LIV against the San Francisco 49ers at Hard Rock Stadium on February 02, 2020 in Miami, Florida. The Chiefs won the game 31-20. Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images

Game update: Mecole Hardman has been targeted once in the game, catching one pass for six yards halfway through the fourth quarter.

The Kansas City Chiefs are set to take on the Houston Texans in their season opener on Thursday, and injuries could make second-year wideout Mecole Hardman a major part of their offense. He thrived as a return specialist in his rookie year and nearly a quarter of his receptions were converted for touchdowns. Is there room for him to be a significant contributor in 2020? We’ll go over that below.

Fantasy Football Analysis: Chiefs WR Mecole Hardman

Tyreek Hill is Kansas City’s top wideout and appears to have bounced back from the hamstring injury that limited him in camp. Sammy Watkins is clear of the groin injury he suffered at camp as well, so it should be hard for Hardman to get targets with that duo, Travis Kelce, and Clyde Edwards-Helaire competing for touches. Hardman would be much more valuable if Watkins moved on from the Chiefs over the offseason.

Start/Sit Recommendation

I’d stay away from Hardman is season-long fantasy leagues, but he could be worth a flier in larger GPPs because of his special teams activity and big-play ability.