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Quarterback Alex Smith will be a free agent in 2019. But instead of waiting to find his replacement, the Kansas City Chiefs were aggressive and drafted Patrick Mahomes.

This was a big bet, as the Chiefs had to give up two picks in the 2017 NFL Draft to draft Mahomes. They also surrendered a first-round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft. The rookie quarterback isn’t expected to start this year, and the Chiefs view him as developmental project.

From what the Chiefs are saying, Mahomes should be avoided in 2017 Fantasy Football drafts. That’s because the coaching staff is committed to Smith as the starter.

However, what if Smith gets hurt or performs even worse than he did last year? Remember, all it took was an injury to Smith in 2012 for Colin Kaepernick to become Fantasy relevant.

And if the Chiefs make the playoffs, why wouldn’t they want a dynamic playmaker leading the offense? That’s why today, we wanted to focus on whether it’s worth drafting Patrick Mahomes in your 2017 Fantasy Football draft.

Should I Draft Patrick Mahomes?

Patrick Mahomes College Stats

Year Passing Yards Passing TDs INTs Rushing Yards Rushing TDs
2014 1,547 16 4 104 0
2015 4,653 36 15 456 10
2016 5,052 41 10 285 12


His stats in college show he’s a playmaker.

But scouts were concerned with his desire to always try and make big plays. He was also knocked in his draft profile for being a better scrambler than being mobile, and scouts also thought he was too impatient.


However, the rookie his to actually get on the field to show what he can do in 2017…


2017 Fantasy Football Outlook: Patrick Mahomes

His size and dual-threat abilities make him seem like Fantasy gold. Mahomes also has solid weapons in Jeremy Maclin, Tyreek Hill, and Travis Kelce.

But most analysts believe the 21-year old quarterback still needs a few years to develop. Also, the only way he could be Fantasy relevant in 2017 is if Smith is injured or underperforms. As I mentioned earlier, there’s always the chance Mahomes is thrust into a starting job.

However, it’s a guessing game as to whether he can handle the pressure.

Right now, there are so many different scenarios that have to fall in place for Mahomes to start. Smith has to be hurt or perform even worse than his 15-touchdown season in 2016 for the Chiefs to even consider giving him the keys to the offense. And even if he does start, will the rookie play well enough for you to sit your regular starter?

Corey Parson and the crew over at the FNTSY Sports Network put together a player profile on Mahomes where they also question whether or not the rookie will start in his first year.


Ultimately, Mahomes is too much of a wild card to draft in a season long league in 2017. Let him sit on waivers or let him fall to someone else in your draft.

Do you agree or disagree with our assessment or the assessment by Corey? Hit me up in the comments and let’s get a discussion going.


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