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Mecole Hardman Rises From the Fantasy Ashes, Now a Week 4 Waiver Wire Stash

Mecole Hardman finally got his chance to shine on Monday Night Football during Patrick Mahomes’ dismantling of Lamar Jackson and the Ravens. The second-year speedster led the team with 81 receiving yards, mostly due to his 49-yard touchdown, and also added four catches on six targets. If Hardman can see five-plus touches and more than six targets per game, there’s a very good chance he can be fantasy relevant for the rest of the season. Which is why he’s our top Week 4 Waiver Wire stash at 31 percent owned.

While it was nice to see Hardman on the field taking the top off in Week 3, he was still fourth in the pecking order for snaps by Chiefs’ wideouts. Hardman was on the field for just 28 of the team’s 75 snaps, compared to Sammy Watkins’ 65 snaps, Tyreek Hill’s 61 snaps, and unfortunately Demarcus Robinson’s 41 snaps.

Speaking of Robinson, does he have pictures of Andy Reid with barnyard animals or something? He’s been given ample opportunities to make noise in the best offense in football and he’s done next to nothing with those snaps.

Anyways, we know the talent is there for Hardman and it’s a good sign that Chiefs’ OC Eric Bieniemy drew up Hardman’s 49-yard pantsing of Marcus Peters, with the speedster in mind.

“We had drawn it up especially for this team,” Mahomes said of Hardman’s touchdown. “He did a great job with running the route. (Bieniemy) had mentioned it earlier in the game and called it at the right time.”

With Robinson hopefully being phased out soon and Watkins likely to land on the shelf at some point, Hardman is the ultimate stash who’s ready to explode when given the opportunity.

The speed is there (4.33 40-yd dash), the talent is there (2nd round pick), and the offensive scheme is there. We’re just waiting on the opportunity for Hardman to explode.

Since we are a hard-on for Hardman website, The Wolf has the wideout as his WR52 (+8 vs ECR), which is one spot below Watkins (-6 vs ECR) on the 2020 Rest of Season Rankings and Big Board.


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