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Fantasy Football 2024: Chiefs select Xavier Worthy, providing Patrick Mahomes with more speed

2TBBHY4 ARLINGTON, TX - DECEMBER 02: Texas Longhorns wide receiver Xavier Worthy (#1) runs up field after a catch during the Big 12 Championship football game between the Texas Longhorns and Oklahoma State Cowboys on December 02, 2023 at AT&T Studium in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Matthew Visinsky/Icon Sportswire) (Icon Sportswire via AP Images)

• The Chiefs trade up to select Xavier Worthy and his elite speed: Another weapon is added to Patrick Mahomes’ arsenal in 2024. Worthy could be a great fit in this offense.

• Bringing speed and big-play upside to Kansas City: Worthy’s after-the-catch ability pairs perfectly with the Chiefs YAC-heavy offense which could allow him to thrive.

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The Kansas City Chiefs drafted Xavier Worthy at 28th overall after trading up with the Buffalo Bills, of all teams. Worthy has elite speed, as he showcased at this year’s combine when he ran a 4.21-second 40-yard dash. He’ll come in as a high-end, big-play weapon for Patrick Mahomes.

Worthy is a new piece for Mahomes

What Worthy lacks in size, he more than makes up for in speed and game-breaking ability. Worthy was the No. 1 wide receiver for the Texas Longhorns in all three of his college seasons. Rashee Rice would be the expected WR1 in Kansas City, but he could be dealing with a potential suspension and open up some early playing time for the young rookie alongside the newly signed Marquise Brown.

Xavier Worthy’s career college metrics and ranks
Metric Value Rank among WR prospects since 2019
YAC/reception 7.30 80th percentile
Adjusted separation rate (10-plus yards ADoT) 38% 78th percentile
Yards per route run 2.21 51st percentile
Receiving grade 80.0 51st percentile

Worthy's outlook as a Chief

The Kansas City offense operates largely off after-the-catch production, and Worthy is one of the class' best receivers in that regard. But he also has a lot of experience as a deep threat, with 94 20-plus-yard targets during his college career. Worthy’s speed is going to be his greatest weapon. Mahomes will get the ball in his hands early and often to let him produce, making this a great overall prospect-team fit.

Kansas City Chiefs 2023 stats and ranks (Weeks 1-17)
Metric Value Rank
Pass play percentage 67.8% 4th
Run play percentage 32.3% 29th
FF PPG (QB) 17.4 10th
FF PPG (RB) 17.7 T-9th
FF PPG (WR) 19.4 21st
FF PPG (TE) 11.2 1st
Kansas City Chiefs expected receiving depth chart
WR1 Rashee Rice
WR2 Marquise Brown
WR3 Xavier Worthy
TE1 Travis Kelce
TE2 Noah Gray

Fantasy Football Outlook

Worthy's role will depend on whether Rashee Rice misses time due to a suspension. Kansas City now has several strong receiving options in Travis Kelce, Marquise Brown, Rice and Worthy. The Chiefs also have a history of not deploying their wide receivers in full-time roles, at least not right away, so Worthy could be a more volatile fantasy option as a rookie. He has the big-play upside and is paired with the best quarterback in the league, making him worth a roster spot and a strong best-ball option in Year 1.


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