The Kansas City Chiefs are releasing wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling ahead of free agency in a cap-saving move. According to Jeremy Fowler of ESPN, the team saves $12 million on the cap. The veteran speedster spent two seasons with the Chiefs, totaling 63 receptions for 1,002 receiving yards and three touchdowns in 33 games. He wasn't overly productive, but he did catch two touchdowns in the 2022 playoffs and caught a touchdown in the victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl LVIII. Valdes-Scantling is unlikely to sign a big-money deal this offseason, but his field-stretching skill set will be attractive to a few teams.
Feb 28, 2024 10:44 AM EST
The Athletic's Nate Taylor writes that Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling is the team's most logical cut candidate this offseason despite being the team's most experienced player at a position the Chiefs need to revamp. Releasing him would create $12 million in salary cap space, with just $2 million in dead money, according to Over The Cap. There's a slim chance both sides agree to a one-year contract extension since Valdes-Scantling was at his best in the postseason, but if the Chiefs think they can make a significant upgrade in free agency, the decision to move on from Valdes-Scantling would be understandable. The 29-year-old caught just 21 passes for 315 yards and one touchdown in 16 games during the 2023 regular season and will turn 30 in October.
Feb 24, 2024 1:51 PM EST
Kansas City Chiefs rookie wide receiver Rashee Rice (hamstring) practiced in full on Tuesday and looks ready to play in his first career postseason contest on Saturday against the visiting Miami Dolphins. Marquez Valdes-Scantling (oblique) was also a full participant. The Chiefs chose to rest their leading receiver in the Week 18 regular season finale against the Los Angeles Chargers with the No. 3 seed already locked up. After a slow start in his rookie campaign, the 23-year-old eventually became quarterback Patrick Mahomes' go to receiver, other than tight end Travis Kelce. He finished with 79 receptions, 938 yards and seven touchdowns and will be plenty attractive in DFS with a DraftKings price of $6,600 while going up against a banged-up Dolphins secondary in wild-card weekend. Valdes-Scantling should be ignored.
Jan 9, 2024 7:34 PM EST
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling has endured a disastrous campaign in 2023, with his 21 receptions on 42 targets for 315 yards and one touchdown all signifying career-low outputs. After his snap rate was rightfully beginning to dip during the middle portion of the season, Valdes-Scantling has risen back up to 81.3% and 73.1% clips in each of his past two outings respectively. That status may actually put the 29-year-old field stretcher at risk of getting veteran's rest during Week 18's regular-season finale against the Los Angeles Chargers with the AFC's No. 3 postseason spot set in stone for the Chiefs. Valdes-Scantling couldn't find a rhythm with big-armed superstar quarterback Patrick Mahomes at any point this season, rendering it somewhat unlikely things suddenly click with backup signal-caller Blaine Gabbert in the Week 18 saddle. MVS is a Hail-Mary DFS choice.
Jan 7, 2024 12:45 AM EST
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling caught two of his four targets for 22 yards in the Week 14 loss to the Buffalo Bills. MVS continued to be a non-factor in fantasy football, so he remains on the fantasy radar. At this point in the season, Rashee Rice and Travis Kelce are the only two Chiefs pass-catchers with fantasy football upside. The Chiefs head into an AFC contest with the New England Patriots to try and get back on track ahead of the NFL playoffs.
Dec 11, 2023 2:45 PM EST
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling is yet to mesh with quarterback Patrick Mahomes in 2023, administering four catches (five targets) for 61 yards across Weeks 1 and 2. The 24-year-old at least hopes in Week 3 versus the Chicago Bears to run into the coverage of struggling 2023 second-rounder Tyrique Stevenson, who was dwarfed by Mike Evans and company in Week 2 for a 5/140/1 receiving line against him. Stevenson also had trouble defending a short-handed Green Bay Packers receiving corps in the season opener for a 3/42/1 line opposing him. Valdes-Scantling could draw a few extra looks if Kadarius Toney (toe) is missing or limited on Sunday, considering the latter has commanded 10 targets on a mere 28 routes despite his well-known struggles. MVS participated in 87% of K.C.'s offensive snaps a week ago, but he would only be Hail Mary WR4 recourse whether Toney is active or not.
Sep 23, 2023 9:44 PM EST
Wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling managed to lead the Kansas City Chiefs in receiving with 48 yards on two receptions during Week 1 versus the Detroit Lions. The 28-year-old only earned two targets over his 33 routes run, however, and hasn't been able to regularly command quarterback Patrick Mahomes' attention in his Chiefs career. With Travis Kelce (knee) looking ready to rock for Week 2 against the Jacksonville Jaguars, Valdes-Scantling is a boom-or-bust WR4 without a ton of pop after eclipsing 70 yards only three times in 17 regular-season games last season. MVS seems to be a more a valuable real-life presence at this point as a space creator for Kelce in the short and intermediate levels of the field.
Sep 15, 2023 7:28 PM EST
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Marquez Valdes-Scantling could draw some extra targets in the season opener versus the Detroit Lions if Travis Kelce (knee) is inactive or limited in any way. After attaining the eighth-highest receiving yards per reception (16.4) last year, however, the inconsistent 28-year-old wideout's role as KC's primary deep threat may be mostly unaffected regardless of Kelce's status. Valdes-Scantling should see a few looks on deep balls against a leaky Detroit defense that oozed the second-most receiving yards to WRs (3238), but his weekly prospects hinge upon his ability to come down with lower-percentage targets. This role leaves MVS as nothing more than a WR4/5 dart throw on Thursday, even in a game that could see plenty of points scored.
Sep 6, 2023 10:41 PM EST
Valdes-Scantling gathered in 3 of 6 targets for 27 yards during Saturday's 31-13 victory against the Raiders.
Jan 10, 2023 9:08 AM EST
Valdes-Scantling caught 2 of 7 targets for 28 yards during Sunday's 27-24 win versus the Broncos.
Jan 3, 2023 10:08 AM EST
Valdes-Scantling failed to catch either of his two targets in Saturday's 24-10 win over the Seahawks.
Dec 26, 2022 4:21 PM EST
Valdes-Scantling secured three of five targets for 26 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs' 30-24 overtime win over the Texans on Sunday.
Dec 18, 2022 2:30 PM EST
Valdes-Scantling caught 1 of 3 targets for 20 yards during Sunday's 34-28 victory against the Broncos.
Dec 13, 2022 8:33 AM EST
Valdes-Scantling caught two of six targets for 71 yards in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Bengals.
Dec 4, 2022 8:15 PM EST
Valdes-Scantling caught four of five targets for 56 yards in Sunday's 26-10 win over the Rams.
Nov 27, 2022 7:57 PM EST
Valdes-Scantling (illness) recorded one reception on four targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 30-27 win over the Chargers.
Nov 20, 2022 10:08 PM EST
Valdes-Scantling (illness) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday night's game against the Chargers after practicing fully Friday.
Nov 18, 2022 12:16 PM EST
Valdes-Scantling (illness) returned to a limited practice Thursday.
Nov 17, 2022 2:24 PM EST
Valdes-Scantling (illness) is in line to practice Thursday, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.
Nov 17, 2022 9:59 AM EST
Valdes-Scantling (illness) won't practice Wednesday, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.
Nov 16, 2022 10:45 AM EST