Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice continued his recent muted postseason run with six catches (eight targets) for 39 yards, but his team was still able to bring home their third Super Bowl ring in the last four seasons in Sunday's 25-22 triumph over the San Francisco 49ers. After an electric performance during Super Wild Card Weekend, the 2023 second-rounder failed to reach the 50-yard marker in any of his past three playoff games. It ends a very promising rookie campaign with a bit of a whimper, but Rice cemented himself as quarterback Patrick Mahomes' No. 1 wideout this year. The Chiefs' offseason moves may have something to say regarding Rice's 2024 fantasy draft outlook, however, as it's abundantly clear they need to add a more credible downfield threat into the picture despite Mecole Hardman Jr.'s Super Bowl LVIII heroics. For now, Rice belongs in top-12 conversations at the WR position in way-too-early rankings.
Feb 12, 2024 1:22 AM EST
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice played more of a supporting role as his team eked out a 27-24 victory over the Buffalo Bills, collecting all four of his targets for 47 yards in Sunday's Divisional Round. Outproduced yardage-wise by the much-maligned Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Rice let out a far cry from his 130-yard effort in last Saturday's wild-card win. Sitting down in the defense's soft spot, Rice provided a 26-yard catch-and-run on his longest play of the evening in the first quarter with quarterback Patrick Mahomes flushed out of the pocket. The rookie second-rounder then made a tough grab in traffic in the red zone during the second period, but it was an otherwise quiet showing out of the 23-year-old wideout. Rice may not have been the focal point that he was in his last time out, but he contributed to the Chiefs' balanced attack on Sunday. He'll aim for more production in next Sunday's AFC title battle with the Baltimore Ravens.
Jan 21, 2024 11:35 PM EST
Undeterred by the elements of the fourth-coldest game in NFL history, Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice tagged a beat-up Miami Dolphins defense for an 8/130/1 line on 12 targets in last Saturday's wild-card triumph. It was a special postseason debut for the rookie second-rounder, whose ability to rack up yards after the catch from the shorter areas of the field played well in the subzero temperatures. Rice has now passed or tied the scuffling Travis Kelce in targets in each of K.C.'s last seven games, perhaps starting to solidify himself as quarterback Patrick Mahomes' new favorite weapon heading into Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. Matching up primarily with Rasul Douglas (knee) when these squads squared off in Week 14, Rice got the better of Buffalo's defense for a 7/72/1 output. Rice is the most expensive of K.C.'s skill positions while costing $6,800 on Sunday, but he's earned top-six WR1 treatment on the Divisional Round slate.
Jan 20, 2024 1:30 AM EST
Kansas City Chiefs rookie wide receiver Rashee Rice averaged only 3.6 air yards per catch during the regular season, which ranked last among 466 receivers with at least 900 yards in a season since at least 2006. But he set a career-high in Week 17 against the Bengals with a 7.6-yard average depth per reception and backed it up with a 6.9-yard average in the win over the Dolphins in the wild-card round. He caught three passes against Miami on passes thrown more than 10 yards past the line of scrimmage -- he made just nine such catches during the regular season. With Rice and quarterback Patrick Mahomes starting to gel down the stretch and into the postseason, it could make their offense much more explosive than it was all year long. Rice's 130 yards against the Dolphins were three more yards than the career-high he set against Cincy in Week 17.
Jan 16, 2024 12:20 PM EST
The moment was not too big for Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice in Saturday's postseason debut, shining for eight receptions (12 targets), 130 yards, and one touchdown in the 26-7 wild-card triumph over the Miami Dolphins. It was an electric performance out of Rice, who gobbled up six of his eight passes for 92 yards in the first half and racked up 39 of them courtesy of a catch-and-run on third-and-long right before halftime. Rice made no mistake from 11 yards away for a score on K.C.'s opening drive. With Saturday's showing, the dynamic 23-year-old set a Chiefs rookie record for most receiving yards in a playoff game. Rice shared after the contest that he was fine after tweaking his ankle in the third quarter. With that said, the second-rounder's practice status will still be worth monitoring leading into next weekend's Divisional duel either in Orchard Park against the Buffalo Bills or at Arrowhead Stadium versus the Houston Texans.
Jan 14, 2024 12:21 AM EST
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice was perhaps one of fantasy's most rewarding forward-thinking holds of 2023. Though it took Rice time to carve out his featured role, he appeared to be K.C.'s most dangerous wideout long before taking the league by storm with 7.2 catches (9.3 targets) for 86.3 yards per game and three total touchdowns in his final six games. The second-rounder ranked as fantasy's overall WR8 in PPR scoring over this span, entering Saturday's playoff debut versus the Miami Dolphins with plenty of momentum. Those playing Rice in DFS will likely be relying on his third-most yards after catch (654) and seventh-most red-zone targets (22) among WRs this year. The Fins held Rice to his season worst with 17 yards in Week 9, but he was able to find the end zone in that one. Rice does most of his damage with the ball in his hands starting at or around the line of scrimmage, so forecasted windy conditions may not hamper him all that much.
Jan 13, 2024 12:20 AM EST
After putting in three full practices this week, Kansas City Chiefs rookie wide receiver Rashee Rice (hamstring) was removed from the final injury report and will play on Saturday evening in his first career postseason contest against the Miami Dolphins. The 23-year-old was held out of the Week 18 win over the Los Angeles Chargers as a precaution but will return this weekend to be quarterback Patrick Mahomes' most trusted aerial weapon besides tight end Travis Kelce. Rice is reasonably priced on DraftKings this weekend at a salary of $6,600 and has one of the better matchups during wild-card weekend for a receiver going up against a Dolphins defense that has been absolutely bombarded by injuries over the last several weeks.
Jan 11, 2024 6:21 PM EST
Kansas City Chiefs rookie wide receiver Rashee Rice (hamstring) put in a second straight day with a full practice on Wednesday after the Chiefs held him out of the Week 18 regular season finale against the Los Angeles Chargers as a precaution. The 23-year-old probably could have played last week, but the Chiefs chose to hold their leading receiver out in a meaningless game. He'll return for this Saturday's wild-card contest versus the visiting Miami Dolphins and their beat up defense. Rice will be pretty attractive at his $6,600 DraftKings price as quarterback Patrick Mahomes' top target (besides Travis Kelce). The Dolphins will be without cornerback Xavien Howard (foot) and potentially two of their safeties as well for this one.
Jan 10, 2024 6:33 PM EST
Kansas City Chiefs rookie wide receiver Rashee Rice (hamstring) will not practice with the rest of the team on Wednesday, according to head coach Andy Reid. It's unclear how serious Rice's hamstring injury is, but even if it's not very serious and he's able to play in the Week 18 regular season finale against the Los Angeles Chargers on Sunday, the impressive 23-year-old pass-catcher will be a candidate to be rested. The Chiefs have locked up the No. 3 seed for the playoffs and are already going to be sitting star quarterback Patrick Mahomes for this one. Rice has emerged as KC's clear leading receiver in his first year in the NFL, but he's trending toward being a volatile fantasy option this weekend with the Chiefs having nothing to play for.
Jan 3, 2024 5:04 PM EST
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice enjoyed a career day in Sunday's 25-17 win over the visiting Cincinnati Bengals, racking up the most receiving yards (127) of his rookie year. Despite his fewest receptions (five) and targets (six) since Week 11, Rice paced the Chiefs in Week 17 receiving with three times the total of their next leading receiver. Fantasy managers' eyes did not deceive them when Rice came down with just his fifth deep target of the year on a 67-yard Patrick Mahomes touch pass in the third quarter for both his and K.C.'s longest play from scrimmage of the season. The 23-year-old second-round pick will have a great opportunity to cap off an extremely encouraging Year 1 with a bang and a 1,000-yard campaign under his belt in Week 18 against the Los Angeles Chargers, who he dropped a tidy 5/60/1 receiving line on back in late October.
Jan 1, 2024 3:14 AM EST
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice has been a top-five full-PPR fantasy asset over a five-game span since Week 12, regularly offering WR1 numbers in full-PPR scoring. Rice's unique role sees him up to second in the NFL in red-zone targets (22) and yards after catch (565), but he leads the league with seven drops. Though it's clear the Chiefs don't yet trust Rice as a deep threat, the rookie second-rounder compensates for that reduction in fantasy ceiling with dynamic YAC ability and scoring prowess. Nestled into 2022's JuJu Smith-Schuster role, Rice is being peppered with 10 targets per game since Week 12. The Cincinnati Bengals are up next on Sunday, allowing the ninth-most half-PPR fantasy points to enemy WRs. Rice is locked in as a low-end WR1 in full-PPR formats and a high-end WR2 in settings that have less of an emphasis on making receptions a premium for Week 17's fantasy championship.
Dec 31, 2023 12:09 AM EST
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice managed to keep his foot on the gas in Week 16's surprising 20-14 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders, reeling in six of his 12 targets for 57 yards. While the final line is nothing to write home about, managers should be glad Rice came away with solid production on a dreadful afternoon where the Chiefs offense just couldn't kick into gear. Rice's yardage potential remains capped by K.C.'s reluctance to trust and utilize the electric 23-year-old on passing plays outside the numbers deep down the field, as evidenced by 7.8 yards per target across his past five outings. Even so, the standout rookie is supplying a PPR-friendly 7.6 catches on 10.0 targets for 78.2 yards with three total touchdowns since Week 12. Rice concludes a Year 1 fantasy season that saw him steadily rise throughout in a plus Week 17 draw versus the Cincinnati Bengals, where he will be a locked-in WR1 in full-PPR leagues.
Dec 26, 2023 1:58 AM EST
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice has become a full-time weapon, playing a career-high 90.3% of the team's offensive snaps last Sunday. Rice has also experienced a bump in high-value looks, commanding 10 red-zone targets in his four-game surge since Week 11. In these four post-Thanksgiving outings, Rice checks in as fantasy's overall WR3 with 32 catches for 334 yards and three touchdowns over this hot streak. Only superstars CeeDee Lamb and Deebo Samuel have scored more points across this stretch. Rice arrived with a career-high 107 yards when he met the Las Vegas Raiders in Week 12, taking a 39-yard pass to the house. Rice's splash plays remain dependent on his catch-and-run prowess (527 YAC this year) with just 4.3 yards of average target distance. Rice has earned his spot on fantasy's WR1/2 border for Week 16, with Las Vegas' zone-heavy coverage rate (80%) likely working to his benefit on screen plays.
Dec 24, 2023 1:03 AM EST
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice was funneled targets in Week 15's 27-17 win over the New England Patriots, collecting all nine of his targets for 91 yards and a touchdown. Though it wasn't the cleanest exchange, Rice was the recipient of a four-yard Jerick McKinnon shovel pass for a score on a trick play to get the Chiefs on the board early. Rice's low average depth of target may only feed him looks in the short and intermediate levels of the field, but it also allows the 23-year-old rookie to easily vacuum up high-percentages passes and thus furnish a high fantasy floor. And after being stuck in a revolving door of a wideout rotation, Rice has settled in as a focal point of a K.C. passing attack that has finally become more concentrated toward him. Though devoid of deep targets, Rice will be a high-end WR2 in PPR setups at home on Christmas day versus the division-rival Las Vegas Raiders.
Dec 18, 2023 1:36 AM EST
The Kansas City Chiefs may have finally taken the training wheels off wide receiver Rashee Rice in Week 14, unleashing the rookie for career highs in snap share (84.8%) and route rate (81.8%). Rice returned the favor with a 7/72/1 receiving line on 10 targets. K.C. hardly has much choice in the matter -- despite Rice's six drops -- as Rice has flashed enough signs of brilliance via the third-most yards after catch (467) and sixth-most fantasy points per route run (0.59) that no other Chiefs wideout has even come close to sniffing this year. The only aspect missing from the 23-year-old's coming-out party was a deep target, as Rice has only drawn two downfield passes all year. While that curbs Rice's fantasy upside, he's making up for the lack of splash plays with the seventh-most red-zone targets (17) among WRs. With the chains finally appearing to be loosened, Rice is a confident PPR WR2 for Week 15 against the New England Patriots.
Dec 15, 2023 11:50 PM EST
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice was tied with tight end Travis Kelce for the team lead with 10 targets in Week 14's 20-17 loss to the Buffalo Bills, catching seven passes for 72 yards and a touchdown. After Rice brought in a four-yard Patrick Mahomes pass for a third-quarter score, the second-round rookie lost a fumble during the following drive. The Chiefs continue to refuse to send Rice down the field for some deep targets here and there to help raise his fantasy ceiling, but the 23-year-old wideout has at least locked himself into a featured role that includes prominent red-zone duties in a Mahomes-steered offense. Rice has also established a sturdy floor since Week 5, with a scoreless four-catch, 42-yard stat line producing his lowest scoring output in this nine-game stretch. He's a relatively safe WR2/3 next Sunday on the road against the New England Patriots.
Dec 11, 2023 12:43 AM EST
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice set modest season highs in snap share (70.1%), route participation (72.2%), and catches (eight) in last Sunday night's loss to the Green Bay Packers. It's a sign that while Rice's role has yet to expand beyond the short and intermediate levels of the field (two 2023 deep targets), he's receiving high-percentage looks at or around the line of scrimmage to maximize his yards-after-catch prowess (fourth among WRs with 422 YAC). The Chiefs simply haven't exhibited any level of trust to turn the second-round rookie loose down the field for a full complement of routes despite the bungling deep threats surrounding him, perhaps likely in part because of Rice's six drops in Year 1. Unlikely to get the proper looks to break through the WR3 fantasy barrier and enter the WR2 rung, Rice is a high-floor FLEX across all formats as the preferred wideout for two-time MVP quarterback Patrick Mahomes.
Dec 9, 2023 9:08 PM EST
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice remained heavily involved in Week 13's 27-19 defeat to the Green Bay Packers, racking up a team-high eight catches on nine targets for 64 yards. Rice was tackled just shy of the goal line on a four-yard gain in the third quarter before tailback Isiah Pacheco punched it in for a touchdown on the ensuing play. Rice nearly lost a costly fumble during K.C.'s final drive, but it was overruled upon further review. It was still very encouraging to see the Chiefs scheme the ball into Rice's hands and feature him early and often, with the rookie wideout even drawing a pass interference penalty in the fourth quarter and a dominant 30% target share overall. Rice's playmaking may finally be receiving well-deserved recognition by the coaching staff, and the 23-year-old should find himself firmly situated along fantasy's WR3 line with WR2 upside in a potential shootout with the Buffalo Bills in Week 14.
Dec 4, 2023 1:52 AM EST
The Kansas City Chiefs have removed wide receiver Rashee Rice (foot) from Week 13's injury report. Rice finished as Week 12's overall WR3 with 24.3 full-PPR points in last Sunday's mini breakout effort. Despite the obvious career-best box-score returns in targets (10), catches (eight), and receiving yards (107), Rice barely reached career highs in snap share (69.0%) and route rate (68.6%). It offers context that the second-round rookie's opportunity hardly expanded much beyond what we've seen over the last five outings. But head coach Andy Reid's postgame endorsement of Rice, referring to him as "Patrick friendly", should tell you all you need to know about how the coaching staff regards him at this point. Rice enters Week 13 against the Green Bay Packers ranking fourth in fantasy points per route run (0.61) and seventh in fantasy points per target (2.26) as well as yards after catch (360) among WRs. Rice is a high-end WR3 with WR2 upside.
Dec 1, 2023 11:42 PM EST
Kansas City Chiefs rookie wide receiver Rashee Rice is coming off the best game of his first year in the NFL -- an eight-catch, 107-yard, one-touchdown performance -- and has become "Patrick Friendly," according to head coach Andy Reid, referring to the chemistry he's built with quarterback Patrick Mahomes. Week 12 was the first time all year that a Chiefs receiver had more than five receptions or 100 yards in a game. Rice's five TDs in 2023 are tied with tight end Travis Kelce for the team-high. When targeting Rice this year, Mahomes has completed 79.2% of his throws, averaged 9.6 yards per attempt, and has thrown five TDs and no picks, boasting a 138 passer rating when targeting Rice. The rookie is the clear top target for Mahomes behind Kelce.
Nov 30, 2023 12:40 PM EST