Marquez Valdes-Scantling

Kansas City Chiefs
Wide Receiver #83
Kansas City Chiefs
Wide Receiver #83
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Marquez Valdes-Scantling News

Light tally to close regular season

Valdes-Scantling gathered in 3 of 6 targets for 27 yards during Saturday's 31-13 victory against the Raiders.

Analysis: Valdes-Scantling compiled three or fewer catches for the fifth straight game, didn't top 28 receiving yards in the final five weeks and had just one touchdown to his name all season. The deep threat didn't really live up to what the Chiefs were aiming for when they signed him to a three-year contract before the season, though he did compile a career-high 42 catches and fell just three yards short of his career-high receiving yardage total with 687. MVS also drew 13 targets combined between the final two regular-season contests, so there is a chance he could make an impact in the postseason if he and Patrick Mahomes can connect on a deep shot.

Jan 10, 2023 9:08 AM EST


Inefficient with target volume

Valdes-Scantling caught 2 of 7 targets for 28 yards during Sunday's 27-24 win versus the Broncos.

Analysis: There were numerous occasions where Valdes-Scantling had a chance to make a big play but was ultimately unable to connect with quarterback Patrick Mahomes. It's at least an encouraging sign to see the deep threat drawing his most targets since Week 7, but it didn't turn into much tangible fantasy production. Valdes-Scantling could be an interesting deep fantasy option in some postseason leagues, but he doesn't possess much fantasy value in regular redrafts at this point.

Jan 3, 2023 10:08 AM EST



Held catchless in win

Valdes-Scantling failed to catch either of his two targets in Saturday's 24-10 win over the Seahawks.

Analysis: Valdes-Scantling was a complete non-factor in the contest, and played fewer offensive snaps than fellow wideouts JuJu Smith-Schuster (44) and Justin Watson (39). In fact, the veteran's 23 snap total was his lowest of the season. Valdes-Scantling has been up-and-down so far this season, as Patrick Mahomes is known to spread the ball around to several pass catchers. With that said, being a part of the Chiefs aerial attack certainly allows for great potential on any given week. In Week 17, the Chiefs host the Broncos, who allowed Valdes-Scantling to catch just one pass for 20 yards. The 28-year-old speedster will be difficult to trust for fantasy purposes.

Dec 26, 2022 4:21 PM EST


Finds end zone in OT win

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.

Analysis: The speedy wideout recorded a touchdown for the first time since Week 10 and only his second time all season on an impressive sliding four-yard grab on the right side of the end zone with 14 seconds remaining in the first half. Otherwise, MVS once again had a modest role on what was a prolific day for the Chiefs' air attack, posting his third sub-30-yard receiving day for the fourth time in the last seven games. Valdes-Scantling will next take aim at an inconsistent Seahawks secondary in a Week 16 home matchup on Saturday afternoon.

Dec 18, 2022 2:30 PM EST


Small impact in Week 14

Valdes-Scantling caught 1 of 3 targets for 20 yards during Sunday's 34-28 victory against the Broncos.

Analysis: Valdes-Scantling has played around half the offensive snaps in each of the last three games, a far cry from the 70-plus percent he played in nearly every game through Week 11. MVS still drew 11 targets in the two previous games but received just three Sunday. He has gone over 100 receiving yards just once all season and has just one receiving touchdown to his name, so Valdes-Scantling can be left on the waiver wire in most formats.

Dec 13, 2022 8:33 AM EST



Leading receiver in Sunday's loss

Valdes-Scantling caught two of six targets for 71 yards in Sunday's 27-24 loss to the Bengals.

Analysis: He could have had a much bigger day as drops were an issue for Valdes-Scantling once again, but his 71 yards still led Kansas City. It's his best performance since he erupted for 111 yards back in Week 7, but the former Packer could have trouble repeating it in Week 14 against a stingy Broncos secondary.

Dec 4, 2022 8:15 PM EST


Four catches in Sunday's win

Valdes-Scantling caught four of five targets for 56 yards in Sunday's 26-10 win over the Rams.

Analysis: Travis Kelce bested him by one yard for the team lead as Valdes-Scantling saw his highest target volume since Week 5. The former Packer remains a secondary part of the high-powered Kansas City passing game, making him a volatile fantasy option heading into a Week 13 clash with the Bengals.

Nov 27, 2022 7:57 PM EST


Struggles with four targets

Valdes-Scantling (illness) recorded one reception on four targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 30-27 win over the Chargers.

Analysis: Valdes-Scantling was battling an illness during practice this week, but he was ultimately cleared from the injury report prior to Sunday night's tilt. The veteran wideout wasn't able to step up with several key Kansas City receivers missing from action, instead posting one of his poorer stat lines of the year. JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion) and Kadarius Toney (hamstring) are currently questionable for next Sunday's tilt against the Rams, so MVS may have an opportunity to redeem himself after disappointing in this fill-in start.

Nov 20, 2022 10:08 PM EST


Cleared to play Sunday

Valdes-Scantling (illness) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday night's game against the Chargers after practicing fully Friday.

Analysis: With JuJu Smith-Schuster ruled out with a concussion and Mecole Hardman (abdomen/illness) having been placed on IR, Valdes-Scantling is in line to handle plenty of snaps Sunday, while Kadarius Toney, Justin Watson and Skyy Moore are also candidates to see added opportunities in Week 11. Through nine games, Valdes-Scantling has caught 26 of his 43 targets for 441 yards and a TD, and with both Smith-Schuster and Hardman sidelined this weekend, the 6-foot-4, 206-pounder should see enough volume in Kansas City's passing game to merit fantasy consideration against Los Angeles.

Nov 18, 2022 12:16 PM EST


Back to limited practice

Valdes-Scantling (illness) returned to a limited practice Thursday.

Analysis: Valdes-Scantling missed Wednesday's practice, so his return to the field Friday bodes well for his chances of suiting up Sunday night against the Chargers. If he upgrades to full participation Friday, Valdes-Scantling could approach the contest minus an injury designation and if so he'd be in line for a key role in Week 11, with JuJu Smith-Schuster iffy due to a concussion and Mecole Hardman (abdomen) having been placed on IR on Thursday.

Nov 17, 2022 2:24 PM EST


On track to practice Thursday

Valdes-Scantling (illness) is in line to practice Thursday, Adam Teicher of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Valdes-Scantling sat out Wednesday's session, but his looming return to practice has the wideout trending in the right direction as Sunday night's game against the Chargers approaches. Meanwhile JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion) and Mecole Hardman (abdomen) are slated to miss practice again Thursday, and if either one or both are unable to play this weekend, Valdes-Scantling could be busy in Week 11, with Kadarius Toney, Justin Watson and Skyy Moore also candidates to factor in versus Los Angeles.

Nov 17, 2022 9:59 AM EST


Set to miss practice

Valdes-Scantling (illness) won't practice Wednesday, Herbie Teope of The Kansas City Star reports.

Analysis: The same goes for JuJu Smith-Schuster (concussion) and Mecole Hardman (abdomen), with the trio's status worth monitoring closely ahead of Sunday's night's game against the Chargers. For now, Kansas City's top available wideouts are Kadarius Toney, Justin Watson and Skyy Moore.

Nov 16, 2022 10:45 AM EST


Gets into end zone Sunday

Valdes-Scantling brought in three of four targets for 60 yards and a touchdown in the Chiefs' 27-17 win over the Jaguars on Sunday.

Analysis: The speedster didn't see a boost in targets despite the first-half departure of fellow wideout JuJu Smith-Schuster due to a head injury, but he still delivered nicely for fantasy managers on an 18-yard scoring grab early in the second quarter, the first of his Chiefs tenure. Valdes-Scantling's receiving yardage total finished second behind that of Travis Kelce's on the afternoon, and he'll head into a Week 11 matchup against the Chargers on the road next Sunday night with a potential expanded role on tap if Smith-Schuster is forced to sit out.

Nov 13, 2022 2:41 PM EST


Little involvement versus Titans

Valdes-Scantling caught his only target for 12 yards during Sunday's 20-17 overtime victory against Tennessee.

Analysis: While the Chiefs gave Valdes-Scantling a healthy contract prior to the 2022 campaign, it hasn't proved fruitful for either the team or MVS. The deep threat has finished with 90-plus yards on a pair of occasions but has yet to reach pay dirt and saw a season-low one target Sunday night. New acquisition Kadarius Toney is also viewed as a deep threat. He could get more involved in the coming weeks, which could impact Valdes-Scantling's snap totals in the future, especially with Mecole Hardman (6/79/1 Sunday) outproducing him of late.

Nov 8, 2022 9:11 AM EST


Records season-high 111 yards

Valdes-Scantling hauled in three of four passes for 111 yards and no touchdowns during Sunday's 44-23 win at San Francisco.

Analysis: Valdes-Scantling had his best outing as a Chief in terms of receiving yards, which was powered by two of the three longest plays of the game for the team, a 40-yard grab in the second quarter and a 57-yarder in the final period. The receptions marked his first of the campaign of 40-plus yards, but he also played a season-low 55 percent of the offensive snaps Sunday. He remains hit-or-miss on a weekly basis, but working with quarterback Patrick Mahomes means Valdes-Scantling can hit for big plays at a moment's notice.

Oct 24, 2022 5:35 PM EST


Held catchless in loss

Valdes-Scantling failed to reel in any of his three targets in Sunday's 24-20 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Valdes-Scantling played 82 percent of the Chiefs' offensive snaps, but the wideout was a complete non-factor in the passing attack. His lackluster performance comes just a week removed from his best game with the Chiefs, in which he paced the team with 90 yards. Valdes-Scantling has been inconsistent in his production and has not been the playmaker many thought he could be in an offense led by Patrick Mahomes. There are likely brighter days ahead for the 28-year-old, but he is becoming increasingly difficult to trust for fantasy purposes. Valdes-Scantling will look to get back on track when the Chiefs visit the 49ers in Week 7.

Oct 18, 2022 9:51 PM EST


Leads way with 90 yards

Valdes-Scantling recorded six receptions on eight targets for 90 yards in Monday's 30-29 win over the Raiders.

Analysis: While overshadowed by Travis Kelce's four-touchdown performance, Valdes-Scantling delivered his best game as a Chief. His performance was highlighted by three catches of more than 15 yards, and he delivered a pair of key receptions on third down to keep drives alive. Valdes-Scantling has often served as a deep threat throughout his career, but he's shown the ability to produce on volume early in his tenure in Kansas City and now has at least seven targets in three of his last four games.

Oct 10, 2022 9:41 PM EST


Gains 63 yards in win

Valdes-Scantling (abdomen) caught three of five targets for 63 yards in Sunday's 41-31 win over Tampa Bay.

Analysis: Valdes-Scantling was limited at practice this week with an abdomen injury, but he was able to suit up and even absorbed a blow to his midsection on one of his three receptions. The former Packer now has 13 receptions on 23 targets for 168 yards through four games with his new club. MVS will look for his first touchdown of the season in a Week 5 matchup against the Raiders next Monday.

Oct 2, 2022 11:29 PM EST


Playing in Week 4

Valdes-Scantling (abdomen) is listed as active for Sunday night's game against the Buccaneers.

Analysis: After being deemed a non-participant Thursday, Valdes-Scantling returned to a limited practice session Friday, setting the stage for him to give it a go Sunday night. Through his first three games with Kansas City, he's compiled a modest 10-105-0 receiving line, but as long as steady snaps and targets (seven in each of his last two games) are the norm for the wideout, he'll have a chance to make his mark in the coming weeks if he's able to continue building on-field chemistry with quarterback Patrick Mahomes.

Oct 2, 2022 3:59 PM EST


Should be available Sunday

Valdes-Scantling (abdomen), who is listed as questionable for Sunday's prime-time matchup against the Buccaneers, is expected to play, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Valdes-Scantling was able to practice in limited fashion Friday which seemed to indicate he'd be available to play, and it appears since that point has been positive in terms of his status for Sunday. Expect the Chiefs to officially confirm the news closer to the aforementioned 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff.

Oct 1, 2022 2:41 PM EST


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