Just when it seemed like Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice was losing steam, he produced a career-best effort in Week 12's 31-17 win over the Las Vegas Raiders. Rice hit double figures in targets (10) for the first time this year, banking eight receptions and surpassing the century mark (107 yards). Rice's best play of the day saw him take a short pass over the middle to the house on a 39-yard touchdown in the third quarter with K.C.'s offense firing on all cylinders. At long last, it was the breakout game that Rice's fantasy managers had been waiting patiently on for months. It needs to be mentioned that Kadarius Toney (ankle/hip) and Mecole Hardman Jr. (thumb, IR) were both unavailable, which helped unclog K.C.'s hodgepodge wideout rotation and concentrate it more towards a featured role for Rice. He's not yet vaulted completely over the WR3 barrier, but Rice enters Week 13 against the Green Bay Packers with reclaimed momentum.
Nov 27, 2023 1:37 AM EST
After consistently playing under 50% of the Kansas City Chiefs' offensive snaps through his first five games, wide receiver Rashee Rice had fantasy managers clamoring for the coaching staff to give him more playing time. The second-round rookie was aggressively earning 4.8 targets per game looks in a limited role over this interval, but his elite target rate has not carried over into a more prominent role. Since his snaps stabilized around the 50-60% range in Week 6, Rice is still averaging only 4.4 targets across this frame. Combine the lack of opportunity with a lowly two deep targets on the campaign and Rice offers diminished WR3 fantasy appeal for Week 12 against the Las Vegas Raiders. Rice owns the ninth-most full-PPR fantasy points per route run (0.56), but there's no indication that the Chiefs are ready to expand his route tree and how they utilize him overall, even with Kadarius Toney (ankle/hip) and Mecole Hardman Jr. (thumb) out on Sunday.
Nov 26, 2023 12:20 AM EST
It was another week of Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice being unable to break out during Monday's 21-17 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, but he did pile up four receptions on five targets for 42 yards. Rice showed off his lauded yards-after-catch prowess on a 14-yard gain during the first quarter to get K.C. into a goal-to-go, dancing his way around Darius Slay in the process. But Rice is yet to assert himself as an alpha wideout for the Chiefs, losing a sizable chunk of quarterback Patrick Mahomes' attention in favor of the unheralded Justin Watson (11 targets) in Week 11. The 23-year-old has experienced several breakout scenarios in the form of favorable matchups during his rookie year, but they simply haven't come to materialization at any turn quite yet. Unable to transcend seven targets in any one game this season, Rice is losing steam as a WR3 option for Week 12 against the Las Vegas Raiders.
Nov 21, 2023 1:57 AM EST
We've felt like Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice has been a breakout waiting to happen for the bulk of the 2023 season, but it just hasn't happened quite yet. PlayerProfiler charted Jalen Ramsey as the primary corner to Rice in the Germany win over the Miami Dolphins, impeding the second-round rookie's breakthrough chances. But Rice played a season-high 68.6% of K.C.'s offensive snaps in Week 9, saving his day on a catch-and-run screen touchdown while matching a season-worst two targets and receptions and setting a new low mark with 17 yards. Fantasy managers are clamoring for the Chiefs to feed Rice the ball, since the explosive 23-year-old is compiling the eighth-most points per target (2.28) and seventh-most fantasy points per route run (0.60). The declining Eagles secondary is being gutted for the most fantasy points to opposing WRs (47.53), situating Rice as a WR3 with tons of upside on Monday.
Nov 18, 2023 10:29 PM EST
It seemed Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice was beginning to make inroads in becoming quarterback Patrick Mahomes preferred wideout target, but the 23-year-old got lost in shuffle during Sunday's 21-14 win over the Miami Dolphins. The Chiefs offense appeared to be concentrating more towards Rice in recent weeks, but the rookie closed in sixth place in team receiving in Week 9. Rice did gallop into the end zone on an 11-yard screen play on the game's opening drive to lift his fantasy day, and he also made a diving six-yard grab in the second quarter to keep an eventual scoring drive alive. It's a reminder that while Rice remains the best bet for production out of K.C.'s wideouts, he doesn't exactly appear to close to reaching the WR2 echelon. The 2023 second-round pick should be stashed in most leagues through a Week 10 bye with hopes that K.C. finally unleashes him during another prospective shootout with the Philadelphia Eagles in Week 11.
Nov 6, 2023 1:46 AM EST
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice is averaging 0.60 fantasy points per route run on the strength of the eighth-most yards after catch (249) in his rookie season. It also insinuates that the Chiefs have yet to expand on his route tree, however, as Rice's limited role (53.9% slot snap rate) has left him with a mere two deep targets this year. The 23-year-old may need to rack up more YAC when he takes on a Miami Dolphins defense surrendering the fourth-most receptions (118) and receiving touchdowns (nine) to his position in 2023. Miami's unit has also let in the ninth-most fantasy points per game from the slot (13.9), per Razzball. Rice's playing time appears to have stabilized around a 60% clip over the past two weeks and his rest-of-season outlook bolstered when K.C. opted to not add wideout help at Tuesday's trade deadline. But until the second-rounder runs an advanced assortment of routes, Rice will remain stuck as a low-ceiling, if high-floor WR3/flex.
Nov 3, 2023 11:33 PM EST
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice managed to maintain his climb toward the head of the receiving corps in Sunday's dazing 24-9 fall the Denver Broncos, delivering four catches (five targets) for 56 yards. Rice tried to wake up a dormant Chiefs first half with an exhilarating 39-yard catch-and-run in the second quarter, but the offense had to settle for a field goal later that drive. Week 8 ultimately wasn't a significant step forward or backward for the 2023 second-rounder, but he offered a usable fantasy outcome in a stonewalled offense nonetheless. The Chiefs and Miami Dolphins could put on an offensive showcase during Week 9's must-see game in Germany, where Rice should remain an upside, if mid-tier WR3/flex. K.C.'s possible trade deadline transactions could bolster or undermine the 23-year-old's rest-of-season outlook, though, depending largely upon if they swing a deal for a household name at wideout.
Oct 30, 2023 12:55 AM EST
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice is finally starting to gain the recognition of the team's coaching staff, after the standout rookie wideout was consistently generating elite efficiency metrics in terms of production per route run from the moment he arrived. The SMU product has most notably impressed in the yards-after-catch department, ripping off the ninth most (195) among WRs. Playing 53.1% of his snaps in the slot, Rice could frequently dodge All-Pro cornerback Pat Surtain II's coverage against a Denver Broncos defense that's been far more respectable against the pass than the run. Rice is averaging 4.3 catches (5.0 targets) and 55.0 yards with two total touchdowns over his recent three-game rise. With significant ascents in snap share and route participation in each outing across this period, the 23-year-old second-round pick has earned midrange WR3 evaluation in Week 8 on Sunday.
Oct 28, 2023 1:03 AM EST
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice continued to make a name for himself in Week 7's 31-17 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers, catching five balls on six targets for 60 yards and a touchdown. Rice started his first game of the season and drew quarterback Patrick Mahomes' first target of the contest for a three-yard gain. Rice then found a hole in the back of the end zone for his third score of the year from six yards out. The 2023 second-rounder also had a 37-yard gain to jump-start a second-quarter Chiefs scoring drive that began deep in their own territory before trucking over a defender on a 12-yard play late in the affair. Rice's snap rate is beginning to stabilize, with the rookie handling a season-high 59% on Sunday. Slowly but surely reaching the WR3 surface, Rice should be treated as a flex play with the most upside of K.C.'s wideouts in Week 8 against the Denver Broncos.
Oct 23, 2023 1:37 AM EST
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice looks to be on the precipice of a breakout, but there's a few hurdles to climb. Rice has 28 targets on 87 routes run, which is good for an elite 32.2% target rate. The 23-year-old has also shown plenty of explosiveness with 2.82 yards per route run. Rice even has a healthy seven red-zone targets. The 2023 second-rounder continues to work in a rotation with a litany of Chiefs receivers, however, struggling to consistently command quarterback Patrick Mahomes' attention on a 12.7% target share. Rice's 5.4 average yards of target distance is also lacking. Though Justin Watson's (elbow) absence should free up some snaps, Rice remains a volatile WR4/flex in Week 7 versus the Los Angeles Chargers. The matchup is certainly mouthwatering, though, as the Bolts have been crushed for the second-most fantasy points per game to opposing WRs (45.30) this year.
Oct 21, 2023 2:57 PM EST
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice hauled in all four of his targets for 72 yards in Thursday's 19-8 win over the Denver Broncos. Rice showed off his yards-after-catch ability on a 23-yard slant, racing toward the end zone in the third quarter, and then on a 14-yard gain in the fourth period. He capped off a big night, by Chiefs wideouts standards, with a 28-yard catch-and-run to facilitate a field-goal drive. The 23-year-old's 72 yards marked the most by a KC WR in a single game this year. Rice continues to maximize his chances and has regularly looked like quarterback Patrick Mahomes' most dangerous receiver besides tight end Travis Kelce. While that's an exciting prospect, seeing it translate to fantasy football prosperity is another story. Rice remains stuck in WR4 territory until the Chiefs fully take the chains off, but he remains an enticing bench stash ahead of a possible Week 7 shootout with the Los Angeles Chargers.
Oct 13, 2023 1:15 AM EST
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice remains part of a receiving-corps carousel of sorts in rotation with fellow unproven wideouts. Rice may have hit paydirt in Week 5 against the Minnesota Vikings, but the rookie's snap rate was discouragingly down to 30% last Sunday. That number trailed all three disappointing acts of Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Skyy Moore, and Kadarius Toney, suggesting Rice is not quite yet regarded as a regular contributor to three-WR personnel. The Chiefs could game plan around punishing a league-worst Denver Broncos run defense in Week 6, leaving Rice's floor and ceiling combination a rather uninspiring pairing, despite tying with Tyreek Hill and Davante Adams in target rate (35%). The 2023 second-rounder is probably the best bet to roster among KC's wideouts in terms of a rest-of-season outlook, but Rice is a low-grade WR4/FLEX until proven otherwise.
Oct 11, 2023 10:37 PM EST
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice caught 4-of-5 targets for 33 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 27-20 victory over the Minnesota Vikings. Rice had a nondescript one-catch first half but absorbed three targets on KC's first drive of the second half. The rookie saw an end-zone target thrown just out of his reach before netting his second touchdown of the year from eight yards out a few plays later. While the score made Rice's day more noteworthy than it would have otherwise been, it was still certainly a step in the right direction for the 2023 second-round pick. Though Travis Kelce (ankle) embraces the role, the Chiefs are still hoping for a legitimate WR1 to emerge after quarterback Patrick Mahomes dispersed the ball to 10 different receivers on Sunday. Rice's next chance to work his way up the depth chart comes versus a poor Denver Broncos defense in Week 6, where he should be a fringe WR3/4 depending on Kelce's availability.
Oct 9, 2023 2:38 AM EST
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice could be a breakout waiting to happen among the team's jumbled receiving corps beyond Travis Kelce. Rice may have already passed up Kadarius Toney in three-receiver sets alongside Marquez Valdes-Scantling and Skyy Moore after out-snapping him in consecutive weeks. Rice has maximized his playing time; the 2023 second-round pick has commanded a 34.5% target rate (19 looks on 55 routes run), 2.55 yards per route run, and 0.59 fantasy points per route run. Rice's overall lack of usage leaves him hard to recommend as anything more than a WR4/FLEX in Week 5, but the Minnesota Vikings have been scorched for the highest fantasy points per to game (49.37) to enemy WRs. It behooves fantasy managers to stash the rookie as a waiver pickup with such promising underlying metrics and beatable competition as quarterback Patrick Mahomes' secondary target.
Oct 7, 2023 4:12 PM EST
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice caught 3-of-5 targets for 32 yards in Week 4's 23-20 victory over the New York Jets. Rice's highlight of the night was an 18-yard catch to push the Chiefs into range for a go-ahead field goal after they let an early 17-point lead slip away. KC's receiving corps feels like a revolving door, seeing Kadarius Toney emerge one week and Skyy Moore another. It looks as if Rice is the best bet of the bunch at the moment; Toney remained mostly uninvolved with 22 yards and Moore put up a bagel for the second time already this year. Rice, a 2023 second-round pick, is not yet a coveted waiver wire priority, but he could become one very soon. A soft rest-of-October schedule kicks off with the pillow-soft Minnesota Vikings defense in Week 5.
Oct 2, 2023 3:58 AM EST
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice emerged with five catches (seven targets) for 59 yards in last Sunday's trouncing of the Chicago Bears. The 2023 second-rounder might be the team's most interesting wideout to watch in Week 4 against the New York Jets with no other member of the receiving corps yet to stand out. Rice is paralleling the embattled Kadarius Toney (toe) in terms of target rate (36.8%), commanding 14 on just 38 routes run this year. The 23-year-old ranks 10th among WRs with 2.84 yards per route run, which is an area Toney is vastly struggling in. Rice will aim to keep creating separation at a high level and he might be pinging the radar as a possible deep-league WR4/FLEX choice on Sunday night. He should at least be atop fantasy watchlists, if not already stashed on benches, to monitor his progress.
Sep 30, 2023 11:31 PM EST
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice caught 3-of-5 targets for 29 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 21-20 loss to the Detroit Lions. The Chiefs countered a long Detroit scoring drive with a lengthy touchdown drive of their own across the first and second quarters after Rice got free near the back of the end zone for his first career TD. The second-round rookie also registered a nice 25-yard gain before the first-half's two-minute warning. Rice tied Noah Gray and Kadarius Toney for the team lead in targets in this one. The 23-year-old should be a somewhat trendy Week 2 waiver wire pickup, but he won't have much FLEX viability next Sunday against the Jacksonville Jaguars if Travis Kelce (knee) is ready to go.
Sep 8, 2023 1:42 AM EST
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice brought in three of six targets for 29 yards in Saturday's 33-32 preseason win over the Cleveland Browns. It's a significant step back for the 23-year-old after shining with eight catches on nine targets for 96 yards a week ago. Rice blatantly dropped a long would-be touchdown with no defenders in sight in this one, which would have otherwise continued to raise his fantasy stock. Nonetheless, Rice tied for the team lead in targets and the 2023 second-round pick remains worth a late-round pick in fantasy drafts with Kadarius Toney (knee) still not practicing.
Aug 26, 2023 11:00 PM EST
Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice accumulated eight catches on nine targets for 96 yards in Saturday's 38-10 preseason win over the Arizona Cardinals. The 23-year-old dropped his first target of the game, but excited fantasy managers when he got loose for a 38-yard catch-and-run in the second quarter. Rice then displayed more yards-after-catch prowess on a 28-yard gain in the period, recovering his own fumble to prevent the play from being ruined. The 2023 second-round pick should only keep trending up with Kadarius Toney's (knee) status for Week 1 stuck in limbo. Rice sees one more shot to leave another strong impression before then during next week's preseason contest versus the Cleveland Browns.
Aug 19, 2023 11:44 PM EST