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Kadarius Toney Fantasy Impact: How to React After Giants Send WR to Chiefs

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Noteworthy trades are beginning to pop up in the NFL. The trend continued with Kadarius Toney going from the Giants to the Chiefs on Thursday.

Kansas City sent a conditional third-round pick and a sixth-round pick to New York for Toney, who has not played since Week 2.

Toney flashed signs of greatness last season as a rookie, but availability has been his biggest issue in the NFL. He only played 10 games as a rookie, but he had 39 catches for 420 yards in those appearances.

This season, injuries to both hamstrings have sidelined Toney, who is under contract potentially through 2025. If he can stay healthy, this will no doubt be a big addition to the Chiefs offense.

Here’s how our fantasy football experts are reacting to the deal.

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Kadarius Toney Trade Fantasy Impact

Sean Koerner: Toney has WR3 upside when healthy, but he also might need one of the Chiefs’ top-three receivers to miss time for him to hit this season. I’m guessing he would eat into Mecole Hardman’s role of late, although Hardman has been playing well of late.

I’d say Toney is a must-add in deeper leagues. In normal-sized leagues, it depends on who you need to drop. I wouldn’t drop anyone I consider a WR4 right now.

Wan’Dale Robinson should be added in all leagues by now. This move solidifies him as the Giants’ No. 1 target.

Samantha Previte: I’d probably stay away from Toney for now, except in the deepest of leagues because he’s already missed as many games as he’s played. In his best fantasy game last season, he had 10 catches for 189 yards, but he never found the end zone.

The upside is obvious, moving from Daniel Jones to Patrick Mahomes, but he’s the Chiefs’ WR3 at best.

This move establishes Robinson as the Giants’ WR1, and it does bring into question how high the Chiefs are on Skyy Moore.

Chris Raybon: As good as the Chiefs offense is, I can’t get get excited about this as Toney’s destination.

This was already an offense that spreads it around, with five WRs, three RBs and three TEs routinely getting at least one catch every week. Toney’s ceiling in this offense is taking over the WR3 role from Mecole Hardman, whose route participation rate each week is 40-60%.

The ideal spot for Toney would have been a WR-needy team like Carolina … or, you know, his former team the Giants.

With hamstrings made of antique china, busted practice habits, and little special teams value, I see a lot of healthy scratches in Toney’s future.

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