What should fantasy football players do with Rashee Rice?

Rashee Rice is coming off of a strong rookie season, but some off-the-field issues could change his trajectory.
Feb 11, 2024; Paradise, Nevada, USA; San Francisco 49ers safety Logan Ryan (33) tackles Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice.
Feb 11, 2024; Paradise, Nevada, USA; San Francisco 49ers safety Logan Ryan (33) tackles Kansas City Chiefs wide receiver Rashee Rice. / Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Not long ago, I touted Rashee Rice as the top fantasy football option on the roster of the Kansas City Chiefs for the future. But things in today's world, and that of fantasy football, can quickly change.

Recently, Rashee Rice has found himself on the side of the news that you don't want to be on. Though details in the case of Rice being involved in a serious car crash remain sketchy, it's always difficult when a star on your fantasy roster is facing potentially serious charges. In addition to what he will have to deal with in terms of the judicial system, Rice could also face separate discipline from the league.

This news could also convince the Chiefs to find a steadier option. The wide receiver position is one where the team has needed more help and though Marquise Brown could be a great free-agent addition, many draft analysts expect the Chiefs to add another pass-catcher at the end of this month.

This is a team that will be looking to win an unprecedented third Super Bowl in a row so you can expect the Chiefs to pull out all stops. Anything that could become a hinderance toward that goal — and Rice's legal issues could be that — won't be tolerated.

That is not to say that the Chiefs could move on from Rice (though it doesn't mean they won't, either), but it does show that there are multiple reasons why Rice could begin to fade and fall down the depth chart in KC.

Rice had a solid rookie season catching 79 passes for 938 yards and seven touchdowns. But much of that could be attributed to the Chiefs having a seriously underperforming wide receiver group as a whole.

If the Chiefs were to draft a wide receiver and put him with Brown, Rice could easily fall to No. 3 in the pecking order. Now, it's not time to panic sell Rice due to his off-field incident. Remain patient when it comes to that case.

But if you get the player in your fantasy league who is fishing around to see if you will let go of him easier than you would have just a couple of weeks ago, it might be a good idea to enter negotiations and see if you can get something suitable in return.

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Don't give him away for next to nothing but if you can get close to what you might have asked for before the incident involving a leased Lamborghini, it might be something to jump on.