If you can call Patrick Mahomes anything, it’s not soft. The Chiefs Quarterback was willing to put it on the line for the Superbowl by playing through a bout of turf toe (torn plantar plate) that seemed to hamper him a bit during the game. No, I’m not making an excuse for the poor play or the final outcome of that game. You do have to recognize that it could have been one of the many things that went wrong with the Kansas City Chiefs on Superbowl Sunday. With the 31-9 Superbowl loss for the Chiefs in the books, the franchise QB can get ready for some much needed maintenance as he gets ready to run it back for the 2021 season.
If you asked Mahomes himself, he didn’t think that the turf toe wasn’t in the way during the game. He said as much in the post game presser as well:
“I can’t say the toe was a problem when I played two weeks ago and I played well on it… “Anytime you play football, you have to battle through injuries.” ~ Patrick Mahomes
That in itself is rather debatable as Mahomes went on to have one of the worst games in his career, going 26 for 49 for 270 yards, 2 INTs, no touchdowns, and a career low passer rating of 52.3.
But hey, bad games happen, right? To think that Mahomes won’t be able to bounce back from this kind of game would be absurd. With surgery on the table, it is expected that Mahomes will miss the majority of the offseason program for the Chiefs but should be ready for training camp. The question heading into the offseason is should there be a cause for concern about Patrick Mahomes as the 2021 season approaches?
I would have to say no. Why? Mahomes, despite catching hands by the Bucs and the G.O.A.T Tom Brady, is still going to continue to be one of the most prolific QBs in the league. And that goes double for fantasy.
Even with the news of the surgery, Mahomes status as one of the top dogs among fantasy QBs hasn’t changed. Yeah it’s still early but Mahomes value hasn’t moved a muscle. His ADP is still rock solid at 2.03 and Mahomes is still ranked as a Top 3 Quarterback coming off the board (and he’s not 3). The Chief’s QB finished as the QB 4 for fantasy during the 2020 season. Mahomes also finished inside the Top 5 in Passing Yards (4,740 – 2nd), Touchdowns (38 – 4th), Passer Rate (108.2 – 5th), and FPPG (25 – 3rd).
The Chiefs offense won’t lose any major pieces and Patrick Mahomes is still one of the deadliest QBs in the game. Recovery from turf toe stands to be anywhere from 2-8 weeks at maximum depending on the severity of the injury but whatever the case may be, that should be more than enough time for him to recover and get back to 100% and lead the Kansas City Chiefs back to the promised land.
UPDATE: Per NFL Insider Ian Rapoport via Twitter, Patrick Mahomes foot surgery which was conducted by Dr. Robert Anderson, stated that the surgery went well. No issues at all. Now rehab can begin with no problems.