Top QB options to replace Patrick Mahomes in fantasy football

Berry: Darnold a quality fantasy replacement for Mahomes (1:52)

Matthew Berry sees Sam Darnold as a good replacement if you have Patrick Mahomes on your fantasy roster. (1:52)

More clarity on the knee injury suffered Thursday night by Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes came on Friday, when the team's "best-case scenario" played out with regard to the MRI results on his knee. A league source told our Adam Schefter that the MRI showed no additional damage other than the dislocated right kneecap. Prior to the MRI, team sources said they expected Mahomes to miss at least three games (through Week 10). It's worth noting that the Chiefs' bye comes in Week 12, so if Mahomes' recovery extends beyond those three games, he wouldn't return until Week 13 at the earliest. With that in mind, fantasy managers should think ahead to Week 8 and beyond, and because this unfortunate injury occurred on a Thursday, they can.

Regardless, while fantasy managers who roster Mahomes cannot swap him out of the active lineup for anyone playing this week on Sunday or Monday, they can add a quarterback for future weeks and drop a player not on the Chiefs or Denver Broncos. Those are the rules, up until Sunday's early games begin, so Mahomes investors should immediately check out free agency for available options and make a move. Nobody wants to see Mahomes hurt, but at least this happened Thursday, allowing for some preemptive roster adjusting.