The Kansas City Chiefs will face the Buffalo Bills for their Week 14 matchup this Sunday and they’ll be down their primary ballcarrier. Starting running back Isiah Pacheco has been dealing with a shoulder injury all week and has officially been ruled out for the matchup.
With Pacheco out, head coach Andy Reid will turn to backup Clyde Edwards-Helaire to fill his place as the starter. Veteran Jerick McKinnon should also be in line for more touches this Sunday as the two split the work. Below, we’ll go over the fantasy viability for both Chiefs running backs this week.
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Edwards-Helaire has gotten a smattering of touches throughout the 2023 campaign, garnering 40 carries for 140 yards (3.5 yards per carry) and a touchdown so far this season. With Pacheco out, CEH will most likely fill the role as the “traditional” every down back.
He’s rostered in just 5% of fantasy leagues, so he should be readily available. However, you’d probably be better off looking elsewhere for a RB replacement for Pacheco.
As has been the case for the past few seasons, McKinnon has made a bigger impact as a pass-catching option out of the backfield than on the ground. He only has 13 carries for 30 rushing yards on the year, but has racked up 19 receptions for 155 receiving yards and three touchdowns through the air.
He’s rostered in just 23.8% of fantasy leagues and if you pick him up, he’d be worth a tryout at a flex spot in deeper leagues.
Can you play both Edwards-Helaire and McKinnon in the same lineup?
No. I don’t think CEH will generate enough production to warrant a start in fantasy this week, so I wouldn’t recommend starting both. Unless you are in an absolute bind, there are better options to turn towards.