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Chiefs RBs Jerick McKinnon, Clyde Edwards-Helaire worth adding in fantasy football with Isiah Pacheco dealing with injury

We examine whether or not McKinnon/CEH are worth a pickup in fantasy football leagues.

NFL: JUL 23 Kansas City Chiefs Training Camp Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Kansas City Chiefs will host the Buffalo Bills for their Week 14 showdown this Sunday and starting running back Isaiah Pacheco is dealing with a shoulder injury ahead of the contest. The second-year tailback was absent for the first two practices of the week and his status is up in the air heading into the weekend.

Update — Pacheco has officially been ruled out for Week 14 vs. the Bills. The Chiefs will operate with a backfield of McKinnon and CEH. Head coach Andy Reid told reporters Edwards-Helaire is the “next man up” in the RB rotation. However, we know that McKinnon has value as a pass-catching back and should be involved/see plenty of snaps.

Week 14 fantasy football waiver wire

Chiefs RBs Jerick McKinnon and Clyde Edwards-Helaire

Update — Both backs are viable additions if you need someone to start in place of Pacheco. The Chiefs should use both with McKinnon working on passing downs while CEH could see the early-down work and goal-line touches. Kansas City has struggled a bit this season in comparison to the past few years on offense. McKinnon could be the safer option in PPR if he can see a few targets in the passing game. Edwards-Helaire feels like a TD-dependent play in all formats.

Edwards-Helaire has gotten a smattering of touches throughout the 2023 campaign, garnering 40 carries for 140 yards and a touchdown so far this season. If Pacheco is unable to go, CEH will most likely fill the role as the “traditional” every down back, although he’’d most likely be used in most plays as a blocker in pass protection. He’s rostered in just 4.5% of fantasy leagues, so he should be readily available.

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 23.3% of fantasy leagues and like CEH, should be available on the waiver wire this week. But scoop him up fast.