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Chiefs RBs Isiah Pacheco (concussion, shoulder) and Clyde Edwards-Helaire (illness) are expected to play vs. the Bengals today, ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms. Cleared from his concussion, Pacheco should be ready for something close to his usual role in this one. He's inside the top 10 of the Week 17 RB Rankings.

Chiefs RB Isiah Pacheco (concussion, shoulder) is expected to play vs. the Bengals on Sunday, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. It's surprising that Pacheco was able to get cleared after sustaining a concussion on Monday. But if he's active tomorrow, he should be ready for his usual role against a bad Cincinnati run defense. Pacheco is a RB1 for Week 17, while RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire would now be a desperation fantasy play.

The Chiefs activated WR Mecole Hardman (thumb) from IR, setting him up to play vs. the Bengals on Sunday. Hardman will add some depth to Kansas City's WR corps but isn't a realistic fantasy play. He averaged 2.5 targets, 2.0 catches, and 10 receiving yards across four games with the Chiefs earlier this season.

Chiefs WR Kadarius Toney (hip) is out for Sunday’s game vs. the Bengals. Marquez Valdes-Scantling, Rashee Rice, and Justin Watson operated as Kansas City’s top three WRs last week, with Richie James as the No. 4.

Chiefs RB Isiah Pacheco (concussion, shoulder) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game vs. the Bengals. He only returned to a limited pracitce on Friday, but HC Andy Reid reportedly sounded optimistic about Pacheco’s availability for Sunday. We’ll keep you updated on his status. RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (illness) is also listed as questionable after missing the final two practices of the week.

The Cardinals are placing WR Marquise Brown (heel) on IR, knocking him out for the final two games of the season. It was a frustrating season for Brown, who dealt with inconsistent QB play for the first nine games of the season and then struggled connecting with QB Kyler Murray over his last few outings. Brown finishes his age-26 season with career lows in yards per game (41.0), catch rate (51%), yards per target (5.7), and yards per route (1.25). Brown is set to hit free agency in March. We'll see how his market develops and where he ultimately lands, but he's a nice buy-low in dynasty leagues right now. Brown finished top 30 among WRs in PPR points per game in both 2021 and 2022.

Chiefs RB Isiah Pacheco (concussion, shoulder) did not practice on Wednesday. He's unlikely to be cleared for this weekend's game vs. the Bengals. With RB Jerick McKinnon (groin) on IR, RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire is in for a hefty workload against Cincinnati's leaky run defense.

Cardinals WR Marquise Brown (heel) did not practice on Wednesday. We're not expecting him to play vs. the Eagles this weekend but will keep you updated on his status. Michael Wilson, Rondale Moore, and Greg Dortch operated as Arizona's top three WRs with Wilson out last week.

RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire looks likely to lead the Chiefs' Week 17 backfield against the Bengals. Isiah Pacheco left Monday's loss to the Raiders with a concussion, and Jerick McKinnon landed on IR ahead of that game. CEH managed just 6 yards on 4 carries against the Raiders, just to make sure you remember his limitations. But he did post 42 receiving yards in catching all three of his targets. CEH will be worth a pickup where available this week because K.C. faces a soft Bengals defense. Cincinnati allowed 397 yards to the Steelers and 424 to the Vikings the past two weeks. The Bengals have allowed seven opponents to reach 400 total yards this season and yielded 24+ points in five of their past seven games.

WR Rashee Rice posted unspectacular numbers Monday, in a game that saw the entire Chiefs offense disappoint vs. the Raiders. But his 6 receptions for 57 yards didn't kill your fantasy lineup. And Rice's 12 targets marked a season high as well as 27.3% of QB Patrick Mahomes' total pass attempts for the game. Rice has now seen 9+ targets in five straight games, earning a 26.2% target share over that span while averaging 7.6 catches and 78.2 yards per contest. Rice should remain glued to your lineup for a high-upside matchup with the Bengals in Week 17. He'll get another positive spot against the Chargers in Week 18, if your league plays that week.

Chiefs RB Isiah Pacheco suffered a concussion in the second half against the Raiders and has been ruled out for the game. The timing (Monday afternoon) cuts down on Pacheco's chances of making it back for a Sunday afternoon meeting with the Bengals in Week 17. If Pacheco's out, that would leave Clyde Edwards-Helaire to lead the backfield against a soft Cincinnati defense. (Jerick McKinnon's on IR.) The Bengals allowed 397 total yards to the Steelers and 424 to the Vikings over the past two weeks. CEH would merit low-RB2 consideration if he's set to start for K.C. in Week 17. We'll watch Pacheco's status throughout the week.

Bengals TE Irv Smith is a healthy scratch for today's game vs. the Steelers. He's totaled four catches on six targets over the last five games, so there's very little fantasy impact here. Perhaps TE Tanner Hudson picks up a few extra routes.

Cardinals WR Marquise Brown (heel) is out for Sunday's game vs. the Bears. He's been banged up for a while, so it wouldn't be surprising if Arizona just shuts him down the rest of the way. We'll see how WR Greg Dortch (shoulder) is listed on the final injury report later today. He didn't practice on Wednesday or Thursday. The Cardinals could be down to WRs Michael Wilson, Rondale Moore, and Zach Pascal this weekend.

Chiefs RB Isiah Pacheco (shoulder) was a full participant in Thursday's practice. It's confirmation that he's set to return for Monday's game vs. the Raiders. Pacheco is back in RB1 territory in the Week 16 Rankings. RB Jerick McKinnon (groin) did not practice on Thursday. His absence would boost Pacheco's pass-catching projection.

Cardinals WRs Marquise Brown (heel) and Greg Dortch (shoulder) missed their second straight practices on Thursday. They're both in danger of missing this weekend's game vs. the Bears, which would leave Michael Wilson, Rondale Moore, and Zach Pascal as Arizona's likely top three WRs. TE Trey McBride is the only Arizona pass catcher that can be trusted in Week 16 fantasy lineups.

Cardinals WR Marquise Brown (heel) did not practice on Wednesday. He's been dealing with this heel injury for a few weeks now and aggravated it last week. We're projecting Brown to miss Sunday's game vs. the Bears.

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The Chiefs placed WR Skyy Moore on IR with a knee injury. He'll miss at least the final three games of the regular season and Kansas City's playoff opener. Moore was somehow even worse in 2023 than he was during his 2022 rookie campaign, averaging just 6.4 yards per target and 0.84 yards per route. Those are both bottom-15 marks among 100 WRs with 30+ targets through Week 15. Moore is speeding rapidly toward bust status.

The Chiefs are expecting to get RB Isiah Pacheco (shoulder) back for next Monday's game vs. the Raiders. "He'll be back this week," HC Andy Reid said Monday. "He'll be good to go this week, unless there's further setbacks. But right now, everything's positive for him to go." Pacheco had emerged as Kansas City's feature back before hurting his shoulder, averaging 17.0 carries and 2.8 targets over his last four games. Expect him back in a similar role in Week 16 and beyond, barring another injury. Pacheco can be penciled back into fantasy lineups, while Clyde Edwards-Helaire and Jerick McKinnon should go back to benches.

Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire totaled 13 carries for 37 rushing yards with 4 catches for 64 yards and a TD as a receiver in Week 15 vs. the Patriots. He appeared on 61.5% of the team’s offensive snaps on Sunday and out-touched teammate Jerick McKinnon 17 to 7. As long as Isiah Pacheco (shoulder) remains out, Edwards-Helaire should carry fantasy appeal as Kansas City’s lead runner and will have a tremendous opportunity to pay off in lineups in Week 16 vs. the Raiders (eighth-best RB matchup per our adjusted fantasy points allowed).

Chiefs WR Rashee Rice tallied 9 catches on as many targets for 94 receiving yards and a TD in Week 15’s win vs. the Patriots. The rookie has now caught at least 7 passes in each of the last four weeks and ranks first on the team in targets (38), receptions (32), and receiving yards (334) in that span. At this point, fantasy managers can be reasonably certain that Rice will be a WR2 in lineups for the remainder of the season. Next week, the Chiefs will face off against the Raiders (10th-toughest WR matchup per our adjusted fantasy points allowed).

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