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Chiefs RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire (illness) will not travel with the team to Germany and is out for Sunday's game vs. the Dolphins. CEH has averaged only 2.2 carries and 0.6 targets over the last five games, so his absence leaves just a few touches behind for RBs Isiah Pacheco and Jerick McKinnon.

Chiefs RB Isiah Pacheco rushed only 8 times for 40 yards in Sunday’s blowout loss to Denver. Game flow certainly stung in this one. The Chiefs also struggled in key situations, going 4 for 13 combined on 3rd and 4th downs. They failed to convert any of their three red zone trips into TDs. A healthier Patrick Mahomes (flu) figures to emerge for Week 9. That’ll keep Pacheco in the top-15 mix next week against a beatable Miami run D.

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes hit rock bottom against Denver, managing only 241 passing yards on 38 attempts. Mahomes targeted 11 different Chiefs on Sunday, with Travis Kelce again leading the way (6-58 on 9 targets). Skyy Moore dropped a would-be TD, but Mahomes also threw 2 INTs and lost 1 fumble. The star QB reportedly battled the flu, and he certainly didn’t look close to 100% in this one. Look for a bounce-back in Week 9 vs. Miami.

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes has been added to the injury report with an illness but will play vs. the Broncos later today, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. At this point, there's no reason to believe that Mahomes' fantasy production will be affected. We'll let you know if that changes.

Chiefs WR Justyn Ross has been placed on the Commissioner Exempt List following his arrest earlier this week, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Ross is not allowed to practice or attend games while on the Commissioner Exempt List. We'll see if he keeps his job through his ordeal, but Ross can be dropped from all redraft fantasy rosters.

Chiefs WR Justyn Ross was arrested Monday on a felony charge of criminal damage of more than $25,000, ESPN's Adam Teicher reports. No further details are available at this time. We'll keep an eye on the situation, but Ross hasn't been a fantasy factor this season. He has three catches on six targets through seven games.

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that Chiefs LB Nick Bolton will need surgery on his dislocated right wrist and is expected to miss "roughly two months." That would put Bolton's estimated return at Week 16 (Dec. 25) against the Raiders. Unfortunately, that timeline means Bolton is probably worth dropping in most redraft IDP leagues -- unless you can stash him in an IR spot. Drue Tranquill should reclaim a full-time role while Bolton's out. He'll be regularly usable in fantasy lineups but doesn't match Bolton's scoring upside.

Chiefs LB Nick Bolton dislocated his right wrist in Sunday's win over the Chargers. They're reportedly still determining the severity of the injury, though it seems likely Bolton will miss some further time. If he does, expect LB Drue Tranquill to become a full-timer once again. Tranquill filled that role for the three previous games that Bolton missed with a sprained ankle. He tallied 8+ tackles in each.

Chiefs RB Isiah Pacheco ran for just 32 yards on 13 carries (2.5 per rush) in Sunday's win over the Chargers. But he scored on a catch from 8 yards out late in the fourth quarter to save his fantasy line. Pacheco totaled 4 receptions for 28 yards on 4 targets, ranking third on the team in catches. His 13 carries marked his lowest point since Week 2, despite Kansas City leading throughout the second half. But Pacheco still got 76.5% of Chiefs RB carries for the game. K.C. just happened to lean pass more than in recent contests. Pacheco gets the league-best RB scoring matchup in the Broncos next and then another positive spot against the Dolphins before the Week 10 bye.

Chiefs WR Rashee Rice delivered 5 receptions for 60 yards and a TD among 6 targets in Sunday's win over the Chargers. He ranked second on the team in targets in a game that saw QB Patrick Mahomes attempt 42 throws. It was Rice's third straight game with at least 4 receptions, as well as Mahomes' third straight game with at least 40 attempts. Rice's 75% catch rate doesn't seem likely to hold up the rest of the way, but his growing role with (arguably?) the league's best QB sets Rice up to continue his strong efficiency. Rice should at least be in your WR4-level consideration going forward and could easily climb into weekly WR3 territory -- especially if Kansas City's passing volume stays up. WR Marquez Valdes-Scantling also scored against the Chargers and ranked second on the team with 84 receiving yards. But he also managed just 3 receptions -- which happens to be his high for the season. MVS remains only a prayer-level fantasy play if you're hard up.

Travis Kelce delivered a second straight big game with his 12-179-1 receiving line in Sunday's win over the Chargers. It tied his career high in receptions, set back in 2018 against the Raiders. The yardage marked Kelce's second-largest total ever, trailing only a 2021 meeting with the Chargers. He has now caught 21 of 22 targets in two games since spraining an ankle against the Vikings. Kelce has clearly been able to shake that off and go about dominating Kansas City targets. He more than doubled Sunday's No. 2 Chiefs target (Rashee Rice, 6) and claimed 42.2% of Patrick Mahomes' passing yards.

Chiefs QB Patrick Mahomes racked up 424 yards and 4 TDs on 32-of-42 passing in Sunday's win over the Chargers. It was Mahomes' largest yardage total since Week 9 of last season and 118 more yards than his previous high for this season. It was also Mahomes' third straight game with 40+ pass attempts, despite Kansas City leading for the entire second half. Mahomes did most of his damage before the break, throwing for 321 yards and 3 TDs in the first half. Mahomes benefited from facing a Chargers D that has been the season's best scoring matchup for QBs. But he also gets three more strongly positive scoring matchups in his next three games.

Chiefs WR Justin Watson (elbow) is out for Sunday’s game vs. the Chargers. He ran a route on 50% of pass plays and drew 7.4% of the team’s targets through six games, so he leaves behind some opportunity. It’s unclear which Chiefs WRs will benefit, though.

The Jets traded WR Mecole Hardman to the Chiefs in exchange for a swap of late-round picks in 2025, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Hardman signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Jets in free agency this offseason -- and wound up catching one pass for the team. Now he heads back to the team he spent his first four NFL seasons with. Hardman was largely disappointing with the Chiefs but did average 4.7 targets, 3.4 catches, and 40 yards per game across the 2021 and 2022 campaigns. Kansas City's 2023 WR corps has been completely underwhelming and just lost Justin Watson to an elbow injury. Expect to see Hardman step into a significant role rather quickly, although he's still unlikely to be an asset to fantasy football teams. He's only worth grabbing in very deep leagues.

Cardinals WR Marquise Brown (illness) is active for today’s game vs. the Rams. He should be ready for his usual role in this potential high-scoring contest.

Cardinals WR Marquise Brown (illness) is expected to play vs. the Rams this afternoon, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter. Brown got in limited practices on Thursday and Friday and should be ready for his usual role today.

Cardinals WR Marquise Brown (illness) is listed as questionable for this weekend’s game vs. the Rams. He sat out on Wednesday but got in limited practices on Thursday and Friday. Players very rarely miss games with illnesses, so Brown can stay penciled into fantasy lineups for now. We’ll keep you updated on his status.

Cardinals RB Keaontay Ingram (neck) is not listed on the final Week 6 injury report. He'll play vs. the Rams on Sunday for the first time since Week 3. The Cardinals, of course, will be without RB James Conner in that one, leaving the backfield to Ingram, Emari Demercado, and the newly signed Tony Jones. Demercado is the best bet for fantasy production after a solid Week 5 showing, but it's anyone's guess as to exactly how backfield touches will be split here.

Chiefs WR Justin Watson dislocated his elbow in Thursday night's win over the Broncos, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. X-rays came back clean, but Watson is still scheduled for an MRI. "He's out a few weeks at least, and it could be longer based on the results of the scans," Rapoport adds. Watson has played 44% of Kansas City's offensive snaps and garnered 17 targets through six games, so his absence opens up a little opportunity for the other Chiefs WRs.

Chiefs TE Travis Kelce (ankle) is officially active for tonight's game against the Broncos. It's fair to assume that he's not at 100% after spraining his ankle on Sunday, but Kelce remains a must-start in season-long leagues -- especially against this horrible Denver defense.

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