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The forecast for today's Chiefs-Broncos game calls for temperatures in the teens with a wind chill near zero. Winds will be around 10 mph, and 2-3 inches of snow are expected. The wind and snow aren't real concerns, but temperatures this low do tend to impact passing production. It's something to keep in mind, although Patrick Mahomes, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce remain must-starts. Note that the over/under in this game has sunk from 48.5 to 44.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports that Chiefs new RB Le'Veon Bell is expected to split carries with Clyde Edwards-Helaire against the Broncos today after impressing in practice this week. We'll see, of course, exactly how that split works out. We'd certainly keep CEH in season-long fantasy lineups in nearly all cases and consider Bell an option. The situation looks like one to avoid for DFS lineups, though.

Chiefs HC Andy Reid said Friday that RB Le'Veon Bell "could get a couple of snaps" in Sunday's game against the Broncos. "It looks like he’s picking things up well, so I think there’s a chance he's in there," Reid added. Bell can't be trusted in Week 7 fantasy lineups. RB Clyde Edwards-Helaire remains a safe play for at least 1 more week.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (hamstring) is out for Monday night's game against the Bills. That locks WR Mecole Hardman into a top 3 role and makes him an upside WR3 in fantasy lineups.

NFL Network reports that RB Le'Veon Bell has decided to sign with the Chiefs. He joins a backfield led by Clyde Edwards-Helaire with minimal contributions from others so far. CEH has put up nice stats so far but rates below-average in both rushing and receiving DVOA, according to Football Outsiders. We'll see how big a role HC Andy Reid has in mind for the veteran, but it's likely significant given that Bell chose the Chiefs over other suitors. His arrival will lower the volume ceiling for Edwards-Helaire, though we'd still favor the rookie as Kansas City's top fantasy back.

After reportedly failing to trade RB Le'Veon Bell, the Jets have released the disgruntled veteran. The move leaves $15 million in dead cap space this season plus another $4 million under the 2021 cap, so it's pretty clear the team is just ready to end this toxic relationship. The RB depth chart now reads: Frank Gore -- La'Mical Perine -- Ty Johnson. Josh Adams also sits on the practice squad. We'll see if the Jets make any other backfield moves. Gore handled 72% of Jets RB carries during the 3 games Bell missed earlier this season, though just 29% of the RB targets. The most targeted Jets RB during that span, Kalen Ballage, has since been released. We'll see about the target split. Expect Perine to factor in more this time around. We'll also see which team decides to take a shot on Bell. We'd certainly bet he'll find another suitor.

The Jets are trying to trade RB Le'Veon Bell, according to the New York Daily News' Manish Mehta. The report comes as absolutely no surprise. The trick, of course, is finding a team interested in trading for Bell, who has a guaranteed $8.5 million base salary for 2020. The Jets tried to trade Bell at last year's deadline and found no takers. A move out of New York would likely be an upgrade for Bell's fantasy outlook, but we're not optimistic about it happening.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins is expected to miss time with his hamstring injury, "possibly a couple weeks," ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. Watkins' absence will mean more playing time for WR Mecole Hardman, who's posted 65% and 69% snap rates with Watkins exiting early in Weeks 2 and 5. Hardman will be on the WR3 radar for next Monday night's game vs. the Bills.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins pulled up with a right hamstring injury in the 2nd quarter of Sunday's game against the Raiders. Don't expect to see him back on the field today. Watkins' absence should open up more playing time for WR Mecole Hardman.

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Jets RB Le’Veon Bell (hamstring) is officially active for today’s game against the Cardinals. Consider him a RB3 or Flex play in his 1st action since Week 1.

The Chiefs have activated CB Bashaud Breeland off the suspended list. He missed the season's 1st 4 games. We'll see whether Breeland jumps back into a full-time role, but the broken collarbone for rookie CB L'Jarius Sneed leaves room for him to do so when ready.

The Jets had a player test positive for COVID on Friday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. All players and personnel have been sent home for now. This puts the timing and viability of this week's Jets-Cardinals game in question. Stay tuned.

The Patriots-Chiefs game has been moved to 7:05 pm ET on Monday, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. (Falcons-Packers has been pushed back to 8:50 pm ET.) This is, of course, barring any more positive COVID tests from either team. Patrick Mahomes, Clyde Edwards-Helaire, Tyreek Hill and Travis Kelce should be in fantasy lineups. There are no must-start Patriots with QB Cam Newton out -- but guys like Julian Edelman, N'Keal Harry and the RBs are fine to get into lineups if they're your best options.

As of 8 am ET on Sunday morning, the Patriots-Chiefs game is still expected to be played in Week 4, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. COVID tests on all other Patriots players came back negative on Saturday night; the league is still waiting for the Chiefs' latest test results. It's still unclear if the game will be played on Monday or Tuesday -- and there's still a chance it's not even played this week if the Chiefs return more positive tests. We'd lean toward keeping your usual Chiefs and Patriots in fantasy lineups for now, but there is a risk that you'll end up taking a zero.

The NFL is postponing Sunday's Patriots-Chiefs game, though they still expect to play it either Monday or Tuesday. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that "Tuesday is more likely." That would keep players from those teams -- minus Cam Newton -- available for Week 4 fantasy football lineups, though all would obviously be off the main DFS slate. We'll continue watching for further updates. A postponement to Tuesday was also the initial plan for Steelers-Titans before that game ultimately got moved to Week 7. So far, at least, this situation doesn't include multiple positive tests amid either team.

The Chiefs have placed rookie CB L'Jarius Sneed on IR after he suffered a broken collarbone in Monday night's win over the Ravens. HC Andy Reid didn't share an expected timeline for Sneed's recovery. The history of collarbone fractures gives him a chance to return late in the season. But you should feel safe to drop Sneed outside of dynasty leagues. He jumped onto the IDP radar with INTs in each of the 1st 2 weeks and should be in K.C.'s starting mix whenever he does return. CB Charvarius Ward checked in for Sneed after the rookie left Monday night. Look for Ward -- who is coming off surgery for a broken thumb -- to replace Sneed in the starting lineup going forward. The Chiefs will also get CB Bashaud Breeland back from suspension after Week 4.

Jets RB Le'Veon Bell (hamstring) is targeting a Week 5 return, according to ESPN's Jeremy Fowler. That's when Bell is first eligible to come off the IR. A healthy Bell should take right back over as New York's feature back. But the Jets' ineptitude leaves him as no better than a low-end RB2.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (concussion, neck) is active for tonight's game against the Ravens. He should be available for his usual role. As always, Watkins is a high-risk, high-reward fantasy play.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (concussion, neck) is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Ravens. He put in a full practice on Saturday, though, so he seems likely to play. Watkins remains tough to trust in fantasy lineups, and his presence also knocks WR Mecole Hardman out of consideration.

Chiefs WR Sammy Watkins (concussion, neck) returned to a limited practice on Friday. That gives him a shot to play against the Ravens on Monday night. Check back tomorrow for another update on his status.

 
 
 

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